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The Expendables

Dec. 6, Knitting Factory

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"This song is about one night stands. Let's all have one!" chimed The Expendables' frontman Geoff Weers, amid repeatedly querying the audience on who likes to smoke weed and party.

When the Expendables come to town, it's a solid bet that they will bring some Southern California surfer spirit with them. On Monday night, the four-piece Santa Cruz band relayed their message of positive thinking, sinsemilla smoking and enjoying the good life to an eager crowd of Boiseans. Their sound, honed over the last decade, orients somewhere between reggae, ska and punk, taking the best of the genres and making some fun, uplifting music. It was particularly fun to see them perform older material like the classic "Bowl for Two" as well as highlights from the new album like "Positive Mind."

Also on the lineup was Boston-based John Brown's Body, reggae with a mighty horn section and a lead singer with some equally mighty dreads. C-Money, a multi-instrumentalist/singer and former member of John Brown's Body and Slightly Stoopid, also performed with his own group The Players, Inc., lacing his reggae with an occasional hip-hop flow. By the end of the night, members from all the bands joined The Expendables on stage to play a finale for a crowded and very happyd\ house.