“It’s a great experience to be with a band you really like..." says bass guitarist Felipe Cortez.
Cocopah Tribal member Felipe Cortez and his fellow musical artists in the band The Hideaways are heading to Hollywood this week to participate in the Los Angeles “Battle of the Bands.”
“It’s a great experience to be with a band you really like and play music you really love,” said Cortez.
Cortez, 17, is the bass guitar player for The Hideaways, a Yuma rock-n-roll band that performs Blues and Psychedelic rock along with hit songs from famous 1960s bands and artists such as “The Doors” and Jimi Hendrix.
The Hideaways includes drummer Victor Alfaro, 17, and guitarists Christian Montes, 17, and Rusty Rohwer, 18.
Heading to Los Angeles is “a big step for us. That means we’ll have to work harder,” said Rohwer.
On Friday, the band made their first live television appearance at about 4:30 pm on KSWT 13, the local CBS affiliate.
The band came together in 2010 and has been playing at local venues. Earlier this year they won the Yuma Battle of the Bands.
The upcoming competition will mark the first time they have performed in Los Angeles.
Last month, the Cocopah Tribal Council donated funds to help cover the band’s cost to participate in the competition.
The Hideaways will perform at 6pm on Sept. 10 at the Dragonfly Bar, located at 6510 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038.
Tickets are available for $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. If interested call (928) 246-6097.
The Hideaways are also slated to perform at the Cocopah Casino on Friday, Sept. 26 for the Native American Day celebration.