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The English Beat


See The English Beat live at the Sheridan Opera House at 8 p.m. Hailing from working-class Birmingham, England, The English Beat entered the music scene in 1979. The six-member band consisted of Dave Wakeling (vocals & guitar), David Steele (bass), Andy Cox (guitar), Everett Morton (drums), Saxa (saxophone) and Ranking Roger (vocals). The band managed to fuse all of their respective musical influences—soul, reggae, pop and punk into a unique sound that was highly danceable. Along with contemporaries—such as The Specials, The Selecter and Madness—The Beat became one of the most popular and influential bands of the British Ska movement.