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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: April 20, 2015


News from the Brown Side of Town


?íOrale, Mi Gente!!

The weather is still fine as wine with a spit shine here on the West Coast of Aztlan, and the music, people, dancing, colors, food, laughter, sights & sounds continue to attract people from around the World.

So much good music happenings going on.

First & foremost, our hearts & condolences go out to the family of yet another Classic Soul Music pioneer who has joined the band up in heaven: Mr. Percy Sledge. His 1966 immortal Soul classic song "When A Man Loves A Woman" will forever grace the Oldies & Old School airwaves as long as good music plays in our hearts.

Here we be in mid April 2015, and L.A.is already rockin' like it's the summer!

The month of March ended with a total blow out bang as Ray Carrion & his Old School Comedy & Music Shows sold out 2 nights in a row at the landmark City of Industry VFW Post 1944 in the San Gabriel Valley, featuring the killer talents of Ray Carrion, Rocky Padilla, Steve Salas, Monibee Henley, TeCheetah Lopez, Victor Orlando, Jimmy Espinosa, Hank Castro, Danny Diaz, Steve Gutierrez, Tony Hernandez, Bobby Loya, Bobby Navarrette, Walfredo Reyes, Ndugu Chandler, Mike Castanon, John Burrolla, Gilbert Stokes, and Tex Nakamura~ better known as THEE LATIN LEGENDS !

With the Chicano Kings of Comedy GILBERT ESQUIVEL & RUDY MORENO in the house & on stage, Thee Mr. Duran as your Host & MC, and yours truly Frankie Firme as House DJ, it was a total blow out party for a standing room only crowd !...we continue to apologize to those who couldn't get a seat or who were turned away at the door.

The Latin Legends then hit the road with the Paris Escobedo Band and rocked Colorado a week later to another sold out show....they be hot !

Ray brings his popular Latin Legends show back to East L.A. for Cinco de Mayo weekend at Steven's Steakhouse, then back to the City of Industry VFW Post 1944 on May 22nd & 23rd. Frankie Firme will be your House DJ Friday May 22nd, and the Fabulous Lady Soulera 5150 will be your house DJ Saturday May 23rd.
More classic Chicano Rock legends like LiL Ray Jiminez, Ersi Arisu, The Sisters, Richard "Suavecito" Bean, and REDBONE's Pat Vegas join the action this time around. Tickets on sale now at: 323-895-2863.

Then, the last week of March, DJ Sugarbear & I were privy to host & DJ the classic live sounds of Jerome Robinson & The PLATTERS, along with The TEMPTATIONS REVUE featuring The 5 Tempting Men and HANK CASTRO, at the Historic Hemet Theater for another sold out show. Show was DA BOMB !

A big thanks go out to Producer Steven Chavez, promoter Frank "Pancho" Villa, and the Midniters & Inland Empire Viejitos Car Clubs for the class & hospitality in helping put together an unforgettable show out in Hemet.

For more info on more great shows at the Hemet Hisorial Theater, go to here. www.HistoricalHemetTheater.com or call "Pancho" Villa at 951-742-2524.
Tell 'em you heard about it from here. LatinoLA.com .

The COMPANY Band broke out with their new CD "In good Company" last week at a sold out, full house concert at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Canoga Park that also had the powerful TEASE Band performing.The CD is doing pretty well, and is scheduled to debut on world wide Internet Radio station www.eastLArevue.com soon.

The COMPANY band has another CD release party scheduled again soon. For more info, check out The Company Band (TCB) on Facebook.

Last Friday in San Pedro, I was able to kick up into another great music genre in the Land of 1000 Dances, as I was honored to Host the "Nothing but Funk by the Sea" concert & dance show put on by SoCal Events Videos.

Some great live old fashioned L.A. butt slappin' funk music was provided by Soul Shot, Rick's Jamnesia, Thee Midnite Cruzzers, and Funkalicious that had the sold out, full house rockin' & bumpin' till past midnight at the Ports O' Call Restaurant.

Along with Internet Radio's FunkFellas & DJ Mike "Timebomb" Castanon, everybody was down, and we boogied hard! For info on future So CalEvents Video Shows, check out our friends Christina Mirasol or Titus Smith on Facebook.

The following Sunday, we joined the great BALANCE Band and over 1000 friends in the Southern California sunshine at the outdoor Chicano Music Gladiator School known as the Santa Fe Springs Swap meet.

As expected, Sammy Medina & BALANCE gave their fans exactly what they wanted, as the dance floor stood packed all afternoon at what has probably become one of the BROWNEST spots in the Land of 1000 Dances!

With great sound provided the THE MAN Larry Sallas, I have to say that one of the most appealing things about the Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet besides great MUSIC is that there are usually well over 1000 bad mutha-fucah~Chingon Chicanos & their Ladies from probably every neighborhood representing L.A. & Orange County on any given weekend that there's good music...and everybody treats each other like FAMILIA & HOMIES!!

People from all over come out to dance, eat, drink and enjoy the best live music in Aztlan, and they bring their kids, parents, and friends...and I have never seen any trouble or chingasos there in the many years me & my Lady have been going there.

I meet & see good people EVERY time we go!

This past Sunday, April 19th, the Zoot Suits, tongos, aquanet, tres flores, spit shines and high heels ,feathers and nylons, as the ultra popular PACHUCO JOSE Y LOS DIAMANTES came to town at the famous Steven's Steakhouse in East L.A. for another great Pachuco Boogie Show. Also performing were the hard hitting FREDDY G & SMOOTH RESPONSE Band with guest star Louie "The Soul Pachuco" Parra.

May 3rd, Deborah Perez & The Majestics Car Club presents the first Annual Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fundraiser Classic Car & Bike Show at the Riverside Farmer's Market starting at 10:00 am till 6:00pm.

Featured performers are Monibee Henley & Original Sacrifice, Hebie Castro & Blue Haze, BB WOLF, with special guest Bobby Navarrette, and DJ Frankie Firme of East L.A. Revue Radio. Vendors, Arts & Crafts, children's area, sno cones, free tacos for all Vets & active duty military. All proceeds benefit wounded & recovering U.S.Military Veterans. All clubs welcome & invited! For more info,contact: 951-663-8653.

May 8th, is the Annual Radio Aztlan Music Festival at the University of Californa Riverside Auditorium. Featured performers are The Original Lowriders (former original members of WAR), The 44's, and just added: TIERRA. Other acts to be included, Produced by the University of California, Riverside Chicano Studies Program and Radio Aztlan 88.3 KUCR FM. For tickets & info: 951-827-3821

May 30th, is the BIG ONE!~ For one night only at the St Genevieve Catholic High School Grand Auditorium in Panorama City, one of Los Angeles's current popular Chicano R&B, Funk, Soul, and Old School Music Legends, ROCKY PADILLA and The Rocky Padilla Band come to Panorama City for a fundraiser concert to support the athletic programs of St.Genevieve Catholic High School.

Also performing on that date, the nationally acclaimed "Pride of Santa Ana & Orange County California," the powerful BARELA BAND, one of the finest 12 piece Soul , R&B, Old School, and Classic Funk Bands in Southern California, known for the classic & hard hitting brass sound.

Food, dancing, full bar, free parking, raffles ~all proceeds to benefit St Geneveive Catholic High School.Tickets on sale now at :818-581-5572 and 818-900-8652.
Table discount available.

As always, the finest Old School, REAL Oldies but Goodies, Doo~Wop, Tejano, Jazz, and Latin Soul music is heard around the World 24/7 on www.eastLArevue.com.

More 411 to come!...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 heard daily on www.eastLArevue.com. He is a regular contributor to this fine web magazine since 2002
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