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Europe's No. 1 Tribute The Stones headline Kings Heath's RollKings Stones Fest on Sunday 14 September

A special concert by The Stones - not just Europe's No.1 Tribute Band but a Great Band in their own right - will conclude a 51st Anniversary Celebration of the Rolling Stones first ever performance in Birmingham at the former Ritz Ballroom on York Road next door to the Hare & Hounds.

A day long RollKings Stones Fest has been organised for Sunday 14 September starting with an Acoustic Session featuring top local musicians at Fletchers Bar from 3p.m. to 6 p.m followed by a screening of a film of the Rolling Stones in concert also at Fletchers and ending with Europe's No.1  tribute band The Stones performing a two hour show at  7.30 p.m. at the Hare & Hounds.

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! They then went onto become the world's greatest Rock and Roll Band in the world sellin over 200 million albums.

From 3 to 6 pm top musicians including Mike Cooper from Dangerous Girls who play a re-union gig at the Hare & Hounds the night before, roots rockers Mr Apollo, the sensational Acoustica, the very young and talented singer/songwriter Harriet Harkcom widely tipped for great things, the equally talented Tim Walkerdine and two groups specially fomed for the occasion The Mighty Crawdaddies and Harmonica Bob and Oz will perform their interpretations of classic Rolling Stones songs at  Fletchers Bar & Eatery.

From 7.30 to 10.30 pm Europe's No.1 tribute to the Rolling Stones The Stones will bring to the stage at the  Hare & Hounds all the energy and excitement of a live Rolling Stones concert in a serious tribute to their music in a sensational climax to the One Day Fest.

Their repertoire covers songs from all periods of the Rolling Stones career, but the majority of songs are from the 1960's and 70's

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

"... history repeating itself, only better ...by a lot" (Playhouse, Whitley Bay)

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

Tickets for the evening concert by The Stones at the Hare and Hounds cost £8 cash in advance from the Kitchen Garden Cafe, £8.75 from The Hare and Hounds (click here for tickets) or £10 on the door.

Tickets for the afternoon Acoustic Session at Fletchers cost £3 in advance from the Kitchen Garden Cafe, £3.30 from www.wegotickets.com/event/286502 or £4 on the door.

An All Day Pass for both events costs £10 in advance from the Kitchen Garden Cafe, £11 from www.wegotickets.com/event/286505 or £12 on the door.

Below: The Rolling Stones photographed in 1963 at the Great Pop Prom at the Royal Albert Hall the evening after appearing in King's Heath at the Ritz Ballroom

 
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