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Dave Wakeling bringing the ska to our Neighborhood Theatre March 24th

Dave Wakeling bringing the English Beat ska music to the Neighborhood Theatre Saturday, March 24th
Dave Wakeling bringing the English Beat ska music to the Neighborhood Theatre Saturday, March 24th
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Charlotte, NC – Current California resident and English rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist Dave Wakeling of The English Beat will stop by Neighborhood Theatre on Saturday, March 24th. General admission tickets are $22 and VIP tickets are $37. VIP includes a server and reserved seat. Doors open at 7 PM and the show starts at 8 PM.

Hailing from working-class Birmingham, England, Dave and The English Beat entered the music scene in the 1979. When The English Beat rushed on to the music scene in 1979, it was a time of social, political and musical upheaval. Into this storm they came trying to calm the waters with their simple message of love and unity set to a great dance Beat. The Beat were all about inclusion, rather than exclusion, and this showed in their personnel and their music influences. The band crossed over fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk, and from these disparate pieces they created an infectious dance rhythm. The band retains their status as one of the most popular and influential bands of the British ska movement.

After three albums, the band members went their separate ways in 1983. Wakeling and a hodgepodge of other musicians formed General Public. The members of General Public eventually went their separate ways, and Dave decided to do some solo work. The English Beat reunited for a mini-tour in the UK in 2003, which pleased fans greatly.

Tongue firmly in cheek, feet on the ground and eyes on the future, Dave takes the stage time and again, touring across the States, Canada, the UK and beyond. He does it for two reasons: First, he loves to play music, period. Second, his job here on Earth is to bring a message of love, unity and a steady, rhythmic groove of danceable songs with a message to the masses. Fans see him as an icon and to the young bands coming up he's the elder statesman of ska. His swooning croon has been covered by such rock luminaries as Peter Townshend, Eddie Vedder and Elvis Costello.

He's repeatedly referred to in the press now as a "legacy artist" and an "icon": he's wasn't quite sure what it all meant and thought he might be entitled to some extra initials after his name (he wasn't).

However, he learned what those terms actually mean early in 2006 when, much to his surprise, bemusement, and eternal joy, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame contacted him and asked him for his trademark Vox teardrop guitar, to bed displayed in a place of honour alongside the axes of Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. Truly a wonderful and humbling experience for a working class boy from Brum!

Dave is currently entering a musical renaissance, and fresh off this legacy moment, Dave is planning on going into the studio to lay down two new albums. Dave also continues to tour as The English Beat, as he had done for the last three decades, with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing the hits of The English Beat, General Public, and his new songs. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be blown away by the ever-changing King of Ska!

Your next opportuity to experience this musical genre and the genius of Dave Wakeling and The English Beat will be atNeighborhood Theatre on Saturday, March 24, 2012 - Doors at 7 PM and the show starts at 8 PM.

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