Friday, March 4th, 1:30pm

Soulful Sounds of Southwestern Ohio: from King Records to Dayton Funk

Cincinnati and Dayton were important locales in the crystallization of popular African-American music in the second half of the twentieth century. Cincinnati’s King Records, beginning with roots in country music, became, in the 1950s and ‘60s, one of the world’s most important independent rhythm and blues labels, boasting artists such as James Brown and Hank Ballard. In the 1970s, Dayton was a catalyst in the development of funk music. The city’s modest size was not proportional to the international fame of the funk bands it produced, including the Ohio Players, Roger Troutman’s Zapp, Heatwave, Slave, Lakeside, and Faze-O. At the same time, Cincinnati natives Bootsy and Catfish Collins were also becoming leaders of the funk revolution, first as members of the J.B.’s (James Brown’s band) and later Parliament-Funkadelic. The session will feature Cincinnati music experts “Uncle” Dave Lewis and Brian Powers, who will discuss the history of King Records and local popular music, and interview a small panel of King recording artists still living in the area. Dr. Scot Brown, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at UCLA, is writing a book about Dayton funk and will join us to present his research.

  • Speakers
    • Scot Brown, University of California, Los Angeles
    • David N. Lewis, WVXU Cincinnati
    • Brian Powers, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
    • Otis Williams, The Charms, lead singer
    • Philip Paul, King Records session drummer
  • Location
    • Rookwood
  • Live Streaming?
    • No

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