The English Beat

The English Beat

The English Beat is a band with an energetic mix of musical styles and a sound like no other. The band's unique sound has allowed it to endure for nearly three decades and appeal to fans, young and old, all over the world.

When The English Beat (known simply as The Beat in their native England) rushed on to the music scene in 1979, it was a time of massive social and political unrest and economic and musical upheaval. This set the stage for a period of unbridled musical creativity, and thanks in large part to the Punk movement and it's DIY approach to making music, artists like The Beat were able to speak out and speak their mind on the news of the day, as in "Stand Down Margaret", things that mattered to them and the youth culture, as in "Get A Job", and universal matters of the heart and soul, as in their classic hits "I Confess" and "Save It For Later".
The original band consisted of singer-songwriter Dave Wakeling on vocals and guitar, Andy Cox on guitar, David Steele on bass, and Everett Morton on drums – later additions Ranking Roger (toasting) and foundational First Wave Ska legend Saxa (saxophone) completed the outfit. The band crossed over fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk, and from these disparate pieces they created an infectious dance rhythm.

The Beat first came to prominence as founding members of the British Two Tone Ska movement, with their classic first album "Just Can't Stop It" fitting squarely in that genre. Along with their contemporaries The Specials, The Selecter, and Madness, the band became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of that movement.
However, band leader Dave Wakeling never felt constrained by the movement. Dave has always viewed ska as a springboard, not a straight jacket. Indeed, the band's sound continued to evolve over their first three studio albums, through the General Public era (a band formed by Dave with Ranking Roger, the toaster from The Beat), and has continued it's evolution with the forthcoming English Beat album "Here We Go Love", a PledgeMusic crowd-funded album set for release in 2016, the band's first new album since 1982's "Special Beat Service".

Consummate showman that he is, Dave Wakeling has continued to keep The Beat alive and strong. Dave continues to tour the world as The English Beat with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing all the hits of The Beat, General Public, and songs from his new album "Here We Go Love".

You just can't stop The English Beat!

Judge Roughneck

Judge Roughneck is one of Colorado's premier bands. Having a loyal fan base, and repeatedly voted Denver's best ska/reggae act, Judge Roughneck has gained both commercial success and critical acclaim. Due to the band's widespread appeal, they have been asked to perform over ten times at the prestegious Reggae on the Rocks Festival at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater.

JR routinely draws hundreds of fans to its shows across Colorado. The band has also been played on numerous Denver area commercial radio stations including KBCO, KTCL, KBPI and Alice 106.

Judge Roughneck's unique brand of ska & reggae pays tribute to both the early '80's British 2-Tone movement and the original jazz-laced ska of Jamaica, while infusing a generous dose of soul and R&B. The result is a unique, high-energy dance sound that entertains a wide audience.

Due to the band's appealing sound and professionalism, Judge Roughneck has been asked to perform with such international greats as UB40, Burning Spear, Rebelution, General Public, The Skatalites, The Specials, The Wailers, and Fishbone, and has aired on hundreds of radio stations nationwide. Judge Roughneck also landed a promotional deal with Corona Beer, which aired the song "Hot!" on U.S. radio as part of a nationwide ad campaign.

The band features an all-star line-up of Denver musicians including Byron Shaw on lead vocals, bongos and melodica, Brian Handlos on bass, Chris Reidy on guitar, Cody Swanson on guitar, Zach Pietlock on drums, Jon Hegel on saxophone, David Dinsmore on Trombone, and Rolf Reitzig on trumpet.

Judge Roughneck has produced three full-length CDs entitled True, Skankin' Naked, and Rude One's Money Making Scheme. Each Disc guides the listener on a musical journey through dub-reggae, old-school 60's ska, 2-Tone-influenced ska and hip-hop. A fourth disc is scheduled to be released in 2014.

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