News from the Brown Side of Town - 6.21.06

Chicano music happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme
Published on LatinoLA: June 21, 2006

News from the Brown Side of Town - 6.21.06

Orale, mi Gente! Another hot, Southern Califas weekend has come and gone, and as we jump into another work week, let's spend a minute to look back...

The Gente were looking good and kicking up the chancla at the South Bay Chamber of Commerce event this weekend, where none other than SATISFACTION, along with guest singer Pepe Marquez, put on a great performance. Numerous celebrities awarded college scholarships to distinguished students, as the music played on. A black tie affair, numerous TV & civic celebrities were on hand to present the scholarships & awards.

Gearing up for some friendly competition where only the audience wins big time, The Lakewood Hop (www.lakewoodhop.com), and The Montebello Inn (323-722-2927) have put together some impressive line ups of Chicano talent in Aztlan that promises to add a few degrees to the coming summer action. Step out and look good, Mi gente!

...ya never know who ya might meet! As friendly competition kicks up, watch for better prices, improved ambience, and dynamic performances, all designed to make you have a good time in the Land of 1000 Dances.

The Salas Brothers & TIERRA continue their successful reunion tour as they entertained a large & happy crowd at the Santa Fe Springs swap meet this past weekend. There's always a good crowd and great entertainment at the Santa Fe Springs swap meet, and you can't go wrong for $1.50 admission and lot's of shopping bargains! check out: www.santafespringsswapmeet.net.

MIDNITE'S MOON, the new group consisting of THEE MIDNITER greats & founders, Benny Lopez and George Salazar, former IMPALAS lead singer Al Anaya , former JAGUARS & EAST L.A. REVUE ALL STAR BAND member Tony "Beaver" Carroll, and others, made their world wide debut on the 2nd Time Around Show (www.kclafm.com ~ Thursdays, 6:oo pm)last week to very positive response. Playing new cuts "Sad girl, be sad no more", and "Firme's Land", along with original MIDNITER classics, the show again topped the meters with heavy listener response. The new CD will be released August 1st, and has other great original tunes, including a remake of the Chicano cruising classic written by Benny Lopez & Roy Marquez, "Whittier Boulevard", entitled "Whittier 2K". for more info, e-mail BeefFillet@aol.com .

The Soul of Aztlan Show, featuring Frankie Firme, an exclusive preview of the documentary movie "The West Coast East Side Sound Sound" with guests producers Hector & Lava Gonzalez, Jimmy Velarde, and Steven Chavez, along with live performaces by singers Pepe Marquez and Anthony Prieto, is happening July 8th starting at 5:00pm, in Sylmar, Califas.

We will also have a send off and good luck party for author Luis Rodriguez, who has been invited to South America to promote Chicano Culture. This is a FREE event for the Community at the Tia Chucha's Cultural Cafe, Bookstore, Art Gallery & Performing Center in Sylmar. For more info, check out the calendar page of LatinoLA.com, or call (818) 362-7060.

July 29th & 30th will be the time for the 13th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival at the "Barrio by the Sea", Oxnard , California. A FREE, 2 day festival that draws over 45,000 people a year features some of the best live Salsa music & dancing anywhere on the planet, with a large open dance floor under the sea breeze kissed sunshine. For more info, log onto: www.oxnardsalsafestival.com . Frankie Firme will be one of your co-hosts , joining host Pablo Ortiz of Gold Coast Broadcasting and many others. FREE admission, FREE parking, child care, food, refreshments, art, souvenirs, music, and FREE sunshine for 2 whole days!

The East L.A. Revue website has added a radio page, spotlighting some of the great Eastside sounds. Chheck out www.eastLArevue.com .

For a list of hot Chicano websites where the best music, dancing, and other 411 you always wanted to know can be found check out the "what's new" page at www.frankiefirme.50megs.com

Listen to the best Chicano music on world wide Internet radio on www.kclafm.com every Thursday at 6:oopm, www.chicanoexpress.com everyday, and www.qvoradio.com every Tuesday & Saturday night.

The Annual Salesian Rock and Roll Show is also coming up soon. For information & tickets: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com

The new CD "Frankie Firme presents 16 rare & Golden treasures from the vaults of Rampart Records" is ready for release! The preview & releae party will be a Tia Chucha's July 8th. For more info: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com

The Gilbert Esquivel Old School Comedy and Dance Show returns to the San Fernando Valley July 14th. More info coming.

For a listing of more great Latino entertainment, cultural, and community events, check out the calendar page of LatinoLA ~ "If it ain't here, it ain't happening".

"It's a BROWN thing, baby!!"

About Frankie Firme:
Frankie Firme, the "Al capone of the microphone, and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul" is a contributing writer, and Internet radio DJ.
website: www.frankiefirme.50megs.com

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