The English Beat
Doors Open: 6:30 PM
SMA & 89.3 The Current present THE ENGLISH BEAT with a pre-show DJ set by Transmission's Jake Rudh!
About The English Beat:
In 1979, The Beat burst onto the vibrant music scene of industrial Birmingham, England, amidst a backdrop of social, political, and musical turmoil. Within this maelstrom, The Beat sought to bring a soothing presence with their straightforward message of love and unity, set to an irresistible dance beat.
Their commitment to inclusivity was evident both in their diverse lineup and their eclectic musical influences. Seamlessly traversing the realms of soul, reggae, pop, and punk, the band crafted an infectious dance rhythm that quickly propelled them to overnight stardom. They emerged as one of the most renowned and influential acts within the British Two Tone Ska movement.
Dave Wakeling, a consummate showman, has tirelessly upheld The Beat's legacy. Under the moniker of The English Beat, Dave continues to traverse the globe, supported by an exceptional all-star ska backing band. Together, they deliver a captivating performance featuring not only The Beat's classics but also selections from General Public and his own new compositions.
About DJ Jake Rudh
With more than 20 years of experience in the Twin Cities music scene, Jake Rudh’s reputation as a versatile DJ has become his calling card. He’s known around town as a host on Minnesota Public Radio’s 89.3 The Current and founder of locally lauded Transmission dance nights.
Being named after the Joy Division classic, the program is heavily centered around post-punk, new wave, and dark wave as well as shoegaze, dream pop, psych, power, indie, and British pop. Jake often hosts in-studio sessions and interviews musicians from those worlds - including Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music, Duran Duran's John Taylor, Sting, Adam Ant, Ron and Russell Mael of Sparks, synth-pioneer Thomas Dolby, Peter Murphy of Bauhaus, Devo founder Mark Mothersbaugh, Andy Gill of Gang of Four, and Talking Heads & Tom Tom Club co-founder Chris Frantz.
VIP*: $92 + fees
MAIN FLOOR: $62/ $52 + fees
BALCONY: $52/ $42/ $32 + fees
*VIP ticket includes premier seating on the Main Floor Level, reserved parking for one vehicle, early entry to pre-show social hour in The Lounge at 5:30, and one complimentary drink ticket.