News from the Brown Side of Town - 5.31.06

News, chisme and more about Tierra, Malo, War, Satisfaction Band

By Frankie Firme
Published on LatinoLA: May 31, 2006

News from the Brown Side of Town - 5.31.06

Orale, Mi Gente!

Here‘«÷s hoping that you had a safe and splendid Memorial Day, and gave thanks to those who unselfishly gave their lives in the defense of our Country ~ and to those who continue to fight & put their lives in harm's way while serving our Country in Iraq & Afghanistan!.God bless them all!

The TIERRA~ MALO ~ WAR~ THEE MIDNITERS concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles was a sold out event this weekend, as expected.

Over 6,000 Chicano Music lovers enjoyed sunshine, love and some of finest music in the Land of 1000 Dances. Steven Chavez was spotted in the crowd by many with his Lady Janie, and reports the crowd was good and had a good time as the sun went down, and the lights came on in the City of Angels.

The SATISFACTION Band rocked the San Fernando Elks Lodge this weekend, along with DJ/Emcee Frankie Firme. Mr. George Salazar of Thee Midniters fame made a surprise guest appearance, as Robert Benavides and the band ‘«£wowed??? everybody with a great, great, performance!
Man - |and let me tell you - the Gente de the SFV were in step and looking good....satisfied by SATISFACTION !

??|ever have one of those nights ya just don‘«÷t want to end?....

~ Kings & Priests ~ Brothers n' Blues ~ live on stage
6pm, Friday , June 9th, Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Whittier
Brought to you by the Hope of Glory Fellowship
For more info: (562) 903-7355

Aaron Ballesteros' group APB, and their CD "Be on the lookout" continues to gain recognition across the Country, as their GRAMMY nomination has received much well deserved attention.~ www.apbmusic.org ~ te aventastes, Aaron!!

The new CD from RAMPART Records, ‘«£Frankie Firme presents 16 rare and golden treasures from the vaults of RAMPART Records??? is coming your way in late July~early August. This outstanding collection of early rare East Side Sound recordings made by the late Eddie Davis, founder of the RAMPART Record group, has been taken off the original acetate 45 rpm singles and faithfully re-mastered at True One Studios by Robert Trujillo for pure quality sound for hours of listening enjoyment.

Some of these sounds have never been released, and some never before released in the United States.

Featuring such early groups as the Atlantics featuring Barry White, Thee Royal Checkmates featuring Aaron Ballesteros, The Soul Babies featuring Sara Vaughn, Lava & The Hot Rocks, The Jaguars featuring the Salas Brothers of TIERRA fame (with Rudy at lead vocals), the Heartbreakers, the Romancers, Lil' Ray Jimenez, and much, much more! This is the one Chicano Music collectors have been waiting for!

This is the first of many recently re-discovered, lost treasures to be produced and released by Steven Chavez and Hector Gonzalez of the RAMPART Records group, in conjunction
with Frankie Firme and LatinoLA.com ~ for advance copies and information on upcoming Rampart records releases, contact Mr. Steven Chavez at stevenchavez68@hotmail.com, or call (951) 653-7777.

Pepe Marquez's CD "Dance mamcita" continues to do well around the Country as the ‘«£West Coast Latin Soul Sound??? is gaining momentum outside of Aztlan. Orale, Pepe!!
Pepe will be making a special L.A. appearance, along with fellow Santa Barbara singing star Anthony Prieto, at Tia Chucha's Cultural Center in Sylmar, as Tia Chucha's and LatinoLA present "Frankie Firme and the Soul of Aztlan Show" on July 8th.

Highlights of the show will be an exclusive preview of the Documentary movie "The West Coast East Side Sound" produced by Hector & Miroslava Gonzalez, and Jimmy Velarde, with opening words by Mr. Steven Chavez of Rampart Records. The true "Eastside Sound" history.

There will also be a special award ceremony and send off party for internationally acclaimed Los Angeles author & poet Luis Rodriguez, founder of the Tia Chucha‘«÷s Cultural Center.

Luis has been invited to Caracas, Venezuela, South America, to promote Chicano Culture - now THAT'S what you call representin'.

Show starts at 5:oopm ~ for more info, visit: www.tiachucha.com, the calendar page of www.LatinoLA.com , or contact stevenchavez68@hotmail.com

As always, the best Chicano music on the planet is heard Thursdays at 6:00 pm on www.kclafm.com , everyday~24 hrs a day on www.chicanoexpress.com , and every Tuesday & Saturday nights on www.qvoradio.com with Frankie Firme, the "Al Capone of the microphone and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul", bringin' it back, and keepin' it alive, like nobody else can!.

Other Music rumors this week :
~ Best current CD ~ "Be on the lookout" ~ APB
~ Best current male Chicano singer ~ Pepe Marquez
~Best current Chicana singer: It's a tie!!:
Bertha Oropeza ~ the CHICO Band
Natali Renee ~ the SATISFACTION Band

~ most talked about upcoming groups:
~ Inner City Soul
~ Quinto Sol
~ NightFlight2 Band
~ L.A. Rhythm Kings

~ Best place to hang out & party: The Lakewood Hop
(this information based on a field poll conducted at numerous hot spots throughout L.A. over the past 2 weeks. There are some not listed that came real close! Sorry!)

For more info on marketing & advertising: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com

~Upcoming show in 'da works:
Cory Silva & Midnight Productions Presents:
Sly, Slick, and Wicked
~other artists to be announced~
Sunday , July 16th, 2006~ A Mi Hacienda~ Pico Rivera
For more info: www.midnightproductions2.50megs.com

For a list of hyperlinks to some of the best and brightest Chicano websites in Aztlan, go to: www.frankiefirme.50megs.com and click to the "what's new" page.

You won'be disappointed at what you find!!

** Another reminder, beginning the first week of July 2006, the "News from the Brown Side of Town" will no longer be distributed via e~mail due to increased demand, over-burdened e-mails, and mistaken spam protection blockage. We will still be available for the Gente de Aztlan (same news, same chismes, same quality announcements, because it's a Brown thing, baby !)

exclusively on the East L.A. Revue and LatinoLA webpages every week! Spread the word ! ! ****

Keep a prayer in your heart for our brave Men & Women serving overseas in uniform, enjoy the music that is Aztlan, respect and protect your families, always keep your head up, and share the love of Aztlan with people you truly care about!!

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