The English Beat touring North America until the end of the year

Music News | By on Nov 16th, 2015

English Beat

English Beat are closing out 2015 like they have been doing all year, playing all over the US. Dave Wakeling and English Beat will be playing Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY on November 22nd and then the next night will be playing City Winery in NYC. The band has been working on a new album for awhile now so you’ll probably hear some new tunes as well. The release date for the new album will be in 2016…I hope.

As Uk’s legendary ska/punk/pop/soul ban ENGLISH BEAT readies its first new studio album in over three decades (set for release in 2016), Dave Wakeling and band will be on tour throughout the US (with one Canadian date) till year’s end including Nov. 21st in Philadelphia’s Underground Arts, Nov. 23rd at NYC’s City Winery and a duo of dates on Dec. 1st and 2nd at Chicago’s City Winery. Full dates below.

Appropriately called “a singer-songwriter as savagely witty as Elvis Costello” by Rolling Stone, Wakeling has been at the forefront of Ska’s Second Wave which propelled peers like The Specials, Madness and The Selector throughout the 80s into the 90s and continues today. “The Beat are one of the most underrated bands of all time,” wrote respected writing legend Simon Price for The Quietus, “and Dave Wakeling ought to be spoken of in the same breath as Weller and Strummer in the post-punk pantheon of heroes.”

The English Beat’s irresistible blend of Pop, Soul, Ska and Punk made them one of the undeniable breakout stars throughout the last three decades and have had their music covered by such musical luminaries as Elvis Costello, Pete Townshend, and Eddie Vedder, among many others. Compared to other UK Ska acts who found fame in the 80s, Paste Magazine called them “the most ambitious” and The Wall Street Journal said “the English Beat had the best chops.” Originally breaking up in the late 80s, Wakeling formed General Public who continued their mainstream takeover with massive international singles like “Tenderness”, “Never You Done That”, “Hot You’re Cool” and a cover of Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There.” Proving Wakeling’s undeniable songwriting as well has his longevity in the industry, national retail chain Target featured “Tenderness” in a TV commercial campaign and Hanna Barbera’s wildly popular cartoon Scooby Doo featured the band’s music in a recent episode.

Tour Dates

Nov 18 Brighton Music Hall Allston, MA
Nov 20 The Haunt Ithaca, NY
Nov 21 Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA
Nov 22 Daryl’s House Pawling, NY
Nov 23 City Winery New York, NY
Nov 25 9:30 Club Washington, DC
Nov 26 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON
Nov 27 Music Box Supper Club Cleveland, OH
Nov 28 Mercury Ballroom Louisville, KY
Nov 29 Magic Bag Ferndale, MI
Dec 01 City Winery Chicago, IL
Dec 02 City Winery Chicago, IL
Dec 03 The Waiting Room Omaha, NE
Dec 04 Gothic Theatre Englewood, CO
Dec 05 Rawkus Colorado Springs, CO
Dec 07 Belly Up Aspen, CO
Dec 08 The State Room Salt Lake City, UT
Dec 10 The Bartlett Spokane, WA
Dec 11 Venue Vancouver, BC
Dec 12 The Showbox Seattle, WA
Dec 13 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
Dec 15 MIM Music Theatre Phoenix, AZ
Dec 17 Korova San Antonio, TX
Dec 18 Granada Theatre Dallas, TX
Dec 19 The Carver Theatre New Orleans, LA
Dec 26 Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA
Dec 27 Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA


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