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American Originals: The Cincinnati Sound of King Records

March 7 - March 8

Cincinnati Music Hall

$25 – $115
Paul Shaffer with Cincinnati Pops
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Photo credit: aaregistry/discogs/inc.com

Enjoy songs by James Brown, Mamie Smith, the Isley Brothers and more as the Cincinnati Pops performs the music from Cincinnati King Records and Herzog Studio.


Cincinnati was a hub for some of America’s most important musical styles and musicians, including James Brown, the Isley Brothers, Hank Williams, Mamie Smith and the Stanley Brothers. Experience the legacy of American music born in local landmarks King Records and Herzog Studio, reimagined with the power of the Pops and special guests.


Former Late Show with David Letterman band director Paul Shaffer takes the stage with Cincinnati Pops Conductor John Morris Russell to provide a sound like no other March 7 – 8 at Music Hall. 


Tickets to American Originals: The Cincinnati Sound with Paul Shaffer are $25 – $115 and can be purchased online. All children’s tickets are $20. The duration of the concert will be two hours including one intermission. This concert is part of the Pops Saturday, Sunday and Premier Series.
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Sample the legacy of music in Cincinnati and get ready for the concert with this playlist.
Cincinnati Sound Playlist


Performance Schedule
Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m.



  • During the entire concert weekend, King Records 1943 to 1973: Thirty Years that Changed American Music, a 31-panel display of the historic record company that fostered the growth of musical genres from rockabilly and bluegrass to jazz and funk will be on display in Music Hall’s Wilks Studio.
  • Saturday night’s performance will feature a post-concert funk dance party with DJ Bryan Dilsizian of the Queen City Soul Club. (Bryan exclusively DJ’s with original King Records vinyl!)



Parking at Music Hall
There are over 2,500 parking spots within four blocks of Music Hall. The closest parking is in the Washington Park Garage on Elm Street (which may be reserved in advance, see “Guaranteed Parking” below), the Music Hall surface lot on Elm Street (which is at least partially reserved for donors of the CSO), and the Town Center (CET) Garage on Central Parkway behind Music Hall. There are many other lots and garages within walking distance to Music Hall—see map below.


Restaurants in OTR
Arrive early and grab a bite at one of many restaurants in OTR like Sacred Beast, Senate, Taste of Belgium and more! View map of restaurants here.


About King Records
Cincinnati businessman Syd Nathan launched King Records in 1943 and built the company into one of the most important, successful and influential record companies in history. He had artists like Sonny Thompson and Lula Reed, The Dominoes and more. Read more about King Records


About Paul Shaffer
For 33 years Paul Shaffer served as David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick. Paul began his career in 1972 as musical director of the Toronto production of “Godspell.” He played piano in “The Magic Show” on Broadway in 1974, then spent the next five years with the original “Saturday Night Live,” where he played keyboards, composed special musical material and, in 1980, became a featured performer. Read more about Paul Shaffer.

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