Chicano Music for the Soul

The 2006 Radio Aztlan Music Festival, April 22

By Frankie Firme
Published on LatinoLA: April 12, 2006

Chicano Music for the Soul

The buzz is in the air, the excitement is building, and the Gente de Aztlan are getting ready for the first big Chicano Music Show to ring in the 2006 primavera de Aztlan.

The Chicano Studies program of the University of California, Riverside, in conjunction with Radio Station KUCR FM, announce the 10th Annual Radio Aztlan Music Festival April 22nd, celebrating the Chicano Music sounds de Aztlan, and the Chicano push for higher education.

Always a well attended show, this year's show brings out some "big guns" for it's 10th Anniversary, benefitting the students of UC Riverside's Chicano Studies program, one of the most dedicated in the Country.

Headlining the show will be the reigning kings of West Coast Chicano Music, East L.A.'s TIERRA, who have recently celebrated the return of original lead singer Steve Salas, who re-joins his brother and group co-founder Rudy Salas for a most anticipated live performance that a whole lot of Gente have waited years for.

Also performing will be another of East L.A.'s classic Chicano groups from back in the day, THE BLUE SATINS, who virtually ruled East L.A. Chicano Music in the early 1960's, and who promise to do the Gente justice, just like back in the day.

Also joining the show will be one of the Inland Empire's heavy hitters, A LITTLE BIT OF SOUL, formerly known as the DUPREMES, who have been a favorite of the Gente for over 30 years. I heard them last year at Riverside's Dia de LAS Familias Festival, and they were definitely a hot act to catch.

Rich Garcia and the Midnite Cruzzers will check in with some fine Oldies and Latin Soul, bringing you a big bang for your buck if you like Chicano Music in it's purest form...and who doesn't?

One of biggest buzzes about this year's Festival are some most welcome guests from the jewel of Aztlan that is San Antonio, Texas: the guest arrival & performance of classic Chicano recording stars DIMAS GARZA and JOE JAMA, former lead singers of San Antonio's ROYAL JESTERS, and Mr. RUDY "T" GONZALEZ of Rudy "T" AND THE RENO BOPS. Best selling author and music promoter Ruben Molina has put together an impressive group of Texas performers he has dubbed "The Westside Soul of San Antonio" that have graced the airwaves of Aztlan in Texas and the Southwestern United states for many years, and with a little coaxing and help from friends, he will finally bring these carnales out to The Land of 1000 Dances for the first time in many, many years, to the delight of their West Coast fans.

These guys will definitely round out a truly CHICANO Music Show !

On the Friday before, they will giving a special performance at THE TASTE OF TEXAS Restaurant in Azusa, Califas, where I will be priviliged to Emcee and introduce these homies to the Gente on stage, with Steven Chavez of RAMPART RECORDS, Ruben Molina, George Salazar, and other L.A. music heavies in the crowd. A party before the party....Chicanos are like that!

The day before that, on Thursday, they will be my live guests on my Internet Radio Show THE 2nd TIME AROUND, on www.kclafm.com , 6:oopm .

In between, I ask all my Gente to help us make our Carnales de Tejas most welcome in the Land of 1000 Dances, and show them a most gracious and BROWN time!

Yes indeed, Chicano Music ...good for the soul...good for the people...good for Aztlan! April 20th, 21st, and culminating April 22nd at the 10th Annual Radio Aztlan Music Festival in Riverside, Califas, where the best of Aztlan will bring it to you!

Note for tickets & info: estella.acuna@ucr.edu
and of course, check out the calender page on LatinoLA.com

About Frankie Firme:
Frankie Firme's website: www.frankiefirme.50megs.com
e~mail: frankiefirme@mail.com

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