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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: August 21, 2014


News From the Brown Side of Town


Orale, Mi Gente!

Hope you been enjoying the Summer 2014 so far‘«™less than 5 months till Christmas!

It's been so hot lately during the day, and I get so tired of slow cookin' myself in the San Fernando Valley, that sometimes I just want to hang out at Home Depot or Wal-Mart just for the air conditioning, LoL!

It's also been musically hot in The Land of 1000 Dances as well, as popular Southern California bands & artists like Tierra, Thee Midniters, Balance, Barela, Soto, Sangria, Suave, The Brotherhood, Tease, Cold Duck, Thee Mad Latins, Soul Pursuit, The Rocky Padilla Band, Jumpin' Jack Benny, Rick's Jamnesia, The LRS Band, Hip Street, Original Sacrifice, BB Wolf, Pepe Marquez & The Grooveline, Bumptown, The Mark Sells Band, Hank Castro, and most notably, Ray Carrion & The Latin Legend All Star Band among others, have been tearing up Southern California with some sizzling performances that have kept us all dancing, romancing, and appreciating life and love in this free Country of ours‘«™

‘«™thanks to our brave men & women serving in uniform around the planet! YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN !

All politics, hate, and whatever religious or intellectual opinions that exist aside‘«™the bottom line is that our guys & gals in uniform today, and all of us Veterans that came before them, and all those that will come after them, are the main reason people from all parts of the World want to come move into our 'hoods and enjoy the peace & freedom they provide & protect. Business is taken care of!

Thanks, you guys!...and now, on with the News! Watcha:

In July, Besides the usual killer Oxnard Salsa Festival, "Los Tres"~ made up of DJ's Frankie Firme, Sugarbear, and Mike "Timebomb" Castanon, joined forces and put on a really cool happy Hour Oldies but Goodies gig in San Fernando that brought out all the cool and good looking lowriders & Oldies lovers fo a good time of eating, drinking, dancing and memory making.

2 days later, we found ourselves joining a packed, sold out house at Gringo's Cantina on Whittier Boulevard in Montebello for the L.A. Latin Legends All Star Concert-party that featured Ray Carrion, Tony Hernandez, Steve Salas, Paris Escovedo, Rocky Padilla, "Los Bobby's" ( Loya & Navarrette), Victor Orlando, Monibee Henley, Jimmy Espinoza, Gilbert Stokes, Danny Santillan, John Burrola, Francesca Capasso, and Tex Nakamura for one hellava big time performance. The band, the music, the crowd, and the dancing was all about having a great time and I was honored to be the House DJ... and we all partied till after 1 AM.

Then the next day we again joined forces with Latin Legends Ray Carrion, Rocky Padilla, Hank Castro, Bobby Loya, Pepe Marquez, and Shane Colman, along with the popular Juano & Friends Band, singer Dora Sanchez, and actor Danny De La Paz, for the Annual Ventura County Pachuco Car Club in Santa Paula.

Man! One of the biggest and best of the year! Well over a thousand people and some of the finest restored classic rides on the planet. Them guys from the Ventura County Pachucos were some great gentlemen, making sure there was plenty of food, drink, souvenirs, music, and dancing for everybody, even having some young cheerleaders, folklorico dancers, and young rappers come up. They promise next year to be bigger and better !

The month of August saw shows & dances going off almost everywhere, with places like Bruce's, Maggie's Pub and the Swap Meet in Santa Fe Springs, Zendeja's in San Dimas, the IV Lounge in Norwalk, The Presidente in Northridge, Katie Jake's & Nick's Taste of Texas in Covina, Club Trinidad in San Bernardino, Original Mike's in Santa Ana, Arturo's Cantina in Fullerton, Gringo's Cantina in Montebello, and the new Marina Seafood Restaurant in San Pedro putting on music & entertainment shows to increasingly large crowds of the good looking "big kids". (aka "the older set" ).

Besides celebrating our Leo birthdays , "Los Tres" put on another cool happy Hour Oldies but Goodies show in San Fernando, then the "Fantastic Four" aka "the Fearsome Foursome" headed out for Laughlin, Nevada for the Annual Regatta River Run in Bullhead City, Arizona.

If you've never experienced this, trip on this: Over 100,000 people from different parts of the Country come to Laughlin, Nevada to party all night on Friday, then go to Bullhead City, Arizona on Saturday morning to break out rafts, small boats, custom made floats, and their ice chests, and float almost 5 miles down the Colorado River partying while another couple thousand people kick back and party and swim on both banks of the river all day, then come back to Laughlin, Nevada to party and gamble on Saturday night, then wake up all crudo on Sunday morning and cruise over to the Arizona side for Menudo breakfast, then come back to Laughlin for some cool shopping in the new big air conditioned mall, while it was 112 degrees outside till the sun went down‘«™whew! The drive home was so mellow‘«™

That was a weekend to remember‘«™and we just might go back next August, considering the good people we met, and the great time we had!

Now, onto last weekend;

The talk of the town was the Latin Legends All Star Band's return to the San Fernando Valley at the Ararat Grand ballroom in Mission Hills, hosted by The San Fernando Braves Youth Football Organization.

Once again, I was honored to serve as Master of Ceremonies & House DJ, as the sold out capacity crowd was all about supporting the community youth and having a good time, as Ray Carrion was joined by Rudy & Steve Salas of Tierra, Lil' Willie G of Thee Midniters, Ray & Becky Cordova, and TeCheetah Lopez, along with all the aforementioned great artists of the L.A. Latin Legend Band.

Popular comedian Gilbert Esquivel and TV star Lou Pizarro of 'Operation Repo', both San Fernando Valley favorite sons, also made welcome appearances, much to the delight of the large crowd.

Such a warm night of community, carnalismo, and familia!

Then on Sunday, Peter Jaramillo and the Whittier Radisson Hotel put on the 5th All Star Musician's Jam that drew over 25 talented music artists from all over L.A. to jam & party & touch bases & meet, while the public was invited to enjoy the party for free!

Most notably in attendance by their fine performances were Andy Tesso, Jumpin' Jack Benny, Lil Eddy of the Heartbreakers, Andy Rojo of Bumptown, percussionist Jay Pacheco, Bobby Martinez of the Brotherhood Band, Freddy Gusman and Alma
Gonzalez of the Smooth Response Band, Peter Jaramillo himself jumped in on drums, with so many others putting in some fine work to make it a fine, fine Sunday afternoon of great live music.

Jam #6 is coming Sunday, September 21st. All musicians are invited & welcome to come show their stuff.

This weekend is gonna be poppin' again as Louie Parra & Thee Mad Latins take the stage at the Marina Seafood Restaurant & Banquet Hall in San Pedro on Friday night, then Frankie Firme Hosts & DJ's at the Mayflower Club in North Hollywood on Saturday night as Rucatan and The Oak Band come to town. Then BB WOLF rocks the Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet on Sunday to round out the weekend for this vato.

Of course, there are many other great gigs happening that you can check on here in the Calendario page and on FaceBook, these are just 3 that I'm going to be at.

TIERRA comes to the Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet September 6th,and then Frankie Firme Hosts & J's at the Marina Seafood Restaurant in San Pedro as the Temptations come to town September 13th.

The Summer Salsa Season by the pool is still happening at the Whittier Radisson Hotel, and the best music on the World Wide Web is heard on EastLARevue.com

Who says Summer is coming to an end?

About Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the microphone & The Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul
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