With years of experience and contributing to the sound of the desert music scene under their belt, The Hellions will join other local bands and musicians in giving back to their community at the 5th annual Concert for Autism.

“Josh Heinz (of Blasting Echo) is a good friend of ours,” says Angel Lua, vocalist and guitarist for The Hellions. The Hellions played at the very first Concert for Autism in 2008. “He’s asked us to play every year since [then]. We feel very fortunate to be a part of this very special event,” he adds.

The Hellions is made up of Lua, Bob Llamas (drums), Christian Reyes (vocals), Travis Rockwell (bass), and Jaime Hargate (vocals, guitar). As Coachella Valley natives, The Hellions have been providing the local music scene with a “face melting,” punk-rock sound of pounding drums and thunderous guitars for over a decade.

“This is home for us, and when we play here in the valley, it is always with a bunch of friends,” Lua explains. Having been a part of the desert sound for so many years, he describes the local music scene that has been developing over the years, and the people he and The Hellions have gotten to play with, as “a big family.” He adds, “And [we have] shared the stage with such amazing bands.”


The Hellions will once again share the stage with more amazing bands and musicians from across the Coachella Valley at the Concert for Autism.

“The IPAC (Indio Performing Arts Center) is a great place for everyone to enjoy the show,” Lua says, remembering the first three years of the concert, which were held in much smaller locations. “This year’s event is going to be bigger and better.”

Other bands performing at this year’s Concert for Autism benefit include: Blasting Echo, Waxy, Giselle Woo, Joe Kidd and the Gash, Johnny Elsewhere, as well as, Caxton and Michael Keeth (you can read more about them by checking out the archive at CoachellaValleyWeekly.com).

“This year’s line-up is really, really awesome and we can’t wait to share the stage with all of them,” Lua declared excitedly. He notes, while The Hellions have previously played with some of the bands who will be performing, they are still always excited to play with friends.

Catch The Hellions on Saturday, May 19, at The 5th Annual Concert for Autism benefiting The Lumpy’s Foundation for Autism at the Indio Performing Arts Center, 45-175 Fargo St., Indio, CA 92201.

Doors open at 7 p.m., with a $5 donation at the door. Music starts at 7:30 p.m.

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