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News from the Brown Side of Town

Chismes & music news for the big kids in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: June 5, 2013


News from the Brown Side of Town


?Ū?ŪOrale, MI Gente!!

Buenos dias, tardes, y noches‘«™and hope y'all doing just fine, BROWN, and dandy!

It's been a minute, I know‘«™been on the road as part of the "Fearsome Foursome & Friends," cruising the avenues of Aztlan.

We're a sexy group of CHICANO grandparents who aren't afraid to step out and live, boogie, laugh, speak their mind, and show the World there IS LIFE after 50 and 60, who support the unique Art that is CHICANO music, comedy, carnalismo, y cultura, that includes East L.A. Revue Radio's DJ's Frankie Firme, Sugarbear, and our ladies, with occasional added friends.

These past few months have really been an off-the-chain, pedal-to-the-metal gasser!
(That means REALLY powerful to those of you under 40, LOL)

Don't know if it's a sign that the economy is getting better, or if the Gente Brown is just not laying down and givin' up just because of hard times‘«™but the entertainment, music, laughter, and dancing in the Land of 1000 Dances that is west coast Kali HAS NOT died or slowed down by any means!

West Coast Chicano groups like SOTO, BARELA, LOUIE PARRA & Thee MAD LATINS, TEASE, RYTHYM DEVOTED, TIERRA, THEE MIDNITERS, DOWN WiTH 3, SATISFACTION, ACE, COLD DUCK, BALANCE, SANGRIA, PEPE MARQUEZ & The LATIN SOUL REVUE Band, The ANTHONY PRIETO BAND, The BACKSTREET Band, HIP STREET, RAY CARRION & EUROPA, The EAST L.A. ALL STARS,TeCHEETAH LOPEZ, The LRS Band, ROCKY PADILLA, KOOL BREEZE, The IMPULSE Band, CANNIBAL & THE HEAHUNTERS,The SIDETRACS Band, CORY SILVA & AFTER DARK, SMOOTH RESPONSE, SUAVE, HANK CASTRO,and so many other up & coming groups continue to lay down the BROWN SOUND that is truly & uniquely CHICANO Music at it's best...and that's NOT a racist intended statement!

We are now into June and the halfway point of 2013‘«™where has the time gone?

One of L.A.'s most beloved sports figures of the 1960's, former L.A. RAMS original member of NFL Football's notorious "Fearsome Foursome", Deacon Jones, passed away recently. Our condolences to his family.

We are all still mourning the loss of East L.A.'s SAL CASTRO, one of the finest CHICANO educators we will ever know in this lifetime, and one of the motivators & founding fathers of the L.A. Chicano Movimiento. Because of him, people like myself sought higher education after high school & military service as a road to a better life‘«™
‘«™.THANK YOU, SAL!!!

I know I sometimes harp on the issue, but I missed the meeting and didn't get the memo: WHEN did a t-shirt, shorts, and chanclas with no socks become men's public social attire in L.A.? It's not like we're on the beach in Hawaii or Club Med or in the backyard picking up doggie caca somewhere‘«™ain't lying‘«™I've seen pendejos at weddings, nightclubs, and public events dressed like this, thinking they be cool with their skinny, hairless, and untanned legs, with funky looking long toenails and shit (Frankie giggling)‘«™ some dudes even add a backwards baseball cap to the ensemble, and forget to shave their faces for that total "homeless, unemployed and horny" bofo look. Is that REALLY where men's fashion has gone?

‘«™oh well‘«™if the guys with the dirty baseball & cowboy hats, with their pants hanging past their nalgas can get a date & dance partner, why not those other guys, right? Must be a younger dude thing‘«™.

Seems only older guys know how to dress to impress anymore‘«™everybody else wants to look like an unbathed-ghetto-sports jock‘«™.que triste!

(At least cholos have creases, clean clothes, they shave, and they smell good! LOL!)

And what's with the ACLU trampling on generations of traditional respect and basic rights of the many Americans just to honor (or cower) to the few new arrivals? Who ARE these pendejos who are afraid to let us or our children mention "GOD" anymore? Who ever said Buddah, or Allah, or Confucious, or Mohammed, or the Pillsbury Doughboy, or loud mouthed soccer moms from Orange County outranked GOD in the United States? Who gave them the right to come in and want to change the 235 year old wording of our Constitution, our dollar bills, our pledge of allegiance, or final rights at military funerals?

I don't want a change, never asked for it, so PLEASE, let it be as it is and has always been: AMERICAN and for GOD ! Red, White, and Blue with a big ol' cross hanging on my chest, baby!

If you enjoy our American freedoms so much that you think you can just come in and demand all kinds of unearned rights and changes while we still have guys & gals in uniform fighting to keep those freedoms, and you NEVER had the huevos to put on a uniform & pick up a weapon to defend those freedoms, you ARE FREE to leave my country, and go back to where you came from, or wherever you now pimp your nalgas in allegiance to‘«™and take those paid-under-the-table, wannabe politician lawyers & para-legals of the ACLU with you!‘«™.try THAT shit over THERE!

And I really can't agree with the absurd notion recently that Mila Kunis and Katrina Bowden were voted as the sexiest women alive in America. BY WHO??? Can we get real, here?? I mean c'mon!! Have those ignorant voters, or voter, whoever they may be, never seen some of the BEAUTIFUL Latina and Black women that strut their stuff in the Land of 1000 Dances? SOMEBODY needs to kick down some road time to one of the many clubs, parks, and public events in L.A. to see some REAL sexy woman!....I'm sorry, but skinny, adolescent looking gabachas with minimal to NO booty just don't do it for me or any of the many REAL men I know‘«™but WE didn't get to vote, and NOBODY asked us‘«™hell, I've seen sexier women at the swap meet & supermarket just going about their everyday business!...so the perverts who buy commercial time in magazines who pimp those anorexic gabacha models win, I guess. Que gaucho!!... but I STILL LOVE dark skinned, curvy women!

(* My respects to El Editor and ma Brutha Contributing Editor Al Carlos Hernandez‘«™I know they're probably shaking their heads somewhere, reaching for some Tylenol or Mylanta, and smiling " Frankie, Frankie , Frankie‘«™ya basta, homie!" )

Ok, Ok‘«™watcha:

TIERRA, TEASE, and CANNIBAL & The HEADHUNTERS recently headlined at the Annual Strawberry Festival up in Oxnard a couple weeks ago. Judging by the standing room only crowd, strawberries weren't the only attraction!

TIERRA also has a new CD out, and word is that is one of their best yet. Available at www.TierraMusic.com.

The CASA 0101 Chicano Theater on 1st Street in Boyle Heights in East L.A. has revived the art of live drama plays and film festivals on the East Side, hosting the 10th Annual REEL RASQUACHE Film festival recently. Some real nice contemporary Chicano Art on display as well. For more info: www.casa0101.org ‘«™.you won't be disappointed!

If you missed it, GILBERT ESQUIVEL & Co. have been putting on a comedy-music-dance show for the past 3 weeks at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City to some lively crowds. Featuring top notch comedians, musicians, television & movie personalities, Gilbert has dubbed it "Swampfunk", based on an idea he has had for years since his successful Comedy-Musical Show on Hollywood's fabled Sunset Strip .

"I wanted to bring the show to the people, since not everybody wants to hassel the traffic, parking, and other discomforts of downtown Hollywood on a weekend night," Gilbert tells LatinoLA. "We as Chicanos like & want EVERYTHING, from different genres of music, to dancing, to comedians, to trash talking-funky walking, to a bit of the old and a taste of the new, and everything in between‘«™from the swamp to the funk‘«™and here I am !"

I attended the show last week with the Fearsome Foursome and we had a ball ! For more info and lots of pictures regarding the events, check Gilbert out on Facebook. Plans to take this show on the road are in the works‘«™.

Of course, the best Chicano music on the Internet is found 24 hours a day, rain or shine, on www.eastLArevue.com , bringing you a musical buffet of everything you want to hear from Tejano to Latin Soul ( aka "sweet musical pan dulce") to Classic DooWops, to Classic Soul Lowriding Oldies but Goodies, to Classic American originals, to Classic Rhythm & Blues (did we forget to mention "classic" as in "first class"?), and one of a kind, up & up interviews with some of today's top Chicano artists, as well as rare and hard to find & rarely played Vinyl Classic LP's played in their entirety. Check us out at www.eastLArevue.com

And speaking of Tejano, the Texas "Godfather of Tejano & Chicano Soul", DJ CRAZY CHUY HERNANDEZ recently celebrated 50 years in the Tejano~Chicano Music Business as a performer, producer, promoter, and radio personality. You can catch his show daily on www.ChicanoExpress.com. Congratulations, Chuy!

Nationally renown Chicano Comedian RUDY MORENO continues to "wow " them in Pasadena and throughout L.A. on Wednesday nights at the famed Pasadena Icehouse with his legendary Wednesday night comedy shows. Featuring food and drink specials, and some of the best comedians in the Country, laughter truly IS the best medicine with "Dr." Rudy Moreno every Wednesday. For more info: here. www.icehousecomedy.com

Traveling the highways of Aztlan, the "Fearsome Foursome" has landed at such venues as The Gent's Hall in San Bernardino, Zendeja's in San Dimas, Casa Jiminez in Pomona, Maggie's Pub and Bruce's in Santa Fe Springs, Club Sash in Norwalk, The Lakewood Hop ( by whatever name they call it now, LOL)in Lakewood , Steven's Steakhouse in East L.A., Pirate's Grub & Grog in Oxnard, Casa Lopez in Oxnard, the Whittier Radisson, The Radio Aztlan Music Festival at UC Riverside, The Presidente in Northridge, Taste of Texas in Covina, The Arena Sports Grill & Bar in Simi Valley , Steve's Bar-B-Que in Whittier, The Palms in Carpinteria, The Union Ale Station in Santa Barbara, Casa Torres in Sylmar, The Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, City Lights in Hacienda Heights, and of the course, the World famous Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet for some of the finest live Chicano Music and some great dancing on the West Coast‘«™and have met some of the finest BROWN people on Earth everywhere we've gone.

We've attended public events and dinners at honorable American Legion Posts in East Los Angeles, La Puente, Monterey Park, Alhambra, Orange, and Santa Ana, where the public's and honorable Veteran's interests are always at heart and celebrated well.

Alhambra Post 139 recently unveiled a new Viet Nam Veteran's Memorial mural on Memorial Day. It was a very touching moment, and I invite you all to visit a most magnificent display of art, honor, and respect. L.A. Mayor elect & former U.S. Navy Medical Corpsman Eric Garcetti visited East L.A. Post 804 that day as well‘«™Gracias !

The Strawberry Festival, Salsa Festival, Avocado Festival, Flower Festival, Menudo Festival, the many music festivals‘«™we've been to many, always meeting & greeting friends, always enjoying live music & entertainment‘«™so much talent and good times !

Can't see why Hollywood and the big networks ignore us so‘«™can you? What are they afraid of ?..."thar's gold in them thar Mezkins" Comedian Gilbert Eszquivel jokes‘«™but also a righteous hint of truth, verdad?

Last weekend was a 4-day wonder for a lot of us. Thursday, we caught Gilbert Esquivel's closing L.A. Circus~Swampfunk Show at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, and started the weekend off with a party‘«™.ended the night having steaks & dessert at Norm's in North Hollywood.

Friday night, we cruised up to Oxnard to catch a live performance of the ANTHONY PRIETO Band at Pirate's Grub & Grog Restaurant. Great crowd, lot's of dancing, good food, good time. Singers Anthony Prieto & Denise Herrera really gave it to the crowd good !

Saturday night was the biggie: caught sizzling sets of Chicano boogaloo with the BALANCE Band at Zendeja's Restaurant & Sports Bar in San Dimas. Place was packed and jammin'. Next, we cruised to Pomona and hung out with LOUIE PARRA, BOBBY NAVARRETTE, & THEE MAD LATINS at Casa Jiminez for awhile. Then, we ended up at Rudy's Baja Grill in East L.A. where the RAY CARRION Band jammed with JOHNNY BURROLA, PARIS ESCOVEDO, TeCHEETAH LOPEZ, MIKE CASTENON , and JIMMY ESPINOSA, among others‘«™we danced & partied till closing.

Of course, we ended our East L.A. street tour with the obligatory stop at one of the many taco stands on Cesar Chavez Avenue‘«™better comida you never munched after midnight !

Unless you've been on this well traveled road, we HIGHLY recommend you try it‘«™you might like it!

Sunday, we cruised back up north to the Earl Warren Showgrounds in Santa Barbara, where PEPE MARQUEZ & The LATIN SOUL REVUE Band, featuring Denise Herrera and special guests ROCKY PADILLA, RAY CORDOVA, and BECKY CORDOVA gave the large crowd some rock & roll with latin soul delight at the Nite Life Car Club's Annual Lowrider Car, Truck, & Bike Show.. A great performance & show for sure. Just a couple thousand good lookin' Gente hangin' out‘«™

Ended the day having gourmet steaks & drinks with the same crowd at The Palms Restaurant in Carpinteria, just 2 blocks from the beach. Such a great time with a great group of people‘«™cruised home down the California coast listening to the Oldies on a Sunday afternoon as the sun set slowly, and it stated to rain gently on us‘«™

Coming up June 23rd will be a fundraiser~concert~dance event in support of famed East L.A. drummer AARON BALLESTEROS, who recently lost his right leg to diabetes. Aaron has been a part of the East L.A. Chicano Music scene since the 1960's, forming his first band at age 14 , The Royal Checkmates, and playing with such legends as Thee Midniters, James Brown, EL CHICANO and most famously as the drummer for TIERRA.

The event will take place at Nick's Taste of Texas in Covina, Sunday, June 23rd , starting at 3:00pm. Masters o Ceremonies include Frankie Firme, Chico Manqueros, THEE Mr. Duran, Damon Knight, and George Aguilar.

Entertainment includes: TIERRA, THEE MIDNITERS, CANNIBAL & The HEADHUNTERS, COLD DUCK, BB WOLF, ROCKY PADILLA, CESAR ROSAS of LOS LOBOS, comedians GILBERT ESQUIVEL and RUDY MORENO, with other special guest stars.

A donation of $25.00 per person is asked. See you all there!!! Doors open at 3:00pm

That's it for now, Mi Gente! I know it's not all there is, so I highly recommend you take a peek at the Calendario page here on LatinoLA , and feel free to post your events & happenings here FOR FREE!

You never know where the Fearsome Foursome will show up next !

Ay te watcho, from the Land of 1000 Dances

About Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the "Al Capone of the microphone, The Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul, and the Voice of Aztlan" heard daily on internet radio station www.eastLArevue.com
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