Dave Wakeling of The English Beat. Photo: Bryan Kremkau
Dave Wakeling of The English Beat. Photo: Bryan Kremkau

By Catherine Manso

The English Beat, starring Dave Wakeling, is coming to The Coach House on New Year’s Eve.

The Birmingham-bred band with the infectious reggae, ska, punk and pop sound, is back and ready to celebrate the New Year with fans from south Orange County, Wakeling’s “adopted home.”

The set list will be pulled from the band’s impressive catalog of songs spanning three decades, including such hits as “Save it for Later,” “I Confess” and “Tears of a Clown.” Songs from General Public, another band Wakeling co-founded, will also be performed—“Tenderness,” and “I’ll Take You There,” included.

The New Year brings a new start for The Beat with the 2015 release of their fourth studio album, “For Crying Out Loud.”

Wakeling promises to reveal a few pieces from the new album—“If Killing Worked it Would Have Worked by Now,” and “The Love You Give Lasts Forever”—songs he says will have the audience dancing.

Members of the current touring band include Rythmm Epkins on drums, Matt Morrish on sax, Kevin Lum on keyboard, Larry Young on bass, Jared Palozolla and Wakeling on guitar.

“I always look forward to the Coach House … I’ve been playing there for decades,” Wakeling said. “From the stage it looks like a fiesta.”

Doors open at 6 p.m. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $48 and dinner reservations with priority seating are also available.

For tickets or more information, call 949.496.8930 or go to www.thecoachhouse.com.


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