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Killer Weekend in the Land of 1000 Dances

..where the Gente NEVER get old!

By Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: July 30, 2012


Killer Weekend in the Land of 1000 Dances


[i]?ŪOrale, Mi Gente![/i[ What a week!

After some deadly action in Colorado, lots of folks are either being too careful and not stepping out, or packing heat when they go see a movie lately ‘«™ ?Ūque gacho!

‘«™and did you know that if you visit Uganda and shake hands with somebody today, you might die from Ebola? What's the World coming too ?

AND‘«™if you haven't heard the news this weekend, both Presidential candidates have raised over $100 million dollars each for their election campaigns‘«™Nobody's ever gonna ask them how they spent it (the rich protect the rich, ya know)‘«™so why can't they raise a couple million bucks on the side for all the American cities who are finding bankruptcy to be a popular new way to keep from paying their bills while still paying themselves?

Well‘«™aside from those "killer" facts, it was a killer weekend in the Land of 1000 Dances this weekend as some of L.A.'s best talent stepped out and put on some killer shows, and L.A.'s finest Gente stepped out and enjoyed it all.

Fresh from his return from Japan and then his L.A. opening for the JACKSONS reunion concert at the Greek last week, Gilbert Esquivel welcomed TIERRA, THEE MIDNITERS, and SLY, SLICK & WICKED to the stage at the Alpine Village in Torrance this past Friday. Show was sold out, and the Gente enjoyed a great show, while dancing the night away.

Friday night also saw SOUL PURSUIT drawing a good crowd for drinking, dancing, and merrymaking at Maggie's Pub in Santa Fe Springs, while LOUIE PARRA & Thee MAD LATINS rocked the house at Callahan's in Azusa.

SOTO also packed 'em in at the Pechanga Casino in Temecula this past Friday & Saturday nights, rocking the night away with a great crowd‘«™never had a doubt!

Ruben Molina's SOULTOWN SHOW at the VFW Hall in the City of Industry on Saturday was another sold out success as ARCHIE BELL & the DRELLS came to town, along with The MIDNITE CRUISERS and special guest ERNIE GARABAY. So many good people dancing the night away, just having a great time, the LatinoLA road dogs happily report.

Also on Saturday night, SATISFACTION brought 'em in and had them all dancing at the Club Sash in Norwalk, where an older, Veterano crowd kicked up the chancla.

But the BIG bash this Saturday was the fundraiser for the THEE MR. DURAN Show at the Taste of Texas Restaurant in Covina, which was a standing room only success.

Featuring some of the finest talent in Aztlan, the lineup included: BUMPTOWN, LOS FABULOCOS, SMOOTH RESPONSE, The BIG MANNY BAND, Larry Salas's LRS~EXPOSURE Band, THE HEARTBREAKERS with special guest ANDY TESSO, The IMPULSE Band, and closing off the show in style was RAY CARRION and his Latin All Stars, which included guest performers Te'CHEETAH LOPEZ, FRANKIE FONTAINE, TONY BANDA, PARIS ESCOBEDO, JOHNNY BURROLA, and others, along with EAST L.A. REY giving up some comic skits, including the "Marano Beach Police Department."

Such a great crowd of Gente, I spotted East L.A. Revue Radio's DJ Sugarbear & his Lady, drummer RENE FLORES of THEE MAD LATINS, singer/DJ KEITH SILVA, and members of the Old Memories Car Club kicking up chancla and enjoying the show. My Lady and I had such a great time as welcomed guests, and I met a lot of good Gente, and partied the night away with Richard "THEE MR. DURAN" as we joined him in celebrating 12 years on the Internet & Cable TV airwaves bringing the BROWN SOUND to the World, and also his birthday.

Sunday saw COLD DUCK keeping things alive and jumping at the Irvine Concert Center, while the annual OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL saw around 10,000 Gente eating, drinking, and dancing the day away to such great groups as FITO REINOSO y su RITMO y ARMONIA, The JANEEN PUENTE Orchestra, and the hard hitting & popular ORQUESTA TABACO y RON jammin' till sundown.

..we talking LAND of 1000 DANCES here, baby‘«™where the Gente never get old !!

About Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme plays "The Brown Sound" of great music daily on www.eastLArevue.com
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