Like Ouija boards, concerts bring people into physical contact with the disembodied voices that croon nightly at their bedsides. Groove to some supernatural beats with this GrouponLive deal to see The English Beat at Rawkus Nightlife Venue on Saturday, March 16, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Choose between two options:
- For $10, you get one general-admission ticket (up to a $25 value).
- For $20, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $50 value).
The English Beat, famed Two Tone pioneers of second-wave ska, has powered dance floors with its unique brew of New Wave, reggae, and soul since 1978. Known simply as The Beat outside the US, and The Human Beat to disgruntled robots, congenial lead singer Dave Wakeling and his shuffling platoon of party instigators execute tunes fit for John Hughes’ soundtracks and Margaret Thatcher outbursts. In a frenetic live show, the band sweats hits such as “Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Save It for Later,” and “Hands Off, She's Mine,” with the pogo-stick finesse that cemented cross-seas popularity and prompted the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to inspect Wakeling's Vox guitar for performance-enhancing strings. Fans also will hear tracks from Dave’s other hit group, General Public, and monologues about vegan pork-pie hats and the surprising manners of rude boys.
Sensory overload is the stock and trade at Rawkus. The massive venue, sporting 13,000 square feet for hundreds of regular-shaped feet to stand in, carries electronic accoutrements that range from a surrealistic laser system to a pro audio system for transcendent evenings out. While sprinkling its schedule with DJs, dance parties, and rock acts, the venue also serves beer and liquor from its bar and snacks from its kitchen.