Ricky Cool and the In Crowd
A NIGHT AT THE FLAMINGO
"The music that shaped a generation
and the club where it all began."
Take a trip back in time to Soho’s most iconic music venue of the early 1960’s, in the company of Ricky Cool and the In Crowd. Red Hot Rhythm and Blues will be served up with a side order of classic early Jamaican grooves, just as it was at the Flamingo’s legendary ‘All Nighters’ when Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames held sway.
Not only was the Flamingo Club a home for the burgeoning Mod scene of early ‘60’s it also boasted a cosmopolitan clientele where black American GI’s and West Indians would rub shoulders with pop stars, actors, socialites, gangsters and prostitutes. It was THE place to be go to and be seen and played its own small part in the biggest political scandal of the 1960’s – The Profumo Affair.
Many will remember Ricky Cool fronting one of Birmingham’s most popular combos, the legendary Ricky Cool and the Icebergs. Ricky has toured with the likes of Billy Connolly, shared a stage with George Harrison and played alongside Robert Plant. Now, with his 6 piece band The In Crowd, Ricky Cool is set to deliver his own inimitable take on ‘60’s Rhythm and Blues, Ska and Bluebeat to you all.
Be prepared for a great evening’s entertainment, recreating the atmosphere of 33-37 Wardour Street London, a celebrated music venue. You can sit back and enjoy the show or get involved and dance. Who knows, Cathy McGowan may spot you and give you a ticket to be in the audience for ‘Ready Steady Go.’
Reviews and Testimonials
The Southern Daily Echo - Forest Arts Centre:
Cool is a lively, charismatic and mesmeric front man, playing driving saxes, harmonicas, and displaying an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Flamingo’s social and musical history.
The band is tight, lively and good-time. Particularly outstanding is the soul classic I’m In With The In Crowd, a ska version of the movie theme The Good, The Bad And The Ugly and the jazz blue-beat I’m In The Mood For Love.
East Riding Theatre:
"Totally epic footstompin' show at ERT last night: from your great Bobby Parker opening number to final encore . Gotta be special mention imho for your epic takes on Rex G.'s " Sock to 'em JB" ( Wail on !)and the Jacky L. original " Keep on Running" roots . Absolutely awesome night guys! PS my CD is on & turned up to 11 natch."
- Nick Paden