Love & Chicano Music in the Air
Music artists from the Land of 1000 Dances come out to support good people, good causes to celebrate life like only we know how
Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
2015 is starting of with lots of love in the air as Chicano music begins to soothe the souls of Aztlan and draw people out of the cold in L.A.
Published on LatinoLA: January 26, 2015
For the past month, there have been a number of worthy musical fundraising and/oe charity events that have showcased the talents & generosity of the artists & Gente de Aztlan in the tradition of celebrating life through sadness & tough times with music, while inspiring hope & goodwill amongst our people.
This is a short tale about two of them I was lucky enough to be a part of.
Last week, VILLA CATRINA in Arcadia was the spot to be as a "Funk Cancer" music event in support of percussionist Danny Boy Padilla was put on by Richard Sedillo to help the Padilla Family with on-going medical & personal costs as Danny Boy faces yet a third bout with cancer and chemotherapy.
Most recently in and around the Land of 1000 Dances,"Funk Cancer" has become a rallying cry for musical artists in support of fighting the curse of cancer, inspiring hope, sharing love and support, while making efforts to eliminate the helplessness of facing this terrible disease alone.
Funk Cancer sounds like a musical spiritual battle and celebration of life, rather than giving up and just saying "F**K" cancer as an inevitable hopeless end..."F**K that!"
(You know what I mean?)
Opening up the show, Dennis Ulibarri and The Impulse Band took the stage with a good set of Funk, Rock & Roll, R&B, and Cumbia getting folks to get up on the dance floor.
In showing that he wasn't going down without a fight, and despite being weak and in pain, Danny Boy got up on stage and jammed his congas & bongos throughout the set in the true spirit of being a dedicated music lover & artist.
As the crowd began to grow, the Impulse Band finished their set and Rocky Padilla himself showed up and took the stage with such well-known music guests as singers Becky Cordova, Lulu Cardona, Judy Cruz, and singer-trumpeter Adelaide Pilar Benavides, who all put on a dazzling display of talent and spirit. Veteran musicians Ray Cordova at keyboard and guitarist Ronnie Reyes also added to the fine mix.
Four-time cancer survivor and poster girl for L.A. musicians against cancer, popular singer Becky Cordova gave a passionate short speech thanking all who have supported her, Danny Boy, and other brave fighters of cancer who refuse to give up, ending it by telling Danny, "Hey Danny, don't sweat it, man....we got this!", drawing a loud applause before joining the 3 other female divas for a rousing medley of hot dance tunes.
Closing the show, Robert's Eastside Groove Band, featuring singer Angel Flores, took the stage and ended the afternoon with a fine set of Chicano Rock & Roll, with guest artist LiL' Eddie Rodriguez putting the finishing touch with a couple of fine Blues & Oldies tunes.
I was honored to serve as Host/MC and House DJ, while Danny Boy was joined by Richard "Shorty" Sedillo in providing percussion with all three bands, as the afternoon ended with a good feeling of accomplishment and support in the never-ending fight against cancer.
The following week, it was off to Riverside in the Inland Empire as Capitol Punishment Gym, along with Monibee Enterprises, put on a fundraiser/concert in support of IFBA (International Female Boxing Association) World Champion Boxer Sindy Amador of Riverside (pictured), who is retiring as World Champion due to an eye injury and three subsequent surgeries.
As Riverside's first and only World Champion, Sindy set a fine international example of a fighting Latina from the 'hood who lost her mother at age 8, and overcame adversities in the streets to become a World Champion boxer who was slated to go up in weight and fight for another division Championship belt when tragedy struck, and she advised by her doctor to retire from boxing or risk going blind at age 30.
Beautiful, classy and grateful for her achievements & success, which she selflessly attributed to her father , friends, and trainers, Sindy was surrounded by love and talent as good music, good food, drink and dancing were the order of the night.
Hosted by KUCR FM's Angel Baby, the night featured live performances by Chicano Music heroes Hank Castro and Rocky Padilla, rapper Vince "The Assassin" Romo, Inland Empire Chicana Diva Monibee Henley, and a closing performance by The Mystery Band, featuring guest performers percussionists Jay Pacheco and Ray Corrales.
I was joined in the audience by East L.A. Revue Radio's Sugarbear, and comedian Gilbert Esquivel, along with a couple hundred of Riverside's faithful Gente & boxing fans, and I was even called up to sing a Blues song with the Mystery Band, who gave up a fine performance of classic rock to end a most pleasant evening...
..and that's a good enough piece of love from the Land of 1000 Dances for now....
Be sure to check the http://latinola.com/calendar.php Calendario page this week for some great upcoming music events, and NEVER forget to step out and live !
Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the microphone and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul
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