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The Expendables at the Aggie

Published on: February 23rd, 2015

Since I just transplanted to Colorado from Pittsburgh, the opportunities to see great music up and down the Front Range are plentiful and the Aggie is a great venue for seeing music in an old school, down-and dirty locale. S

The opening band, Katastro, played good music but lacked stage presence. While I enjoyed their melodies they sort of blended into the background. They could work a bit more on generating a relationship with their audience.

Ballyhoo! turned that around once they took the stage. The well over six foot front man showed powerful stage presence as they played a traditional punk-reggae blend.

The Expendables are self-described as California surf, punk and reggae, which is a blend they pull off well. By the end of the show I had gone from slam dancing to hippie love. They kept the crowd moving all night, and had plenty of people crowd surfing throughout the night. There were shoes lost.

I was most impressed by their ability to transition from each genre and make it sound right. Despite giving the crowd a high-powered performance their musical talents are what kept me feeling good through the show. They are repping Santa Cruz well. I just transplanted from Pittsburgh making it especially enjoyable to listen to them play the encore, “Smoked a Bowl for Two” and watching everyone smoke up.

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  1. […] Mostly self-produced in the beginnings, The Expendables found the most success with the 2004 release of the “Gettin’ Filthy” album. With their most popular songs, “Bowl for Two” and “Sacrifice,” they solidified a signature sound. Via: Yellowscene Magazine […]