News from the Brown Side of Town, 6.5.06

The latest from the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme
Published on LatinoLA: June 5, 2006

News from the Brown Side of Town, 6.5.06

Orale, Mi Gente!! Here's hoping you survived the first summer weekend heat wave of 2006, and you're getting ready for more, 'cause it's gonna be a scorcher this summer!

Break out the sunscreen, umbrella hats, fold out chairs, boom boxes,chicharrones, and ice chests - 'cause Summer in the Land of 1000 Dances is upon us!

GET OUTSIDE AND BREATH! The World is your...all that and a bag of chips!

The finest Chicano music on the planet is heard on KCLAFM.com, ChicanoExpressRadio, and Q~Vo Radio every week. For more info, log onto www.frankiefirme.50megs.com .

Congratulations are in order for Abelardo de la Pe?a Jr., and LatinoLA.com, for being named "the best Latino website in L.A." in this month's Tu Ciudad Los Angeles magazine.
It's like I always say: "It's a BROWN thing, baby!"~ you've earned this one, Carnal!!

The SATISFACTION band rocked the Norwalk Ramada Inn this weekend to a packed house (as always) - rumors are that a new CD is in the works. I will certainly want MY copy, of course, won't you? These guys just keep getting better! Check them out at:

Singer Pepe Marquez, who had a successful gig up in Lompoc this weekend, is slated to perform with the SATISFACTION band on June 17th, will be the featured act along with a reunion of The Flashbacks up in Lompoc, Califas for the Flower Festival on June 24th, then will be appearing in the SOUL OF AZTLAN Show at Tia Chucha's Cultural Center in Sylmar, Califas on July 8th.

And this homie tells me "I'm just having fun with my people!"
More at http://www.pepemarquez.com

Cory Silva and MIDNIGHT Productions will putting on a killer concert on July 16th in Pico Rivera ~ performers include Sly, Slick, and Wicked, TIERRA, and CHICO ~ more info coming soon - keep your ears open ~ for advance info & tickets: (626) 806-2379.

The Summer Jam Kickoff Concert is this Friday, June 9th, at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena. A FREE concert, with FREE PARKING, the Summer Jam Kickoff Concert is brought to you by Art Arzaga and the Hope of Gory Fellowship of La Habra, California ~ featuring 2 of the finest Chicano Christian music groups in Southern Califas : KINGS & PRIESTS, and the BROTHERS n' BLUES.

Hosted by KCLA FM's FRANKIE FIRME & RAMPART RECORD's STEVEN CHAVEZ, with sound provided by PHIL REYES of SOUVENIR ENTERTAINMENT, the show will also feature special dancers and other guests & dignitaries. Food & refreshments, music & souvenirs will be on sale. Show starts at 6:oopm. For more info, check out the calender page on LatinoLA.com


The BLUES STRAIGHT UP band, featuring Big Mike Rincon and Lava Gonzalez will be in concert at the Redwood Room in Maywood, Califas, this Saturday, June 10th. The "Finest Chicano Blues Band on the Planet" is enjoying enormous success with their new CD "What?s Up With The Blues" (available on CDbaby.com) and have earned their spot up in the stars. For more info, check out their website: http://www.bluesstraightup.com

Although it wasn't mentioned in last week's newsletter, a big part of the success of the TIERRA-MALO-WAR-MIDNITERS concert last week was the special appearance of Chicano comedians Rudy Moreno and George Lopez, who busted the Gente up with side splitting comedy routines. Rudy also hosts the weekly "Joker's Club" Show at the Commerce Casino, live, every Thursday, after the 2nd Time Around Show, starting at 8:00 pm. For more info, log onto: http://www.rudymoreno.com

The best TEJANO music on the planet: www.chicanoexpress.com, with the "Godfather of Tejano Soul", Crazy Chuy Hernandez ~ un homeboy mas de aquellas!!

The SOUL OF AZTLAN SHOW with FRANKIE FIRME is happening Saturday, July 8th at TIA CHUCHA?s Cultural Caf?®, Bookstore, Art Gallery, and Performance Center in Sylmar, Califas, starting at 5:00 pm.

Hosted by the "Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul & the Al Capone of the microphone", Frankie Firme of Internet Radio, the show will present a special preview of the much acclaimed documentary movie "The West Coast, East Side Sound", live performances by Pepe Marquez and Anthony Prieto, the Eastside Sounds of Rampart Records played by DJ Frankie Firme, and a special send-off party for author-poet Luis Rodriguez, founder of Tia Chucha's, who has been invited to South America to promote Chicano Culture. FREE ADDMISSION, FREE PARKING, food, refreshments, and some of the best Chicano Art, music, & books anywhere in Aztlan! Special surprise guests expected!

Brought to you by Tia Chucha's and LatinoLA. More at http://www.tiachucha.com

Quick note from the desk of Steven Chavez of RAMPART RECORDS:
Most requested re-issued CDs :
Cannibal & The Headhunters ~Land of 1000 Dances (6 bonus tracks)
Rockin? the Barrio ~ classic East Side sound compilation
The East Side Soun ~ a 4 CD set /rare compilation

Soon to be released CD?s: Frankie Firme presents 16 Rare & Golden Treasures from the Vaults of Rampart Records

INNER CITY SOUL - From the beginning
For more info: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com or call (951) 653-7777

Quick note from the concert calendar at the Santa Fe Springs Swapmeet:
June 10th ~ SOTO
June 11th ~ SANGRIA
June 17th ~ TIERRA
June 18th ~ BALANCE
June 25th ~ SUAVE
..and coming in July: BARELA !!!
~ just $1.50 admission with FREE parking!
~ have a cold one & a snack, and listen to some of the best music in Aztlan on any summer afternoon!

For a hyperlink list to some of the hottest websites in the Land of 1000 Dances:

About Frankie Firme:
Frankie Firme "The Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul and the Al Capone of the microphone" is also a contributing writer to LatinoLA.com
website: www.frankiefirme.50megs.com

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