Music Tonight: The English Beat

Dave Wakeling and The Pinstripes skank up Oakley

click to enlarge Dave Wakeling opening for 311 at Riverbend in 2007
Dave Wakeling opening for 311 at Riverbend in 2007

Dave Wakeling brings the current version of his legendary Ska-to-Pop band The English Beat to Oakley tonight to perform at the 20th Century Theater with special guests, Cincinnati's own Ska heroes The Pinstripes (who played with The Beat in Michigan last night as well). I wrote extensively about an interview I did with Wakeling a few years back when The Beat opened for 311 at Riverbend, one of the Top 5 highlights in my career as a music writer (my 13-year-old self is still in disbelief that my … much older self got to hang with one of our heroes). Read all about my fanboy dreams coming true here.

Tonight's show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25.

Here's a playlist of some of The English Beat's finer moments (and a track from Wakeling's post-Beat band General Public, songs from which he also performs with his current band).

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