Rockin' Away the Summertime Blues
Another One From the Road
The kids are back in school and summer's supposed to be over, but it's still hot in the Land of 1000 Dances... And we're not just talking temperature!
Published on LatinoLA: September 13, 2004
I'm not Irish, but I have been really lucky lately. Last month I was fortunate enough to kick it with the SATISFACTION Band on a couple of occassions, which turned out to be some really good times, and I met a lot of really good Gente in the process.
This month, things were kicked up a notch when I got the fortunate chance to share some company with the legendary EAST L.A. REVUE ALL STAR Band, and the Crown Prince of Chicano Comedy, Gilbert Esquivel.
Man, talk about hot fun in the summertime! I am so fortunate to live in the Land of 1000 Dances, Southern Califas. The good times just keep happening, and I highly encourage all the Gente to get out there, step out & have some fun, and slow down the aging process!
Last Friday, I was once again honored to be asked to guest host The Gilbert Esquivel Chicano Comedy & Old School Music Revolution on the Sunset Strip, at the world renown Comedy Store in Hollywood, where this week's musical guests were my good friends, The EAST L.A. REVUE ALL STAR Band.
As usual, Gilbert and Co. packed the House, as he and some of the funniest & talented comedians in the land entertained the hometown crowd with gut busting, almost-make-you-wanna-pee-your-pants comedy routines that could make even the most depressed person bust out laughing and get in a good mood. Add to that the finest Chicano Rock n Roll band in the land, and it was a PAR~TAY!!! The Revue band was in the zone, as they put on a solid, polished performance of the famed "East Side Sound", Oldies, Soul and Rock n Roll the way they were meant to be played. Vocalist Terri Speed hit all the corners with her beautiful singing voice and dynamic stage presence, that brought her more than one standing ovation during the evening. The Band didn't miss a beat!
Masterfully mixing the comedy & music routines, Gilbert himself hit the stage singing "We Belong Together", dedicating it to his lovely wife, with the Revue band sounding SO GOOD , even though Gilbert mixed in his own ad lib comedy lyrics to this classic Oldie that had everyone laughing so hard, yet wanting for a dance floor. How they kept a straight face & stayed focused during Gilbert's performance was beyond me!
The next day, I traveled out to March Air Force Reserve Base in Riverside, where the East L.A. Revue All Star Band were the headliners for the Annual Military Family Appreciation Day Festival.
As they have done before, Steven Chavez & the band honored me with the privilege of being the day's Emcee. As a veteran myself, to be able to be involved in a show that paid tribute to the over 2000 service men & women & their families in attendance was truly a privilige.(Shades of Bob Hope!!)
Despite sweltering 100 degree plus desert temperatures and blistering sunshine, the East L.A. Revue All Star Band performed flawlessly for over 2 hours for a most grateful crowd. I met so many military personnel that told me how grateful they were that we were there, and how they appreciated my world wide internet radio show that kept their spirits up while they were away, playing the music that reminded them of home.
I had to give some of that back by thanking THEM, for being there, wearing the uniform, serving our Country, and being ready to step into harm's way for us all when the call came...it is I who am grateful!
Another great week~end in the Land of 1000 Dances....and we're not done yet!
Who knows where Frankie Firme will show up next?....hmmmm...only LatinoLA.com knows!
Note: Frankie Firme will be hosting the 2004 Latin Music Festival September 18th in San Bernardino, California, where Gilbert Esquivel and the EAST L.A. REVUE ALL STAR BAND will also be performing. For tickets & information, log onto www.santospro.com
Frankie Firme spins the finest Chicano flavored Oldies but Goodies & Latin Soul music on Internet radio every Thursday at 6:oopm, pst, only on www.kclafm.com