MTSU celebrates grand opening of Chris Young Cafe

2021-01-09D Denise Harris Profile
Posted at 6:31 AM, Jan 27, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Middle Tennessee State University celebrates the grand opening of the Chris Young Cafe on Wednesday.

The Chris Young Cafe will be a learning laboratory for student performers and technicians during the day and a performance venue at night for music, radio broadcasts, comedy and other entertainment. It features a performance stage, LED video display wall and a state-of-the-art audiovisual technology.

Young, who is from Murfreesboro and attended MTSU in 2005, wanted to give back to the university that helped him. In fact, he donated $50,000 to help make it possible.

The cafe’s Director Frank Baird says this is going to give students a better hands-on experience.

“The vision is that different students and classes would be able to interact with each other and as there are questions, the advanced student could say, ‘oh yeah I remember it’s this button,’ then the intro students are like, ‘oh what are you doing with those consoles,’ I think it’s a little workshop-lab,” Baird said.

The grand opening ceremony is happening later today. Young will be there to perform the first song on the stage. They will also unveil a Tennessee Music Pathways marker in Young’s honor and a custom, large mural featuring Young and a few dozen of his famous friends.