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Birmingham's King of Swing brings his Rock 'n' Roll Show show to Fletchers on Sunday 10 May

Award winning vocal entertainer Chris King appears in a special show at Fletchers on Sunday 10 May to commemorate the glory days of the old Ritz Ballrooom on King's Heath's York Road

When the ballroom first opened, the audience danced the night away to the big band sounds of the Charlie Simpson Orchestra and then to early appearances by Vince Hill and Engelbert Humperdinck.

Later they danced the night away to great international rock 'n' roll stars like Bill Haley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent and also up and coming English groups like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks.

Chris will make you smile, laugh, sing and want to dance along to a great selection of the finest rock 'n' roll and swing songs ever written from the 1950's and 1960's onwards in a unique concert to commemorate the rich musical legacy of the old ballroom.

Previously voted Best Male Vocal Entertainer by the Birmingham Entertainments Secretaries Council, Chris always provides a great show that has proven to be a big hit with audiences of all ages.

Don't miss a fantastic 3 hour Lazy Sunday Afternoon Session in KIng's Heath starting at 3 p.m. Advance Tickets cost just £3 from the Kitchen Garden Cafe or £3.30 from www.wegottickets.com/event/311745

Any remaining tickets will cost £4 on the door.

 
Help Fund A New Ritz Arts Centre For A New Generation!

ABOVE: Donate at least £30 and get one free ticket to see ex-Kinks members "The Kast Off Kinks" perform at the Hare & Hounds on 12 June 2016 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the The Kinks' Birmingham debut at King's Heath's old Ritz Ballroom

A new Ritz Arts Centre Charitable Incorporated Organisation is being registered with the Charity Commission and you can help us to try to raise money to create a New Ritz for a New Generation.

Everyone who pledges at least £15 gets a great reward. And the more you donate the better the reward!

The new Arts Centre will seek to celebrate the past, present and future musical and cultural talent of the local area.

We hope that it will include a multi function performance and rehearsal space capable of being used by a new generation for live music and other cultural activities and a Pop History Museum that commemorates the pivotal role that the old Ritz Ballroom in York Road played in Birminghams Pop Culture of the 1960's before it was destroyed by a fire in 2013. The ballroom witnessed some of the first performances of Birmingham groups like The Move, The Moody Blues, The Spencer Davis Group, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Black Sabbeth's Ozzy Osborne and Geezer Butler as well as the Birmingham debut of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Dusty Springfield and The Kinks!

We want the centre to become a major attraction that will add to the area's already vibrant live music scene.

You can help turn our dream turn into a reality by donating money at www.crowdpatch.co.uk/ritz/

The more you donate the better the reward you can claim.

The first 5 people who donate at least £60
get an A4 mounted copy of Rob Geoghegan's (Funny Brummie Pictures) painting
"The Beatles Birmingham Debut at The Ritz Ballroom" worth £30

The first 8 people who donate at least £40
get an A5 mounted or framed copy of Rob Geoghegan's (Funny Brummie Pictures) painting
 "The Beatles Birmingham Debut at The Ritz Ballroom" worth £20

The first 50 people who donate at least £30
get one ticket worth £15 to see ex Kinks Members "The Kast Off Kinks"
perform at the Hare & Hounds on 12 June 2016
to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Kinks appearing at the Ritz Ballroom

Everyone else who donates at least £15

gets an A3 Ritz Ballroom Commemorative poster worth £5 designed by graphic artist Gareth Austin.

To donate or find out more go to www.crowdpatch.co.uk/ritz/

 
By popular demand the Award Winning Out Of The Shadows return to Fletchers on Sunday 12 April

By popular demand the award winning West Midlands group Out Of The Shadows return to Fletchers on Sunday 12 April after their last two performances had the audience dancing in every conceivable space!

Expect to hear some of the greatest pop songs and instrumentals from the late1950's onwards including Eddie Cochran's “Summertime Blues”, Cliff Richard's “I Could Easily Fall In Love With You” 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”.

Hailing from Stourbridge, they have regularly been voted Top Club Act by local 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. Three hours of top quality pop music guaranteed!

Tickets cost just £3 in advance from the Kitchen Garden Cafe or £3 plus booking fee from www.wegottickets.com/event/311744

Any remaining tickets will cost £4 on the door.

 
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