Dave Wakeling leads the English Beat through frantic fun Sunday at The Rose

In 1978, Dave Wakeling and the English Beat helped introduce the world to the 2 Tone label sound of second wave ska bands. The movement — which also included Madness of “Our House” fame and The Specials — was a nod to the fact that musicians of various ethnic groups in working-class Birmingham, England felt more unified playing together, rather than being racially segregated as in previous generations. The clarion call of the era’s music was “Love and Unity,” blasting out with their unmistakable brass delivery and syncopated rhythms. But behind it all was a prominent backbeat played by electric...

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