News from the Brown Side of Town
Happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances
Orale, mi Gente! It's been awhile since I've dropped some dimes on what's up on the Land of 1000 Dances, so let's do a little catching up, watcha:
Published on LatinoLA: April 21, 2007
First & foremost, our prayers and well wishes go out to our very own Abelardo & Linda de la Pena, hoping Mrs de la Pe??a and her Mom are doing well and enjoying speedy recoveries after surgery. The Goddess of Ritmo sings you a song of love, my friends...
The "Peace in the Street" concert at the Montebello Inn went off like clockwork, as Marvin & Johnny, The Coasters, Billy Cormier & the Imposters band, and yours truly at House DJ/MC pulled off a wonderful show on a Sunday that even had the L.A. Times, the Whittier News, and the British News Agency, the BBC, at the party. The message was "Peace in the street through music...save our young".
The message still stands...
Speaking of the Montebello Inn, Cory Silva's opening show the next week featuring the Temptations and the Chi-Lites also went off well. The house was packed, the people partied, and Cory promises more exciting shows.
The Company Band (pictured) pulled into L.A.'s San Gabriel Valley last week and brought friends, as they showed how they do it in the San Fernando Valley. Surprise guests artists on stage included Sal Rodriguez of WAR at drums, singer Angel Sabroso, and the entire TIERRA horn section, as they joined Becky Cordova and the Company Band who entertained a privileged crowd that rolled into the City of Industry. BARELA is coming!
For info on future shows: www.souvenirent.com and www.thecompanyband-tcb.com.
The SATISFACTION band continues to rock houses wherever they go, giving up kicking performances in Whittier, the City of Commerce , and Norwalk. For more info on L.A.'s favorite dance band: www.satisfactionband.com .
Down with Three, aka DW3, featuring the Mondragon brothers, simply brought the Gente to their feet with some fine performances in Whittier last week. For more info on what's happening in uptown Whittier: www.jegrp.com .
Being privileged to hang with the San Fernando Valley's Los Pachucos Car Club last weekend (who made me an honorary member), San Fernando Mission park was the site of their first "busting out" party as over 400 people from 6 different car & motorcycle clubs showed up and made the day one of peace, carnalismo, love, music...and too much good food!It was like a fantasy in Aztlan come true!
Future gigs are planned. Keep your eye on LatinoLA for the palabra!
Los Pachucos Car Club will be joining East L.A.'s famed Old Memories Car Club, Frankie Firme, and a host of performing artists and dignitaries including singers Marvin Spencer, Pepe Marquez and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and others on Sunday, June 17th, at Los Angeles's historic Olvera Street for the first Annual Peace in the Street Classic Car Show and Concert, starting at 11:00am, hosted by the OLD MEMORIES Car Club. More info coming....
The Marine Corps League of the San Fernando Valley will be hosting their Charter Establishment celebration at the American Legion Hall in San Fernando on Saturday, May 19, 2007, featuring DJ Frankie Firme. The celebration will offer a gourmet dinner & drinks, swearing in and signing of Detachment Charter ceremony, and "dancing till it hurts". New members are invited, and only 200 tickets will be made available. For more info: (818) 361-4621 , and tell 'em you heard it from LatinoLA.com .
Thank you all for picking up a copy of my latest CD "Frankie Firme presents 16 Rare & Golden treasures from the vaults of Rampart Records". Some sweet, original, Eastside Sound oldies here, mi Gente! For those of you who haven't (yet), it's still available at Sounds of Music Record Store in East L.A. on Whittier Boulevard, or by logging onto www.eastLArevue.com .
Rumors have it that Aaron Ballesteros & APB, The Company Band, Rampart Records, and the Satisfaction Band will be busting out with new music CD's this summer. You'll hear about them first here, on LatinoLA.com , and the East L.A. Revue World Wide Internet Radio Jukebox located at: www.eastLArevue.com and www.chicanoexpress.com .
Submit your events here, on LatinoLA's calendar page, where we reach more Latinos than anybody on the West Coast, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org , and announce your event on the BROWN side of Town and the Chicano Music public service announcements.
Orale, until next time, watch out for copycat and "tribute" bands that aren't worth the money that are beginning to make the rounds as the weather gets better, be good to your children, keep your head up, and don't let yourself be disrespected by anyone!
Keep a prayer in your hearts for our brave Men & Women serving in Iraq & Afghanistan, and pray that they come home soon!.
Ay te watcho, from the Land of 1000 Dances!
Frankie Firme is the Al capone of the microphone & the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul.