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ABOVE: The Rolling Stones photographed in 1963 just before their Ritz Ballroom Gig

Come along to RollKings Stones Fest 2016 on the afternoon of Sunday 18 September at Fletchers Bar on King's Heath's York Road and help celebrate the 53rd Anniversary  of the Rolling Stones first ever performance in Birmingham at the old Ritz Ballroom.

Formed in London in 1962 by Brian Jones after he met up with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards who had been childhood friends, the Rolling Stones started out as a blues group taking their name from the title of a song by Muddy Waters. For the whole of 1962 they played exclusively in the London area. But all that changed on 7 June 1963 after they released their first single a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On". Just a few months later on 14 September 1963 they played one of their first ever gigs outside London and their first ever in Birmingham at King's Heath's Ritz Ballroom. Joining Brian, Mick and Keith on the tiny stage were Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts. The day after they returned to London to play at the Great Pop Prom at the Royal Albert Hall! And when they returned to Birmingham the following year they played the much larger venues of the Hippodrome and the Town Hall. They then went onto become the world's greatest Rock and Roll Band in the world selling over 200 million albums.

From 3 to 6 pm some great local musicians including Acoustica, Nanker Phelge, SwiftBeat, The Mighty Crawdaddys and Harmonica Bob and Oz will perform their interpretations of classic Rolling Stones songs at  Fletchers Bar & Eatery directly opposite the burnt down ruins of the old Ritz Ballroom.

Get your tickets now for this hugely popular annual event that usually sells out in advance.

Tickets cost just £4 in advance from the Kitchen Garden Cafe,

£4.40 from www.wegottickets.com/event/369168

or £5 on the door if any are left



 
Rock 'n' Roll Magic featuring Harry Jordan Band & SwiftBeat on Sunday 10 July

ABOVE: The Harry Jordan Band on stage

Come and enjoy a great afternoon of rock 'n' roll inspired music at Fletchers on Sunday 10 July from 3 to 6 pm.

Rising star Harry Jordan who recently released her debut EP Blowin' Up Your Jukebox to great critical acclaim and is about to release her second will bring along her band to play mainly self penned tracks influenced by rockabilly, skiffle and blues with witty lyrics about life and Birmingham.
"Harry...is young, eager to rock and bursting with showbiz persona"
(Ryan's Music Guide)
"A name to keep an eye on ... I don't think it will be long before you see her headlining some big venues and festivals" (Bully's Music Blog)
Among others on the bill will be Harborne based rock 'n' roll band SwiftBeat returning by popular demand to play some classic hits of the 50's and 60's.
Advance tickets cost just £4 from Kitchen Garden Cafe or £4.40 from

www.wegottickets.com/event/359225

Any remaining tickets will cost £5 on the door.

Below: SwiftBeat will be returning to Fletchers by popular demand to play some classic covers

 
Ex Kinks Members headline KinKs Heath Fest on Sunday 12 June commemorating 50th Anniversary of Birmingham Debut

Above: Top image from left to right: Mick Avory, Ian Gibbons, John Dalton and Dave Clarke

Don't miss a unique chance to hear ex-Kinks members perform all their greatest hits in the intimate atmosphere of the Hare & Hounds on Sunday 12 June to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Kinks' Birmingham Debut.

The Kinks were one of the greatest and most influential groups of all time scoring hit after hit from the 1960's onwards until they split up in 1996.

Expect to hear all The Kinks' hits including “You Really Got Me”, “Dedicated Follower of Fashion”, “Sunny Afternoon”, “Lola”, “Waterloo Sunset”, “Victoria”, “Apeman”, “Days” and “Come Dancing”.

The evening concert will conclude a one day KINKS HEATH FEST that will jointly celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Kinks performing next door to the Hare & Hounds at the now sadly burnt down Ritz Ballroom and the debut there on bass guitar of John “Nobby” Dalton who will be returning to King's Heath as a member of The Kast Off Kinks.

From 3 pm to 6pm many fine local muscians including Black Country Radio featured Alex Vann, the fantastic Andy Thomas, roots rockers Mr Apollo, the very talented Tim Walkerdine, the equally talented Jamie Connolly and the amazing Eggmen will play their favourite Kinks songs at a Kinda Kinks Session at Fletchers Bar in York Road.

From 7 pm the doors will open across the road at the Hare & Hounds for an evening concert by The Kast Off Kinks.

The Kast Off Kinks are not a tribute band but a great line-up of ex-Kinks members:-

Mick Avory on drums and vocals who also played at the 1966 Ritz gig

John Dalton on bass guitar and vocals

Ian Gibbons on keyboards and vocals plus

Dave Clarke on lead guitar and vocals who previously worked with The Beach Boys.

Formed by Mick Avory to keep the music of The Kinks alive, the Kast Off Kinks regularly perform at major venues throughout Europe.

"All of the Kast Off Kinks have a long association with one of the most successful British bands ever and set about the seemingly bottomless goldmine of classic pop songs with ... unbridled glee"

(Bournemouth Echo)

“A full house, and a standing ovation. To anyone wondering about going, do not hesitate”

(The Stables, Milton Keynes)

“ A great night's entertainment … made up of both classic hits and album tracks”

(Sussex Express)

This should really prove to be a great night commemorating a key event in King's Heath's musical heritage.

The Hare & Hounds is an upstairs standing and dancing venue just like the old Ritz Ballroom!

Tickets for the afternoon Walk Of Fame (Kinda Kinks) session at Fletchers cost £4 in advance or £4.40 from www.wegottickets.com

Any remaining tickets will cost £5 on the door

Advance Tickets for the evening concert by The Kast Off Kinks cost  £15 cash from Kitchen Garden Cafe or £15 + BF from www.skiddle.com/e/12678746 More on the Door if any are left!

Come along dressed up in your finest 60's clothes as there will be spot prizes for the best dressed Dedicated Follower of Fashion!

 
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