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The Expendables deliver a double dose of reggae at Strummer’s in Fresno

8 p.m. Thursday April 23 / Strummer’s, 833 E Fern Ave. / $18 / All ages / (559) 485-5356,

The last time The Expendables came through town, the show sold out. The band decided to make its return visit a two-night stint. It plays April 23 and 24 at Strummer’s.

“Fresno is a nice place to hang out for a couple of days,” says Geoff Weers, who sings and plays guitar in the Santa Cruz reggae rock band. He may play some golf while he’s in town, maybe go see some trees, he says.

The Expendables is one in a growing number of California bands whose popularity is on the rise with a resurgence of reggae music.

There are purists who may feel the band is a bit too aggressive, Weer says. And it is. But its still maintains that reggae vibe; that absence of beat that sort of “scrambles your brain for a second,” he says.

“And it happens, every time, every beat,” he says. It’s the thing he picked up on the first time he heard the reggae band Eek a Mouse. He was instantly drawn to the genre.

“The groove of reggae is hard to deny.”