The Beat returns to Canyon Santa Clarita

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The group known as pioneers and legends in the “British Two Tone Ska movement,” English Beat and original singer and guitar player Dave Wakeling continues the band’s legacy of hits like “Mirror in the Bathroom” and “Save it for Later,” among many others.

Touring throughout California this month with other well-known acts like Rancid, English Beat remains an influence on countless ska musicians.

While the band lost original member Roger Charlery, aka Ranking Roger, early last year, the group’s fan can still enjoy the original sound when English Beat comes to Santa Clarita as the headliner on the day after Valentine’s Day.

With four decades of music since the band released “a classic Smokey Robinson tune ‘Tears of a Clown,’” for its first single in early 1979, according to the band’s website, and the English Beat still plays its lengthy catalogue to generations of fans.

Next week’s show promises “The English Beat with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing all the hits of The Beat, General Public and songs from (Wakeling’s) new album ‘Here We Go Love,’” according to the Canyon Santa Clarita website.

Find the Canyon Santa Clarita on the ground floor of the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Get tickets at the box office 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, by phone at (888) 645-5006, or via For more info, visit

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