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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!

 
The Mersey Beatles headline Beatles Valentines Fest on Sunday 14 February2016

Above: The Mersey Beatles at Liverpool's Cavern Club where they were the resident band for over 10 years until world wide demand forced them to give up

Just before jetting off for the first of four U.S.A concert tours in 2016, The Mersey Beatles will perform a special intimate gig at the Hare & Hounds on Sunday 14 February to close the 53rd Anniversary Celebration of the 1963 Birmingham debut of The Beatles at the now burnt down Ritz Ballroom next door to the Hare & Hounds on York Road.

Described by the British Beatles Fan Cub as "the Best Beatles tribute band", The Mersey Beatles were all born and grew up in Liverpool. They were the resident band at the legendary Cavern Club for over 10 years and now regularly tour throughout Europe and the U.S.A. Later in 2016 they will return to Liverpool to perform at two special shows at the Epstein Theatre.

John Lennon's sister Julia Baird comparing them to other Beatles tribute bands said 'The Mersey Beatles are the most authentic I've heard ... and I've heard them all'.

A British Beatles Fan Club review said 'The quality of the music was superb with each song reproduced in the original key with spot-on harmonies and perfect guitar solos that had the audience marvelling at the sheer quality of the talent on view'.

Joe Flannery, Brian Epstein's assistant, said 'When I saw them in The Cavern they perfectly recreated the atmosphere that the original Beatles produced. It was like listening to The Beatles again'.

Doors open 7 p.m. On Stage 7.45 p.m

Advance tickets cost £10 cash from Kitchen Garden Cafe or £10 plus booking fee from

http://www.skiddle.com/e/12639431

Advance ticket sales close 1 p.m. 14 Feb. Tickets available on the door for £12.

For more information on The Mersey Beatles go to:-
www.themerseybeatles.com

Guaranteed to be the the only place to be on Valentine's evening, this concert will conclude King's Heath Walk of Fame's Beatles Fest 2016.

This begins with a not to be missed afternoon "All You Need Is Love" concert at Fletchers Bar on York Road from 3 to 6 p.m.

A great selection of local musicians will sing their favourite Beatles' Love Songs ending we hope with a singalong version of "All You Need Is Love".

Expect to hear some of the musicians that contributed tracks to the Walk of Fame's first CD 'Rubber Soul Rebound' (a 50th Anniversary re-make of The Beatles classic album) including Acoustica, The Egg Men, David Garside, Jack Goodall, Harry Jordan & Michelle Dawes, Rob Peters and Tim Walkerdine. The CD will make a great Valentine's Day present can be ordered from:- https://kingsheathwalkoffame.bandcamp.com/album/rubber-soul-rebound
They will be joined by the Pre Fab Three and Ukulele Theatre plus John Kennedy reading from John Lennon's works.

This afternoon session at Beatles Fest usually sells out so get your tickets now! Tickets can be bought from Kitchen Garden Cafe for £4 cash or £4 + booking fee from www.wegottickets.com/event/345852
Any remaining tickets will cost £5 on the door.

Below: Bring your valentine to or find a new Valentine at our "All You Need Is Love" Session of Beatles' Love Songs at Fletchers Bar.

 
King's Heath set to Party on 6 December with Out Of The Shadows and Rubber Soul Rebound CD Launch

Above: Award Winning West Midlands Group Out Of The Shadows

Get the festive season off to a great start by coming along to our annual Christmas Party starting at  3pm on Sunday 6 December at Fletchers on King's Heath's York Road and pick up an early present.

Award winning group Out Of The Shadows will have you dancing in the aisles as they return to play a fantastic range of pop songs and instrumentals from the 1960's onwards.

And in between their two sets an impressive selection of top local musicians will launch the Walk of Fame's first ever CD Rubber Soul Rebound - a 50th Anniversary remake of The Beatles' classic album recorded at King's Heath's iconic Highbury Studio that will make an ideal Christmas present for all your music loving friends and family.

Expect to hear rock legends Trevor Burton and ViX & her MsChiefs plus David Garside, Rob Peters, and other great musicians including an Eggman!

Don't miss what promises to be a great and unique Lazy Sunday Afternoon in King's Heath featuring 3 hours of live music.

Advance tickets cost just £4 from the Kitchen Garden Cafe or £4.40 by clicking here

Any remaining tickets will cost £5 on the door.

BELOW: Rubber Soul Rebound CD Front Cover designed by Gareth Austin of Jam Communications



 
50th Anniversary Remake of The Beatles' Rubber Soul to be recorded for Christmas 2015 release

ABOVE: Sunday Mercury's Full Page Feature on "Rubber Soul Rebound" 25 Oct 2015

The Move's Trevor Burton, Fuzzbox's ViX & Her MsChiefs, Boat to Row's Michael King plus many more great Birmingham based musicians like Abi Budgen & Dan Wilkins, Goodall, Sylvia, David Garside, Peters & Dog, Acoustica, Hannah Brown, Tim Walkerdine, Eleanor Dattani, The Eggmen have 'Come Together' at King's Heath's iconic Highbury Studio to record a new CD version of The Beatles' classic album Rubber Soul.

"Rubber Soul Rebound" will be released on 03 December 2015 - exactly 50 years after the original.

The album will end with an ensemble version of "Run For Your LIfe" including all the featured musicians plus a special guest appearance by Steve Ajao.

The CD will make a great Christmas present so, don't 'Wait'...pre-order your copy of the CD...here...now!

https://kingsheathwalkoffame.bandcamp.com/album/rubber-soul-rebound

All the money raised will go to support the King's Heath Walk of Fame's continuing efforts to promote our area's musical heritage.

BELOW: Rock Legend Trevor Burton recording "If I Needed Someone" for "Rubber Soul Rebound" at Highbury Studio

BELOW: ViX & Her MsChiefs all ready to record their version of "Nowhere Man" for "Rubber Soul Rebound"

 
Petition Birmingham City Council to list the Ritz Ballroom site as an Asset of Community Value

Above: Hoakser's Mural commemorating the old Ritz Ballroom that is currently in storage

Negotiations between the newly formed Ritz Arts Centre charity (of which the Walk of Fame is a partner) and the owner of the old Ritz Ballroom site have currently broken down. This is because the owner has twice failed to produce his own independent written valuation of the site after agreeing to do so. The Ritz Arts Centre CIO has, therefore, applied to Birmingham City Council to have the land at 2 York Road listed as an Asset of Community Value under Section 88 of the Localism Act. If the land is listed then should the owner put the land up for sale we must be given an opportunity to buy the land and some time to raise the money to do so.

So we have started an e petition that asks the Council to:-

1) list the land at 2 York Road, Kings Heath, B14 2RZ (the former Ritz Ballroom site) as an Asset of Community Value

2) ensure that any re-development of the site incorporates the first Birmingham Civic Society Music Heritage Plate awarded to commemorate the Ritz Ballroom and also the Kings Heath Walk of Fame pavement stars for Toyah Willcox, Trevor Burton and Tommy Godwin

3) actively assist and support the Ritz Arts Centre Trustees to develop an Arts Centre in Kings Heath containing a multi function performance space and a Pop History Museum

We want to ensure that the important musical legacy of the Ritz Ballroom is not lost in any re-development and a new Performing Arts Centre is created for a new generation!

Please sign the e petition at:-
http://epetition.birmingham.public-i.tv/epetition_core/view/RitzBallroom

Below: The unveiling of the first Birmingham Music Heritage Plate commemorating the Ritz Ballroom's historic and pivotal role in Birmingham's 1960's and 70's Pop Music Scene

 
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