A Touch of Brown Soul

The East L.A. Revue & LaRue Street Sounds rock Pacoima

By Frankie Firme
Published on LatinoLA: May 27, 2004

A Touch of Brown Soul

Ahhh, yes,...Aztlan...Southern Califas...LOS...The City of Angels...Lakerville...Dodgertown...Southside Cali...Land of 1000 Dances...no matter what moniker endears L.A. and the West Coast to you, there's always music and a party where you'll find Chicanos making the weekends count like nobody else. It's a Brown thing, baby!

With the Lakers whuppin' ass, Satisfaction Band keeping the gente in the groove in Lakewood, The whole town abuzz with anticipation of The Midniters-MALO-TIERRA-WAR concert at the Greek Theater (with Tower of Power on the upcoming schedule), The Annual Salsa Festival in Oxnard in July, and The 2004 Latin Oldies Festival in San Bernardino in September, L.A. & Southern Califas is the place to be for Brown sounds & happenings.

Land of 1000 Dances..indeed!! So glad I don't live in Cleveland or Canada, or any other far off location of mild mystique.(Not a lot of Taco trucks, Coronas or beautiful Brown women there! I would die!)

So it was, in my never ending quest to seek out Mi Gente in music/good times action, I once again find myself at The legendary Fairways Restaurant, Tavern & Country Club in Pacoima, Califas, as host & DJ for the night, where the Chingones of Chicano Rock n Roll, The EAST L.A. REVUE ALL STAR BAND were making a return appearance by popular demand, on a beautiful Friday night.

Giving famed house DJ Flacomania the night off so he can relax & get his boogie on, I was privileged to MC and jam them Oldies but Goodies for an appreciative crowd of good looking, mostly over 40, well dressed, and fine dancing RAZA. It was on! Chuck Herrera and the crew of East Valle Promotions always take that extra step to make people feel at home when you're in The San Fernando Valley by bringing the best in Chicano entertainment to the Fairways.

Opening up were the LaRue Street Sounds Band, featuring the DeAro Brothers. A heavy San Fernando Valley favorite group for many years, the LaRue Street Sounds Band breaks you off a chunk of yesterday with a smooth mix of 70's-80's dance music, peppered with a touch of Oldies, Cumbias & Tex-mex. The dance floor stayed busy during their 2 sets, as the locals enjoyed some hometown entertainment & dancing , and the newcomers (like me) were treated to the discovery of a new group to boogie down to.

Then the big boys came up to the stage, The EAST L.A. REVUE All STAR BAND. With new added members legendary jazz trumpter Alex Rodriguez, and tantalizing vocalist Ms Terrie Speed, The East L.A. Revue's well known classy "East Side Sound" was taken to a new level of style & finesse tonight! As usual, the dance floor filled quickly & easily.

As expected, the hot East L.A. brass and the extraordinary vocals of the beautiful & classy Maria Conchita Sandoval brought out the ritmo in everyone. The vocal duet of Maria & Terrie just make you wanna scream out for more, as they bust out in rhythm & talent "Old school" style. PAR-TAY!! Boo-ya!!

A surprise highlight of the evening came when The Revue (as they've affectionately become known as in the Valley), ever the consummate showmen that they are, invited local music legend Ernie "El Torpedo" Medina on stage for a couple of songs. Ernie is also part of the staff of East Valle Promotions. Having narrowly escaped a close brush with death last month, the audience, myself and the band were moved when Ernie gave up beautiful renditions of "Brother where are you?" and "That's all", singing and playing his heart out on saxaphone. After a well deserved standing ovation, The Revue invited Ernie to stick around and join the already powerful East L.A. Revue brass section during the last set(pictures at www.eastLArevue.com), which was a treat in itself.

A great night, with great Chicano entertainment, with a great Chicano crowd! Man, I'm sure glad I live in the Land of 1000 Dances...I couldn't imagine a Chicano like me in Denmark on a Friday night!....hmmm...but then again.....?

And so...my musical cruise down the boulevards of Aztlan continues, seeking out the hot, Chicano party/music/entertainment action, and bringing you the full report here, only on LatinoLA.com!

...who knows where Frankie Firme will turn up next?....hmmm...any ideas?

Note: Chuck Herrera & East Valle Promotions have a promising summer concert calendar
building up. Come on out and party with the Brown crowd of The San Fernando Valley,
where weekends happen at the Fairways!
For more info, contact Chuck at : 818-266-3180 or Patty at 818-365-3140

The East L.A. Revue All Star Band is currently touring Southern California
and have a new CD coming out. For more info, contact Steven Chavez at:
9098-897-7705 or e-mail at stevenchavez68@hotmail.com

About Frankie Firme:
Frankie Firme spins the finest Chicano style, cruising Oldies but Goodies every Thursday at 6:oopm, L.A. Time only on internet radio at www.KCLAFM.com
website: http://www.frankiefirme.50megs.com

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