Geno Washington and the Yo Yo’s

About this event

Geno originates from Indiana, USA and first came to England in the 1960s as part of the US Air Force. His love of blues and soul music soon found him jamming with local bands in and around Ipswich and eventually led him to London where he caused a sensation singing with top R&B acts Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, and Zoot Money’s Big Roll Band at the legendary Flamingo Club in Soho. The rest, as they say, is history.

Geno teamed up with some of London’s hottest musicians and Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band quickly became established as the most exciting live band in Britain.

His live shows were immortalised in two of the biggest selling albums of the 60s: “Hand Clappin’ Foot Stompin’ Funky Butt Live” and “Hipsters Flipsters and Finger Poppin’ Daddies”. His status as the undisputed “King of Soul” was cemented forever by Kevin Rowland and Dexy’s Midnight Runners in the 1980s with the number 1 smash hit single “Geno”, which paid homage to the great man himself and is still played regularly today.

Throughout the years, Geno and his band have continued to tour extensively all over the world and have released several highly acclaimed albums and singles. His latest live double album entitled “It’s Geno Time”, recorded at the legendary Half Moon in Putney, is widely regarded as his best work to date. You just have to listen to the audience reaction to know that Geno has lost none of his magic as he and the band deliver a blistering set of soul classics to a wild crowd who wouldn’t let them off stage!

Geno’s life long love of blues and R&B has led to yet another chapter in his illustrious career, with the formation of Geno and the Yo Yo’s which features the longstanding rhythm section of the Ram Jam Band (Geoff Hemsley on drums, Steve Bingham on bass and Greg Lester on guitar) which is a hard-hitting, fast-moving show of R&B, blues, and soul classics that has audiences on their feet from start to finish and is receiving rave reviews wherever they play.

With Geno Washington and the Yo Yo’s you can be sure of one thing, and that is a barnstorming live show that never lets up in intensity or excitement and delivers the goods every time!

Geno says he is going to retire at the end of 2023. So, this is likely to be his last visit to the Ropetackle!

Support comes from Tote Perello.

Age Guidance: 16+

Pre show suppers

Lesley’s Kitchen serve pre-show meals before selected events. Meals are served from 6pm. A two-course meal is just £13. Mains are £10.50. Desserts are £3.50. Each menu has meat and vegetarian options, and Lesley takes special dietary requirements into account. Advance booking is necessary. To book your meal, email or call 07525 622662.

Sausage, onion and bean hotpot OR Veg curry with rice and papadums
Chocolate Key lime pie
  • Date
    Sat, June 10, 2023
  • Start time 8:00 PM
  • Price £18.50 - £20.00
  • Duration 120 Minutes
  • Event format TBA

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