September Celebrates the 75 Year Legacy of King Records in Cincinnati.


This September marks the 75th anniversary of the first songs recorded for the Cincinnati label, King Records. In September 1943, Syd Nathan convinced two WLW radio performers, Grandpa Jones and Merle Travis, to go along with his latest brainstorm - a record company based in Cincinnati. This four-song session would lead to King Records producing nearly 30 years of music in all genres while based in the Queen City. September will be a month-long celebration, honoring the founding of Syd’s company and its contribution to American music, with events planned for every weekend. 40+ events (mostly free) include concerts, displays, author visits, album listening parties, radio shows, and even a chance to buy your own King vinyl or compact discs at a discounted price.


Preview Events:
Saturday, August 25th, 5:00PM - 12:00AM | Celebrate the King: The Gala.
Be part of a special night for the City of Cincinnati that will honor the inventive music created at King Records and all the different types of artists and musicians from around America who were creating and leading the charge in Cincinnati, Ohio. There will be video presentations that highlight artists and musicians as well as several art displays. Many musicians and performances will be backed by the incredible School of Rock, which features some of Cincinnati's most talented youth artists. There will special cameo appearances by King Records recording artists, family and friends. The gala will present four Lifetime Achievement Awards.  A portion of tickets from the night will help save the building at 1540 Brewster Avenue and to support the artists and musicians of King Records. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street. Over the Rhine | Ticketed Event. More details at

Saturday, August 25th, 12AM-3AM | Post Gala Soul Dance Party! The party for King continues after the Gala at Mixwells. DJs Bryan Dilsizian and Grover of The Queen City Soul Club bring rare and crucial grooves to the dance floor! Join these hosts as they spin, for your dancing pleasure, the best in rare and obscure Soul, R&B, and Funk music that King Records recorded. Party goes to 3am. Mixwells, 4169 Hamilton Avenue, Northside | Admission

Friday August 31th, 5:00 - 8:00PM | “The King of Them All” Show Posters. Stop by MOTR Pub during Final Friday to check out the opening of a unique art exhibit. Design students from the Art Academy of Cincinnati have reimagined and created show posters based on actual gigs of King musicians from long ago at local venues such as the Taft Theater, Music Hall, and The Copa Club. Using black and white newspapers ads from the 1940s to the 1970s as source material, these young artists have used their creativity and imagination to bring color, vibrancy and excitement to this poster art. This exhibit will be on display from August 31st to September 25th, MOTR Pub, 1345 Main Street, Over the Rhine | Free Event


Saturday September 1st, Time TBA | King Records Month Beer Launch. Listermann’s will reveal the final beer in its summer beer series on King musicians and the different kinds of music recorded at King Records. This September beer will be honoring four King alumni including founder, Syd Nathan. It will be available as a special variety four-pack. On display will be King Records exhibit materials; a booth by Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park -and a chance to win tickets to the KJ Sanchez play Cincinnati King; and King Records poster art designed by We Have Become Vikings. Listermann Brewery, 1621 Dana Avenue Evanston | Free event | 18+ (under 18 admitted w/ guardian)

Saturday September 1st to December 31st | “King Records 1943 to 1973: Thirty Years that Changed American Music” Exhibit. Come to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to learn the story of King’s thirty years as a record company. This exhibit consists of 30 professionally designed banner stands that provide an overview of label’s history from its merging Country and R & B music in the 1940s that foresaw the development of Rock and Roll, through the 1950s, when the company expanded into other music genres including Rockabilly, Soul, Bluegrass, Jazz, and Chicago Blues. The exhibit also explores the 1960s when James Brown created a new genre called Funk while recording for King. The exhibit will be accompanied by music recorded at King that spans three decades. This display runs from September 1st to 31st. Accompanying the exhibit will be portraits of King artists produced by the design shop We Have Become Vikings. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E Freedom Way, The Banks | Admission

Saturday September 1st through 30th | BUY King Records! Starting on the first of the month, several Cincinnati record stores will be offering month-long specials on King music. Everybody’s Records in Pleasant Ridge will have a section for King Records with 20 percent off any King CD and vinyl. Shake It Records in Northside will be offering 20 percent off any in store King-related item. This year Plaid Records in historic downtown Loveland will be joining in the celebration. Just ask at checkout and get 20 percent off any King Records product. If you want to check out new music, don’t forget that Plaid Records is also the home of Colemine Records, an Ohio-based label dedicated to putting out quality records of current soul artists, in the tradition of King.

Saturday September 1st through 30th | Jukebox King. King had many jukebox hits over the years. Several bars will be paying homage to that history during the month of September. Look for King Record CDs on the jukeboxes in The Comet Bar in Northside, MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine, City View Tavern in Mt Adams, The Northside Tavern in Northside and the Southgate House Revival in Newport, Kentucky. The music runs the gamut from Hillbilly to Funk, Jazz to Rockabilly, Soul to Bluegrass, Jump Blues to Gospel.

Saturday September 1st through 30th | King Twitter!Chris Richardson, “a pop music archaeologist”, will again be tweeting fun facts and little known history about King Records every day in the month of September. Richardson maintains the music history blog, Zero to 180-Three Minute Magic, that spotlights deserving artists as well as songwriters, musicians, producers, engineers, arrangers, and label owners who have not received their proper historical recognition and serves as a forum for examining the “old fogie roots of modern rock” in all its facets. Twitter handle @King_Studios

Saturday, September 1st, 8:00 – 11:00PM | Ricky Nye plays King. Check out the rollicking sounds of RICKY NYE INC at the bar and bistro whose interior is outfitted in the style of New York City’s Grand Central Station, circ 1920s. Ricky Nye, winner of the CEA’s Best Blues Artist in Cincinnati, will be playing numerous selections from King’s catalog. He will also be paying tribute to King Records when his European tour goes through France and Germany in September. Grand Central Bistro & Bar, 6085 Montgomery Rd., Pleasant Ridge | Free event

Saturday September 1st, 11:00PM & Sunday, September 2nd, 7:00 PM & Monday, September 3rd, 1:00PM | King Records artist Moon Mullican.Lee Hay continues her profiles on King artists with a look at Moon Mullican, known as the King of the Hillbilly Piano Players. This singer, songwriter and pianist was an innovator who merged styles such as blues, pop and honkytonk, showing what was possible for young pianists such as Jerry Lee Lewis and Floyd Cramer. His work predated rock 'n' roll by years, and his influence is still felt in the outlaw movement, rockabilly and country. There’ll be interviews with Mullican’s nephew, Oscar Pepper; John Rumble, Senior Historian at the Country Music Hall of Fame; and Kathy Hughes, daughter of Cowboy Copas, who performed with Mullican on the Grand Ole Opry; as well as Billy Grammer, session guitar player for Mullican; and Calvin “Eagle Eye” Shields, King Records house drummer. WVXU 91.7 FM

Sunday September 2nd, 8:00 AM -10:00 AM | Dee Felice Trio. In the 1960s, the jazz combo Dee Felice Trio was one of the hottest acts in town. After catching their show in 1968 at the Living Room Supper Club in downtown Cincinnati, James Brown signed them to his company, James Brown Productions. The trio recorded an album In Heat at the King studio. They also backed Brown on the recording of 12 mostly jazz standards that was released in May 1969 as Brown’s album, Gettin' Down To It. Join host Carmon Deleone as he spins some cuts from both albums on his radio show “Sunday Morning Music Hall.” WDJO 99.5, 107.9 FM & 1480 AM

Tuesday, September 4rd, 6:30PM | The Twist the Movie. Come watch a fun documentary that tells the story of how a song recorded in Cincinnati in 1958 at King Records revolutionized the concept of dancing. It explores the history of popular dance from World War II to the explosion of the Twist in the mid-sixties. The film contains vintage news footage from the height of the Twist craze and interviews with Twist creator Hank Ballard, Chubby Checker, and Frankie Avalon, among others. Main Library, 800 Vine Street, Huenefeld Tower Room, Downtown | Free event

Wednesday September 5th, 6:00PM Reception / 6:30 PM Program | The Wild, Weird, and Mostly True Legend of Syd Nathan, Founder of King Records. Author Randy McNutt and Steve Halper, Syd Nathan’s nephew, join local music historian Darren Blase for a panel discussion about Syd, King Records, and his place in music history. Free and open to the public Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut Avenue, Downtown | Free event |

Thursday, September 6th, 7– 10PM | Queen City Kings. Throughout King Records Month, the Afrochine Studio Band will perform songs from their concert series Queen City Kings. Every Thursday night in September, the band will be showcasing the diverse music of King’s catalog with featured vocalist Cammile 'Saba' Smith at Lucius Q, a traditional barbecue joint with a modern-industrial vibe located in one of Cincinnati’s hottest up-and-coming neighborhoods. The Cincinnati based afrochine studio band have been performing in local venues as well as creating music films that tell the stories of Cincinnati’s original record label and the artists who had an enduring impact on American music. Lucius Q, 1131 Broadway St., Pendleton | Free event

Friday, September 7th, 6:00 doors, 7:00 show | Roomful of Blues. Legendary Roomful of Blues, one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world, will be joining in the celebration of the King’s 75th when the eight-piece unit stops in the Queen City for a hot night of music. With five Grammy nominations and a slew of music awards and accolades, Roomful has become a recognized leader in their genre. Their winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card, as does their ability to fill the dance floor. During their set the band will pay a little tribute to Wynonie Harris, arguably the greatest blues shouter and one of King’s biggest selling R & B artists. Cincinnati blues greats Johnny Fink and the Intrusion open the show. More information at : The Southgate House Revival - Sanctuary, 111 E Sixth Street, Newport, KY | Ticketed Event

Friday September 7th, 8:00 -11:00PM | Live Jazz with the Philip Paul Trio. Drummer Philip Paul is still going strong at 93 years old. Working at King Records in the 50 and 60's, he played on countless classic recordings such as “Fever” and The Twist.” He also performed with Jazz Greats Dizzy Gillespie and Jimmy Smith, Spend an evening with a living legend as he performs some of his favorite jazz. Symphony Hotel, 210 West 14th Street, Over The Rhine | Free event

Friday, September 7th, Following the Reds vs San Diego Padres 6:40 PM Game | World’s Largest Twist Dance. Sixty years ago, in November 1958, Hank Ballard wrote and recorded a song in Cincinnati at King Records that would become a worldwide phenomenon. Released on King in 1959, “The Twist” was a big hit on the R & B charts and in black clubs. A year later, Chubby Checker recorded a note for note cover that introduced it to a white audience through TV appearances. Help celebrate the 60th anniversary of the song that went around the globe. The dance party happens following the conclusion of the Reds game, and just before the fireworks. Get ready to show off your moves for the largest gathering of people to twist! Be part of the fun and claim Cincinnati as the birthplace of the Twist. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, The Banks Downtown | with Game Ticket |

Saturday, September 8th, 6pm-8PM | King Surf Party! In 1963, King Records released several surf albums, Surfin’ on Wave Nine, Freddie King Goes Surfin’, and Look Who Surfin’ Now in response to the California craze. Join Rock-it Rick, Midwest Surf Guy and Handsome Dan as they play some cuts from these King compilations on the legendary Rockin’ & Surfin’ Show. WAIF 88.3 FM

Saturday September 8th, 11:00PM & Sunday, September 9th, 7:00 PM | James Brown Productions Part 1. Brian Powers, local music historian and King Records expert, talks with several individuals who worked with James Brown. David Matthews, who was James Brown’s music arranger for five years, and also shares stories about working with Bootsy and Catfish Collins. Alan Leeds was James Browns’ publicity director first and then transitioned to tour manager. He shares great insights into what it was like working for James Brown Productions. Carmon DeLeone talks about his friendship with David Matthews and the recording sessions he sat in on. And, Chuck Sullivan shares his memories of being a guitarist on a King Records session for Bobby Byrd and also playing with Lonnie Mack and Beau Dollar. WVXU 91.7FM

Sunday, September 9th, 12-5PM | Second Sunday on Main. Enjoy art, crafts, food, and beer while the Queen City Kings, a group of top notch local musicians, showcase Cincinnati's rich music history with select King Records songs focusing on funk, soul, and country.   Relax and explore Over-the-Rhine’s oldest street festival with its local merchants, vibrant arts programming, and eclectic vendor market with over 100 booths. Main Street Between 12th & Liberty, Over the Rhine | Free event

Sunday, September 9th, Open House 4-7PM | King Records and the Great Migration. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will share aspects of the King Records legacy with the King Studios Traveling Suitcases on display in its lobby between shows. The Suitcases are educational tool kits designed to share and teach different aspects of King’s legacy outside of a traditional brick-and-mortar museum location. This Sunday the subject will be the effects of the migration of southerners on Cincinnati. Presentations begin on the hour and half hour. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 513-421-3888. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park 962 Mt Adams Circle, Mount Adams      

Tuesday September 11th, 8:00 PM- 10:00PM | King Square Dancing. In the early 1960s King Records put out a series of square dancing albums that included instruction booklets. Stop by the Northside Square Dance to pick up your copy of a King square dance album and stay for a fun night of dancing  A collection of talented players called the Northside Volunteers provides the live music along with a guest caller. This dance night happens monthly on the second Tuesday in the Tavern’s famous back room. Northside Tavern, 4163 Hamilton Avenue, Northside | Free event but donations encouraged for traveling callers

Thursday September 13th, 4:00PM - 5:00PM | King of the Country Deejays - Nelson King. WMKV radio host Mike Martini presents a program about Nelson King, who has been credited by many historians as one of most influential country music DJs in the post-World War II era. His nightly show, Hillbilly Jamboree, broadcasting from the Gibson Hotel on Fountain Square, could be heard throughout the South, Canada, Mexico and parts of South America. The show garnered a national audience and fueled the growing popularity of country music. King was courted by such stars as Hank Williams, Gene Autry and Eddy Arnold. He was voted the top DJ in Billboard magazine polls for eight consecutive years in the 1950s. He even recorded for King Records. WMKV-FM 89.3 FM

Saturday, September 15th, 9:00AM-1:00PM | Clean Up the King Picnic. Recording studio afrochine, Playhouse in the Park, and Eli's BBQ are partnering to give a little love to Brewster Avenue at the site of the former King Records building in Evanston. The cleanup of the area will start at 9am followed by a picnic at 11am with food provided by Eli’s BBQ. Please join in this effort to beautify the spot whose value Terry Stewart, former President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has stressed on record: “There was never a more important piece of real estate musically or culturally in the history of popular music.” 1540 Brewster Avenue, Evanston | Free event

Saturday, September 15th, 1:00PM | The Wham Of That Memphis Man!: Lonnie Mack. In 1963, local guitarist Lonnie Mack cut a series of recordings at the King studio that became a model for blues-rock lead-guitar style. “Memphis” and “Wham” sold millions of copies and galvanized young guitar players around the world like Jeff Beck, Duane Allman, Dickey Betts, Jimmy Page and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Join Carl Edmondson, the producer of these Mack sessions, along with music historian Randy McNutt for an insider’s looks into these recordings. Main Library, 800 Vine Street, Local History Program Space, Downtown | Free event

Saturday, September 15th, 9:00-10:00PM | Jake Speed & the Freddies. It will be a magical evening of live music, backed by cricket chirps under the light of the moon and surrounded by friends at the annual Imago’s Music in the Woods. During their set, Jake Speed and the Freddies would dipping into the King songbook to play a few songs by the Delmore Brothers, Merle Travis, and Hank Penny. It will be fun night of deliciously prepared food, local craft beer and music. Imago Nature Center, 700 Enright Avenue, Price Hill | Free to $15 Admission

Saturday September 15th, 11:00PM & Sunday, September 16th, 7:00 PM | James Brown Productions Part 2.This King Records special will feature the Sisters of Righteous, Dr. Kay Robinson, and Jimmy Railey & Waddell Falland. Two sisters from the Sisters of Righteous, Geneva L. Kinard Woode & Denise Kinard Crowley, talk with Brian Powers about their careers at King Records as teenagers and backing up numerous King musicians including Hank Ballard. Dr. Kay Robinson shares her thoughts on recording a gospel album for James Brown Productions. Jimmy Railey and Waddell Falland were both members of The Solars, Bobby and the Expressions, and The Famous Flames. Dave Parkinson, saxophonist, and Eddie Setser, guitarist, from The Dapps, also share their memories of working for James Brown Productions. WVXU 91.7FM

Sunday, September 16th, Open House 4-7PM | King Records and Civil Rights. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will present another topic from the King Studios Traveling Suitcases that will be on display in its lobby between shows. The Suitcases are educational tool kits designed to share and teach different aspects of King’s legacy and contain artifacts and educational materials, such as lesson plans, teacher’s guides, and printable worksheets. Presentations begin on the hour and half hour. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 513-421-3888. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park 962 Mt Adams Circle, Mount Adams      

Sunday, September 16th, 7:30 PM | Comet Bluegrass Allstars play King. Enjoy a Cincinnati tradition of Bluegrass Sunday and burritos as the Comet Bluegrass All Stars continue their annual tribute night to King’s Bluegrass artists. The Comet Bar, 4579 Hamilton Avenue, Northside | Free event

Tuesday September 18th, 7:00 PM | Cheryl Renee. Cincy Blues Society presents Bluesday Tuesdays with Cheryl Renee, the dynamic keyboardist, song stylist and "Goddess of the Blues" who will pay some classic tunes from King’s catalog like “Kansas City” and “Drown in My Own Tears.” Arnold’s, 210 East Eight Street, Downtown | Free event

Wednesday, September 19th, 5:30PM Dinner, 6:00PM Show | King MRC Sampler. The Music Resource Center is a multifaceted teen program that uses recording and performing arts, as well as life skills mentoring to create a sense of empowerment & accomplishment in the urban community. MRC will be hosting their quarterly sampler showcasing the amazing talent there at the MRC, who will play a King Records tune for their final collaboration song. Music Resource Center, 3032 Woodburn Avenue, Walnut Hills | Free event

Wednesday, September 19th, 7:00PM | Reno & Smiley – Good Old Country Ballads. Reno and Smiley were one of the most talented duos in bluegrass history, recording 20 albums for King in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1992 they were elected into the International Bluegrass Music Awards Hall of Honor. Bluegrass historians Fred Bartenstein and Mac McDivitt will discuss one of their best albums, Good Old Country Ballads, released on King in 1959. Main Library, 800 Vine Street, Popular Library Program Space, Downtown | Free event

Thursday September 20th, 7:00PM - 9:00PM | King Records Night at Folk School. Take a short excursion from downtown Cincinnati to quaint and friendly Ludlow, Kentucky for an enjoyable evening at Folk School Coffee Parlor, where there will be a showcase of the breadth of the King Records catalogue—from early R&B, country, and gospel by several great local artists. Lineup is to be announced soon. Folk School Coffee Parlor, 332 Elm Street, Ludlow, KY | Free event with a suggested donation for the artists.

Friday, September 21th, Doors at 7:00 PM, Program at 7:30 PM | King Cinema. Local musicians and filmmakers Yemi Oyediran, JP Leong & Kayla Waldron, who are also People’s Liberty grantees, have been working on a King Records documentary and concert film for the last three years. Join them at The Mini Microcinema as they discuss the challenges of piecing together lost history, tracking down principle figures, capturing stories and collecting images of a music label that closed shop nearly 50 years ago. They will be presenting some edited footage of the in-progress project that will be screening this November. The Mini Microcinema, 1329 Main Street Over the Rhine | Free/ Donations appreciated

Saturday September 22nd, 3:00 PM | The Tokyo Happy Coats.One of the most noteworthy entertainment acts to come from Japan was a band comprising of five sisters from Tokyo who started performing at various U.S. military bases in East Asia. The sisters came to the United States in the 1960s and played more than six years on the resort/lounge entertainment circuit. In 1970, the Tokyo Happy Coats recorded for King Records, releasing two singles and two albums. Roy Baugher from Radford University has spent several years researching the group and will present a fascinating slideshow on the sisters’ beginnings, the venues they played, their television appearances, and their recording history with Columbia Records and King Records. Main Library, 800 Vine Street, Local History Program Space, Downtown | Free event

Saturday September 22nd, 11:00 PM & Sunday, September 23rd, 7:00 PM | A King Records Potpourri. During this hour, a look at various aspects of King Records. Roy Baugher discusses his research on the Japanese group, Tokyo Happy Coats, who recorded two albums for King Records. Darren Blasé talks about the King Records museum he’s creating at Shake It Records in Northside. KJ Sanchez and Musical Director Richard Huntley preview the play “Cincinnati King” on stage later this year at Playhouse in the Park. There’s an update of the status of the King Records building on Brewster Avenue. And, a look at the Cincinnati Preservation Fall Forum whose keynote speaker is Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who’ll discuss “the extraordinary role King Records played in the development of several styles of American music as well as the story of saving the King Records studio from demolition.” WVXU 91.7 FM

Sunday, September 23th, 7:00PM | King Swing Dance Party. King recorded a number of jump blues artists in the 1940s and 1950s such as Roy Brown, Wynonie Harris, Bull Moose Jackson and Tiny Bradshaw. The up-tempo style of jump blues was popular in the 1940s and was a precursor of R & B and rock and roll. Appreciation of the genre was renewed in the 1990s as part of the Swing revival. Put on your dancing shoes for a special shout out to King’s jump blues cats from 7 to 8pm at the Cincinnati Lindy Society’s weekly swing dance that happens every Sunday in College Hill. No partner or experience required. Cincinnati Lindy Society is dedicated to the preservation of Lindy Hop / swing dancing throughout Cincinnati.Lessons are just $5 and go from 6 - 7pm. The dance runs 7 - 9pm College Hill Town Hall, 1805 Larch Ave, College Hill | $5 admission

Tuesday, September 25th, 7:30PM | King Vinyl Night. It’s that time of year to dig out your King vinyl and get down to Vinyl Night, the monthly get- together of music fans who meet on the last Tuesday night of each month to spin records and share stories. Bring your favorite King 45 record or 33 1/3 album, or any kind of music you are in the mood to play. Grand Central Bistro & Bar, 6085 Montgomery Rd., Pleasant Ridge | Free event

Wednesday, September 26th, 7:00PM | Ronnie Hollyman - The Quiet Man. In 1960, King Records recorded Ronnie Hollyman, an English entertainer, who played 10 consecutive weeks at the Key Room, a nightclub at Peeble’s Corner in Walnut Hills. The resulting album, The Quiet Man, captured on record his club act of music and comedy. Join Jim Tarbel, Mr. Cincinnati, as he plays selections from this album as he remembers Hollyman. He will also discuss the lively nightlife of Peeble’s Corner of the early 1960s and its many clubs that showcased bluegrass, blues and everything in between. Main Library, 800 Vine Street, Popular Library Program Space, Downtown | Free event

Friday, September 28th, 6PM-8PM | James Brown’s Lost King Album. In August 1971, James Brown planned to release a triple vinyl album of his electrifying March 1971 concert at the Olympia in Paris, backed by the original JBs that featured Bootsy and Catfish Collins. Sequenced and mixed by Brown himself for a King Records release, he considered it among his best work. However, when his contract was sold to Polydor Records, the masters were shelved and the album was not released. The complete concert recording would not be heard until 43 years later when Sundazed Records released it on vinyl in July 2014. Join “Freekbass” as he plays the album on his radio show Funk Radio with Freekbass on Radio Artifact. 1660AM streaming at and WVXU 91.7 FM HD2 (and on WVXU app)

Saturday, September 29th, 1:00PM | Reds Sportscaster Waite Hoyt.After playing baseball with Babe Ruth for the Yankees in the 1920s, Waite Hoyt transited successfully in the 1940s to a career in broadcasting, as the play-by-play voice of the Cincinnati Reds for 24 years and a spokesman for Burger Beer. Hoyt became known for entertaining radio audiences during rain delays, sharing anecdotes and telling vivid stories from his days as a player. In 1963, King put together an album of these stories called The Best of Waite Hoyt in the Rain.  The Reds Hall of Fame and Moerlein Lager House will present a talk on this legendary sports figure with Reds historian Greg Rhodes and Hoyt’s friend, Nick Clooney. Moerlein Lager House, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, The Banks Downtown | Free event

Saturday, September 29th, 8:00- 11:30 PM | The Spear Shakers w/Kelly Richey & Sherri McGee. For more than four decades, The Greenwich has been a jewel in the Cincinnati performance scene and has maintained a long standing tradition of presenting the finest in local, regional and national entertainment. Described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body,” Kelly Richey is a veteran guitar-slinger who has traveled the world and has shared the stage with legends like Lonnie Mack and Albert King. During her set with drummer Sherri McGee as the duo Spear Shakers, she will pay tribute to some of great music King Records produced. The Greenwich, 2442 Gilbert Ave, Walnut Hills | Admission

Sunday September 30th, 1:00PM | Kings (and Queens) of Cincinnati Music.During Sunday Brunch at MOTR Pub, historian Christine Anderson, professor at Xavier University, will share the history of women artists at King Records, and play well-known and not-so-well-known King songs that you will want to dance to! King Records holds an important place in the Cincinnati and American recording industry. Located in Evanston, Ohio, from the 1940s through the 1960s, King made important contributions to Cincinnati’s cultural and civil rights history. MOTR Pub, 1345 Main Street, Over the Rhine | Free Event | Brunch runs from 10AM-2PM

The King Records 75th celebration continues beyond September and Cincinnati:

Wednesday October 17th, 7:00PM | Telling The King Records Story Panel Discussion Presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Through a variety of creative media, many artists and scholars have been capturing the rich history of Syd Nathan and King Records. The record label’s legacy lives on through documentary film, written biographies and now live theatre. Join us for a special panel event in which filmmaker Yemi Oyediran, author Randy McNutt and theatre artist KJ Sanchez provide unique insight into their creative work that shines a spotlight on King Records. This event will be hosted by local music historian and librarian Brian Powers. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888. Event location TBA

Friday October 26th, 12:00 PM | King Preservation. Mark your calendar for an exciting forum and luncheon that will focus on the extraordinary role King Records played in the development of several styles of American music as well as the story of saving the King Records studio from demolition. Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 14 years, will be the keynote speaker. This event has been organized by the Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) which promotes the appreciation, protection and appropriate use and development of the Cincinnati region’s historic buildings, communities and landscapes. Hilton Netherland Plaza – Hall of Mirrors Downtown Cincinnati

November 3rd to December 23rd | Cincinnati King: The Musical. Celebrate Cincinnati’s rich music history in this world premiere musical about King Records. Based on hundreds of interviews, the story traces the groundbreaking rise of music pioneer Syd Nathan and the artists he produced, the music he created and the enemies he made along the way. The show shares behind-the-scenes tales of King Records hits including “The Twist,” “Blues Stay Away From Me,” “Fever” and “Need Your Love So Bad.” Cincinnati King shines a spotlight on this revolutionary music label and its Queen City roots. Written and directed by KJ Sanchez. For tickets, visit or call 513-421-3888 Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park 962 Mt Adams Circle, Mount Adams

Monday November 26th, 7PM | King Records Legacy Artists Panel Discussion presented by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Hear first-hand accounts of the rise of King Records from artists who were there and are currently working to preserve its legacy, including session drummer Philip Paul. Local filmmaker Yemi Oyediran (who directed a documentary about King Records) will facilitate the discussion. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling the Box Office at 513-421-3888.Event location TBA

January to May, 2019 | “King Records 1943 to 1973: Thirty Years that Changed American Music” Exhibit. After the New Year, the traveling exhibit on King Records heads to Cleveland for an extended stay at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and will be enhanced with artifacts from the Rock Hall’s collection. Over a dozen inductees of the Rock Hall recorded or worked for King Records during its thirty year history. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives | 2809 Woodland Ave, Cleveland, OH

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