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Over 500 sign up to support our campaign to create a new Ritz Community Arts Centre

 

ABOVE: Hoakser's mural created for this September's King's Heath Street Festival celebrates the history of 2 York Road. From 1913-32 the builiding was the Ideal Picture House, from 1933-54 it was the Ideal Billiards Club, from 1955 - 72 it was most famously the Ritz Ballroom and from 1973-2003 it was the Ritz Bingo Club.

Our campaign to create a Ritz Community Arts Centre on the site of the burnt down ruins of the former ballroom on King's Heath's York Road has got off to a flying start. Over 500 people have now agreed to donate £10 a year enabling us to demonstrate we will have an annual income of more than £5,000 so we can become a registered charity and seek Lottery funding.

A well attended public meeting at the All Saints Centre on Tuesday 23 September elected a 15 strong committee to take the project forward. The committee will be holding it's first meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday 28 October also at the All Saints Centre.

There is stiil time to fill in our on-line questionnaire and agree to donate £10 a year by going to:-

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R98H3YM

If you would like to get involved in our campaign contact:-

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We are particularly looking for more people with a background in the performing arts, drawing up business plans, BID writing and fundraising and architecture and planning but the more help we can get the better!


 
Age Concerns and RFX kick off Autumn series of Lazy Sunday Afternoon Sessions on 28 September

Come to the start of a great new series of Lazy Sunday Afternoon Sessions at Fletchers on Sunday 28 September.

A great double bill of The Age Concerns supported by RFX is guaranteed to get you dancing in the aisles!

The Age Concerns are a mix of Ages hence the name. The Band include Ross ( the young one) and Brian Sharpe and Jimmy White (the not so young ones!) who played at the Ritz Ballroom with bands such as The Jay Men. They play classic 50's ,60's and 70's Rock 'n' Roll.

Support will be provided by RFX - a new local duo made up of Brendan and Marc.  Forged in Birmingham and the Black Country they blend Classic Rock with a little 'Funk' and Reggae. Tight, solid songs and big choruses in the same mould as Aerosmith, Foo Fighters, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, Faith No More, etc, etc.

Starting at 3 p.m this great double bill will provide three hours of great live muusic guaranteed to help you get rid of those autumn blues!

Advance tickets cost just £3 from the Kitchen Garden Cafe or £3 plus a booking fee from www.wegottickets.com
Any remaining tickets will cost 4 on the door.

All proceeds will go towards the campaign to buy the old Ritz Ballroom site and build a new Ritz Community Arts Centre to include a Birmingham Pop History Museum and Cinema with performance and rehearsal space for music, comedy, theatre and dance. To pledge your support and fill in an on-line questionnaire go to:- https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R98H3YM

 
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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