Cincinnati’s legendary King Records may get a new lease on life, thanks in part to Xavier’s Department of Art. The University and the art faculty are exploring a partnership with the Evanston Community Council and its Flavor of Art Studio, Evanston businesses, Ultrasuede recording studio and Steed Hammond Paul architects that would create a new facility—called King Records—on Montgomery Road in neighboring Evanston. The new facility would include a memorial to King, a working recording studio with a community education component, and a new home and expanded programming for Flavor of Art, which serves Evanston with programs for young and old.
Assistant professor of art Kelly Phelps is the studio’s lead instructor, and the new facility could serve as a training site for Xavier art and art education majors. The initial exploratory event took place Sept. 11 with a reception attended by local musicians, public officials, potential funders, Xavier administrators and faculty, and students from management and entrepreneurship professor Tim Kloppenborg’s project management course, who are assisting with the effort.
Once the largest independent record company in the United States with a list of stars that included Freddy King, Little Willie John and James Brown, King was located at 1540 Brewster Ave., one block south of campus.