The English Beat

The English Beat

The Bishops

Thu 7/12/18

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

$25 ADV/$28 DOS

This event is all ages

The English Beat
The English Beat
Current Line-up
Dave Wakeling
Lead Vocals/Guitar

Matt Morrish

Kevin Lum

Michael "Railo" Railton

Minh Quan

King Schascha

Mark Simms

Mark Spiller

There are certain things one just isn’t bold enough to ever expect… [one] such moment was seeing ska legends/pioneers English Beat… I’ve sent countless evenings at ska shows while growing up, but this was the perfect first/biggest ska show of 2010. – BEYOND RACE MAGAZINE

The English Beat’s influence was incalculable… - Allentown Morning Call

"... [Dave] Wakeling and his crew played 90 minutes worth of hits, deep cuts, some General Public chestnuts and a few new songs… every song was met with recognition and applause." – River Front Times

"[The English Beat are] more popular now than ever." – San Francisco Chronicle

[Dave Wakeling] has assembled an incredible band and is playing his hits with the same raucous enthusiasm that made The English Beat one of the biggest acts of the New Wave Era… Every time they play, The Brew [San Luis Obispo, CA] is packed to the gills with an audience bouncing in unison." – SLO New Times

"People were spilling out the doors by the time [English Beat] went on stage and the palpable joy was in the air when they started… With lyrics about unity, peace, love and partying, and a beat that’s guaranteed to get you out of your seat, their music will always be dancetastic." – The New York Examiner

[The English Beat continues to take] on 2 tone, ska, reggae and new wave, still dishing out on issues of strife and discontentment at times, but always with a happy, danceable tune… drawing large audiences and still has a growing fan base" – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

"[Dave Wakeling of The English Beat] is a musician who seems to genuinely enjoy performing, and even those new to the Beat couldn’t help but get swept up in the infectious brand of "happy" music, as one put it." – Napa Valley Register

"In 2010, [The English Beat] remains on fire, opening their set with a rousing cover of The Staple Singers classic I’ll Take You There. If the excitement wasn’t at a fevered pitch by then, their second song I Confess brought the entire Gibson Amphitheatre to their collective feet. The song still sounds as fresh and lively today as it did when KROQ was granting it massive airplay back in 1982. Another cover followed, a skankin’ version of Tears Of A Clown, originally by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles." – Highwire Daze

"As always, the English Beat's sound is a driving blend of ska, punk, rock and reggae that's made for dancing." – Daily Local News
The Bishops
The Bishops
Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska, the Bishops are a seven piece band that brings a highly energetic and danceable groove to shows all over the Midwest. With a solid horn section, this Island-influenced band packs a powerful sonic punch that keeps toes tapping and hips shakin' all night long. Your ears will be treated to the hypnotic rhythms of rocksteady, ska, and early reggae; featuring jazzy horn solos, soulful vocals, and blues-tinged guitar riffs. The Bishops have a large repertoire of originals, early Jamaican covers, and modern tunes with a reggae feel. At one of their shows you can expect to see a diverse cross-section of people getting down to the vintage island sound: young and old, punks and hippies, and music lovers from all walks of life.

The Bishops seek to share their love of the rhythms of the Caribbean with people who are already fans of that music and those yet to discover it. Since they're a bunch of guys from Nebraska, it may seem funny to someone unfamiliar with the band that these musicians would be inspired by music that originated in Jamaica before they were born. However, their belief that the love of music has no borders goes hand in hand with their musical interests and their conviction that music transcends skin color, culture, age, and era. This was particularly notable during the summer of 2010 when the Bishops found themselves welcomed with open arms by the people of Minsk, Belarus. As part of a state-sponsored exchange, the Bishops traveled to Minsk and shared the stage with fellow musicians from that area. They found themselves surprised by the outpouring of affection of the ska fans there that had not previously been treated to any live music of that genre by a band from outside of their country.

The band has been actively performing for a total of more than a dozen years. After their original run between late '94 and early '99, most of the original members reunited in 2008 after an almost ten year hiatus due to the passing of a friend. The Bishops have been honored to share the stage numerous times with one of their principle influences, Jamaica's legendary Skatalites, as well as notable artists in reggae and ska such as The English Beat, The Aggrolites, The Slackers, Pato Banton, The Toasters, The Scofflaws and Lets Go Bowling. They have performed over one hundred and fifty venues in many Midwestern cities, racking up tens of thousands of miles driving to multiple destinations including Kansas City, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Sioux Falls, Oklahoma City, Denver, Dallas, Houston, Austin, St. Louis and Chicago.
Venue Information:
Slowdown - Main Room
729 North 14th Street
Omaha, NE, 68102-4702