News from the Brown Side of Town
Happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances: 9.28.06
Summer 2006 has come and gone, some nice memories were made, kids are back in school, most of us that have a job are back at work, most visitors have left the Golden State as the weather cools down, and we begin to look at the fall season in the Land of 1000 Dances that is Califas.
Published on LatinoLA: September 26, 2006
Some great moments were had...and some were lost...but the music plays on.
At the time of this writing, the Chicano Music World is still reeling from the loss of beloved legendary L.A. Chicano Radio DJ Rick "Huggy Boy" Hugg. Word on the streets of Brown is that some heavy hitters like Rudy Salas and TIERRA, The Heartbreakers, along with author-producer Ruben Molina, Rich Garcia & the Midnite Cruizzers, and a host of other popular names are talking about the possibility of a Huggy Boy benefit concert show real soon.
Details will be found here, on LatinoLA, as soon as they become available. Sounds like one of those "it's about time" moments are about to happen in the Land of 1000 Dances......
Santa Barbara singer Pepe Marquez continues to rock the Chicano Music World with his 3rd CD "Dance Mamacita". Pepe just returned from a 10 day tour of the Hawaiian Islands where he reportedly wowed them with Brown style. I was able to catch him on the phone shortly after his return, and he told me he was getting ready to hit Las Vegas for a 4 day engagement this week. (Damn, Carnalito...no invite?)
He's has been invited to appear as a guest artist along with the famed East L.A. Revue Band at the 3rd Annual W.A.V.E. Fundraiser concert-dance at the Ararat Ballroom in Mission Hills on October 6th, which will be hosted by KCLA FM's Frankie Firme. (For tickets & info 818-362-9115 or 818-470-9180) ~ "Go head on, Pepe!
(...rumors have it that Steven Chavez and Donna Summer may be in the crowd...)
The SATISFACTION Band returns home to the Lakewood Hop this Friday, and they promise to give you a great show in appreciation to the loyal fans that have helped make them one of L.A.'s most popular, respected, and requested party~dance bands. For more info: www.satisfactionband.com .
The 12th Annual Latino Behavioral Health Institute Conference happened quite nicely and comfortably for 3 days at the Universal City Hilton Hotel recently, where Latino Mental Health Professionals, Teachers, Law Enforcement personnel, and Health Care Organization representatives from across the Country & different parts of the World converged for a "meeting of the minds" for the benefit of all Latinos. The conference culminated with a well attended luncheon show featuring renown Chicano comedian Rudy Moreno & friends, and an evening dance party hosted by KCLA FM's Frankie Firme that featured the legendary CHICO band. It's all gonna happen again next year, see you there, Raza! (For more info: www.lbhi.org )
MIDNITES MOON, the new group featuring THEE MIDNITERS founding fathers Benny Lopez and George Salazar, JAGUARS great Tony "Beaver" Carrol, and others, invite everyone to the Montebello Inn every Saturday starting at 12 noon till 3 pm, where they will be rehearsing and getting ready for their upcoming tour following the release of their first CD "There's a New Moon Rising", which is definitely getting attention. "Admission & parking are free, drinks and menudo will be available," Benny laughs.
The finest Chicano music the World Wide web can be heard live, every Thursday at 6:00 pm, West Coast time, on www.kclafm.com , home of Frankie Firme, and on www.chicanoexpress.com everyday , where Frankie joins the "Godfather of Tejano & Chicano Soul" Crazy Chuy Hernandez as a guest DJ occasionally, putting out the Brown sound of Aztlan.
More news to come...as it happens and makes itself available. For info on more hot events in The Land of 1000 Dances, check out the calendar page here on LatinoLA.com!
...because, IT'S A BROWN THING, BABY!!!!
...and please NEVER forget our brave Men & Women in uniform serving overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan...it still ain't over
Frankie Firme is the "Al Capone of the microphone, and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul"