Revolutionary English ska act, The Beat (known as The English Beat in the U.S.) is proving that things are better when they are together. After the group fell apart in 1983, members ventured into new but similar acts (Fine Young Cannibals and General Public) and solo releases. In 2003, the group reunited and began touring again. The English Beat’s blend of high-energy ska, smooth reggae and lyrics that call for social change thanks to vocalist Ranking Roger and Jamaican saxophonist Saxa have made The Beat a quintessential ska act. Don’t miss this legendary group when they perform at Mexicali Live with Bad Manners Aug. 17. Tickets start at $32.
The English Beat: Legendary Ska Comes to Jersey
—by Kathryn Bergin, August 15, 2010