Dave Wakeling of The English Beat (Photo by Jay Gilbert)
The English Beat is a band with an energetic mix of musical styles and a sound like no other. The Band’s unique sound has allowed it to endure for decades and appeal to fans, young and old, all over the world.
Frontman Dave Wakeling leads The English Beat in a performance at City Winery DC on Tuesday, Nov. 15!
The Beat first came to prominence as founding members of the British Two Tone Ska movement, with their classic first album, Just Can’t Stop It, fitting squarely in that genre. Along with their contemporaries The Specials, The Selecter, and Madness, the band became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of that movement.
However, band leader Dave Wakeling never felt constrained by the movement. Dave has always viewed ska as a springboard, not a straight jacket. Indeed, the band’s sound continued to evolve over their first three studio albums, through the General Public era (a band formed by Dave with Ranking Roger, the toaster from The Beat), and continued its evolution with a new English Beat album Here We Go Love, the first under the Beat banner since 1982’s “Special Beat Service.”
Watch The English Beat perform “Never Die” live at City Winery NYC on YouTube:
Consummate showman that he is, Dave Wakeling has continued to keep The Beat alive and strong. Dave continues to tour the world as The English Beat with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing all the hits of The Beat, General Public, and songs from his new album Here We Go Love. You’ll hear all of your Beat favorites, too, including “Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Save It for Later,” “Too Nice to Talk to,” and more!
You just can’t stop The English Beat!
The English Beat
City Winery DC
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Doors @ 5:30pm