Tennessee college to open Chris Young Cafe music venue

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Chris Young's alma mater is honoring him by naming a new live music venue after him on campus.

Middle Tennessee State University plans to open the Chris Young Cafe sometime in the fall semester.

University President Sidney McPhee said at an event Tuesday at the Country Music Association headquarters that Young has donated $50,000 for the 3,200-square foot facility's renovations.

The stand-alone building will host teaching and practice for student performers and technicians in the day, and at night will become a performance venue for musicians, radio broadcasters, comedians and other entertainers.

Young has funded an annual scholarship for recording industry students at the university since in 2016 and has donated the school a selection of his touring audio equipment.