The Soul of Aztlan Show

Exposing a rich culture on artistic terms, July 8

Published on LatinoLA: June 23, 2006

The Soul of Aztlan Show

The Soul of Aztlan reflects the cultural representation of Chicanos thru art, music, dance, poetry, literature, history, oration, performance, and film.

It is an entity and treasure that should be shared with all people living amongst other people in a world that is constantly changing, yet somehow adhering to age old principles, beliefs, and traditions when cultures juxtapose in today's modern world.

It is a growing treasure and gift from the older generations that must be exposed and given to future generations for it to continue growing and maintaining it's significance, as we Chicanos, as a people, strive to maintain our significance on the Brown side of the urban world.

That being said it is with great pleasure that Tia Chucha's Cultural Center, in conjunction with LatinoLA, proudly announce the Soul of Aztlan Show , Saturday, July 8th, starting at 5:00 pm, at Tia Chucha's Cultural Center in Sylmar, California.

Set in the rich Chicano Art ambience of Tia Chucha's, which is also a book store, art gallery, cultural caf?®, and performing center in the heart of the San Fernando Valley, the Soul of Aztlan Show will be hosted by Internet Radio's Frankie Firme, "The Al Capone of the microphone, and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul", who has helped promote and keep alive the Chicano music of past & present Chicano music fans for many years.

Frankie will also serve as house DJ, spinning the Oldies but Goodies, and will also be releasing his new CD from RAMPART RECORDS "Frankie Firme presents 16 Rare & Golden Treasures from the Vaults of RAMPART Records", a collection of classic rock & roll tunes recorded in Los Angeles in the late 1950?s and early 1960's by the late Eddie Davis, founder of the RAMPART Records group. Some songs have been previously unreleased in the United States. The music has been faithfully re-mastered for the ultimate of a quality sound that was an innovation for its time. Featuring early tunes by such classic artists as Aaron Ballesteros, Barry White, Sarah James & the Soul Babies, Lava & the Hotrocks, Larry Tamblyn, The Salas Brothers, and Max Uballez, this is sure to become a collector's item.

Also featured will be an exclusive premier of the music documentary film "The West Coast East Side Sound", a wonderfully produced historical film showcasing the best of the first generation of West Coast Chicano music artists that recorded and performed in English language rock & roll for the first time, and made it to the national charts with the innovative "East Side Sound" in the early 1960's.

Featuring vintage film clips from early TV shows like American Bandstand, Shebang, Hullabaloo, the Munsters, and others. The film also has rare interview clips with early DJ's, artists, and band members such as Huggy Boy, Cannibal & The Headhunters, The Premiers, The Blendells, TIERRA, El Chicano, The Blue Satins, The Romancers, and others, with performance clips by Sam The Sham & the Pharoahs and ? and the Mysterians.

Afterwards a question & answer session open to the public will be held by producers/directors Emmy award winner Hector Gonzalez and his wife, singer-songwriter Miroslava "Lava" Gonzalez, and 10 time Emmy Award winner Jimmy Velarde.

Introducing them will be RAMPART Records President Steven Chavez, a music producer/promoter of the East Side Sound in his own right for many years prior to joining the RAMPART organization.

In keeping with the new, and further showcasing our rich Chicano talent pool, singers Pepe Marquez and Anthony Prieto , both of Santa Barbara ,California, will giving live performances, and will be available afterwards to autograph their CD's , which will also be on sale. Both these singers have made memorable impressions throughout the Land of 1000 Dances.

Keeping with the traditional, the event is also a celebratory send off and good luck party for acclaimed Chicano author & poet Luis Rodriguez, founder of Tia Chucha's and author of the nationally acclaimed bestseller "Mi Vida Loca ~ gang days in East L.A.", which has been translated into several languages around the World. Luis has been recently invited to South America to promote Chicano culture to the southern hemisphere. Also known as a world class orator, Luis will also give a brief talk commemorating the day's event.

The event is FREE to the public, with FREE parking available. Also available will be a large variety of art, books, music, souvenirs, and movies celebrating Chicano culture available for sale. Food and refreshments will also be available.

The Soul of Aztlan Show runs from 5:oopm to 10:00pm. Come out and enjoy a warm Southern Califas evening under the stars at Tia Chucha's.

Tia Chucha's Cultural Caf?®, Bookstore, Art Gallery, and Performing Center
12737 Glenoaks Blvd
Sylmar, Califas
(818) 362-7060
"...where minds and art meet...for a change..."

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