News from the Brown Side of Town 3.15.07

Happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme
Published on LatinoLA: March 15, 2007

News from the Brown Side of Town 3.15.07

?é?íOrale, mi Gente! Things continue to rock & roll in the City of Angels, in the Land of 1000 Dances, Aztlan, as the weather gets hotter, and the price of gas keeps a lot of us close to home in our neighborhoods.

...not because we're cheap, but because we want to send a message. More on that later...

I'd like to publicly thank Ryan Seacrest of TV's "American Idol" for taking our advice from last season, finally combing his hair and shaving, and wearing some nice suits for a change...I guess he reads LatinoLA!

...Homie was looking kinda homeless & down on his luck last season..know what I mean?
(...somebody must have mistakenly told him he was in style last season...)

...and now, the word from the avenues & boulevards of Aztlan, watcha:

The closing and re-locating of Luis Rodriguez's TIA CHUCHA'S CULTURAL ART & PERFORMING CENTER in Sylmar last month, and the accompanying stories in many L.A. publications has brought out a wealth of inquiries and pledged support, for which we thank you all. But we're not done yet! We need to continue to help keep our beautiful culture, art, and traditions alive, as well as continue the education of our young. If you have the ganas to step up and be Brown, attend a community support meeting this Saturday at Telfair Elementary School Auditorium in Pacoima from 10am to noon. Child care & refreshments will be provided. Call (818) 899-2454, (818) 402-2517, or e-mail: info@tiachucha.com. (pictured)

The LatinoLA sponsored East L.A. Revue World Wide Internet Radio Jukebox continues to grow and expand and blossom beyond our expectations. Station owners Steven Chavez & Janie Palacios-Chavez, DJ's FRANKIE FIRME, CHICO MANQUEROS, and CRAZY CHUY HERNANDEZ, along with media sponsor LATINOLA, are bringing together people from all over Aztlan, the continental United States and the World better than the United Nations ever could! Besides the home~crowd of Aztlan, we've also had contact and support from listeners in Europe, Japan, Canada, South America, and Mexico...

...and now, watcha: The homies from CUBA have checked in with what promises to be a new twist on some classic music: all the Motown hits in SPANISH. In case some of you didn't know, some of Motown's earliest successful hits had a distinctive Latin beat that got a lot of people's attention...and the rest is history. I guess turn around is fair play, verdad? For more info, e-mail: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com and make sure to catch the fine shows at : http://eastlarevue.com/radio/php and www.chicanoexpress.com .

Rumors that Daniel "Sancho" Castro and singer Joe Bataan are upcoming guest DJ's are becoming very near reality. For more info: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com .

Congratulations to East L.A. Revue Internet Radio Jukebox/Chicano Express Radio DJ Jesus "Crazy Chuy" Hernandez in being selected to represent Tejano~Chicano Music de Aztlan on a panel at the National Tejano Music Convention being held this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 17th~19th. Go head on, Chuy!!

For more info, e-mail: crazychuy@chicanoexpress.com .

Actor Danny Trejo, San Fernando's Oldies Car Club and the Our Gang Motorcycle Club, along with L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yarovslovsky were among the honored guests at the Sylmar Independent Baseball League's 50th Anniversary and opening day ceremonies last weekend. Gracias, S.I.B.L., for keeping it alive! LatinoLA congratulates you on 50 years of providing a community program for the boys & girls & familias of Sylmar and San Fernando.

This Saturday, March 17th, LatinoLA's/East L.A. Revue Internet Jukebox's Frankie Firme joins one of Aztlan's finest Chicano music dance bands, SATISFACTION, at the Norwalk Saddleback Inn for a St. Patrick's Day Dance & Party that will blow the roof off the joint with music, dining, and dancing. As host, MC and house DJ, Frankie will also be joining SATISFACTION in welcoming the much heralded return to the stage of the deliciously dynamic Lady Eileen Benavides as lead vocalist. Admission is only $5.00, doors open at 7:00 pm. For tickets & info: e-mail : stevenchavez68@hotmail.com or go to : www.satisfactionband.com. Mucho thanks go out to Harpo and the Old Memories Car Club of East L.A. for their fine support, and for looking good rolling down the avenues & boulevards of Aztlan.

Thursdays are still popping with laughs and good times as Rudy Moreno hosts the Joker's Club at the Commerce Casino, showcasing the nation's funniest comedians at one of L.A.'s most popular stand up comedy shows. For more info, call: (323) 721-2100 or go to www.rudymoreno.com .

Friday night is also happening throughout Aztlan ,as Becky Cordova & The COMPANY Band take care of the Gente of the San Fernando Valley and beyond at the Presidente Restaurant & Cantina in Northridge starting at 9:oopm. For more info, go to: http://www.thecompanyband-tcb.com. Word of a new CD now in the works has a lot of us excited, as their first CD did VERY well. You will hear about it first, here on LatinoLA.com

Also on Friday night, SANGRIA comes to the Land of 1000 Dances, performing at one of L.A.'s newest & hottest night spots, the Whittier Radisson Hotel Lounge in Whittier, where Peter Jaramillo & the staff are keeping it real in the City of Angels. The Whittier Radisson is also planning a killer Summer Salsa Season with the likes of Susie Hansen and Leslie Paula being excitedly discussed and anticipated. For more info: www.jegrp.com .

Rounding out Friday night, TIERRA and BALANCE put on a show & concert at Steven's Steakhouse in the City of Commerce, starting at 8:oopm. For more info: www.tierramusic.com or www.mrduran.com.

After high demand World wide, RAMPART Records happily announces the 2nd printing & release of "Frankie Firme presents 16 Golden Treasures from the vaults of RAMPART Records". The first batch sold out quickly, and RAMPART Records executives Hector Gonzalez & Steven Chavez vow to keep plenty more on hand this time! For more info: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com or go to www.eastlarevue.com .

The West Coast comes alive with the colorful sounds of Salsa and Afro-Cubano music of the East and West Coasts this summer, as artists such as Tito Nieves, Johnny Polanco, Chino Espinosa, Tobaco y Ron, and others come to the Queen Mary in Long Beach. For more info, go to www.fiestalegre.com and www.habanapromotions.com .


Some baboso calling himself a "U.S. Army Sargeant of the 3rd Armored Division in Iraq", mass e-mailing and asking for donations to help the soldiers & people in Iraq because the U.S. Government is turning their back on both of them. The LatinoLA road dogs checked it out and it is totally bogus!! Don't send them a dime, and send this message to the spam reporting spot on your e-mail's server, and let's bust these punks for disgracing our soldiers serving in Iraq with their posing & begging in the name of the red, white, and blue!.


~ After much checking with reliable sources, rumors that singer Pepe Marquez was secretly wed in Las Vegas proved to be untrue. However, rumors that Pepe has been privately rehearsing with his old band, THE FLASHBACKS, for reunion concerts at this year's Avocado & Flower Festivals have been confirmed by the LatinoLA road dogs in an exclusive interview with Mr. Marquez himself. For more info, go to: www.pepemarquez.com

~ Rumors that Aaron Ballesteros and his group APB are back in the studio after the success of their Grammy nominated CD "Be on the lookout", are true. Their new CD will be announced here on LatinoLA first. For more info: www.apbmusic.org

~ Rumors that singer Cory Silva has been spotted skydiving, fishing, and waterskiing with Steven Chavez and Abelardo de la Pe?â??a Jr. off the coast of Catalina Island in Chavez Bay have yet to be substantiated, however, the East L.A. Revue road dogs have confirmed rumors that Cory is returning to the Montebello Inn April 7th with The new Temptations, The Chi-Lites, and Serena Silva for the return of regular summer shows. For more info: (626) 806-2379

And speaking of the Montebello Inn, Frankie Firme and Marvin "Rip" Spencer will be presenting the first of the "Peace in the street" concert tour shows of Classic R & B and Chicano Soul Oldies performances beginning Sunday April 1st at the Montebelllo Inn beginning at noon. Future performances & locations will be announced then. Featuring live performances by The Coasters, Marvin & Johnny, Grady Chapman of the Robins, Fanita James of Richard Berry & The Dreamers, with the powerful & classic sounds of Billy Cormier and the Imposters Band. Puro Classic R & B Oldies here, baby! The Old Memories Car Club of East L.A. will be on hand for photo ops (ALL models welcome!), joining Frankie Firme, who will serve as host, emcee, and House DJ.

The concept of showcasing live, classic West Coast Rock & Roll & original R & B music performances to a new generation in order to connect and open new bridges of communication to help quell the senseless wave of street violence in the City of Angels is what is hoped for and expected. For more info: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com or contact the Sounds of Music Record Store in East L.A. at: (213) 261-9224.

As always, the finest Chicano music in the World is heard on the East L.A. Revue World wide Internet radio Jukebox at: http://eastlarevue.com/radio.php .

We all know that the word of Aztlan is always found here, on LatinoLA. We welcome you to visit and add your event to our calendar page, where "If it ain't here, it ain't happening!"....stay hip and in touch, mi Gente!

Ay te watcho, from the Land of 1000 Dances !

Frankie Firme

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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