1950s Evening

Saturday 11 May

Adult £18.50
Child (3-15 years) £15
Essential carer £9.25

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the cultural revolution of the 1950s with live music, dancing and great food.

Get ready to be transported to the world of rock & roll, skiffle, and rhythm & blues at our 1950s Rockin’ and Rollin’ event as live performers take to the stage. With a fantastic line-up of headline acts, including, Rockin’em, The Bitter Lemons, The Washboard Resonators, and Joe James Thomas. Whether you’re a swing aficionado or a jive enthusiast, this event has something for everyone!

From vintage fashion and rockabilly style to live music and dancing, the evening promises an unforgettable journey through the pivotal decade of the 1950s. Immerse yourself in the music, indulge in nostalgia, and create lasting memories as you dance the night away in the Museum’s iconic streets and relive the excitement of a nation that “never had it so good”.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to experience the 1950s like never before. Get your tickets now and prepare to be swept away by the energy, rhythm, and cultural revolution that defined an era.

People dancing on a dancefloor. The couple in the middle are shown from the waist down so you can see their dancing shoes.

Weekend activity

If one evening of the rockin’ Fifties is not enough for you, then good news – your usual Museum favourites are on offer throughout the weekend with some added 1950s flair, including vintage vehicles, dance workshops with The Chicken Shack and vintage hairstyling by Pin Curls & Pearls.

A photograph of the exterior of Village Hotel Dudley.

Hotel offer

We have partnered with Village Hotel Dudley to offer a special discounted room rate (with breakfast!) for 1950s Evening visitors.

Please note: rooms need to be booked by 27 April 2024 to take advantage of this offer. A ticket for 1950s Evening needs to be purchased separately, directly from Black Country Living Museum.

Our Headline acts

A photo pf Rockin'em playing a live show


Rockin’em delivers a dynamic and diverse performance that covers original songs and rare ’50s gems in their own style.

They switch genres from Doo Wop to Rockabilly to Jive and more, keeping the audience on their toes.

They also showcase their individual talents and charisma, creating a memorable stage show that stands out from the crowd.

A band lineup of The Bitter Lemons

The Bitter Lemons

Boppin’ and strollin’ out of Birmingham, The Bitter Lemons bring a blend of classic rockabilly infused rock n roll , with a heavy splash of anecdotal original songs.

Squeeze the juice out of Janis Martin, a zest of The Ventures, the rind of Heavy Trash and finally the seed from Shannon & The Clams and you arrive at the ice cooler cocktail recipe of The Bitter Lemons!


Joe James Thomas on stage with his guitar

Joe James Thomas

Joe James Thomas from the Black Country. 24-year-old musician specialising in vintage Rock N Roll and Rhythm N Blues, performing on the guitar and piano.

Recently featured on ‘The Piano’ Channel 4 in 2023, playing a Jerry Lee Lewis classic for passersby at Birmingham New Street Station. Travelling all over for 1940’s and 50’s events like The Severn Valley Railway and RAF COSFORD. Part of the long running theatre show ‘A Black Country Night Out’ and has been recently involved in a pantomime production.

A self-taught multi-instrumental solo artist performing all your favourite Rock n Roll classics, not to be missed!

The Washboard Resonators playing their instruments at a live performance.

The Washboard Resonators

The Washboard Resonators play the street blues and jazz of the 1930s and 40s that influenced the British skiffle movement of the 1950s.

With the help of a dep washboarder you can expect rollicking good tunes that were huge in the 1950s like Wreck of the Old 97, Sweet Georgia Brown and Shake Rattle and Roll.

Helen Person leaning out of a vintage train window

Helen Pearson

Introducing Helen Pearson, a radiant and dynamic professional singer, captivating audiences across the UK for over a decade with her enchanting performances.

Specialising in the cherished hits of the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s, Helen brings to life the timeless classics of iconic artists such as Vera Lynn, Doris Day, Cilla Black, and The Carpenters, among others.

Lola Lamour wearing a dress and sat on a chair in front of a backdrop

Lola Lamour

Introducing Lola Lamour.

Step back in time and enjoy an impeccable vintage performance from the glamorous vocalist and entertainer Lola Lamour, who specialises in music from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Over the years Lola has built up a huge following among devotees of vintage music, not only in the UK but also across Europe, and has delighted TV and radio audiences with her vocal talent and easy good humour.