Cincinnati’s Emery Theatre Gets a Memory Flashback from Ralph Stanley.

Image634859042543436904When Bluegrass pioneer Dr. Ralph Stanley was booked to play Cincinnati's  Emery Theatre, (which is in the process of being brought back to life thanks to the efforts of "The Requiem Project") for this year's MidPoint fest, the Sessioneers captured a magical session on video before the show featuring The Clinch Mountain Boys with the iconic musician.  (WATCH VIDEO HERE)

The lack of an audience during all of the Sessions (and the black and white approach) adds an air of mystery to the clips, the empty theater providing a wide-open and kinda spooky atmosphere according to Cincinnati's City Beat.

Stanley, who recorded in his heyday for Cincinnati’s King Records  had performed several times at the Emery decades ago with his brother Carter as The Stanley Brothers.

Fittingly, on what was dubbed "Ralph Stanley Day" by the city, the Sessions crew captured Ralph and Co. performing "Train 45," a tune Stanley Brothers the Stanley Brothers recorded for the local King label.

The Emery Sessions, are a series of live performances filmed at the Emery over the past year or so by photographer/videographer Michael Wilson and musicians Cameron Cochran and Henry Wilson.


You can feel the energy when you walk through the space – hear the echoes from 100 years of musicians, dancers and performers who came before. Dormant for more than 10 years, The Emery bares the beautiful bones of one of Cincinnati's most historical treasures. The peeling paint, the plastic-covered seats – reminders of the energy and vitality that once sparked countless acts of creativity.

As a replica of New York's Carnegie Hall, and with an acoustically pure symphony space, The Emery is a rare jewel – an artistic hub for community and collaboration unlike any other in the region. The time to bring it all back to life is now.

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