News from the Brown Side of Town, 11.16.06

Where the sun shines in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme
Published on LatinoLA: November 16, 2006

News from the Brown Side of Town, 11.16.06

?Orale, Mi Gente!

Frankie Firme here, back on the set, after a brief hiatus.

Myself and my family wish to thank you all for the wonderful outpouring of support, condolences and well wishes that came from all over the Country and different parts of the World (England, Belgium, Japan, and the Phillipines in particular) after the recent passing of my Mother .

May the blessings bestowed, be returned to you all two fold.

Secondly, I wish a belated Happy Veteran's Day THANK YOU to all of our brave Men & Women of the U.S. Armed Forces, past, present, & future, and a Happy 231st Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

Semper Fi, and a big "hoo~rah" to you Marines...for all you do!

The World of Brown continues to turn, and rightly so, as the music and culture of my people continues to spread across the globe, spreading it's unique charm & mystique with it. Like I always say, "It's a BROWN thing, baby!".

For a second straight week, a large World wide audience overloaded the internet streamer band of KCLAFM.com, forcing the 2nd Time Around Show to "fall off" & "re-buffer" numerous times during our special 2 hour broadcast honoring our U.S. Military Veterans and their families. We again apologize and will re-broadcast (For information concerning re-broadcast of this show, e-mail: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com & crazychuy@chicanoexpress.com ~ downloads are available). Please call (323) 464-4580 and voice your concern !

Plans are being made to either change days & show times, or stations altogether should problems continue. I'd like your input & suggestions: FrankieFirme@MiGente.com

Following the huge outpouring of love & support from fans in the Land of 1000 Dances, singer Pepe Marquez gave the love back and joined popular L.A. club circuit band SOUL PURSUIT as a guest vocalist this past weekend at Pasadena's legendary Frank & Dean's Supper Club , where a packed house danced the night away to a suprise performance. For more info on Pepe Marquez: www.pepemarquez.com .

During the workweek, my day starts off with my morning cup of ambition (i.e. strong coffee), a kiss from my Lady, and a short ride on L.A.'s infamous freeways as I drive my 2 teenage step-sons to Kennedy High School in Granada Hills on my way to my 8 hour job in the real world. As they are ever so patient in hearing my sounds at home as I go through the motions of preparing for 3 shows every week, listening to Crazy Chuy's Chicano Express, and now Steven Chavez's East L.A. Revue Radio, I give them the privy of jammin' their stuff on the radio during the morning drive.

Their music tastes are typical of most L.A. teenagers, Hip~Hop & today's R & B, with the usual street vernacular morning gab & banter that sometimes chaps my chonies as I fight the urge to call in and have them just SHUT UP and play some music...damn, I think, is everyone on morning radio doing meth?...and what's with this calling everybody "dog" over the air? (Did I miss another meeting on radio etiquete?)

However, on this particular start of the week, Monday morning to be exact, I was pleasantly surprised to hear L.A.'s most popular morning Hip~hop radio personality, "Big Boy", honoring "El Mero~Mero Cancionero", Mexico's great VICENTE FERNANDEZ (pictured), playing his music and having him as an live studio guest. I couldn't believe what I was hearing, as "Big Boy" proudly stated he goes to Vicente's West Coast concerts whenever he comes out. A nice cultural exchange, Power 106....ya got a new fan! Mil gracias por la respeto a mi Gente!

Chicano Theatro writer-director Jesus Reyes of the East L.A. Repertoire Company (also noted for his successful play "Drive my coche") has co-written and directed another winner along with Roxanna Sanchez.

"Quinceanera~The Musical" debuted October 20th at the El Gallo Plaza Theater on Cesar Chavez Avenue in East L.A., and runs until November 19th.

Not to be confused with the movie 'Quinceanera' , "Quinceanera~the Musical" takes you on another journey of the mind as Jesus Reyes, one of Los Angeles's most noted up & coming stage Directors, plies his craft in a masterful style for his audience's enjoyment. With the return of actor Tom Sandoval, the East L.A. Repertoire Company once again shines a mighty light on the Chicano people of East L.A. in a manner only they can do! LatinoLA will be there for a performance, bringing you highlights & the full story, but don't let that stop you from going and experiencing live, Chicano Teatro at it's best for your own personal enjoyment on the 17th, 18th, or 19th. For more info, go to: www.eastlarep.com or call (323)788-3880.

The action is still happening at the outdoor stage of the Santa Fe Springs swap meet, the "Outdoor arena of Chicano music Gladiators" , every weekend. For only $1.50 admission, the music and deals are sweet all weekend. For more info: www.santafespringsswapmeet.net

Peter Jaramillo and the staff of the Jaramillo Entertainment Group are gettin' it hot & ready down at the Whittier Radisson Hotel on Greenleaf Avenue, promising a killer winter season lineup of some of L.A.'s best Chicano music talent. I was able to pull a few strings and ask a favor, and I got to peek at JEG's calendar. I saw names like SANGRIA, THEE RHYTHM KINGS, SMOOTH TOUCH, the G-SPOTS, DOWN WITH 3, and The BLUES STRAIGHT UP BAND, and I said "Oooh~weee!...I gotta make it down there and get my boogie on!!" For more info, give Peter a call at (626) 859-7668, and get on home~boy's mailing list & e-mail list.

Steven Chavez's East L.A. Revue website radio page is ever expanding and improving. Along with archived Frankie Firme & the 2nd Time Around shows, you can now hear comedian Gilbert Esquivel, the original Village Callers, Cannibal & the Headhunters, Hector Gonzalez's radio program, and just added, an archived 1983 KRLA radio broadcast featuring "Mucho" Morales and a salute to the Eastside sound, with a rare interview with the late Frankie "Cannibal" Garcia, of the original Cannibal & the Headhunters.
Check it out at: www.eastLArevue.com .

As usual, you can also catch the best Tejano & West Coast sounds on www.chicanoexpress.com with the Godfather of Tejano Soul, Crazy Chuy Hernandez , 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Word coming in from various sources around the Land of 1000 Dances is that Ruben Molina's "Huggie Boy Tribute Show" at the Lakewood Hop was a complete success, with outstanding performances from The Heartbreakers, The Premiers, Rich Garcia & the Midnite Cruizers, Al Wilson, Redbone, the Temptation Experience, Tony Allen, the Ohio Express, and Jewel Aikens. With co-hosts Richard "Thee Mister" Duran and Tony Valdez at the helm, this was a show that will stand for the ages, and may never see this great line~up of talent again. Congratulations, Ruben, and thanks to Steve Caudillo & the staff of the Lakewood Hop for helping put it all together on behalf of the Hugg family.

Aaron Ballesteros & his group APB, are scheduled to be the headliners at this year's Tamale Festival December 2nd. For more info, go to www.apbmusic.org .

Things are starting to come back to the Montebello Inn, where original Thee Midniters founding members George Salazar & Benny Lopez rehearse with their new group MIDNITE's MOON every Saturday from noon to 3:oo pm. Admission & parking are free.

As always, "El palabra de la Tierra de Mil Bailes" is here on LatinoLA, and the finest Oldies but Goodies & Latin Soul music on the World Wide Web is heard on www.KCLAFM.com live, every Thursday at 6;oopm with Frankie Firme, the "Al Capone of the microphone, and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul".

This week's live studio guest will be Marvin "Rip" Spencer, of "Marvin & Johnny" fame, debuting his new Christmas CD, and bringing out some Oldies as well.

Check out www.frankiefirme.50megs.com , where it's always a Brown thing, baby!

Ay te wacho, from the Land of 1000 Dances.....

Frankie Firme

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

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