Eddie Avila & Co.

A great combination of keyboard, strings, horns and beats to maximize your listening pleasure.   The group features talented and savvy musicians who have performed with some of Southern California’s best. Featuring Gabe Mercado on vocals, Pete Torres on guitar, Rick Sanchez on sax, Chris Simpson drumming it up and Eddie Avila on the keys. They will get the Riverside Tamale Festival off to a rocking start with their polish and lively tunes.

El Santo Golpe

El Santo Golpe is a one-of-a-kind musical spectacle that originated in Riverside, California, in 2016 and formed by a group of close friends, family, and fellow artists. All share a vision and love for the music that now creates El Santo Golpe. Translated, El Santo Golpe is “the mighty hit.”


“It’s like the feeling we experience when we get that powerful and mighty sense of joy, that punch of Happiness created by a vibrant song, a rhythm, movement, or something in our lives that brings us peace and joy!”


This artist collective was created to introduce an original take to the fun world of “Afro-Latin” music, as they borrow influences of rhythms, sounds, traditions, and Folklore from the Afro Latin Diaspora around the world. El Santo Golpe honors different cultures, history, and traditions by using traditional instrumentation like eight-string Jaranas, Tarima (a wooden platform), Djembe, Primera, and Accordion among others, as well as dances and expressions influenced by Mexican Folklore, Bomba from Puerto Rico, West African Dance, and more.  


The goal of El Santo Golpe is to use their music as a universal language to help close gaps between cultures, genres, ages, and beliefs, creating a worldwide community where we can all dance, sing, laugh and forget about our daily troubles. The group has many published songs and one, La Cosecha, recently had a snippet of it in the recent Tom Hanks movie, A man called Otto.   Keeping cultura alive with their special blend of musica, El Santo Golpe is an exciting addition to the Riverside Tamale Festival lineup. 

Outlaw Mariachi

The Outlaw Mariachi is “LA’s Premiere Rock Mariachi Band!” Led by Singer Gun Skull Ricky and trumpeter extraordinaire Mavero Duran, the group combines musical virtuosity and humorous elements, combing all types of songs – rock, Latin rock, metal, country and pop- and blends them into unique mariachi masterpieces that make you want to sing and dance.

The musical bandidos and Chicano pistoleros of Outlaw Mariachi will put together the ultimate rock mariachi experience for you. Come let their musical ecstasy penetrate your soul, rock your feet, bop your head, and provide you a great taste of mariachi rock and roll. 

Felipe Orozco y Su Banda

Felipe Orozco is an electrifying performer who takes you on a magical journey and a celebration of music. Son of a professional horse trainer, a talented equestrian, a creative artist, a composer, and an outstanding entertainer; you will enjoy the passion he puts into his shows. From Jalisco to Jurupa Valley, it is special to have Felipe as part of our community. A graduate of Jurupa Valley High School, Felipe has become a great contributor to the art world, the equestrian community, and to the field of music.  

During his career, Felipe has entertained audiences throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe, and China. This year, Felipe’s song, La Mula, will be performed by him in the motion picture titled, 2 Sinners and a Mule where he also makes his acting debut. With his festive banda and mariachi music, the audience will be delighted and thoroughly entertained with his and the band’s high-energy performance.


Tierra is a household name in the music industry, especially with Latino families who grew up on the smooth sounds of the talented musicians. The year 1971 marked the early stages of establishing Tierra with Rudy Salas on lead guitar and lead vocals, Steve Salas on lead vocals, bass guitar and valve trombone, Rudy “Bub” Villa on saxophone, flute, and vocals, David Torres on key- boards, trumpet, flute, and synthesizer and Albert Bustillos on drums (soon replaced by Kenny Roman).  

Tierra started performing in 1972 and released their first album “TIERRA” in 1973 on 20th Century Records. Their musical journey eventually led to their big hit “Together” in 1980/81 on Boardwalk Records. The band was named “Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Group” by Billboard, Cashbox, Record World, and BRE (Black Radio Exclusive), being the first Hispanic musical act to have four songs on the National Charts and two songs simultaneously in the Top 100.

Tierra has shared the stage with top acts including Chicago, War, Tower of Power, the Whispers, Malo, Poncho Sanchez, Franky Beverly, and Maze, AWB, Tina Marie, Zapp, Kool and The Gang, Jose Feliciano, El Chicano, Rolls Royce, Los Lobos, Freddie Fender, comedians Paul Rodriguez and George Lopez, and had the honor of backing up the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown, just to name a few.

Tierra has performed on numerous prestigious venues including The American Music Awards, American Bandstand, Carnegie Hall, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as well as touring worldwide. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Tierra’s first album as they continue the musical vibe that Rudy Salas nurtured since day one, under the leadership of Rudy “Bub” Villa (the only surviving original founding member) along with Victor Cisneros, Jeff Lewis, Roger Rivas, Tony Banda, Will Rize Rivera, Joe Mendez, Augustin Mario Quiroga, and Phillip Ruiz. Tierra continues to keep its music alive and is stronger than ever, pleasing their fans across the nation.  

Leyenda Dance Company – Led by Gabriella Pinealt 

The Leyenda dance company will amaze you with their colorful attire and their polished performance.   They have performed in China, France, Italy, Dubai, Thailand, The Kingdom of Oman, Mexico and all over the united States.   Their dance style is infused with refinement and style as they push themselves to capture the audience with their vitality and talent.  The Tamale Festival is blessed to have them join us.  If you haven’t seen them yet, you are in for a special treat.  Gabriela is targeting bringing 60 dancer including her youth group who will entertain you with their growing talent.  

Lucha Libre

Empire Wrestling Federation

The empire wrestling federation will be bringing their talented Lucha Libre wrestlers to entertain us with their high energy battles. They were a big hit a couple of years ago and there was much audience interest in having their wrestling team join us again. They will have several matches throughout the day in the wrestling ring at the Tamale Festival.


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