News from the Brown Side of Town, 6.30.06

Music happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme
Published on LatinoLA: June 30, 2006

News from the Brown Side of Town, 6.30.06

Hola , mi Gente!!

Hope the summer heat hasn't slowed you and yours down, as Aztlan continues to sizzle with music, dancing, happenings, & good times.

It's still hot & heavy over in the Middle East, and we all share a prayer for our brave Men & Women in uniform serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Persian gulf. Please keep them in your heart, and pray that common sense among those who make decisions settles in...and they come home soon, and the madness ends...at least for us and ours should others see different. DON'T LET THEM BE FORGOTTEN!

The 2nd Time Around Show with Frankie Firme brings you the finest Chicano Oldies but Goodies and West Coast Latin Soul music on the World Wide Web on the KCLAFM.com, Chicano Express Radio, Q~Vo Radio stations. Over 2 million listeners World wide every week can't be wrong! For more info, go to: www.frankiefirme.50megs.com

This weekend rocked up in Lompoc, California, where Pepe Marquez and the Flashbacks reunited and gave up a killer performance at the Annual Flower Festival. With well over 6,000 people in attendance, Pepe & the guys didn't let anybody down. Pepe's music continues to thrive all across the Country , as the West Coast Latin Soul sound is no longer a kept secret! For more info: www.pepemarquez.com .

Speaking of festivals, the 13th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival, with a little over 45,000 of your favorite friends happens in the seaside burg of Oxnard, Califas July 29th & 30th. For more info: www.oxnardsalsafestival.com ~ free admission, free parking, both days.

Down in the San Fernando Valley, the Susie Hansen Band rocked the Gente hard at El Cariso Park in Sylmar this weekend, where the smooth sounds of Southern Califas Salsa and the sweet smell of comida Latina made a beautiful sunset all the more beautiful in the Land of 1000 Dances. As expected, the Gente were looking good! For more info on Susie Hansen, go to www.susiehansen.com

Speaking of the San Fernando Valley, the Soul of Aztlan Show featuring Frankie Firme, a preview of the acclaimed musical documentary film "The West Coast East Side Sound", the release of the CD "16 Rare & Golden Treasures from the vaults of Rampart Records", special guest performances by Pepe Marquez and Anthony Prieto, and a send off party honoring Chicano author~poet Luis Rodriguez happens Saturday July 8th at Tia Chucha's Cultural Center in Sylmar. Admission & parking are free to the public. For more info, e-mail; stevenchavez68@hotmail.com or call (818) 362-6070.

For happenings up in the San Francisco~Oakland Bay area, check out: www.latinbayarea.com

If you're catching the action on the East Coast, check out: www.migente.com , straight out of Nueva York.

For the best in Tejano music & happenings, check out: www.chicanoexpress.com

If you're diggin' our West Coast action from the warm state of Florida, and wonder where the Latino action is, check out : www.Quepasa.com

Latinos are EVERYWHERE!! Now we're puttin out the fine brown sound across the pacific in Hawaii! For more info, check out my camarada Rolando Sanchez at: www.salsahawaii.com

Of course , I'm not leaving out the hometown crowd, where we all know the action is at www.LatinoLA.com and www.Xispas.com , where it's always a Brown thing, Baby!!

For a hyperlink list of some of the hottest websites in Aztlan, check out the "what?s new" page at : www.frankiefirme.50megs.com

Author Ruben Molina (The Old Barrio Guide to Lowrider Music ~ Mictlan publishers) has come across some more classic cruising sounds that can & will increase your collection of cruising music, which are added to his ever popular Chicano music store. From San Antonio, Texas, Volume III of "Chicano Soul~ San Antonio's Westside Sound" is hot off the press with 20 soulful love ballads. From New York, where they're re~discovering what we've known on the West Coast all along, that the sweet & mellow Latin Soul boleros & ballads never get old or go out of style, with the release of "The Sweeter Side of Latin Soul". Not to leave out the homies from the Land of 1000 Dances, who help keep it alive no matter where music trends flow before they come back, Ruben's latest release, "South Side Soul, 25 rare, Sweet Soul Classics, Vol 2" comes at you today, just released this weekend, from the hometown of East L.A. All told, 66 rare & hard to find, tight Chicano cruising classics on 3 new CD's. For more info: www.mictlan.com

There's a new Lady on the block, and she's coming on strong. Already having the experience of singing with the great SATISFACTION Band, and recently performing at the Hope of Glory Fellowship's Summer Jam Kickoff Concert , 16 year old Melinda Del Toro is a singer, model, and successful high school student who has been invited to Vancouver, Canada, to perform at this year's Latin Summer Festival. For more info on this young Brown Lady who is representing BIG TIME, go to: www.melindadeltoro.com

The NightFlight 2 Band has made some nice changes, tightened up the loose ends, added some new twists & songs, keeping dance floors full, and are looking & sounding better than ever before. Heads are turning, and people are talking! I heavily suggest you catch these guys and a gal in action this weekend, Friday June 3oth & Saturday July 1st at the Shiloh Hilltop Hotel. For more info: www.nightflight2.com

Top CD's on the block:

~ APB ? "Be on the lookout" ~ www.apbmusic.org

~Pepe Marquez ? "Dance Mamacita" ~ www.pepemarquez.com

~ Barela Band ? "Did you ever think?" ? www.barelaband.com

~ Inner City Soul ? "Inner City Soul" - stevenchavez68@hotmail.com

~ RAMPART RECORDS ? "Rockin? the Barrio" (compilation)-

~RAMPART RECORDS- "Cannibal & the Headhunters-Land of 1000 Dances"
remastered, reissued, original album with 6 bonus tracks

(based on inquiries & requests~ FrankieFirme@yahoo.com )

Sly, Slick, and Wicked, TIERRA, Rocky Padilla, Cory Silva, and others come to town Sunday July 16th in Pico Rivera. For more info: (626) 806-2379

SATISFACTION rocks the Norwalk Ramada Inn this Saturday, July 1st. For more info: www.satisfactionband.com

TIERRA heads the bill at the Annual Salesian Rock & Roll Show Saturday, July 29th at the Pasadena civic Auditorium. For tickets & information: www.salesianalumni.com or www.tierramusic.com

This is the last e~mail issue of "News from the Brown Side of Town", due to high demand, e-mail overload , and mistaken spam blocks. You can still catch all the Brown Side news & chismes on www.LatinoLA.com and www.eastLArevue.com

Keep it alive, keep it real, mi Gente. Keep your head up, respect & protect our women & children, fight the scourge of drugs, alcohol, child abuse, domestic violence, ignorance through lack of education, and Brown on Brown violence that is keeping our people down...and don't forget our people in uniform in the Middle East.

About Frankie Firme:
"The Al Capone of the microphone, and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul"

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