How this Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band pays homage to music and culture

The Red Hot Cholo Peppers will perform at Fantasy Springs...

Most Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute bands try their best to look the part and imitate their inspiration, not cover themselves in flannels and bandanas.

But Redlands-based group Red Hot Cholo Peppers is not your average Red Hot Chili Peppers cover band. The four-piece, including vocalist David Strickland, also known as Papi Cholo, guitarist Big Al, bassist Fonzo Fresh and drummer Joe-ker, combine Southern California’s cholo culture with the original band’s rock and funk sound.

“Fans of the music can expect to have some fun,” Strickland said ahead of the band’s free show at Fantasy Springs Casino’s The Rock Yard stage in Indio on Dec. 3. “They can expect a great performance, and I love putting some humor into it and sharing my cultural heritage with the people that come to the show.”

The Red Hot Cholo Peppers will perform at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, Dec. 3. (Courtesy of the Red Hot Cholo Peppers)

The Red Hot Cholo Peppers will perform at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, Dec. 3. (Courtesy of the Red Hot Cholo Peppers)

The Red Hot Cholo Peppers will perform at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, Dec. 3. (Courtesy of the Red Hot Cholo Peppers)

The Red Hot Cholo Peppers will perform at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, Dec. 3. (Courtesy of the Red Hot Cholo Peppers)

The Red Hot Cholo Peppers will perform at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday, Dec. 3. (Courtesy of Fantasy Springs Casino Resort)

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Strickland said the idea to form the tribute band came from his coworkers and fellow musicians at Guitar Center about four years ago. While brainstorming, the band’s original drummer, Vince, proposed the name the Red Hot Cholo …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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