King City Blink

Animated Charley Harper Projection Mapping at Blink

Overview

Celebrate the King: The Gala on August 25th, 2018 is a special night for King Records and the City of Cincinnati. With Memorial Hall as the home of the 75th anniversary gala for King Records, we took a look back to remember the inventive talent, the many genres of music created by all different types of artists and musicians from around America creating and leading the charge, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

It was a night of stories and performances, a gathering of musicians and artists, and a reunion of family and friends. We opened the doors for the next generation of King Records fans.

On this night, we showcased many King Records voices from Cincinnati and beyond. Videos highlighted artists and musicians. Many King Records musicians and performances were backed by the incredible School of Rock Mason, featuring some of Cincinnati's most talented young artists. We also celebrated four Lifetime Achievement Awards, Otis Williams, Philip Paul, Henry Glover and Bootsy Collins. 

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The Challenge

To create an interactive 1 night experience in the Memorial Hall Theater that to Celebrate 75 Years of King Records

 

Developing the Brand

We started concepting the King Records "Celebrate the King" brand at the end of 2017 after working on an interactive projection mapping project for Blink called "King City." "King City" featured Philip Paul, King Records recording artist, narrating our 10min animation. As we began to learn more about King Records and its importance to creating American Music, and the development of civil rights in our country, we knew we had to lend our skills, passion and expertise to the mission of saving the memory of King Records.

The goal was to have the brand pay homage to the original King logos but also introduce the legacy to a knew audience. Utilizing a very selective color path that pays respect to the original Blue and Red that represented the R&B and the Hillbilly records. A strong typeface that stands the test of time and brand assets that cater to a unique and incredible diverse music talent. 

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Social

We had a blast creating social media content for Celebrate the King. We knew they had to read super easy, bright, bold and tell a story, tell the history. Call to Action was simple, "Get a Ticket," and don't miss this night. We were responsible for ticket sales for this event at Memorial Hall, Cincinnati Ohio, so we had to appeal to a pretty wide audience, cast a big net, and have fun! We ended up doing videos for different digital installations, social media and for onsite digital storytelling.

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Print

As we were designing and concepting for the event, we really wanted to create both digital and print collateral. We knew there was value in printing, all silkscreen, handmade pieces that reflected the D.I.Y. aesthetic of great traditional work. We developed mailers, envelopes, postcards, enamel pins, access badges, an illustrated sticker set, rag prints for wheat paste and the King Records Series 1 poster set (10).

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King Records Poster Series 1

 Bootsy Collins, King Records 75th Poster Series 1

Bootsy Collins, King Records 75th Poster Series 1

 Cowboy Copas, King Records 75th Poster Series 1

Cowboy Copas, King Records 75th Poster Series 1

 Bonnie Lou, King Records 75th Poster Series 1

Bonnie Lou, King Records 75th Poster Series 1

 Henry Glover, King Records 75th Poster Series

Henry Glover, King Records 75th Poster Series

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 Freddy King, King Records 75th Poster Series 1

Freddy King, King Records 75th Poster Series 1

 Little Willie John, King Records 75th Poster Series

Little Willie John, King Records 75th Poster Series

More Fun Collateral

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Onsite digital

 

The Gala

Our goal was to provide a unique experience by bringing together the King Records community. We developed awareness, identified and supported the fan base and celebrated all the King Records artists and musicians of the first 75 years. We had a tremendous team that concepted and designed the project, created the experience with script writing, sound design, fundraising, printing, programming, printing, installation, build-out and ticket sales. A true design experience. This team had serious heart for this project and the work tells this story. 

All photos by Hailey Bollinger and Brittany Thornton

 Sherry and Lauren Scott, grand & great-grand daughter of the late Henry Glover of King Records.

Sherry and Lauren Scott, grand & great-grand daughter of the late Henry Glover of King Records.

 WHBV Ava Roberts & Phil Valois helping customers at Celebrate the King.

WHBV Ava Roberts & Phil Valois helping customers at Celebrate the King.

 Legendary King Rec Philip Paul having fun at the gala.

Legendary King Rec Philip Paul having fun at the gala.

 Brian Powers leads the James Brown Productions Panel with Kick Lee, RJ Smith and Alan Leeds, James Brown's Manager.

Brian Powers leads the James Brown Productions Panel with Kick Lee, RJ Smith and Alan Leeds, James Brown's Manager.

 WHBV installations with the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Shake It Records and Listermann Beer.

WHBV installations with the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Shake It Records and Listermann Beer.

 King Me installation with WHBV.

King Me installation with WHBV.

 Comet Bluegrass All Stars kick off the gala by honoring The Stanley Brothers.

Comet Bluegrass All Stars kick off the gala by honoring The Stanley Brothers.

 Great looking crowd at Memorial Hall for Celebrate the King

Great looking crowd at Memorial Hall for Celebrate the King

 Lauren Eylise with School of Rock Mason performing "Fever."

Lauren Eylise with School of Rock Mason performing "Fever."

 Sherry and Lauren Scott, grand & great-grand daughter of the late Henry Glover of King Records accepting & celebrating his Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sherry and Lauren Scott, grand & great-grand daughter of the late Henry Glover of King Records accepting & celebrating his Lifetime Achievement Award.

 Man of the Media, Courtis Fuller reminding us all about the importance of King Records to world.

Man of the Media, Courtis Fuller reminding us all about the importance of King Records to world.

 Philip Paul and his wife Bobby accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award at Memorial Hall, Celebrate the King.

Philip Paul and his wife Bobby accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award at Memorial Hall, Celebrate the King.

 Philip Paul performing with School of Rock Mason.

Philip Paul performing with School of Rock Mason.

 Sonny Moorman performing with School of Rock Mason.

Sonny Moorman performing with School of Rock Mason.

 The original man of Doo Wop, Mr.Otis Williams, accepting his Lifetime Achievement at Celebrate the King.

The original man of Doo Wop, Mr.Otis Williams, accepting his Lifetime Achievement at Celebrate the King.

 Otis Williams performing with the School of Rock Mason his first hit in 1954, "Hearts of Stone."

Otis Williams performing with the School of Rock Mason his first hit in 1954, "Hearts of Stone."

 Patti Collins of The Bootsy Collins Foundation.

Patti Collins of The Bootsy Collins Foundation.

 Otis Williams performing with the School of Rock Mason.

Otis Williams performing with the School of Rock Mason.

 School of Rock Mason getting nasty honoring James Brown.

School of Rock Mason getting nasty honoring James Brown.

 Alan Leeds, James Brown's manager introducing Bootsy Collins.

Alan Leeds, James Brown's manager introducing Bootsy Collins.

 Alan Leeds celebrating with Bootsy Collins.

Alan Leeds celebrating with Bootsy Collins.

 Bootsy honors King Records with inviting back both Philip Paul and Otis Williams in one of the finest moments of the night.

Bootsy honors King Records with inviting back both Philip Paul and Otis Williams in one of the finest moments of the night.

 Bootsy Collins Celebrates the King with his King Records Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bootsy Collins Celebrates the King with his King Records Lifetime Achievement Award.

 The crowd erupts with Bootsy Collins giving some love and saying thanks to Cincinnati and King Records.

The crowd erupts with Bootsy Collins giving some love and saying thanks to Cincinnati and King Records.

WHat people are saying

Axs

"here was a time when the legacy of King Records was all but forgotten in Cincinnati, the historic label’s hometown. But for several years now various persons and entities in the city have been working hard to uncover Cincinnati’s musical history and bring it back into the public eye. "

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WVXU / NPR

"King Records is the first to introduce the D.I.Y. aesthetic to record labels, and that happened all in our backyard"

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Cincinnati Magazine

"From the recording of the world’s first Funk song to the first female CFO in the country, the first African Americans involved and the first jobs offered to Japanese Americans after the war, King Records has left its mark on Cincinnati in more ways than one."

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CityBeat

“The idea for the gala started over beers with two people active in (the King Studios project),” Snell says. “I’d just be sitting there and go, ‘What? That happened? No.’ Just being a fan of the music coming out of here and not really knowing a tenth of what happened… it gives me goosebumps.” 

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CincyMusic

"Don’t miss out on this magical night."

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 Here is the amazing rad SQUAD that brought you Celebrate the King. Pictured left to right - Sara Beddinghaus, Philip Valois, Jason Snell, Ava Roberts, Megyn Norbut, (top right) Steve Ramos, Matt Dorman and Luke Kalinoski.

Here is the amazing rad SQUAD that brought you Celebrate the King. Pictured left to right - Sara Beddinghaus, Philip Valois, Jason Snell, Ava Roberts, Megyn Norbut, (top right) Steve Ramos, Matt Dorman and Luke Kalinoski.