The Expendables at NYC’s City Winery

The Expendables set their eyes on the Big Apple on November 27th as their fall tour came to a close. Playing at City Winery, The Expendables gave an intimate acoustic concert including some of their classic hits songs. Being known for their hardcore guitar shreds, an acoustic night with these reggae-rock giants was a unique experience, to say the least! 

Overall, the show was one that should not have been missed! 

The opening act was Vana Liya, an emerging reggae rock artist. Vana Liya is a native to New York City and felt right at home when onstage. Known for her soft voice and ukulele, Liya bellowed out beautiful songs like her latest single, “Surface”. Liya also touched among various important topics throughout her opening act, discussing her own battle with mental health as well as heartbreak and self-love. One highlight was her rendition of the reggae-rock classic, “Garden Grove” by Sublime, igniting a sing-a-long amongst the crowd. You will be hearing more of Liya, as she has been recently signed to Pepper’s LAW Records!

The Expendables entered the acoustic space with their first song “Smoking The Sinsemilla”, automatically exciting longtime fans. The sit-down, intimate environment of New York's City Winery fostered a more personal musical experience with Adam Patterson (drums and vocals) occasionally teasing the crowd and telling jokes. What made this experience truly stellar was most of the songs that were played were driven by them asking the audience which they wanted to hear. This led The Expendables to play classics like “Bowl For Two”, “24/7”, “Minimum Wage”, “Positive Mind” and “Down, Down, Down”.

Overall, the show was one that should not have been missed! Both the close space and the stripped-down versions of their music shows the rooted talent of this legendary reggae-rock band. Couldn’t catch The Expendables live this season? Don’t worry, because they just announced their 2019 Winter The Yeti Strikes Back Blackout Tour which just kicked off in Mexico at Closer to the Sun with Slightly Stoopid. For tickets and more, visit

Photography by Melissa Parke

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