King Records Month Official Kickoff Event
Friday, September 1, 2017
The Woodward Theater | 1404 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
5PM – 11PM, Free, 18+ (under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian)
KING RECORDS MONTH OFFICIAL KICKOFF EVENT:
Please join us for this free admission event sponsored by Artswave and King Studios. Funk masters Freekbass will headline the show while the School of Rock will feature a full set of King Records songs that will include special performances by King Records recording artists Otis Williams and Philip Paul. In early evening there will be plenty of great King Records tunes, hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and a King Records exhibit on display. Read more
T’S STAR TIME: EXHIBIT OPENING featuring the PHILIP PAUL JAZZ TRIO
Date: Friday, August 25
Time: Bar opens at 11AM, Show at 5:00PM
Venue: MOTR Pub | 1345 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 | (513) 345-7981
Admission: FREE, 21+
When James Brown was about to take the stage during his shows, the announcer would say “It’s Star Time!” MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine is proud to say “It’s Star Time” for an upcoming art exhibit with a focus on King Records musicians and artists. Over 15 local visual artists will be presenting portraits of King Records recording artists. Each artist has chosen their own star from King to create a work of art. Read more
(Cincinnati OH) After unanimous votes from the Historic Conservation Board, Planning Commission, and City Council Neighborhoods Committee, City Council and Mayor Cranley are poised to designate the remaining former King Records buildings and parcels as a Landmark Designation. Joined by Evanston Community Council President Ms. Adkins, King recording artists like Otis Williams, Denise Kinnard, Jimmy Railey, Philip Paul, and the proposed King Records Experiential Learning Center, the Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation’s and Bootsy Collins Foundation’s joint application has helped to significantly raise the importance of these buildings. Read more
PUBLIC HEARING ON FATE OF KING RECORDS BUILDING =
City Planning Commission
FRI Aug 21 at 9am
Two Centennial Plaza
Behind City Hall
805 Central Ave
This is the next step after unanimous support from Historic Conversation Board. After Planning Commission, this goes to City Council. The number of votes needed at City Hall will vary based upon what happens at Planning Commission. In other words, we want another unanimous vote.
King Records Building owner has still not accepted our requests to sit down and find win-win with us and continues to send lawyer with message that they want to demolish the building! Mayor Cranley continues to be on our side and is actively engaged. Help us reach out to Council so we can be united to do what it takes to strike the appropriate balance. So far, all have been supportive, so we ask they take action to show it, like with FRI Aug 21 meeting before it arrives on their agenda. There has to be a win-win figured out before it’s too late. Read more
Did you think the last recording session at Cincinnati’s King Records studios on 1540 Brewster Ave was in 1971? Wrong!!! Do you want to see recording in the building currently in gross disrepair? Yes!!!
Dig! what Danny Adler did. See the debut screening of “The Last Session on Brewster” at Historic Herzog on Sunday, June 1 at 8 p.m. Running time around 30 minutes. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free to Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation Members. If not a member, please make a donation at door for this all-volunteer charitable organization.
“The Last Session on Brewster” is a film to be released in conjunction with Danny Adler’s new album. The title is also a new song that tells the story of King Records and the last session on Brewster literally. The Cincinnati USA Music Heritage Foundation is proud to provide this sneak peek and welcome Danny Adler to grace the Herzog space. Read more
Ralph Stanley at The Emery Theatre on 11/23/2008
Photos by Scott Preston
Cincinnati, Ohio, August 24, 2012—MidPoint Music Festival (MPMF) has revealed its plan to host a special event to occur just prior to the Saturday, September 29 performance by bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys at Cincinnati’s historically acclaimed and recently revived Emery Theatre.
To celebrate the return of Mr. Stanley and his relationship with the City of Cincinnati and King Records, two music legends, Philip Paul and Otis Williams, will give a short presentation on the impact and influence that King Records and Mr. Stanley individually and collaboratively have had and continue to have on the music industry. Read more
Shake It Records is proud to host a discussion & signing with Jon Hartley Fox, the author of the new book, King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records on Sunday, Oct., 18th @ 2 PM. 4156 Hamilton Ave. in Northside, 513-591-0123.
King of the Queen City is the first comprehensive history of King Records, one of the most influential independent record companies in the history of American music. Jon Hartley Fox tells the story of a small outsider record company in Cincinnati, Ohio, that attracted an extremely diverse roster of artists, including the Stanley Brothers, Grandpa Jones, Redd Foxx, Earl Bostic, Bill Doggett, Lonnie Johnson, Ike Turner, Roy Brown, Freddie King, Eddie Vinson, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, and even a young James Brown. Read more
It won’t exactly be the sort of historical marker you’ll stumble upon while taking a stroll. It will be found at the end of a dreary industrial street in Evanston, fixed to a pole in front of a poop-brown abandoned warehouse overlooking cars whizzing by on I-71.
But someone who comes upon it next week — or in years to come — will likely do a double-take reading what happened in that crumbling building.
The 42-by-30 inch marker will simply read:
King Records: The King of Them All.
From 1943-1971 King Records forever changed American music. Owner Syd Nathan gave the world Bluegrass, R&B, Rock & Roll, Doo Wop, Country, Soul and Funk. With stars from James Brown to the Stanley Brothers, and its innovative, integrated business model, Cincinnati’s King Records revolutionized the music industry. Read more
For a mere $10,000, Cincinnati City Council can stick a historic marker outside the old King Records plant. That plaque would salute some forward thinkers who made the city a better place to live with two kinds of harmony – musical and racial.
The motion to honor the chocolate-brown building off Interstate 71 is expected to go before council Wednesday. Councilman John Cranley said he has the votes to get the motion passed. Read more
Please write to the Mayor and City Council to support installing a historical marker at the former King Records site at 1540 Brewster Avenue in the City of Cincinnati.
Timing is of the essence. The plan is to do this and then celebrate at the CEA’s — Cincinnati’s annual music award show — on Sunday, November 23 with a historic re-opening of the Emery Theater. So, to put a King Records marker go up in its 65th anniversary year, and month, with the CEA’s, we need to show support now. Read more