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 today’s GrouponLive deal: for $19, you get one general-admission G-Pass to see The English Beat at Irving Plaza on Saturday, November 19, at 8 p.m. (up to a $38.50 value, including all ticketing fees). Doors open at 7 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at Will-Call.
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 U.S., 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’s 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. Lucky fans may also hear tracks from Dave’s other hit group, General Public, along with Motown reinventions and monologues about vegan pork-pie hats and the surprising manners of rude boys.
With a history as rich as a buttered almanac, Irving Plaza has hosted a litany of events since its grand opening in 1860. Formerly a home for burlesque dances, fancy jubilees, and foreign films, the ballroom transformed into a premier music venue in 1978. The standing-room-only general-admission floor puts fans closer to the music, prompting bouts of duck-and-cover during trombone solos.