Eight Gigs: The English Beat

Sat., Apr. 9, 7 p.m., Ace of Spades, $20-$24

Is Dave Wakeling the King of Ska? I dunno. But he sure is Two-Tone royalty. His current English Beat touring line up is a great all-star cast, too, including guest stars from the Specials and the Selecter. Wakeling’s smooth, distinctive low voice has that new-wave, seductive croon that playfully skips along, touching upon all the high points of ska, reggae, soul and punk. A bossy saxophone interjects itself as often as possible, while keys, drums and bass catch the beat and hold it steady. There’s no hanging out at the bar counter during an English Beat show. Everyone. Must. Skank. 1417 R Street, www.englishbeat.net.