Live concerts are meticulously coordinated events, with a dedicated staff ensuring each instrument is tuned, each mic is working, and each band member is set in the upright and locked position. Keep their hard work from going to waste with today’s Groupon: for $17, you get one ticket to The Wedge street concert with The English Beat on Saturday, November 5, at 6 p.m. in Escondido (a $35 value in advance; a $45 value at the door). Part of The Wedge street festival, the concert plays alongside cheese, wine, and brew tastings (not included).
A feast for the senses, the Wedge street festival satisfies sonic cravings with ska-leaning tunes by The English Beat while tempting taste buds with foamy Stone Brewing Co. beers, Julian Hard Cider cherry bombs, and gourmet food truck fare (food & beverages not included with this Groupon). Since 1978, The English Beat—also known as The Beat outside the U.S., and The Human Beat to disgruntled robots—has powered dance floors with its unique brew of Two Tone ska and soul. Hits such as “Mirror In The Bathroom,” “Save It For Later,” and “Hands Off…She's Mine,” cemented the band's cross-seas popularity and prompted the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to request lead singer Dave Wakeling's Vox guitar, aiming to dissect the specimen to study its uncanny musical abilities. Groupon-holders who work up an appetite can peruse a smorgasbord of local wines and cheeses, stroll through the beer garden, or munch on barbecue brisket or lobster grilled cheese at Devilicious and Super Q food trucks (not included).