The Night the Pachucos & Pachucas Came Out
Some of L.A.'s best Chicano music talent, and a well dressed audience make a classy event at the A Mi Hacienda Restaurant
Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
Man! It's been a couple of weeks, but I gotta share a great memory of a great show that went down at the A MI HACIENDA Restaurant & Night Club in Pico Rivera...(been busy, sorry for being tardy, Mi Gente!)
Published on LatinoLA: November 11, 2017
Master guitarist, band leader, and music promoter RAY CARRION hit my tender music nerve a couple months ago when he calls and says, "We've done Chicano Rock & Roll, killer Latin Soul/SANTANA tribute, Motown, throwback Disco, Soul, Diva, Holiday and fundraiser shows...how does a Pachuco Music Concert-Dance & Comedy Show sound? ..you want in?"
Being one of the L.A. DJ's lucky enough to be involved with a lot of Ray's popular shows, my answer was, "Hell yea!" without a second breath!
So, in the middle of last month, the stage was set for L.A.'s Zoot Suit appreciating crowd to step out and "Show their stuff," and they did so proudly!
It looked like a 1940's-50's movie scene...so mas cool y ELEGANTE!
Opening the show was one of the Kings of Chicano Comedy, Mr. RUDY MORENO, who got us all laughing and in a good mood with his signature comedy of Chicano life in the Land of 1000 Dances.
Coming up next and setting the mood right was the West Coast's "Mas Cool" Pachuco Music Tribute Masters, PACHUCO JOSE y Los DIAMANTES.
In full respect to the late, great original Father of Chicano-Pachuco Music of the 1940s & 50s, LALO GUERRERO, Pachuco Jose called out Lalo's son MARK GUERRERO, himself a 1960s East Side Sound music pioneer to perform "Tin Marin de do pingue", which quickly filled the dance floor with well dressed Pachucos & Pachucas.
Afterwards, a "Muy Catrin" attired Pachuco Jose sang and danced his way into everybody's heart with a memorable performance of 1940's style Boogie, Rumba, and Cumbia tunes.
Ain't nobody better on the West Coast than Pachuco Jose y Los Diamantes for 1940's style Chicano flavored swing & rumba. Crowd response was better than good!
Mark Guerrero came back up next with his former YAQUI band mates of East L.A. music fame that included Ronnie Reyes, Jimi Seville, Art Sanchez, and Ray Rodriguez performing his popular original tunes "Get your baby", "On the Boulevard", "I'm Brown", and a couple of others that displayed his & Ronnie's guitar prowess, and brought back some memories.
Next up, a jumpin' appearance by Thee Latin Legends Band that included Ray Carrion, singer Lulu Cardona, Rocky Padilla, Tony Hernandez, Bobby Loya, Bobby Navarrette, John Burrolla, Rick Reyes, Adrian Monge, and Jumpin' Jack Benny hat simply busted out with favorite dancing tunes.
Next up, East L.A. Chicano Music royalty was in the house as THEE MIDNITERS hit the stage with lead singer Greg Esparza at the front, sounding as good as they always have.
Closing the show in style, TIERRA came on stage , introducing songs from their new CD "TIERRA ya llego", as well as many of the Tierra favorites, while calling up Mark Guerrero to give a fine performance of another of his late-great father's Pachuco anthems "Los Chucos Suaves", closing with their signature song "Together" that had the crowd dancing and singing along...like they always do!
Richard "Thee Mr." Duran and myself were "decked out to the nines" and in the mood, as Thee Mr. Duran was the Host with the most, joining Ray Carrion in holding a Pachuco-Pachuca fashion dress/dance off contest...while I was lucky to be the House DJ throughout the day, jammin' them Oldies but Goodies for the well dressed crowd that had a great time!
This was one for the books, and some great L.A.-style moments were memorialized as camera flashes went off all throughout the event.
And that's the way it was! Mas Pachucada de aquellas! The Gente was lookin' GOOD!
Saturday, November 11th, Veteran's Day Weekend, Ray Carrion brings you the much talked about BROWN SOUND OLDIES Dance at the VFW Post 1944 Hall in the City of Industry;
Featuring live on stage East L.A. Music Icon/Legend LiL' RAY JIMENEZ, the original lead singer of Thee MIDNITERS, along with the great CHICO Band, featuring Ms BERTHA OROPEZA. CHICO will also be releasing their new CD.
Thee Mr. Duran will be your Host & MC, Frankie Firme will be your House DJ, spinning them fine Oldies for the big kids, and surprise musical guests are expected.
Doors open at 7PM, show starts at 8PM. Dancing & romancing is encouraged!
Less than 60 days till Christmas...so let's start the Holiday season with some music, good times, and memories!...see y'all there!
(Author's note: Tickets available at 323-895-2863)
Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the microphone and the Hitman of West Coast Soul, heard daily on World wide Internet Radio Station www.eastLArevue.com and a regular contributor to LatinoLA since 2002.
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