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: February 6, 2015

News from the Brown Side of Town

?íOrale, Mi Gente!

February is here and it's the month for lovers, and good stuff, as we await the coming of spring and warm weather...been cold lately in the Land of 1000 Dances, huh?

(No disrespect to our brothers & sisters on the East Coast, but in L.A., anything under 50 degrees is cold, and the guys break out the beanies & trench coats, while the ladies cover up their tans!)

The price of gas continues to go down, but the bad news is that a new tax labeled as a "fee" is coming down the pipe to help pay to repair and maintain our streets, sidewalks, and freeways.

Excuse me ... but didn't we just vote a new tax hike last year for this? And didn't DMV driver license and vehicle/motorcycle renewal fees increase something like 22% for this over the past 2 years to help pay for this also? And don't we already have the highest tax per gallon on gas in the nation to help maintain our highways? And wasn't there something said about court fees & penalties for traffic violations going up something like 30% 3 years ago to help pay for road maintenance & repair?

WTF?....none of my friends that work at Cal Trans or the L.A. City road maintenance departments can recall any whopping pay raises lately, or new equipment coming in off the trains, or the price of concrete & asphalt going up drastically, so where is all the money already being collected go??

Dammit!! Somebody's living high off the hog on a lot of tax money, and we ain't getting nothing for it, and can't do a damn thing but pay for it...remember this at voting time!

And more sad news, popular Los Angeles radio station 92.3 FM is going the way of KPCC, KRLA, KGFJ, KRLA, XPRS,and MEGA 100 and doing away with Chicano flavored Oldies but Goodies, Old School, and classic Rock & Roll music formats in favor of the new kiddie caca Hip Hop market.

?íQue gacho! Popular DJ's Jimmy Reyes and Art Laboe can no longer be heard on commercial radio in L.A. anymore, but luckily, Oldies but Goodies music lives on, on the World Wide Internet airwaves on stations like East L.A. Revue and others who want to keep it alive...without a lot of pinche commercials, too!

No sweat...something new is coming. No te preocupes.

But the good news is that there are plenty of live shows coming up that keep our beloved Oldies & Old School music alive, watcha:

This Saturday, February 7th, Frankie Firme presents The Living Legends Concert Show at the Hemet Historical Theater. Featuring live performances by HANK CASTRO, formerly of Thee MIDNITERS, and Cold Duck, TONY STRONG of The Intruders, NORMAN CARTER of The Delfonics with a special appearance by QUIET FIRE, performing classic female Motown Classics.

All proceeds go to help restore & renovate the Hemet Historical Theater, built in 1921, and still standing today.

Show starts at 7 pm. For tickets & info call 951-742-2524 or log onto www.HistoricHemetTheater.com

Sunday, February 8th, Peter Jaramillo once again hosts the monthly Open Musicians Jam at the Whittier Radisson Hotel. Many popular music artists, as well as up and coming, and soon to be discovered music stars will be on hand, joining together for the love of music and jamming together from 2 pm to 7 pm. FREE admission & parking, it is advised that you get there early to get a good seat!

Also on Sunday February 8th, the ever popular BALANCE Band will take the stage at the Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet. Tickets for their upcoming Valentines Day Dinner & Dance Show will be on sale.

Then the following week, The BALANCE BAND, featuring the incomparable Sammy Medina, presents their long awaited Romantic Evening with Balance Dinner & Dance at the Guest House Hotel in Norwalk. Admission includes a gourmet buffet dinner, availability of discount rooms, full service bar, large dance floor in air conditioned comfort, the jamming sounds of DJ FRANKIE FIRME, who will also be your host & MC for the evening.

The best Valentine's Day weekend party in L.A., tickets still on sale at 714-724-9940 and 323-272-5584. You DON'T want to miss this one!

Then on Sunday, February 22nd, a Memorial Tribute Concert for the late Rick Rosas, bass player extraordinaire from East L.A. will take place at the Whittier Radisson Hotel, featuring some of the finest classic East Side pioneer musicians in L.A., starting at 2pm.

Rick was a beloved original member of the MARK & THE ESCORTS Band and the East Side Sound music scene back in the1960's, and went on to perform with some of the greatest rock legends of our time including a European tour with NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE, among many others.

Other original members of Mark & The Escorts remember him fondly:

"It was great time for rock & roll on the East Side of Los Angeles in the early 1960's, and it was such a great experience to have a friend like Rick, to play music and perform at al the local venues in and around Los Angeles," recalls Robert Warren, guitar player.

"Rick was the kind of guy that always kept in touch with his musician friends from East L.A whenever he came into town after a tour," recalls brother band member Ernie Hernandez, "He never forgot where he came from, and could be counted on to fill in at bass guitar for a number of different bands throughout the years, frequently did, and he was experienced in most genres of music from Oldies, to jazz, to hard rock. Despite his fame in traveling and performing with some great music acts, Rick remained a humble and friendly guy. I'm going to miss him."

Live performances include a reunion of the 1960's East Side Band MARK & THE ESCORTS,The BACK IN THE DAY Band, featuring Lava Gonzalez and Mike Rincon, formerly of LAVA & THE HOT ROCKS, and the BLENDELLS, The RECESSIONS, ANDY TESSO & The ROCKERS, and a special performance by the DELGADO BROTHERS.

Frankie Firme will be your Host & MC, and other surprise music guest artists are expected.

FREE parking , a $10.00 donation is asked. All donations will go to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Rick Rosas' name.

For tickets & information: Robert Warren 909-527-5851.

?íOrale That's just a little piece of February, wait ill March!

For more info on these and other happenings, log onto our Calendario page.

There's always something happening in LatinoLA!

About Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the microphone and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul heard daily on Internet radio station www.eastLArevue.com. He is a regular contributor to this fine web magazine
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