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The Way You Do The Things You Do!

Ray Carrion's Latin Legends/Motown Revue Show rocks L.A. on a recent Sunday afternoon

By Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: September 16, 2015


The Way You Do The Things You Do!


As if rockin' in the east San Gabriel Valley with a sold out, successful Retro-Disco Dance Show a couple of weeks ago in the City of Industry wasn't enough for us, the Gente & I were treated to yet another great offering of fine music and dancing in the heart & soul of Aztlan.

L.A.'s beloved Ray Carrion, the current top English language Latino Rock/R&B/Soul/Latin Soul/Funk/Oldies/Club dance band leader on the West Coast, brought it on AGAIN in East L.A. a couple Sundays ago with another sold out show at Steven's Steakhouse, this time with a Motown Revue show that "wow'd" everybody..

Once again lighting up his renown Latin All Star Band, which includes such popular and in demand Chicano music notables as Steve Salas, Rocky Padilla, Bobby Loya, Bobby Navarrete, Hank Castro, Tony Hernandez, Steve Gutierrez, Gilbert Stokes, Steve Campos, Matt Legaspi, and a growing legion of music stars, Ray was joined on stage by Adrian Monge, Chantel Deniece, and Sharon Rhodes, and together they belted out a most exciting and well performed Motown Revue show, once again displaying the talent & chameleon-like versatility of these veteran artists that pack houses wherever they go.

The large 500+ sold out crowd was once again treated to the famous bottomless buffet dinner courtesy of Steven's Steakhouse, which was satisfying & filling, and along with the cool air conditioned ambiance & friendly service of Steven's Steakhouse, made for a most comfortable place to party on a hot Sunday afternoon in the Land of 1000 Dances.

Jumping into this genre like they owned it, singer Hank Castro lead the charge as the Latin All Star Band flawlessly jammed popular Motown tunes that easily filled the dance floor, and got everyone in the mood for a party.

Then Gilbert Stokes came up and gave up a couple of nicely performed tunes, including his now popular & much demanded soulful tribute to Smokey Robinson with his heart tickling rendition of "Ooh, baby, baby"... the Brother's gots pipes!

Of course you gotta have a couple of favorite romantic Oldies to keep the crowd chilled & mellow during a hot show like this, so Ray called up singer Matt Legaspi, who fit the bill perfectly.

After their great set, which got everybody into a dancing & partying mood, comedian Jay Lamont came up and got us all giggling, laughing, and tapping our feet with his original microphone music manipulations & well timed jokes...this guy is REALLY good & funny!

After that, singer "King" James Brown (his real name) came up and easily made himself 500 or more new fans with his faithful tribute to the late great King of Soul, Soul Bother #1, the original James Brown.

Along with some great footwork and hot funk that even had some of the waitresses dancing and boogying along, James touched everybody's heart with a tender, dropping-to-one-knee, tear jerking performance of the immortal James Brown classic "Try me".

Wow! That was impressive!

Afterwards, the singing trio by the name of "Mellow" came up and gave up a great performance of Earth, Wind, and Fire favorites, along with some other classic Motown songs to keep us in the mood, filling the dance floor with the timeless Martha Reeves & The Vandellas's classic Oldie "Love makes me do foolish things".

...yup! Me & my Lady were out there!

Then the Five Tempting Men, aka The Temptations-Motown Revue, made an impressive entrance to the classic Temptation's song "Get ready", and got more than one standing ovation by the appreciative audience as they performed many classic Temptations & Motown Oldies with impressive stage choreography.

Probably one of the better Temptations tribute performing act in the country today, the Five Tempting Men held the standing room only crowd captive to the very end, it was just that good of a show. If you never got to see the original Temptations live, these guys are as good as it gets!

Like all good songs, and all good rides, this show came to an end, and the large crowd left happy, having enjoyed good food, cold drinks, good company, and an overall good time.

This was by no means a strictly Brown affair, as I personally witnessed Latinos, Blacks, Whites, and Asians all happily eating, drinking, dancing, laughing, and having a good time together, and I was struck by the beauty & irony of the moment...why can't the rest of our adult society get along as good as we were here?...words cannot fully describe the dignity of the people enjoying the universal art of music and dancing as actively as I saw in the the crowd at Steven's Steakhouse on this fine Sunday afternoon & early evening in the Land of 1000 Dances.

Band leader & show producer Ray Carrion looked happy but tired as the show came to an end, personally thanking all that came, and joining the other performers in chatting with happy fans.

"I love it when I see good people dancing & partying to the music we make" Rays says with a smile, "...it's what we do, and it's worth all the time & trouble when you see people having a good time. Steven's Steakhouse does the people right with providing this great venue, and a lot of good food, making this one of the better places to have a dance show in Los Angeles...I just feel bad that I had to tell about 200 people that I was out of tickets and we were sold out a week before the show...so we gonna do this again!"

Ray invites EVERYONE to his next show will be November 21st at the City of Industry VFW Hall, Post 1944, featuring Comedian Rudy Moreno, The Latin All Star Band with many special guests, Thee Midniters, who will be celebrating their 50th year Music Anniversary , and DJ Frankie Firme will be spinnin' the Oldies and dance tunes.

Life, love, music and dancing in the Land of 1000 Dances...can it get any better?

About Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the microphone & Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul, bringin' it back, and keepin' it alive, just for you!
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