The Red Pears
The Red Pears are an indie/alternative band from El Monte, CA. The band consists of Henry Vargas on guitar and vocals, Jose Corona on drums, and their good friend Patrick Juarez helping on bass. The group started in the summer of 2014, when Jose and Henry got together with talks of forming another band having known each since high school and playing in different groups, separately and together. Things took off from there as they both shared similar influences, similar backgrounds and similar mindsets and visions.
They started as a duo, with their first gig together being an open mic at a church. Juan Aguilar soon joined the band on bass that same year. The duo became a trio and started playing anything from house parties, to bar, to coffee shops, to open mics. Things started moving fast as the release of "We Bring Anything to the Table... Except Tables, We Can't Bring Tables to the Table', garnered unexpected attention. They continued playing and noticed a growth in their audience throughout the years since.
Juan unfortunately left the band early 2017, and their close friend Patrick kindly agreed to help the now duo out. The band has gone a long way from playing open mics at churches, to playing out of state, selling out venues like The Smell, The Constellation Room, The Echo, and The Roxy. And playing events like Dirty Penni Fest, Echo Park Rising and Tropicalia. They have done more than anyone would've thought or expected, including themselves. With a very loyal and supportive fan base, and with their latest record, 'For Today, For Tomorrow, For What Is, For What Could've Been', the group is reaching new heights and new territory that has been seen inconceivable for any Latino coming out of the San Gabriel Valley.
Los Retros, aka Mauri Tapia, is a 19 year old from Oxnard CA, who has been making music for several years, playing every instrument on his recordings and has grown a loyal fanbase via YouTube, Soundcloud as well as local shows up and down the SoCal coast.
Tracing his musical inspirations to both American and Latin American left-field pop and soft rock groups from the 70s/80s, 'Los Retros' is actually an homage to Chilean pop band Los Ángeles Negros.