For over 30 years, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have captivated audiences with their high-energy shows and a special blend of funky rock n’ roll. Being fans of fun, funk, and everything rock n roll, The Red Hot Cholo Peppers re-create the fan experience with a uniquely Southern California twist.
They are most definitely not your average tribute band.
“It’s this instant vibe you get when you hear the name, people know it’s a party.” -David Strickland (Vocals, Guitar)
Clad in bandanas, flannels, and crashing parties with the same Cholo-style attitude you haven’t seen since before your Tio got locked up, the Red Hot Cholo Peppers bring you all the hits of your favorite band with extra chili on top.
With decades of experience as professional musicians, this 4-piece band fully understands its role in providing fun and engaging entertainment wherever they play. They are professionals, who happen to love what they do and take pride in doing it well. Every show they play is carefully tailored to reach maximum audience engagement and their diversity as a band allows them to throw in some surprising non-RHCP covers that always get people dancing, singing along, and shouting “Orale!” together.
Sharing live music brings magic to the crowd that no other activity can. Fonzo Rios (Bass, Backing Vocals) says, “I love how it can bring so many different people together for a shared emotional experience.” Every time they take the stage, the Red Hot Cholo Peppers want to bring you right along and share the fun that they have. You become a part of the show as we all remember the songs that sculpted us and our love of music.
A 3rd generation guitarist, Albert began playing at the age of 10 learning everything from blues to rock and metal. At the age of 16 he began studying guitar at the local music store and continued his music education throughout high school and college. He really hasn’t ever stopped studying and puts more time into his guitar practice than your dad has left on his sentence.
Albert has participated in numerous recording sessions and live gigs ranging from big band jazz, to musicals, to progressive metal, and pop rock. As a professional musician Albert is dedicated to keeping his technical abilities in top shape for any musical situation. He believes that using the best instruments and gear is a high priority for creating the best possible performances.
His experience with the Cholo Peppers has shown him that crowd-interaction is a powerful tool for a great show saying, “Whether they’re singing along to their favorite song, high-fiving band members, sending drinks to the stage or adding comedic commentary with members of the band, it’s clear that live music is a powerful thing and the better we can communicate with our audience the better we can perform.”
Born in Naples, Italy and raised in Baja and Southern California, Papi, better known as DaveWellBehaved has been performing for the masses since learning to sing in a children's church choir in Mexicali as a young cholito. He has shown the world both his skill and versatility in his various bands and projects.
He has quite literally worked his way up through the music scene and has appeared on everything from street corners and theaters, national stages and festivals to local and national TV and radio. Having attained some of the most sought-after goals of lifelong musicians including writing and releasing albums, touring, and playing with some of his favorite major-label bands, his experience with the Cholo Peppers has been a unique one. “Never have I ever had such a good time playing with such stupidly talented friends. We meet new fans at every show who tell us what a blast they’re having and how much they love what we’re doing.” These days when he isn’t playing with the Cholo Peppers, he hosts open mics, writes original music, and studies mechanical engineering.
Newest member of the Red Hot Cholo Peppers, Joe says that his favorite thing about live music is that the energy that fills the atmosphere can not be recreated anywhere else.
Starting out at the age of 19 with a used drum kit from a friend, he entered the drum program at Musician’s Institute and never looked back. You might not be able to tell by the way he’s always mean-mugging behind the kit, but Joe loves playing so much he joins every band he can. His love of music has taken him through an impressive range of original bands, cover bands and even recording at legendary Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Stretching the range of his talent seems to be his specialty as he is currently playing with a metal band, a blues band and now the Red Hot Cholo Peppers. He loves talking music, but what he’d most like to share with you all is a few Modelos and some tacos at the next show. As for those dirty looks, Joe says, “When you’re bringing that much funk, your face is gonna get a lil stanky.”
Even though he grew up in East Los Angeles, Fonzo had no idea he’d be asked to one day put on a bandana and flannel to play bass with the Red Hot Cholo Peppers. He picked up the bass at 15 years old and couldn’t put it down. He’s a classically trained violinist with a music degree because we all have to make mama proud, but when he’s not rocking the socks off the crowd with the Red Hot Cholo Peppers (Yes, we all remember the Chili Peppers in socks) he plays with his own Indie band Strange Ship and a cover band by the name of Elastic Space Band. Fonzo has learned something from each group he’s played with that has helped him to develop both his skill and approach to music.
To say that he takes his job as a musician seriously is an understatement. A Cholo by birthplace, a professional by training, and a killer musician by practice, he says the key to being a professional musician is, “Really taking the time to practice and listen to the music that you are playing, especially your fellow musicians.” He works really hard behind the scenes to get to the shows where he can just have fun. He’s excited to share the fun with you at the next Red Hot Cholo Peppers show.