Eight Gigs: The English Beat

Sat., April 1, 7 p.m., Ace of Spades, $22

Reunion tours are messy in your sixties. Birmingham, U.K., delivered the Beat in 1978. They were a ska outfit bringing racial harmony to the United Kingdom through rock and reggae blends. Originally the coinage of the English Beat demonstrated a difference between the United States version of the Beat also formed in the late 1970s. Now, the English Beat denotes competing versions manned by founding members. The California-based version led by Dave Wakeling is the English Beat. Go figure. Unchanged is the toasting, the victory laps of “Mirror in the Bathroom” and your propensity to skank. 1417 R Street. http://englishbeat.net.