The lineup of performers for this year's Cincinnati Entertainment Awards music program Nov. 23 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'll 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 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).
Back at the CEAs that evening, 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 All-Stars are slated to play the Afterparty at Know Theater of Cincinnati.
The 12th annual CEAs will be held at the historic Emery Theatre, 1112 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine. Awards will be handed out in 19 categories, of which the public chose the winners of 16. Winners in the three Critical Achievement Categories (New Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Artist of the Year) are determined by the nominating committee headed by CityBeat Music Editor Mike Breen. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7.
Read Rick Bird's feature story on King Records here.