King Records Month Kickoff Event Taking Place At The Woodward Theater On 9/1



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)

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.

The event will be hosted by Evanston Community Council president and King Studios chair Anzora Adkins.  She’ll be joined by Otis Williams and Philip Paul, Mayor John Cranley, council members and other King Records fanatics.

5-6 | Mixer / mingling, hors d’ oeuvres by Picnic & Pantry, cocktails, DJ Bryan Dilsizian plays select King albums
6:00-7:30 | Speakers
8 – 9 | School Of Rock Mason:  A Tribute to King Records
9:30-10:30 | Freekbass

This September marks the 74th 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 out of 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. Over 30 events (mostly free) include concerts, displays, library programs, album listening parties, radio shows, and even a chance to buy your own King vinyl or compact discs at a discounted price.

About KING RECORDS: THE KING OF THEM ALL – National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Exhibit:
Come to the Freedom Center and see the second installment of a three-part series that explores King’s thirty years as a record company. This exhibit consists of 10 professionally designed banner stands that provide an overview of the middle years of label’s history (1954 to 1963) when the company expanded into other music genres including Rockabilly, Soul, Bluegrass, Jazz, and Chicago Blues.  It also examines the early careers of future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, The “5” Royales, Little Willie John, Freddy King, and James Brown. The exhibit will be accompanied by music recorded at King during this time period. This display, funded and developed by the Community Building Institute and an Artswave grant for King Studios, runs from September 1st to 30th.
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E Freedom Way, The Banks

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