News from the Brown Side of Town, 7.14.06

Musical happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme
Published on LatinoLA: July 14, 2006

News from the Brown Side of Town, 7.14.06

Whew! 107 degrees in the shade, that's what it feels like lately in the Land of 1000 Dances. (...isn't there a song by that name?....hmmmm) as the 4th of July weekend cooked...literally!

Last Saturday, despite high heat and humidity on a record-setting hot day in the San Fernando Valley, the Soul of Aztlan show went off like clockwork for the fortunate crowd that attended at Tia Chucha's Cultural Center in Sylmar.

I humbly thank all that attended and showing your support.

The premier of the documentary movie, "The West Coast East Side Sound" opened many an eye of those who previously thought East L.A. and Chicano music history as just another Brown spot on the map.

A question and answer session with producers Hector & Miroslava Gonzalez, along with hometown favorite, 10-time Emmy award winner Jimmy Velarde (originally from the projects of Pacoima), and Steven Chavez further enlightened the audience that got to rub shoulders with such Hollywood and Chicano Music dignitaries as Jimmy Mesa (Atlantics, East L.A. Revue All Star Band), Benny Lopez (original bass player & founding member of Thee Midniters), Ernie Pintor (Thee Dupremes, Lil' Bit Of Soul), cable TV's "East L.A. Rey" Garza, Tony Barela (The Barela Band), KUCR FM's Christina Chavez, author Tom Waldman (Land of 1000 Dances), film director John Wilkman and his wife, and Hollywood Music Catalog Representative Kevin Laffey.

Acclaimed Chicano author Luis Rodriguez & his wife Trini welcomed everyone personally. Live, sizzling performances by Santa Barbara?s Pepe Marquez and Anthony Prieto kept the show hot despite the air conditioning, and RAMPART Records celebrated the release of the new CD "Frankie Firme presents 16 Rare & Golden treasures from the vaults of RAMPART Records" with gifts of free music and souvenirs to everybody in attendance.

Author Luis Rodriguez, founder of Tia Chucha's was also honored for his long list of literary accomplishments, and his invitation to South America to promote Chicano Culture. ~ Mil gracias por todo, Luis!! For more info: www.tiachucha.com

The Soul of Aztlan Show will coming back home to East L.A. soon. For more info, e~mail: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com

Singer Melinda Del Toro was invited to the 4th of July Salute America show on Olvera Street in downtown L.A., and walked away with best performer award. For more info, check out www.melindadeltoro.com

The SATISFACTION Band rocked the Norwalk Ramada Inn on Friday , the Cerritos Civic Center on Saturday, and the Palos Verdes Estates Country Club on Sunday, proving that it's never too hot to party to cool Chicano music. For more info: www.satisfactionband.com

The 13th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival is happening July 29th & 30th, featuring such hot Latin Soul acts as Susie Hansen, Leslie Paula, Orquesta Charangoa, Johnny Polanco, and many others. Free admission, free parking both days, for more info: www.oxnardsalsafestival.com

Gilbert Esquivel & his Old School Comedy & Music Dance Show returns to the San Fernando Valley's fabled ODYSSEY Restaurant & Grand Ballroom July 14th. For tickets & info, call (310) 518- 2229. This show has sold out for the last 3 performances and is expected to do so again.

Midnight Productions of the SGV brings you The Summer Slow Jam Concert of the Year, featuring Sly, Slick, and Wicked, TIERRA, featuring Rudy & Steve Salas, Rocky Padilla, Cory Silva, Melinda Del Toro, Looks1 P10, in concert at the A MI HACIENDA Restaurant and Night Club, Sunday , July 16th .Just added: Hank Castro. For tickets & info: (626) 806-2379. This will be one of the finer shows in the Land of 1000 Dances this Summer.

Susie Hansen and her Latin Soul band perform this Friday at the Whittier Radisson Hotel lounge. Free admission, free parking, great food & a great atmosphere! For more info call (562) 945-8511 or logon to www.susiehansen.com .

SOTO and Lisa Lisa rock the Santa Fe Springs Swap meet this Saturday July 15th. Rumors have it up & coming Chicana Diva Melinda Del Toro has been invited to join them. For just $1.50 admission, and free parking, how can you go wrong? For more info, log onto: www.santafespringsswapmeet.net

The Night Flight II Band rocks the Lakewood Hop this Friday, and the Norwalk Ramada Inn this Saturday. For more info: www.nightflight2.com or call: (626) 488- 3344.

The best Chicano Music in the World comes out on www.kclafm.com live, every Thursday, everyday on www.chicanoexpress.com, and every Tuesday & Saturday night on www.qvoradio.com

The 6th Annual Boyle Heights Street Fair in East L.A. is happening August 18th-20th. Strengthening community bonds through education , and enriching & helping the lives of youngsters, Operation Youth Educational Services (aka Operation Y.E.S.) is still looking for entertainment acts, sponsors, and vendors. For more info, call (323) 263- 6937.

The Annual Salesian Rock & Roll Show happens July 29th at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. For tickets & info: www.salesianalumni.com or stevenchavez68@hotmail.com .

For a list of hyperlinks to some of the hottest Chicano websites in Aztlan, go to: www.frankiefirme.50megs.com and check out the "What's new page".

For more info on these and other great events throughout L.A. and the West Coast, check out the calendar page here on LatinoLA.com , where it's always a Brown thing, baby!

As always, we ask you to keep a prayer in your hearts and a song in your soul honoring our brave men & women currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please don't let them be forgotten.

About Frankie Firme:
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the microphone, and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul.
website: www.frankiefirme.50megs.com

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