News from the Brown Side of Town, 7.19.06

Music happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme
Published on LatinoLA: July 19, 2006

News from the Brown Side of Town, 7.19.06

As the Summer heat wave continues, the Land of 1000 Dances stays hot even after the sun goes down, with music, laughter, dancing, and good times.

As always, the finest Chicano cruising & boogie music on the planet is heard coast to coast and around the World live, every Thursday, on www.kclafm.com, and everyday on www.chicanoexpress.com , where the Godfather of Tejano Soul, Crazy Chuy Hernandez, and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul, Frankie Firme, bring it back, and keep it alive like nobody else can, because "It's a BROWN thing, Baby!"

This Friday, Chicano Express Radio presents a Rosie & The Originals tribute show, featuring the Queen of Chicana Oldies, Ms. Rosie Hamlin (pictured). For info on Rosie, or to order any of her classic and recent music, check out her website at www.rosieandtheoriginals.com. The Chicano Express Radio Show featuring the Rosie & Originals tribute will run throughout the weekend. For more info, e-mail: crazychuy@chicanoexpress.com .

Last Friday, the Night Flight II Band rocked the house and opened some eyes at the Lakewood Hop. With 2 full bars, new air conditioning, spacious seating, great service, and a big dance floor, most of L.A.'s top bands and the Gente are heading that way every Friday & Saturday nights for Old School action, which includes free admission and dinner before 7:oopm, and some of the hottest names in Chicano Music. The Night Flight II Band has really improved, are becoming one of the more sought after dance/party groups in The Land of 1000 Dances, and word of a new CD is getting around. For more info, check out: www.nightflight2.com , and don't forget www.lakewoodhop.com. For guest reservations or VIP guest list information, give brother Steve Caudillo a call at (562) 630-2229.

Marvin Phillips, of the famed Doo Wop Duo Marvin and Johnny, came back home to the 'hood Saturday afternoon as he visited the famed Sounds of Music Record Store on Whittier Blvd in East L.A., signing autographs, taking pictures and hanging out with the Gente to celebrate the release of their new CD "Marvin & Johnny ~ Yesterday,Today,and Tomorrow" featuring the Living Proof Rhythm Band. This CD is really good in the Marvin & Johnny style, and you're gonna want one for sure. For more info, e-mail: rspenspencer@aol.com, or call: (323) 578-4330 .

Cory Silva & Midnight Productions packed the A MI HACIENDA Restaurant & Night Club last Sunday with the Summer Slow Jam Concert that had the Gente steppin' out and lookin' good for some serious Old School music and dancing. Featuring Cory Silva, Rocky Padilla, and Hank Castro as the "Bad Boyz of Eastside Oldies", TIERRA (with the much celebrated reunion of Rudy & Steve Salas), and the Legendary Sly, Slick, and Wicked, the Gente were treated to an old fashioned low rider R & B /Latin Soul/Oldies concert & dance that brought out that "good Old days" feeling in everyone. Singer Pepe Marquez and music producer Steven Chavez, along with KUCR FM's Christina Chavez, Ernie Pintor of Lil' Bit of Soul, and legendary horn man Bobby Loya were spotted in the crowd. Eastside Primetime's Art Esparza MC'd the show, and opening the show to "Wow" reviews was upcoming Chicana diva Melinda Del Toro. At 16, this young Lady is turning heads and getting people talking. More shows are planned and everybody is invited. For more info, e~mail: corysilva2@aol.com, or call (626)806-2379.

Midnites Moon is making plans for their first appearance featuring Thee Midniter greats and founding members Benny Lopez and George Salazar, Jaguars great Tony "Beaver" Carroll, Impalas legend Al Anaya, Victor Cisneros of TIERRA fame, Jason Hemmens of the L.A. Rhythm Kings, and a host of others. There first Cd "A new moon iz rizing" featuring "Whittier 2k", "Sad girl, be sad no more", and "Firme's Land" is already getting some serious attention. For more info check out : www.midnitesmoon.com, or call (626) 806-6314.

The 13th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival is only 2 weeks away. For more info: www.oxnardsalsafestival.com. 2 days of hot action by the sea...for free!

The Pomona Valley's favorite sons of music, BALANCE, makes a rare appearance July 22nd at Ganesha Park in Pomona for a free concert, "Pomona under the stars~family night out", hosted by Pomona City Councilman Steven Banales. Cable TV's Thee Mr. Duran will be your Master of Ceremonies. Show starts at 6:30, admission and parking are free.

For more info on these and many other great happenings, check out the calendar page here on latinoLA.com, or e-mail: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com .

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

For classic music broadcasts of the "Eastside Sound", check out the new music streamers on www.eastLArevue.com .

...and lastly, pleease keep a prayer in your hearts for our brave Men & women serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan...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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