The lineup of performers for this year's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards music program has been confirmed. Opening the show will be Bootsy Collins, who is heading up a band of King vets (including his brother, Catfish) to pay tribute to the late, great James Brown (it will be so cool to see Bootsy actually playing bass on stage!). JB was the biggest artist to record for King Records, which is a special part of the ceremony this year. In honor of the pioneering record label's 65th anniversary, the day of the show — Nov. 23 (at The Emery Theater) — will see the erection (he he) of a plaque marking the original King facilities in Evanston.
Several King alum will be the presenters at the ceremony (including musicians and some big shots in the music industry). And legend Ralph Stanley (who recorded for King with the Stanley Brothers) is closing out the show with a 30 minute set.
The newer acts scheduled to appear are Jazz/Hip Hop/Jam band Eclipse, Roots/Blues/Indie trio The Sundresses and ElectroFolk duo The Seedy Seeds. The Comet Bluegrass Allstars are slated to play the after party at Know Theater.
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