Celebrating the legendary, historically important Cincinnati-based King Records’ 70th anniversary (as well as the in-the-works music/education/community center, King Studios), September has already seen numerous exhibits and performances related to the King legacy.
Sunday at Northside’s The Comet, the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars will honor King’s legendary Bluegrass recordings with some cover tunes during their usual 7 p.m. Sunday showcase at the club; Brian Hellmann will be spinning King music from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, King Records Month winds down with a free concert at the new riverfront green-space, Smale Park, featuring a performance by legendary, Cincinnati-born King artist Otis Williams. Williams — who had R&B hits with his group, The Charms, and also worked on Hank Ballard’s original version of “The Twist” and Little Willie John’s “Fever” for King — will perform after that day’s Reds game at 8 p.m. During the show, organizers will be asking for audience participation for an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest Twist dance. (Shake It Records in Northside will unveil an exhibition of historic King items at the store on Sept. 29; the display will be up through the end of November.)
For a list of all King Records Month events and more, be sure to visit kingstudios.org.