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Celebration of Philip Paul at Washington Park on July 17

WP_Philip Paul logo(Cincinnati, OH) On Sunday, July 17, from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. a celebration of the great Philip Paul will take place in Washington Park.  This celebration of Mr. Paul, who passed on January 30, 2022 after living 96 years, is a vision of his widow Bobbie Paul and produced by the King Records Legacy Foundation:

– All welcome, free and open
– Come together for Philip
– 96 minutes of Jazz
– 96 minutes of Blues
– Spoken word tributes
– Complimentary CDs of Mr. Paul’s “It’s About Time” and “Live at The Cincinnatian”
– 96 screen prints of mural featuring Philip Paul, Otis Williams and Bootsy Collins

Hear and Learn About Mr. Paul’s Musical Legacy:
For an in-depth experience of Mr. Paul’s session work with King Records, its subsidiary labels, as well as other releases on Columbia Records and more, see Zero to 180’s in-depth piece dedicated to Mr. Paul.  This thoroughly researched piece includes links to audio and video interviews, performances, pictures plus:

For 9 hours of recordings featuring Mr. Paul:
SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2froUm29xEP7HrDN7Nt7ck
APPLE MUSIC: https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/philip-paul-the-pulse-of-king-records/pl.u-DDPeuJ3jAd

About Mr. Paul’s Advocacy and King Records Legacy Foundation:
Mr. Paul’s legacy with King Records, not only includes being a main session drummer for about 15 years, but he served as a leading advocate for King Records in the Cincinnati leading to the region’s growing embrace and celebration of its King Records heritage in recent years.  Mr. Paul spoke and performed with and for schools and varied audiences for decades.  He took opportunity after opportunity to highlight other unsung artists and musicians deserving recognition as he found himself being honored at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The Country Music Hall of Fame, the Cincinnati Jazz Hall of Fame and the Cincinnati Blues Society to name a few.

After engaging with many non-profits, Philip Paul joined fellow King Records artists Otis Williams and Bootsy Collins to ask City of Cincinnati officials to form an official group to partner with the City of Cincinnati to develop and implement a vision to revitalize the King Records buildings on Brewster Avenue.  Philip, Otis, and Bootsy were key advocates that led to historic marker, the local landmark designation and the City’s acquisition of King properties in Evanston.  Together, they saw reason to elevate all King Records persons and asked that the emphasis on King Records focus on the legacy as the buildings become revitalized.  As part of the work of the committee a non-profit 501(c)3, the King Records Legacy Foundation, was established in 2021.

Mrs. Bobbie Paul, who along with her late husband, willed a great collection of his legacy items to the foundation to be featured in the future King Records on Brewster and at Herzog.  She would like “the hat to be passed for King Records Legacy Foundation” at the Washington Park celebration.  Sales of screen-prints of the mural featuring Philip, Otis and Bootsy from the Ovation King Records Green Room designed by artist Keith Neltner will go the King Records Legacy Foundation.

“Mr. Philip Paul was the consummate professional support musician in the studio, on the road and as an educator. As demonstrated in his long-dedicated career of work with a vast array of top and new artists within multiple styles. He and those like him are one of the main reasons I have devoted my life’s work to the legacy of King Records and the universal language of music! He was a very close friend and he’ll be sorely missed, but never forgotten!” — Kent Butts, Board Chair & Executive Director of King Records Legacy Foundation

More about Celebration of Philip Paul in Washington Park:
Live music will feature musicians who played with Mr. Paul, the jazz set organized by Jim Anderson and the blues set organized by Ben Levin.  A limited amount of complimentary CDs available to attendees are thanks to Tom and Liz Antony.

This event is part of the DBL Law OTR Perform series in Washington Park.  Sponsored by DBL Law, GBBN Architects, and First Financial Bank, produced by 3CDC.



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First Financial Bank Summer Series Returns to Washington Park

CO_washington-park-crop3CDC celebrating 10 years of programming since completed renovation

3CDC and First Financial Bank kicked off their Summer Series events at Washington Park this week. Programming includes movies, workouts, music from multiple genres, and more, all free and open to the public. It was 10 years ago, in 2012, that 3CDC completed the renovation of Washington Park and began programming the space with free events. Today, Washington Park welcomes millions of individuals each year from all over, and hosts over 500 events annually. Popular event series including Friday Flow, OTR Performs, Summer Cinema, and Roots Revival are all celebrating their 10th season this summer.

A full liquor license allows 3CDC to offer beer, wine, and liquor at events and at The Porch presented by PPG Paints, which is open in Washington Park 7 days a week.

See below for the full schedule of summer events at the Park. Visit www.washingtonpark.org for detailed information and lineups for each series or subscribe to 3CDC’s weekly newsletters to stay on top of all free events offered this summer.

All Washington Park Summer Events are presented by First Financial Bank and produced by 3CDC.

The Porch presented by PPG Paints
Monday-Sunday, Hours Vary

The Porch presented by PPG Paints is open this summer 7 days a week! Washington Park’s Porch lies directly north of the dog park and offers bar service including craft beer, wine, hard seltzer, liquor, and Coca-Cola products. ‘Like’ The Porch on Facebook and find information on operating hours, Porch events, and drink specials.

Jazz at the Park
Monday, 6-9p

Local and regional jazz acts perform every Monday at the Porch presented by PPG Paints, featuring the finest of Cincinnati’s thriving jazz scene. Jazz in the Park is programmed in collaboration with Jazz at the Memo. This series is presented by Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati and GBBN Architects.

Workout on the Green
Tuesday & Wednesday, 5:30-7:30p

No contracts. No excuses. Just FREE fitness in Washington Park. All classes are led by licensed, trained instructors. Visit our webpage for weekly lineups. Thanks to our sponsor Melanoma Know More.

Summer Cinema
Wednesday 9-11p

Summer Cinema features a free movie screening every Wednesday at the Park! Dust off those lawn chairs, grab a picnic basket, and join us for a fun, relaxing evening over on our civic lawn. Thank you to United Dairy Farmers, Frisch’s, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati Art Museum, altafiber, and First Financial Bank for sponsoring Summer Cinema.

Roots Revival presented by The Johnson Foundation
Thursdays, 7-9p

Looking for a foot-stompin’, finger-pickin’ good time? Roots Revival returns for its 10th season in 2022. Enjoy an evening of free Bluegrass, Roots, and Americana music at Washington Park’s bandstand. Food will be available from various local food truck and vendors.

Fiday Flow presented by P&G
Select Fridays, 6-9p

Washington Park’s FREE R&B Series, Friday Flow presented by P&G, returns this summer with eleven nights of entertainment! Chrisette Michelle, one of the very first headliners in year one of the series is returning to help us celebrate 10 years of Friday Flow. Follow us on Facebook for more announcements. Concerts are from 7p-10p at Washington Park’s main stage on the civic lawn.

DBL Law OTR Performs
Select Sundays, 7-9p

Enjoy an evening of free arts programming in the Park on select Sundays this summer. Dates will be added throughout the season, check back for details and be sure to follow us on Facebook for detailed descriptions of each show. Thanks to our sponsors DBL Law and GBBN Architects.

FC Cincinnati Pre-Match at the Park presented by ProLink Staffing
Dates and Times Vary

Join us before every FC Cincinnati home game for our Pre-Match at the Park! Festivities will include a DJ, and family activities. Food trucks will be parked on Elm street serving up delicious grub and the Porch presented by PPG Paints will be open serving beer, wine, hard seltzer, and drink specials. Visit our Facebook page for updates for each individual match.  FC Cincinnati Pre-Match at the Park presented by ProLink Staffing and is supported by FC Cincinnati, Frost Brown Todd and CVG Airport.

Dunkin’ Yappy Hour
Dates and Times Vary

Round up your furry friends and meet us in Washington Park every month for a paws-itively spectacular time at Dunkin’ Yappy Hour. Each event will be a little different but you can always count on a dog-friendly, dog-centric good time. Follow us on Facebook for event updates.

Pop Up Play
Dates and Time Vary

Add a bit of creative fun to your day at Pop Up Play! Join us in Washington Park on select weekdays for games, adventures, craft projects and more! Pop Up Play is sponsored with thanks to Urban Sites and The Hubert Family Foundation.

MORE INFORMATION: Please visit www.washingtonpark.org for more information.

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Jazz at the MEMO and Jazz in the Park

Popular Demand for Jazz Extends Memorial Hall Lineup &
Inspires Encore Summer Series at Washington Park

CINCINNATI, OH – Twenty new jazz concerts are on tap in Over-the-Rhine as live performing arts continue to gain footing.

Since January, Memorial Hall has provided safe, socially distant live jazz experiences on Monday nights for both in-person and livestreaming audiences. Responding to popular demand, 3CDC has extended that program in the historic venue, and is launching a 17-show series at Washington Park. The result: eight consecutive months of weekly jazz programming in Over-the-Rhine’s arts corridor in 2021, featuring the finest local and regional jazz talent.


Jazz at the Memo is adding three performances to its winter 2021 roster:

Shades of Blue, featuring The Duo Tachoir
Monday, April 12, 2021, 7 p.m.

Internationally demanded vibraphone / piano collaboration The Duo Tachoir debuts selections from their brand-new album, Shades of Blue. Veterans of jazz festivals including Montreaux, Northsea, Montreal, Pittsburgh and more, Nashville-based Duo Tachoir offers their first Cincinnati performance in recent memory.  Featuring Marlene Tachoir (piano, voice) Jerry Tachoir (vibraphone).

Soulful Songs of Love with the Dixie Karas Quartet
Monday, April 19, 2021, 7 p.m.

One of the Queen City’s best-loved divas, Dixie Karas brings lends her powerhouse vocals to an evening of treasured love songs from every generation. A full-time music professional, Dixie effortlessly leaps from soothing melodies to fierce soulful deliveries, her commanding presence connecting with listeners in a way that makes them a part of the magic. Featuring Dixie Karas (vocals), Ted Karas (guitar), Aaron Jacobs (bass), John Taylor (drums).

Brasilia Plays Jobim
Monday, April 26, 2021, 7 p.m.

Brasilia is a Cincinnati based band that fuses the improvisational influences of American jazz with the wide pallet of Brazilian musical styles, featuring an all CCM Jazz faculty lineup. For this concert they feature the music of Brazil’s most internationally celebrated composer, Antonio Carlos Jobim. Featuring Phil DeGreg (piano), Kim Pensyl (trumpet), Rusty Burge (vibraphone), Aaron Jacobs (bass) and John Taylor (drums).

All Jazz at the Memo performances are 7-9 p.m. at Memorial Hall (1225 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine). Tickets are $8 ($6 for students) and may be purchased online (MemorialHallOTR.com) or over the phone (513.977, 8037; Mo – Th, 1-6 p.m.). Cash bar available. Complimentary wine tastings for all Jazz at the Memo performances will be provided by Over-The-Rhine’s own Revel OTR Urban Winery.


Washington Park announces its Jazz In The Park series, presented by GBBN and the Segoe Foundation, taking place Monday nights May 3 through August 30, 2021 (excluding Memorial Day). A complete lineup can be found at WashingtonPark.org.

Jazz in the Park 2021 is the series’ sophomore effort, having launched in 2020 to provide safe entertainment during the COVID-19 pandemic. With a lineup transferred from Memorial Hall (which remained closed for much of last summer), the 2020 offerings were a big hit for music lovers and Over-the-Rhine residents.

All Jazz in the Park performances are 6-9 p.m. at The Porch, presented by PPG Paints, in Washington Park and are free and open to the public, though space may be limited. No reservations required. Cash bar available. Jazz in the Park is programmed in collaboration with Jazz at the Memo.


Memorial Hall

Memorial Hall is committed to keeping patrons and performers safe through the following measures:

  • 6’ social distancing between all parties
  • Masks required for patrons at all times
  • Hourly disinfecting of “high-touch” surfaces throughout the building
  • Placement of hand sanitizing stations throughout the building
  • Utilizing safer steam heat to warm the building
  • Constant cycling of fresh air into the building via our Dedicated Outdoor Air System.

To learn more, visit MemorialHallOTR.com/jazz.

Washington Park

Due to health concerns posed by COVID-19 we are taking extra precautionary measures at The Porch in addition to our standard operating procedures regarding sanitation, including:

  • Seating at The Porch presented by PPG Paints has been greatly reduced to accommodate social distancing.
  • No cash will be accepted; credit cards and contactless payment only please.
  • Once seated, please remain in your designated spot. Patrons may take their drinks throughout the park. Please observe alcohol perimeter signage at the park exits.
  • Our staff will ensure a clean space, keeping disinfectant at the ready and wiping down tables/chairs/areas in between patron usage.
  • Masks are required when moving thru the space and while ordering, and can be removed once your beverages are served.
  • We are asking our patrons to please be sure to clean up after themselves, leaving no napkins, tissues or food product behind.
  • Games will not be available at this time.

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About Memorial Hall: Memorial Hall, managed and programmed by 3CDC, is conveniently located in the heart of the revitalized arts district of Over-the-Rhine. This exquisite venue overlooks Washington Park, and is adjacent to Music Hall in addition to being down the street from both the School for Creative and Performing Arts and soon-to-be completed new home of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Designed by Samuel Hannaford, the hall features marble staircases adorned with intricate wrought iron that lead to the 550-seat proscenium theater, dubbed the Annie W. and Elizabeth M. Anderson Theater. Exceptional acoustics, decorative murals and Tiffany chandeliers enhance this historic theater. Memorial Hall offers an elegant setting for performances and unique spaces for social and business events.

About 3CDC: 3CDC is a private, non-profit, real estate development and finance organization focused on revitalizing Cincinnati’s urban core in partnership with the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati corporate community. 3CDC’s work is specifically focused on the Central Business District and in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. 3CDC also manages The Cincinnati Equity Fund (CEF) and the Cincinnati New Markets Fund (CNMF). These investment funds play an important role by providing needed financial capital to 3CDC’s development projects. For more information, visit http://www.3cdc.org.

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ETC to Present a Free Performance of STILL LIFE WITH IRIS at Washington Park


ETC_new_logo_banner(Cincinnati, OH) Grab your picnic baskets and camp chairs, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is headed to Washington Park! Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) is expanding the walls of its intimate theatre by presenting a special presentation of Steven Dietz’s STILL LIFE WITH IRIS as a part of 3CDC’s OTR Performs Series. This one-hour event, held at 6:00 pm on July 19, 2015 at Washington Park, will be preformed by a talented group of actors that have all once taken the ETC stage as interns over the last 20 years. Don’t miss this free—yes FREE!—performance that is fun for the whole family.

The cast is entirely composed of former ETC acting interns from last 20 years. Taking the stage is Jared Doren (1995-96), Sara Mackie and Burgess Byrd (1999-00), Daniel Winters (2004-05), Lisa DeRoberts (2010-11), Ben Raanan and Jared Earland (2013-14), and Molly Israel and Patrick Phillips (2014-15). Stage Manager is Emily England. Directed by Ben Raanan.

STILL LIFE WITH IRIS  is a fantastical adventure that centers on a little girl’s search for the simplest of things: home. Iris lives with her mom in the land of Nocturno—a magical place in which the workers make, by night, all of the things we see in the world by day. The rulers of Nocturno, the Great Goods, are determined to have the “best” of everything on their island—and therefore take Iris away from her home and bring her to the Great Island to be their daughter, leaving her with no memory of her home or her family. Iris joins with friends she meets on her journey as she embarks on a quest to return to her family and her home. As the first play for young audiences to receive the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays Award, this show celebrates ETC’s past and present, while gearing up for its future.

“STILL LIFE WITH IRIS is all about finding your home,” explains Ben Raanan, Director, former intern, and now ETC’s Director of Education & Outreach. “It seemed fitting to invite past interns to perform this piece about finding your home when ETC has been home to so many interns over the years. It’s a beautiful story that I knew needed to be brought to Cincinnati.”

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Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is supported, in part, by the generosity of community contributions to the ArtsWave Campaign.

The Ohio Arts Council helps fund Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati is a professional theatre dedicated to producing world and regional premieres of works that often explore compelling social issues. We fulfill our mission through our stage productions and educational outreach programs that enlighten, enliven, enrich and inspire our audiences.

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Honors a Cincinnati Legend with Free Evening CELEBRATING KING RECORDS

CFF_Cincinnati King(CINCINNATI) – The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park will salute the legacy of Cincinnati’s own King Records with a one-of-a-kind celebration in Over-the-Rhine’s Washington Park on Sunday, May 31. CELEBRATING KING RECORDS will feature an evening of food, music and memories, capped with an exciting staged concert reading of KJ Sanchez’s play CINCINNATI KING. The event launches the OTR Performs series and is also included as part of this year’s Cincinnati Fringe Festival.

Sanchez has described CINCINNATI KING as a “theatrical album” about the history of Cincinnati music, racial equality and the legendary rhythm and blues label.

CELEBRATING KING RECORDS festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with music and theatre activities for children and the chance to explore memorabilia from King Studios. Legendary King Records studio drummer Philip Paul and his quartet will kick off the evening’s entertainment at 5:30 p.m. with a performance of the label’s greatest hits and behind-the-scenes stories. The staged concert reading of CINCINNATI KING will be presented at 7 p.m. Throughout the evening, food trucks and beverage sales will be available in the park.

Playhouse Artistic Director Blake Robison commissioned KJ Sanchez, one of the theatre’s associate artists, to create the play. Sanchez is the founder and CEO of American Records, a company devoted to making theatre that chronicles our time. The CINCINNATI KING project was designed to collect and share stories that preserve a unique part of Cincinnati’s history, foster understanding and ignite dialogue.

What began as an investigation specifically into the history of King Records quickly took on broader meaning thanks to Syd Nathan’s unique contributions to the music industry and to Cincinnati at large. Nathan founded King Records in 1943 as a country label. King’s sister labels, Queen and Federal, became immensely successful for fulfilling the needs of a different audience and supporting the growing popularity of African-American rhythm and blues artists. Iconic singer James Brown started his career at King Records.

King Records became one of the most successful independent labels of the 1940s and 1950s. Nathan revolutionized the industry by keeping the entire production process in house, recording, mastering, printing, pressing and shipping all of the albums King produced. At the same time, he employed both blacks and whites, who worked side by side, inside and outside of the studio. King Records was one of the first integrated industries in Cincinnati.

Working with a group of Playhouse board and staff members, drama students from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and community volunteers, Sanchez compiled CINCINNATI KING from transcripts of interviews with nearly 50 people from across the Tristate. Additional material was drawn from recordings Nathan himself made, as well as newspaper clippings and books written about King Records.

For more details about Celebrating King Records, visit the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of the community contributors to the ArtsWave campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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