RECAP: The English Beat Play Packed House at Brighton Music Hall

This past Wednesday night The English Beat performed to what appeared to be a packed house at Brighton Music Hall in Allston. This is one of the first times in recent years that the two-tone era ska band did not perform at Johnny D’s, their usual Boston-area tour stop.

Now, I say all this based on what I saw on Instagram because I couldn’t get out of work that evening. But, here’s what we’ve learned:

Toastmaster King Schascha can spit!

This role has long been filled by the highly skilled Antonee First Class in Dave Wakeling’s stateside Beat lineup.

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Most folks know the cross-over hits, like “Save It For Later.”


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And that other pop tune!

And “Mirror in the Bathroom” was on MTV so….

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We’ve still got lots of education to do around ska history.



But those younger folks made the other folks feel good about the show!

I was pissed I couldn’t make the show and now I’m bummed on top of it. It looked like a party. It’s safe to say that with a new album due out in early 2016, The Beat won’t stop any time soon. Watch the calendar for their next visit.

Header Photo: Dave Wakeling’s American version of The English Beat, live at Club Nokia, LA Live. Los Angeles, California. 31 July 2009. By Mykal Burns [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons