A Week in the Land of 1000 Dances

Vudu Caf?® & TIERRA start and end a great week of Chicano Music in L.A. that draws thousands

By Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: April 15, 2014

A Week in the Land of 1000 Dances

?íOrale, Mi Gente!

Feel like I'm coming off a good buzz with the benefit of NOT having a hangover!

This past week has brought out thousands of good looking RAZA that danced, partied, and celebrated life, centering on living large with live Chicano Music ... while the Gabacho-controlled media focused on manufactured entertainment like
"American Idol" and "The Voice", where they have to PAY teenagers to sit in the audience and scream como locos like they were watching some kind of superstars, completely ignoring the Gente in the Land of 1000 Dances, thinking they're fooling ALL of us.

(Reminds me of last year, when American media celebrated a skinny, no-booty having, flat-chested, no dancing-no singing gabacha who needs a tan as "America's sexiest woman" ... Brutha , please! WHO was allowed to vote?)

...Chicanos must really scare somebody....

Anyways, let's get on with OUR kind of music!

Last week, North Hollywood rocked so fine & solid at The Mayflower Club, where promoters David Aguilar & Bosco Nava presented Texas's VUDU CAFE and The BOULEVARD KNIGHTS in concert that showed the Gente what's up with a killer show of music performance & singing that lit up the night for a sold out, standing room only crowd.

I was honored to be asked to DJ and Host the evening, where I got to play music and introduce the bands that kept the house full till closing. So many good looking people...such a great time...where was "Entertainment Tonight" or UNIVISION ?

The BOULEVARD KNIGHTS, featuring xylophonist GIL ROCHA, one of Richie Valen's last original band members, opened up with some fine Oldies and Latin Soul.
These guys were really good, and saxophonist Jim Scimonetti wailed some solos that earned him more than one standing ovation. There ain't a lot of bands that even know how to play "Honky Tonk" or "Harlem Nocturne" ... ask 'em!

Next up, [b]headliners Jesse Flores (pictured) & VUDU CAFE came onstage and wowed the crowd with some hot & sexy Texas style Chicano Rock, Blues, Country, and Tejano
Alternative Soul blend[/b] that kept the crowd on their feet. Joining VUDU CAFE on stage for a couple of hot numbers were FREDDY FENDER Jr. and EL CHICANO's Jerry Salas, drawing loud applause from the crowd.

"Really love the RAZA crowd here in Califas ... they love music, love to dance, and made us feel so welcome ... so together ... we can't wait to come back," a happy & beaming Jesse Flores told LatinoLA after the show....and we can't wait for them to come back!

A lot of other great Chicano Bands also performed that weekend all over L.A & Orange County ... spring is bringing out music and everybody de Aztlan ... live bands, fundraisers, and a whole lot of dancing Gente ... but NO Channel 5's Sam Rubin to cover the scene ... what are they afraid of? Did we piss somebody off?

This past weekend was again exploding with Chicano music and thousands of people stepping out & looking good !... but NO TV news cameras anywhere ... so I'm going to start inviting them next month.

This past Friday started off with the SMOOTH RESPONSE Band rockin' the house at the EL Monte Moose Lodge, and the BACKSTREET Band helping Garfield High School enjoy a reunion at Maggie's Pub in Santa Fe Springs.

But the big show on this Friday night was Billy Mondragon's sold-out fundraiser concert for Michael Martinez at The Alpine Village that included some hot live and memorable performances by the Joey Navarro Project, The Paris Escovedo Band with special guest singer Robert Benavides, EL CHICANO, BARELA, TIERRA, and an exciting closing performance by DOWN WITH 3 ... .some of the finest music artists on the West Coast, and one of the finer shows and one of the finer shows of the year ... and NO TV coverage!

A big hat's off to singer Billy Mondragon of TIERRA & DW3 fame, who organized the event, assembled the awesome array of talent that drew a sold out standing room only crowd, and performed on stage with TIERRA, BARELA, and DW3.

You da man, Billy!

The next night saw more heavy talent from the Land of 1000 Dances, as MALO headlined a killer show at Steven's Steakhouse in East L.A. that included the legendary CHICO Band and Thee Mad Latins Band, featuring Louie Parra & Lulu Cardona. Heard the party was all the way live with dancing and laughter from a great crowd.

...and nobody from the L.A. Times Calendar page, so a whole lot of people in the World are missing out on some great talent & music ... Chicano Music.

I guess the only way to change things is to change them ourselves. Rumors of a new Chicano music movement is in the air ... outside of the "Burrito Circuit" label that's been assigned outside of the Grammy, American Music Awards, and Latin Grammy circle ...

... and LatinoLA will be there!

About Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the microphone & the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul, better known as the Voice of Aztlan.
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