Posted May 3, 2012 in Music

Allen Aguilar (vocals, guiro); M. Rudie Marie (guitar, backing vocals); Oskar Rivas (bass guitar); Juan Gomez-Gomez (drums); Nick Shades (tenor sax, backing vocals); David Sanchez (Bb Trumpet; backing vocals); Mario Mendez (trombone, backing vocals); Changa (timbales) David Q (accordion, other percussion Instruments, “color guy”); Abrielle Of The Lion (De Leon) (manager, booking).


Ontario, Pomona, San Bernardino, Coachella, Redlands and Riverside.


MULA, Self-Released (2011).


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MULA is quite possibly one of the largest bands that has ever been dubbed Band of the Week. A group of this magnitude deserves its spotlight so MULA, previously known as a UCR club called “Musicos Unidos de Latino America,” is eager to create upbeat Latin tunes (infused with rock and a dash of ska) and a new excuse to shake your groove thang.

Normally a band’s origin story is fairly short; one guy meets with a buddy and it’s all good. But with almost 10 members, this band took a while to feel complete. Even though some members were still students at the University and others were still rediscovering their musical talents, the transition from school club to fully-fledged band was worth the wait. MULA has grown to be so diverse that you can’t help but categorize it under something completely new.

“While sticking primarily to the roots of Southern California ska and Mexican cumbias and related Tejano music, we’ve managed to create something we never thought would happen upon the band’s inception. We’ve managed to grow together as some sort of wild dysfunctional family . . . But so many members of [MULA's] core have stuck around, that we continue to amazed each other with every milestone of life that occurs along the way,” says Nick Shades.

MULA performs mainly Latin-based music which revolves around a constant dance beat If the band can join in on the fun, even better. “I LOVE dancing with the crowd or being in the pit while playing our set! Our sound is definitely different than other bands out there!” says M. Rudie Marie.

Band members of MULA had so much to say that much of it had to be omitted due to limited space but there’s one thing for sure: they put on one hell of a party. The Mission Tobacco Lounge is well known discovering fresh local bands and this Cinco de Mayo party is definitely one you won’t want to miss. (Ashley Bennett)

MULA with Red Store Bums, Los Rudos at Mission Tobacco Lounge, 3630 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 682-4427; Sat, May 5. 8pm. $10.


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