The English Beat Joining RETRO FUTURA TOUR This Summer

As UK’s legendary ska/punk/pop/soul band ENGLISH BEAT readies Here We Go Love (its first album of new material in over three decades for release this year), Dave Wakeling and band are currently on the road, touring the US. They have also announced that they will be joining Howard Jones, Men Without Hats, Paul Young, Modern English, and Katrina of Katrina and the Waves (with Annabella of Bow Wow Wow filling in for Paul Young on a handful of dates) for the RETRO FUTURA TOUR. (tour dates below)

RETRO FUTURA TOURAppropriately called “a singer-songwriter as savagely witty as Elvis Costello” by Rolling Stone, Wakeling has been at the forefront of Ska’s Second Wave which propelled peers like The Specials, Madness and The Selector throughout the 80s into the 90s and continues today. “The Beat are one of the most underrated bands of all time,” wrote respected writing legend Simon Price for The Quietus, “and Dave Wakeling ought to be spoken of in the same breath as Weller and Strummer in the post-punk pantheon of heroes.”

The English Beat’s irresistible blend of Pop, Soul, Ska and Punk made them one of the most undeniable breakout stars throughout the last three decades and have had their music covered by such musical luminaries as Elvis Costello, Pete Townshend, and Eddie Vedder, among many others. Compared to other UK Ska acts who found fame in the 80s, Paste Magazine called them “the most ambitious” and The Wall Street Journal said “the English Beat had the best chops.” Originally breaking up in the late 80s, Wakeling formed General Public who continued their mainstream takeover with massive international singles like “Tenderness”, “Never You Done That”, “Hot You’re Cool” and a cover of Staple Singers’ “I’ll Take You There.” Proving Wakeling’s undeniable songwriting as well has his longevity in the industry, national retail chain Target featured “Tenderness” in a TV commercial campaign and Hanna Barbera‘s wildly popular cartoon Scooby Doo featured the band’s music in a recent episode.

English Beat Headling Dates

Mar 01      9:30 Club – Washington, DC
Mar 03      The Hall at MP- Brooklyn, NY
Mar 04      Wolf’s Den @ Mohegan Sun- Uncasville, CT
Mar 05      Underground Arts- Philadelphia, PA
Mar 08      Ponte Vedra Hall – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Mar 09      Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
Mar 10      Flogging Molly’s Salty Dog Cruise
Mar 16      Skully’s – Columbus, OH
Mar 17      The Magic Bag – Ferndale, MI
Mar 19      SPACE – Evanston, IL
Mar 22      High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI
Mar 23      The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
Mar 24      Knuckleheads – Kansas City, MO
Apr 22       Freestyle Explosion Festival - Long Beach, CA
Apr 23       Freestyle Explosion Festival - Long Beach, CA
Jun 22        John Hughes Fest - Lake Forest, IL

Retro Futura Tour
w/ Howard Jones, Men Without Hats, Modern English, Paul Young, Katrina
(* signifies no Paul Young. Annabella Lwin of Bow Wow Wow on line-up)

Jul 18         Greek Theater – Los Angeles, CA
Jul 19         Orange County Fair – Costa Mesa, CA
Jul 20         Cal Coast Credit Union Theater – San Diego, CA
Jul 21         Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA
Jul 22         Downtown LV Events Center – Las Vegas, NV
Jul 24         Bellco Theater – Denver, CO
Jul 28         Chastain Park – Atlanta, GA*
Jul 29         Metro Credit Union Amph. – Charlotte, NC*
Jul 30         Pier Six – Baltimore, MD*
Aug 01       Van Andel Arena- Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 02       White River State Park- Indianapolis, IN
Aug 03       Wisconsin State Fair- West Allis, WI
Aug 04       Meadow Brook- Detroit, MI
Aug 05       Hard Rock Live (Cleveland) – Northfield, OH
Aug 06       The Fraze Pavillion- Kettering, OH
Aug 09       State Theater- New Brunswick, NJ
Aug 10       Dunkin Donuts Center- Providence, RI
Aug 11       Borgata Casino- Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 12       Oakdale- Wallingford, CT
Aug 13       Times Union Center- Albany, NY
Aug 14       Lynn Auditorium- Lynn, MA
Aug 17       State Theater- Minneapolis, MN
Aug 18       Star Plaza Theater (Chicago)- Merrillville, IN*
Aug 19       Family Arena (St. Louis)- St. Charles, MO*

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography.
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