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Award Winning Out Of The Shadows return to Fletchers Bar on Sunday 13 October

ABOVE: Live on stage the award winning Out Of The Shadows

Come to the eagerly awaited return to King's Heath's Fletchers Bar of the award winning West Midlands group Out Of The Shadows after their previous performances here ave had the audience dancing in every conceivable space!

Starting at 3 pm expect to hear nearly 3 hours of great rock'n'roll music from Out Of The Shadows featuring some of the greatest vocal hits from the late 1950's onwards including Eddie Cochran's “Summertime Blues”, The Searchers' "Needles and Pins" “and Dire Straits' ”Walk Of Life” along with a string of top instrumental hits including The Shadows' “Apache” , “Wonderful Land” and “Cavatina – Theme From The Deer Hunter”, Fleetwood Mac's "Albatross" and Jean Michel Jarre's "Equinox".

Hailing from Stourbridge, they have regularly been voted Top Club Act by regional club entertainment officers and audience members.

If you have not seen them before, don't miss out again on another great Lazy Sunday Afternoon's entertainment brought to you by King's Heath Walk Of Fame.

Advance Tickets cost £5 cash from Kitchen Garden Cafe or £5.50 from www.wegottickets.com/event/476537

Any remaining tickets will cost £6 on the door.

 
Rolling Stones Mini Festival on Sunday 15 September Celebrates 56th Anniversary of Birmingham Debut

ABOVE: The Rolling Stones photographed at the Royal Albert Hall on 15 September 1963 the day after they made their Birmingham debut at the Ritz Ballroom.

TODAY! ROLLKING STONES FEST LINE-UP 3.10-3.25 Harmonica Bob & Oz 3.30-3.45 Tim Walkerdine 3.50-4.05 Acoustic Sunset 4.20-4.35 Matilda Pratt 4.40-4.55 Dog Walker 5.10-5.25 Acoustica 5.30-5.45 Mr Apollo The Stones Doors 7pm On Stage 7.45pm

On Sunday 15 September King's Heath Walk of Fame will celebrate the 56th Anniversary  of The Rolling Stones first ever appearance in Birmingham at the now sadly burnt down Ritz Ballroom.

Our Mini Festival starts with an Afternoon Session featuring top local musicians at Fletchers Bar from 3p.m. to 6 p.m and ends with one of Europe's leading tribute bands The Stones taking to the stage at  7.45 p.m. at the Hare & Hounds next door to the old 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! When they next returned to Birmingham they played the much larger Town Hall and Hippodrome before going on to become the world's greatest Rock and Roll Band in the world selling over 200 million albums.

From 3 to 6 pm a fantastic line-up of great local musicians will perform their interpretations of classic Rolling Stones songs at Fletchers Bar & Eatery. including Acoustica, Acoustic Sunset, Dog Walker, Matilda Pratt, Mr Apollo, Harmonica Bob & Oz, The Guest List and Tim Walkerdine with more to be announced.

Tickets for the afternoon session at Fletchers cost £5 in advance from the Kitchen Garden Cafe,

£5 + Booking Fee from www.wegottickets.com/event/476536

£6 on the door.

At 7 pm doors will then open for an evening concert by top tribute band The Stones starting at 7.45 pm who will bring to the stage at the  Hare & Hounds all the energy and excitement of a live Rolling Stones concert in a brilliant tribute to their music in a sensational climax to the One Day Mini Festival. The band regularly perform at festivals and major venues throughout Europe and have often been described as more of a reincarnation than a tribute band.

"The Rolling Stones recreated to absolute perfection" (Winding Wheel Theatre, Chesterfield)

"History repeating itself" (Playhouse, Whitley Bay)

Don't miss this unique event to commemorate the World's greatest Rock and Roll Band Birmingham Debut.

First 30 Tickets for the evening show by The Stones cost £6 + Booking Fee then £8 + Booking Fee from

https://www.skiddle.com/e/13574772

Advance Ticket sales close at 1 p.m on Sunday 15 Sept.

Don't leave it to the last moment and pay more on the door! You really don't want to miss out on this special celebration of the day in 1963 that King's Heath first Got Stoned!!!

Please note that there is seating at Fletchers but tickets guarantee admission not a seat so come early if you want to be seated.

The evening concert will take place in Venue 2 at The Hare & Hounds which is upstairs and has some limited seating so again come early if you want a seat.
 
Screamin' Jay Hawkins who co-wrote the classic hit I Put A Spell On You appeared at the Ritz Ballroom on 10 April 1966
Graham Reay writes: I heard an ad recently for BBC4's broadcast of the 21 August Prom at the Royal Albert Hall featuring the music of the late Nina Simone.
The music they used was her version of "I Put A Spell On You". I'm pretty sure Miss Simone never visited Kings Heath, but Jalacy Hawkins from Cleveland, Ohio who wrote the song (with Herb Slotkin) did.
In 1956 the original recording of "I Put A Spell On You" was released in the USA under Jalacy's stage name - Screamin' Jay Hawkins. It arrived in the UK via the Fontana label two years later.
Screamin' Jay played the Marquee/Whisky a Go Go club at the corner of Navigation Street and Hill Street in Birmingham on 28 February 1965, months before Nina Simone's cover version scraped into the British top fifty.
The song did much better to promote his next visit - a version by Alan Price got to number nine in the charts in April 1966 while Jay was on tour here, including Birmingham dates at the Penthouse Club on Constitution Hill on 5 April and the Handsworth Plaza and King's Heath Ritz Ballroom on 10 April. Jay's backing group/support act on that tour was Herbie Goins and the Night-Timers, who were Parlophone recording artists.
Bryan Ferry revived "I Put A Spell On You" in 1993, his version reaching the top twenty.  
Screamin' Jay died in France in 2000. Later that year, Sonique took his most famous song back into the UK top ten. Herbie Goins, who hailed from Florida, died in Italy in 2015.
Listen to Sreamin' Jay's version of I Put A Spell On You here:-
 
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