1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 16 and over
For eighteen years The Expendables have been bringing their perspective to the world of reggae rock. Instead of following the traditional cookie-cutter blend of reggae, punk, ska and hip-hop commonly replicated in the genre, The Expendables have perfected their own unique approach of face-melting solos, mind-bending jams and danceable grooves, blurring the lines of where one genre ends and another begins.
Hailing from shores of Santa Cruz, California, three quarters of this four piece met in the halls of Soquel High. After high school Adam Patterson (Drums/Vocals), Raul Bianchi (Lead Guitar/Keys) and Geoff Weers (Guitar/Vocals) would part ways from their high school bass player and in 1999 the band would enlist hometown native Ryan DeMars (Bass), bringing new influence to the band’s stage presence and their songwriting process.
Once the new line up was solidified, the band worked tirelessly playing shows regionally as well as recording and self-releasing three albums, No Time To Worry (2000), Open Container (2001) and Gettin’ Filthy (2004). This determined work ethic would capture the attention of Slightly Stoopid front men and Stoopid Records label owners Miles Doughty and Kyle McDonald. Doughty and McDonald would take a strong interest in the band, first taking them on tour supporting Slightly Stoopid’s shows, then signing The Expendables to Stoopid Records, releasing the label’s first non Slightly Stoopid release, 2007s self-titled The Expendables. In 2010 the partnership would also produce Prove It, staking the bands claim as one of the genre’s heavy hitters.
Three years after Prove It the band would start tracking at JingleTown Recording, a bay area studio owned by the members Green Day. The beautiful studio would be used for two recording sessions, one in 2013 and one in 2014 setting the stage for the bands new release.
On January 13, 2015 The Expendables dropped Sand In the Sky to a hungry fan base excited for the bands new album. Fans immediately responded, loving the new tracks and gravitating toward the hypnotic Starry Night, dance-friendly jam Music Move Me as well as Nothing I Wouldn’t Do bringing a slight blend of the bands older sound back into the mix.
The band has taken no down time jumping straight out on 2015’s Winter Blackout Tour currently traveling across the country jamming to large crowds everywhere. With a date slated on this Summer’s Wakarusa festival and plenty of touring plans in the work this is going to be another great year for The Expendables.
Described by various music critics as ?smoldering,? ?top-notch,? ?one-of-a-kind,? ?addictive? and ?like a breath of fresh air,? the Wooster sound is a party-ready mix of California rock and Aretha Franklin-esque soul, spiced up with hints of reggae, surf, Latin rock, funk and hip-hop. Think Sublime after anger management, or No Doubt on soul serum.
A Reggae/Dub/Rock band from the heart of Southern California's Orange County, Seedless was formed in the summer of 2006. Drawing together an eclectic group of individuals and quickly finding a sound of their own, Seedless has began to push the limits on reggae music. They have the ability to go from roots reggae to progressive rock to just about any style of music while intertwining the genres flawlessly. In between the political and climactic sound, Seedless keeps coming with fun, feel good reggae songs that are sure to touch anyone, anywhere from any walk of life.
Seedless has played with many respectable musicians including: The Wailers, Katchafire, Tribal Seeds, Tomorrow's Bad Seeds, Iration, Pacific Dub, Natural Vibrations, Fishbone, Through The Roots, Rebelution, Stick Figure, Pepper, Fortunate Youth, The Dirty Heads, The Aggrolites and many more. Seedless' first full length album is set to release August 28th 2010, they have gained a nationwide following after releasing just 3 sample tracks off of their album. Priding on their live show and stage performance, Seedless is a must see, must hear band in 2010!