AMERICAN ORIGINALS: The Cincinnati Sound

March 7-8, 2020 | Music Hall

No longer on sale

A rediscovery of our musical roots.


John Morris Russell, conductor

Paul Shaffer, co-host, curator, keyboards and vocals

Morgan James, vocalist
Mykal Kilgore, vocalist
Felicia Collins, guitar and background vocals
Francisco Centeno, bass
Clint de Ganon, drums
Bradley Meinerding, guitar and mandolin


Music Hall

Ticket Prices

From $25 adults/all kids $20

Concert Duration

About 2 hours with intermission


This concert is part of the Pops Saturday, Sunday and Premier Series

What's Interesting

  • JMR and former Late Show with David Letterman band director Paul Shaffer co-host a celebration fit for a Queen City.
  • Cincinnati has nurtured some of America's most important musical styles and musicians, including James Brown, the Isley Brothers, Hank Williams, Mamie Smith and the Stanley Brothers.
  • Experience the legacy of American music born just blocks from Music Hall in local landmarks King Records and Herzog Studios, reimagined with the power of the Pops and special guests. Following the Saturday concert, join us in the Foyer for a funk & soul party, free with your ticket.
  • "It's a unique mélange that started with folk, bluegrass, country and then branched into gospel and rockabilly and, eventually, into the funk sounds of James Brown. That happened right here." —Pops Conductor John Morris Russell in the Cincinnati Business Courier

Sample the legacy of music in Cincinnati and get ready for the concert with this playlist.