New Meetup: The English Beat at the 930 Club - Sunday, August 22, 2010, 7 PM

From: Randy W
Sent on: Friday, August 13, 2010 10:43 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Live Shows VA / DC / MD Concerts & Clubs!

What: The English Beat at the 930 Club - Sunday, August 22, 2010, 7 PM

When: Sunday, August 22,[masked]:00 PM

Where: 9:30 Club
815 V St NW
Washington, DC 20001
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The English Beat at the 930 Club (815 V ST., N.W., WASHINGTON, D.C.) on Sunday, August 22, 2010. General Admission Tickets are $25 plus service charges. Parking is $10 plus service charges (but I have parking and room for 3 for the NoVa/I-66 commute). Metro option is U Street/Cardozo (Green/Yellow) and walk 2 blocks. Doors at 7 PM. Tickets and other information on your own (http://www.930.com). Planning to meetup just inside 930 Club doors by/around 7:15 PM. For coordination/late/otherwise, my cell is 8045147480. Hope to see you for the English Beat!

Formed in the working class suburbs of industrial Birmingham in England in 1978, The English Beat arose at a time of high unemployment and social upheaval. From the outset the band offered messages of hope and peace with an insight into sociopolitical topics would later alongside The Specials see them heralded as forerunners of the whole 2-Tone Ska movement. Ranking Roger and Dave Wakeling led with vocal duties while Andy Cox and David Steele took guitar and bass duties with Everett Morton supplying the most distinctive of drumming styles. Added to this mix was the renowned saxophonist Saxa, adding the deliciously warm Jamaican ska instrumental flavour that is forever associated with the bands sound. Having played saxophone with Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken and Desmond Dekker in the first wave of ska The Beat on formation seemed to immediately come of age. The Beat's first single was the infectious cover of Smokey Robinson's 'Tears of A Clown' which on release went straight into the National Top 10 at No.6. The record, an effortless like fusion between a number of different musical styles such as Ska, Punk, Pop, Soul and Reggae, immediately saw the band finding themselves an overnight success. While The Beat could deliver with what almost seemed effortless ease songs of Love, Peace and Unity. Songs such as 'Stand Down Margaret' saw them spearhead a movement wanting real social change and multicutural inclusion. The thousands that sang along in unison with the band at nuclear disarmament marches bear testament to the uplifting feeling the band could evoke with their musical swagger and genuine care for humanity.

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