By Noe Gutierrez

2017 Coachella Valley Music Award for ‘Best Instrumental Artist’

“We weren’t able to attend the awards and we were stoked when we found out we won. We take pride in our instrumentation. We are thankful to Tracy & Phil for what they have done for this music community. We look forward to receiving the award properly. We are full of pride for ALL of our desert music peers. To do what we do without words and remain successful is a blessing.”

Tribesmen will be performing at Club 5 on Friday, August 18, 2017 to help fund the production of their most recent and untitled recording. Club 5 is located at 82-971 Bliss Avenue in Indio, California. Providing benevolent support for the desert’s instrumental ‘Fab Five’ are Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival alumni Kayves and brightener. Also scheduled to perform, after a long absence, are The Town Troubles. Graveyard School, a new project by CV wunderkind Andy Lara, will be making their debut on this night as well. The show begins at 9 p.m. & is 21 & over. It’s bound to be standing room only so get there by 8 p.m.! The event is presented by Blue Hill Records and entry fee is $5.


Tribesmen, Christian Leon (guitar), Leslie Orozco (bass), Wilber Pacheco (guitar), Alec Corral (guitar) and Freddy Jimenez (drums), have completed a four-song EP that is currently being produced by Chris Schlarb (Terry Reid, Mike Watt) of BIG EGO Recording Studio in Long Beach, CA. The EP of four songs includes the titles, “Under the Ice,” “Red Fury,” “Perceptions” and ‘Metamorphic.” Schlarb is a proficient musician and composer who produced over two dozen albums ranging in style from jazz, bluegrass, folk, and rock to country, R&B, experimental, and children’s music. “I used to ditch class in high school and spend hours at the library researching how people made records.” Schlarb recently produced and composed “Psychic Temple IV” with British rock legend and desert resident Terry Reid, Max Bennett (bassist on Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark and Hissing of Summer Lawns) drummer Tabor Allen (of Cherry Glazerr) and keyboardist Mick Rossi. Coachella Valley Weekly caught up with Jimenez to get a refresher on all things Tribesmen.

EP & Show

“We’ve been working hard to get this EP completed. We reached out to some of our music friends for this benefit show, Kayves, brightener, The Town Troubles and Graveyard School, are all ‘passing the hat’ to help us. They were more than happy to support and we look forward to packing the place. We’re extremely thankful to Club 5 owners and staff. It’s an intimate and cool spot to see a show.”


“Chris Schlarb worked on our last EP. He’s a spectacular dude and has worked with some great people. We’re excited to work with him again and look forward to sharing these new songs through his production. I recorded and mixed the songs and he has this magical way of elevating our sound.”

The Band

“Alec just got back from working the Vans Warped Tour so we’re ready to push these songs and get back out there. We’ve been around for a while now and our roots remain in the city of Coachella. We continue to collaborate with local artists like Cristopher Cichocki and are continuing to evolve into well-rounded musicians. Our last EP was well-received so we’re just following up and moving forward.”

Tribesmen are unique in that they perform instrumental music. If you’ve never heard them, consider a multifarious sound that encompasses all sense of perception. Their sound inflames your thought processes and allows the waves of resonance to permeate any shell that may be protecting you from its intensity. Words do sometimes get in the way. Listen to Tribesmen.

Tribesmen will also be performing on the outdoor stage on ‘Day 2’ of ‘Campout 13’, the 3-day annual music festival hosted by Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown, CA 8/31/17 to 9/2/17.


Aug. 18 – Indio, CA – Club 5 w/ Kayves, brightener, The Town Troubles & Graveyard School

Sep. 1 – Pioneertown, CA – Pappy & Harriet’s ‘Campout 13’