News from the Brown Side of Town

Chisme and music news for the big kids in The Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: August 1, 2017

News from the Brown Side of Town

¡Orale, Mi Gente!

It's hot and happening in The Land of 1000 Dances this Summer.

Gracias again on behalf of ALL the Internet Radio DJ's, new and upcoming, plus the Veteranos, for your growing and continued support of Internet Radio and classic Chicano music. Our music shall never die, or go out of style for our people and that good looking crowd over 45, as our audiences are growing beyond traditional local geographical boundaries!

I occasionally get into minor disagreements with some younger fellows who feel they are "more Chicano" than the older crowd with their current Hip-Hop and "Gangsta" (they didn't know how to spell "Gangster") Rap music, and criticize me, the Oldies, Old School and the current "Burrito Circuit" circle of good Gente of adult dance clubs, the Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet, the Car Shows, outdoor concerts, and the private party circle that does not spotlight them, their lifestyle, and their music despite their own budding circuit, and they choose to act "tuff and silly" ... pero no hay pedo!

Just as I don't really listen to Calypso, Banda, Polka, Square Dance, Hootenany, Heavy Metal, Russian & Japanese classic ballet music, as well as Hip Hop/Gangster Rap music, I know and respect that there's a market and audience for that, so I don't knock them ... and I am entitled to the same respect ... y aqui no mas!

So these young guys are just gonna have to learn to make their own way, realizing that disrespecting and insulting others, and their music, will NEVER open any doors for them, or get them any adult support if they hope to enjoy anything outside a local garage party .... besides, exploring other Genres and meeting different Gente can be quite an enlightening experience if you take the time to explore .... End of lesson.

Getting good responses on my radio show from new music by Pepe Marquez, The Midnite Cruzzers, Rolando Sanchez de Hawaii, Mantrap from Florida, and The Kate Lush Band from Australia (Yes! Australia!).

Good music has NO boundaries, racial or otherwise, and NO expiration date to audiences that enjoy the Art of music and dancing!

July started off Mas Firme as Deborah Perez presented LULU CARDONA & THE HARBOR GROOVE Band and the 1st Annual Pachuco Night at the Norwalk Guesthouse Hotel's IV Lounge.

Man! Everybody came out dressed SO FINE! Mas Pachucada y muy Firme! This definitely has to happen again!

Some nice classic cars were on display for photo shoots, I was honored to be Host/MC/House DJ for the evening as a packed house and sold out hotel made for a memorable night as The Harbor Groove Band lit it up, and kept the Gente dancing till past 1:30 AM .... Lulu Cardona was lookin' good and on her J-O-B!

Mucho thanks to Christina and the Guesthouse Hotel staff for hosting a great show. Word is, they have a killer New Year's Show coming up again. Call Christina at 562-868-0991 for details on this and other great shows. Tell her you heard it from LatinoLA !

For more info on Lulu and The HARBOR GROOVE Band, look them up on Facebook or give Deborah Perez a call at 951-665-9916.

The Soul Man de Santa Barbara, singer Pepe Marquez, released his second music video on YouTube this month, "Let's Take a Trip", which is also the title track to his new & soon to be released CD by the same name. Pepe is currently touring with his current band,The GROOVELINE Band, and is scheduled to make 2 appearances at this year's Avocado Festival in Carpinteria.

Sources tell LatinoLA that Pepe is working on a 3rd music video, to be released in mid to late August.

Get on witcho bad self, Pepe! Check out Pepe Marquez on Facebook or look him up at: www.PepeMarquez.com.

Promoter Sally Armendarez cut her teeth at putting on a multi-talent concert recently at the famed A MI HACIENDA Restaurant & Night Club in Pico Rivera this month with her "Hot Fun in the Summertime" Concert, promoting her band, IMPULSE, who have been noted to be one of the more improved L.A. bands this year, along with veteran band TEASE, featuring Vanessa Salas, and the hot & sizzling CHAMPAGNE Band, featuring Maria Trujillo, who electrified the afternoon with a great performance that turned heads and caused a lot of "Wows!" Singer Matt Legaspi also checked in, performing some fine oldies for the ladies and getting some loud applause.

I was honored to serve as MC/House DJ for the event, which closed with a rousing performance by The LATIN CLASSICS, Sally's new discovery of a 9 piece Latin Mambo and Salsa group, who dressed sharply and played ever sharper, reminiscent of the classic Salsa-Mambo Bands of the 1950's-60's. They were GOOD!

Sally says she and The IMPULSE Band have plenty more music, appearances and good times coming! For more info, check out Sally Armendarez on Facebook or call 661-468-0972.

Outdoor concerts are are a tradition in California in the Summer, and many cities are making them free and available to the public lately.

Pasadena's Levitt Pavillion started things off recently by presenting the MARIACHI DIVAS in concert to a large crowd that was not disappointed.

The Summer concert series at Morgan Park in Baldwin Park sparkled last week with John Burrola and the impressive and powerful HIP STREET Tower of Power tribute band rockin' socks on a mellow afternoon to a large crowd.

One of the better L.A. outdoor concerts & cultural events recently went down at the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes across from Olvera Street last weekend."Lalopalooza", celebrating the 100th birthday of the Father of Chicano Music, Lalo Guerrero. Hosted by Lalo's son Dan Guerrero and LatinoLA's very own Mr. Abelardo de la Peña Jr. himself, the free event was attended by about 1,000 happy people despite hot afternoon temperatures.

Classic Lalo Guerrero inspired DJ music, food, vendors including EL PACHUCO Zoot Suits of Fullerton, and art booths were on hand for the whole family, with invitations to tour the new and impressive California Chicano History of Los Angeles Museum, which was worth the trip in itself! There was also an impressive Zoot Suit Pachuco/Pachuca fashion show that turned many heads.

Live music performances by The Neighborhood Music School's Jazz Ensemble, The Tres Souls playing bolero, Lindas Mexicanas mariachi group, classic Oldies singer Vicky Tafoya, and The Wise Guys Big Band made the event magic & memorable. Many attendees came out dressed in their Zoot Suit best.

An after party at the East Side Luv Club on 1st Street in East L.A. featuring Pachuco Jose y Los Diamontes made the day complete. For more info on L.A. Plaza de Cultura y Artes events and happenings: 213-542-6264.

Steven's Steakhouse in East L.A. has started having some great Old School Friday night dances recently. COLD DUCK started it off last week, with HARBOR GROOVE taking it this Friday, July 28th, LOUIE PARRA & Thee MAD LATINS coming in August 5th,TEASE coming in August 11th, BALANCE taking the stage August 18th, and L.A. BLUE ending the series August 25th.

DW3 hits the stage at the Norwalk Guesthouse's IV LOUNGE this Saturday. No cover charge, but it's gonna get packed! Free parking. For table reservations, call Christina at 562-868-0991 ext 1162. Tell her you heard it from LatinoLA !

The El Monte VFW Hall will be hosting an Old School MEMORIES of EL MONTE dance party featuring Thee MIDNITE CRUZZERS, singer MATT LEGASPI, L.A.BLUE., and comedian SCOTT SHIMAMOTO, hosted by KUCR FM's Thee Angel Baby on August 19th. For tickets & info: 323-895-2863.

Also on August 19th, if you would like to take a cruise up the coast to the beautiful California beach town of Goleta, I will be hosting PEPE MARQUEZ's CD release party of his latest CD "Let's Take a Trip". Featuring the popular GROOVELINE BAND, with the hot DJ party sounds of DJ Frank Ramirez. The High Sierra Bar & Grill, 521 Firestone RD, in Goleta, 93117.

FREE CD to the first 100 people. For more info: 805-845-7030.

The next day, August 20th, I join Ray Carrion's THEE LATIN ALL STARS as MC & Host, as we join Babo Martinez and the popular & well known Pachuco Car Club de Ventura County for the 3rd Annual "Groovin' on a Sunday Afternoon" Car/Bike Show & Concert fundraiser for Veterans.

Joining Thee Latin All Stars will be singers Steve Salas, the original voice of TIERRA, Mr. Rocky Padilla, and Mr.Hank Castro. DJ music provided by the Throwback Sundays Group.

Rio Del Valle Jr. High School, Oxnard. For more info, give Babo Martinez a call at 805-754-5270.

The King of Latin Soul, Mr. JOE BATAAN returns to the West Coast in September with 2 kick ass concert dances, joined & backed up by Ray Carrion's THEE LATIN ALL STARS featuring Steve Salas, Hank Castro, Rocky Padilla, and comedian Gilbert Esquivel. I will be your House DJ and co-host for these 2 exciting shows that will surely sell out.

~ SEPTEMBER 8th: Steven's Steakhouse in East L.A.

~ SEPTEMBER 9th: Casa Lopez in Downtown Oxnard, with special added guests Mr. Pepe Marquez and Juan Garcia.

For advance tickets (highly recommended) & info: 323-895-2863

As always, the best music is heard around the World 24/7 on www.eastLARevue.com, a musical buffet of all you can hear, celebrating 11 years on the Internet airwaves.

For more info and events, check out the calendar page here on LatinoLA, or check out our Facebook page: LAND of 1000 DANCES for the current 411.Feel free to join, and add and post your events and happenings..IT'S FREE and helps get the word out !

Orale, that's it for this month, sorry if I missed anybody !

Ay te watcho, from The Land of 1000 Dances

About Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is heard regularly on World wide Internet Radio station www.eastLArevue.com and is a regular contributor to this fine web magazine since 2001
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