Bootsy Collins

It's the end of an era on WVXU-FM. Around Cincinnati, the 7 p.m. Sunday arts and culture show, airs its final broadcast after 15 years this Sunday.

It's provided an important voice to local theaters, authors, musicians, actors and other performers, especially after the Enquirer's arts and entertainment staff was mostly disbanded in 2014, and Northern Kentucky University sold off folk-rock WNKU-FM in 2017.

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Cincinnati’s own Bootsy Collins has just released a new song to support the work of MusiCares. “Stars” features an all-star collaboration with American philosopher Dr. Cornel West, drummer Steve Jordan, banjo legend Béla Fleck, and featuring EmiSunshine and Olvido Ruiz. Elaine Diehl finds out more from the Rock Hall icon and shares the song.

Courtesy Alpaugh Family Economics Center

"I sold a million records, now I gotta way to pay. Got dollars in my wallet, and the rest is in the bank… Candy ain't free, I pay with this cheese. Give me cash money candy!" --Cash Credit Candy music video

Combine the talents of an America's Got Talent ventriloquist with the University of Cincinnati's Alpaugh Family Economics Center and Madcap puppets in the WCET-TV studio and you get $martPath videos teaching financial literacy to grade school students.

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, December 21st at 11pm, I decided to go back through the archives and pull out a number of songs recorded by local blues musicians in WVXU's Corbett Studio.  I also added in three King Records tunes, Kelly Richey's Christmas story, a song by Tommy Emmanuel, and ended with a live version of "O Holy Night" by Peter Frampton.

So, this Christmas program begins with songs by Steve Schmidt, Bootsy Collins, Robin & Joani Lacy, Sonny Moorman, Greg Schaber, and Stuart Holman/Chuck Adair.  Then, Kelly Richey shares a story about the first guitar she got for Christmas followed by pieces from Larry Goshorn and Tommy Emmanuel.  There's a little section of King Records tunes by Charles Brown, Freddie King, and James Brown.  And, afterwards, you'll hear  music from Ben Levin, The Bluebirds, Marcos Sastre, and ends with Peter Frampton.  Merry Christmas!

As part of Black History Month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's traveling exhibit King Records: Thirty Years That Changed American Music | 1943-1973 will be officially dedicated on Thursday, February 28 in Cleveland. 

Cincinnati's iconic King Records is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, and a special event is coming to Memorial Hall on August 25. 

The Ohio Supreme Court has refused to consider a demolition permit sought by owners of the King Records building in Evanston.

A song from Zak Morgan and Bootsy Collins

Sep 27, 2013

Cincinnati singer-songwriter Zak Morgan helps us kick off the fall/Halloween season with his song Case of Dry Markers, a duet with funk icon Bootsy Collins, off the CD Barber of the Beasts.

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One of the largest music festivals of its kind in the U.S., with roots dating back to 1962, kicks off Friday night at Paul Brown Stadium. The Macy's Music Festival features R&B, jazz, soul and hip-hop. Organizers say most of the nearly 50,000 people attending are coming from out of town. Consequently, downtown hotels are filled.

Macy's Facebook page reports one fan has come all the way from Germany.