Waila Festival, Inc.

1413 E. Hammond Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85034

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Major Sponsors:

Gila River Indian Community Ak-Chin Indian Community
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Tohono O'odham Nation

Wild Horse Pass Development Authority

Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment - West Valley

Gila River Sand & Gravel Corp.



Waila Festival 2014
featuring the Circle of Art & Culture

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Entertainment Lineup

Nativille (11:00 am - 2:00 pm)
Nativille comes from the Tohono O'odham Nation. The band was formed in 2006. Then reformed in 2009 by the late Derrick Antone who passed away in May 2014. He played Accordion, Drums & Percussions. Today Nativille members are Carlyle Conde, Mario Antone, Julian Conde, Louie Harvey and withe help of Corwin Norris and Ninno Thompson.

Sample Music


Cruz Band (2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
The group came together 2yrs ago to play waila music. It is made up of 3 generations of musicians. Each member has their own unique story/history of how they've come to play waila music.

We have been fortunate to play for church celebrations and various occasions. Our recent highlight was performing at the Colorado River Indian Tribe Annual Fair Expo in Parker, AZ and then a trip into Mexico to play for the feast of St. Francis in Cu;wi I Ge;s (Rabbitfalls, MX).

Sample Music

Cruz Band
Alex Cruz - Accordion
Randy Cruz - Saxophone
Mario Antone - Drums
Simon Cruz - Guitar
Alyssa Cruz - Bass

T.O. Combo (5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
T.O. COMBO started in 1977 while Frederick Manuel and his brother, the late Fidelis Manuel (Original Saxophone Player) attended high school in Riverside, CA.  The band evolved to be what is now the current T.O. Combo.

The band has played all over the reservation & off including across the border in Mexico.  Highlights include playing for the Albuquerque Folk Festival in 2009 and Globalquerque in 2013.  During 2012 the band was nominated for the Native American Music Awards, in 2013 the band was honored with Best Waila Recording for "Sunny Day" from the In Memory Of cd dedicated to the late Fidelis Manuel, recorded at 510 Audio Studio in Mesa, .AZ produced by Brian Stewart.

Sample Music

T.O. Combo
Frederick Manuel-Accordion
Carlyle Conde - Saxophone
Arnold Paul - Guitar
Nick Narcia - Bass
Donnie Manuel -Drums
Erik Antone - Drums
Ariana Conde & Elijah Domingo - Percussion (not pictured)

Valezuela & Company (8:00 pm - 11:00 pm)
Valezuela & Company was formed in February of 1996.  Romie Allen was a founding member and saxophone player, until his death in 2002.  His memory lives on in our music.

Jerome Joaquin – Drums
Larry Joaquin – Bass, Drums
Leonard Joaquin – Bass, Keyboards
Cecil R. Lewis, Jr. – Sax, Accordion
Francisco Valenzuela, Sr. – Accordion, Percussion
Kerwin Norris – Guitar

Sample Music

Valenzuela & Company
Water Sign
Corporate Sponsors
Source One Distributors Lone Butte Development Corporation Native American Advancement Foundation Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse
KOHN Radio FM 91.9

Tohono O'odham Utility Authority

Ak-Chin Farms

Gila River Telecommunications, Inc.

Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority Drumbeat Indian Arts Pimmex General Contracting Ramona Farms Roberta's Corner Kitchen Mobile Nations Technology Gente de I'itoi AC VMK Enterprises, Inc. Native Dezine Printz
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