The English Beat, the ska sensation of the '80s, is coming to town tonight at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St. The Frankie Hernandez Band will take the stage at 8:30. Doors open at 7:30 for this all-ages show.




Dave Wakeling, the singer/songwriter from The English Beat and General Public says that they'll be playing new songs as well as the popular hits "Mirror in the Bathroom," "Save it for Later," "Tenderness," "Can't Get Used to Losing You," the cover version of Smokey Robinson's "Tears of a Clown" and other great Ska classics. "A new ska revival is happening in all the major cities. Our fans are 16 to 60," said Wakeling, referring to the ages of audience members during their latest tour. "It's great bass and drums, so everyone can find their own tempo with the beat. Wear your sneakers and get ready to dance."




The cancelled show in February was the first time Wakeling has ever had to reschedule in his 29 years of touring.




"I hear Ashland's a great town. We almost made it over the pass with chains on the tour bus' tires," said Wakeling. "But then we had to turn around and head back to LA."




Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at The Music Coop and Low Down Board Shop in Ashland or in Medford at Bad Ass Coffee, Six One Nine, Music Head, Merlin and Victoria's Station or online at or for phone orders call Renegade Productions, 530-583-2801. Tickets for the cancelled February show are also good for this Friday's concert.