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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

 
Putting On The Ritz on Sunday 22 May


If you ever danced the night away at the old Ritz Ballroom, come and share in an afternoon and evening of music, stories and memorabilia from those days organised by the new Ritz Arts Centre organisation at the West Midlands Travel Sports & Social Club (Transport Stadium), Wheelers Lane, King's Heath, B13 0ST. If you didn't, come along anyway and join in the fun!

From 1.30pm to 5 pm there is free admittance to a family fun afternoon. Browse through vintage stalls, clothes, memorabilia, hand made crafts plus face painting for the kids and great live music from The Mighty Crawdaddys, Rob Peters (as John Lennon), TIm Walkerdine and Tony Wille among others.

From 7 pm to 10.30 pm there will be a fantastic evening concert featuring the award winning rock 'n' roll band Out Of The Shadows, the bright young star of BBC TV's The Voice 2014 Melissa Gill and the sensational ViX & her MsChiefs. There will be plenty of room to sit but also plenty of room to dance the night away!

Advance Tickets for the evening concert cost just £5.50 from www.wegottickets.com/event/359681
For more information go to
www.facebook.com/events/1716183005309359/


 
Carla sings Dusty on Sunday 8 May



ABOVE: Carla singing in her native Spain

Direct from singing in Barcelona and her home town of Vilanova in Spain, we are thrilled to present the UK debut of Carla to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Dusty Springfield's appearance at King's Heath's Ritz Ballroom.

Her voice has a striking resemblance to Dusty's and she is bound to woo you with her own inspirational and enigmatic style.

This young woman, and her guitar, are living the dream and with her intimate style and captivating voice she will lead you back into magical memories of Dusty.

Starting at 3 p.m. at Fletchers on York Road you can expect to hear many of Dusty's greatest hits including Some Of Your Lovin' that had just been released when she made her 1966 appearance at the Ritz Ballroom

Advance tickets cost just £4 from Kitchen Garden Cafe or £4 plus booking fee from

www.wegottickets.com/event/355700

Any remaining tickets will cost £5 on the door.

 
Beyond Borders - A Vibrant Music Charity Fundraiser for SIFA Fireside on Sunday 10 April 4 PM TO 7PM


Now starting at 4 pm on Sunday 10 April this very special gig will raise vital funds for SIFA Fireside, a local homeless charity, while honouring a much respected local musician Rich McMahon who was a regular compere and performer at King's Heath Walk of Fame events until his untimely passing in 2015.

Originally devised by Rich, the show Beyond Borders will include the music of The Beatles, The Kinks, Cat Stevens and Crowded House as well as original songs performed by Alex Vann, Pete Kelly, Andy Thomas and Grande Valise plus a guest set by The Dissenters SIFA Fireside Band.

All the money raised will go to SIFA Fireside.

Tickets cost £4 in advance from Kitchen Garden Cafe or £4 + BF from www.wegotickets.com

Any remaining tickets will cost £5 on the door.

Please note this gig will start at 4 pm and end at 7 pm not 3pm and 6 pm as previously advertised.


 
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