Just thought I'd write this for that over-fifty crowd that maybe doesn?t get out as much as they used to.
You know our man, Frankie Firme, is always giving us the low down on where all the latest and greatest Eastside Bands are playing these days.
Well, my wife and I decided to check out the Battle of the Bands between The Satisfaction Band and Tierra at the Stock Exchange in downtown L.A.
Thank you to Mary Valencia for the complimentry tickets. We cruised on down to 6th and Spring, went around the corner behind the club. There was ample parking, fenced, well lit with parking attendents at $10.00 a pop. Not bad I thought.
Went into a pretty good sized club, big dance floor and lots of seating up on the 2nd floor.
The Satisfaction Band went on and they rocked the house. They?re worth the price of their own ticket. They play all the music I might play if I was home entertaining and they do East L.A. style.
They were on a real small stage and it was much too long setting up between bands. Especially a large band like Tierra. Didn?t care much for the DJ in between. But it was all worth the wait.
Tierra finally came on loud, strong and jammin. Rudy and the band put on a show. I finally remembered why I really came. Steve went on stage and joined his brother. These two guy?s are great in their own right. But when they sing together they?re even better.
No disrespect to anyone because they were all good but in my opinion, Tierra, the hometown favorite was not to be dethroned tonight.
Got a chance to see the premier of the HBO movie ?Walkout? at Cal-State L.A. that will air on March 18th. This my friends is a must see for all Chicanos.
It?s a small piece of our own history on film. Kudos to Edward James Olmos and Moctesuma Esparza. Have a Walkout Party and watch it with a crowd. You won?t be disapointed.
Finally this past Sunday my wife and I tripped on down to A Mi Hacienda in Pico Rivera for the benefit show for Romeo Prado of the Midniters.
This was a really nice big club with a big stage, dance floor and seating. Very good food and drink service. This was the cr?me of the cr?me. The big dance and show concept of the sixties was taken to the next level.
Every performance, Johnny Gamboa, Bobby Rodriguez Latin Jazz Band, Chico, Geree, Angel Sabroso and not to mention Little Willie G who was awesome. Homeboy hasn?t missed a beat. I might even go as far as to say he?s gotten better. This was one of the best shows I?ve seen in a long long time. This was money well spent. Even Steve Salas, popped in to check out the show.
Needless to say we were chillin' on a Sunday afternoon. Well I?m probably going to have to save my money and cool my heals for a while.
I?ll be checking out LatinoLA and hopefully someone else will go to one of these shindigs and let the rest of us know what we missed.
If you want to continue hearing all this great type of music, you know you have to go out and support these guys once in a while. See their shows and buy their CD?s.
And let us not forget our good buddy, the hit man of Chicano Soul Frankie Firme, who keeps letting us know where it?s at. Thank you !