CityBeat’s Steven Rosen about some of his most memorable moments from his time on TV and he cited backing up James Brown as “the most significant” performance.
Shaffer will get to pay tribute to Brown and other legends who recorded for Cincinnati’s King Records when he returns to Ohio this weekend to collaborate with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for a pair of special concerts celebrating the Queen City’s rich musical history. A part of the Pops’ American Originals series, The Cincinnati Sound concerts will celebrate the music of Brown, the Isley Brothers, Hank Williams, Mamie Smith, The Stanley Brothers and other artists who either hailed from Cincinnati or recorded seminal music here at King and downtown’s Herzog studios.
At Music Hall for the shows will be a special exhibit honoring King’s legacy and the concerts will be followed by a dance party in Music Hall’s foyer where DJ Bryan Dilsizian will spin some legendary Cincinnati-related platters.
Shaffer will handle keyboards (of course) and vocals for the shows and, along with the Pops orchestra (conducted by John Morris Russell), he’ll be joined by guest vocalists and musicians like his old Late Show bandmate Felicia Collins on guitar and local multi-instrumental wiz Bradley Meinerding on guitar and mandolin.
8 p.m. Saturday, March 7; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8. $25-$115. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, cincinnatisymphony.org.