Bonici and the BEAT SCENE to be presented at the Elgin Museum for 6 months commencing 26 of March 2016. I will publish some of the text on SCOTBEAT

BONICI and the BEAT SCENE on exhibit at Elgin Museum [Elgin, Scotland] for 6 months commencing 26 of March 2016.  The exhibit contains some of the artifacts relating to the career of Albert Bonici and those who helped to create a music happening in the north of Scotland during the BEAT music era.

Many of those who came to perform in at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom and various venues hosted by Albert and Betty Bonici and staff, visited the Park Cafe to meet with Albert and to have a meal prepared by Betty. They had the option of hotels or nearby bed & Breakfast attended to by the McBeans at 27 Lossiewynd, Elgin. The first house band was directed by Alex. Sutherland who shared the stage with the various special guests [including Dusty Springfield, The Beatles, The Who, Them [with Van Morrison], Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, and many more…


The Park Cafe

wife Betty with Albert

Betty with Albert Bonici [1956]

McBean Jim and Helen

The McBeans who owned a B&B near the Park Cafe, offered boarding for many musicians who played in Elgin throughout the 1960s. Two Red Shoes staff 1963 Above:The staff of The Two Red Shoes [1963]  Below: The TRS house band [1964] including organizers including Albert Bonici, Alex. Sutherland, Alyson Armstrong, and Ugo Ruggeri.



two red shoes 1962

Alex Sutherland presenting trophy at the Jazz Festival in the Two Red Shoes

Alex Sutherland presenting a trophy at the Jazz Festival in the Two Red Shoes Ballroom [1961] Bandleader Alex. Sutherland with The Modells


Valentine's Dance 1973 - Ugo Ruggeri took photos of beauty contest winners.

Valentine’s Dance 1973 – Ugo Ruggeri took photos of beauty contest winners in the Two Red Shoes Ballroom.

Bonici Obituary



My research began in 2007 as a visitor to the north of Scotland. Growing up a few miles from San Francisco, I would frequent the active music scene on weekends besides being a fan of British BEAT music and never missing Shindig! on television. When first visiting the small community of Elgin in 2007, I was surprise to learn how the Beatles and many other vocalist and musicians came to perform during the early days of their careers. In the early 1950s, Albert Bonici began promoting dances though it had been an ambition since his teenage years. When he and Henry Robertson co-organized a string of jazz dances in the north Scotland, they could not have predicted the enormous success of the venture. Albert Bonici became one of the most respected promoters in the UK having arranged a high volumn of music venues throughout the north of Scotland which delighted music lovers during the height of the jazz and beat music era. Whilst known for booking the Beatles at the beginning of their 1963 tours, Albert Bonici brought most of the top British acts to north-east Scotland besides working with Scottish musicians to boost their careers. SCOTBEAT was created to share a bit of history about the BEAT years in Scotland and also a tribute to a man with a vision who, with the help of his family and staff, created a happening that is still fondly remembered by those who attended dances and concerts. Albert A Bonici hosted many up and coming bands who went on to gain international acclaim for their contributions. Besides other local resources and interviews, SCOTBEAT presents exclusive photos, adverts, and documents from the A Bonici Archives [circa 1960s]. Unless otherwise agreed, materials are not to be used for financial gain and ask that you respect the terms below. Materials presented are not to be used for financial gain without consent. © 2014-2019 All rights reserved. No part of this web site may be copied, redistributed, broadcast or published in any form without crediting this blog and/or copyright websites mentioned. All correspondence, flyers, programs, and photos from the Bonici Archives are not to appear in print other than through the propietor of SCOTBEAT. Use of the site signifies your agreement to all of these terms without condition. Please reference when sharing materials found here as the site is continuously updated to present the subject matter accurately and as a historical resource. Thank you.

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