Dave Wakeling was instrumental in bringing the driving sound of ska and reggae to post punk in an otherwise bleak era of big hair, shoulder pads, MTV and Colombian No-Doz.
Wednesday was a perfect day for an all-day music festival at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
The Bishops are a Midwestern ska band that stays true to its far-away roots.
Flagship 2Tone group the English Beat returns to the Blueberry Hill Duck Room on Wednesday, August 28, promoting a new various artists anthology of English Beat cover songs benefiting Teenage Cancer Trust. Lead singer and guitarist Dave Wakeling spoke to me recently about the album and the charity, dropping a bit of eclectic English social history along the way.
The turntable is spinning, the sound system is hooked up and the bass can be felt vibrating the ground as the stars begin to cascade around the moon in a haze of cigarette smoke, empty bottles and cans.
Green Room Rockers hail from the land of the Wabash, another muddy river, so they should have felt right at home as they brought their Midwest brand of reggae, ska and soul to St. Louis.
While the album's title, "Everything's Fine, America," may be ironic, the music of Last to Show First to Go is anything but.