News from the Brown Side of Town 5.17.07

Happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme
Published on LatinoLA: May 17, 2007

News from the Brown Side of Town 5.17.07

Just like expected, Aztlan jumped, jived, and harmonized over the Mother's Day weekend, with the Goddess of Ritmo giving up some of the finest weather so far this year. The City of Angels in the Land of 1000 Dances is truly blessed at this time of the year.

A joyous and heartfelt belated Happy Mother's Day to all the beautiful Madres de Aztlan, and all those in heaven who have left us such wonderful memories.

And a big thank you to all you firefighters who put your lives on the line everyday, especially those that saved L.A.'s Griffith Park and Catalina Island from total char-broil status last week. Orale, GRACIAS!

...and now, onto la musica y todo! Watcha:

Starting off Friday night, ACE got things going at the Palms Resort Hotel Ballroom in the City of Industry as well over 600 guests packed the room in support of the L.A. County Sheriff Department's 999 FOR KIDS gala fundraiser. Gourmet dinner, a silent auction, drinks, dancing, and merrymaking were the order of the night, as the black tie affair crowd let their hair down and boogied to a good cause. A big THANK YOU to Sgt Ruben Gracia (not Garcia) of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department and his staff for all his hard work in putting it all together. For more info: www.999FORKIDS.org .

Not to be left out of the mix, SATISFACTION packed 'em in at the Whittier Radisson Hotel Lounge, where new singer JoAnna White hit the stage as lead vocalist. The guys also rocked the Saddleback Lounge Saturday & Sunday, leaving everybody a little more satisfied...like always!! For more info: www.satisfactionband.com .

Orange County's BARELA Band hit the Golden Shores of the Land of 1000 Dances as the East L.A. Revue road dogs report they simply rocked the Gente Brown at Billy Mondragon's LA CONGA BAR & GRILL in San Pedro. The upstairs nightclub is completed and stocked, and BARELA broke it in con ganas! For more info on this great group that's starting to make the rounds outside of Orange County with a great sound, check out: www.barelaband.com .

Rounding out a fine Friday night , my Lady & I ended up at the Presidente Restaurant & Cantina in Northridge, where BECKY CORDOVA & THE COMPANY Band packed 'em in as usual, and I was still getting my boogie on after midnight! The band unleashed their new drummer, BROOK EMILIO, who let people know HE is town with good COMPANY!

As usual, Becky just stole hearts with her singing in the moonlight atmosphere of the San Fernando Valley. For more info: www.thecompanyband-tcb.com .

Saturday was another fine day, as the Goddess of Ritmo stood in a good mood and blessed us with sunshine and sweet breezes that kissed every back yard bar-b-que in south side Kali. Carne asada , burgers, & chicken were cooking everywhere, in every 'hood I cruised through!

The LatinoLA road dogs took to the highways and reported that the WISEGUYS made a stop at Monterey Park's PAUL'S KITCHEN on Atlantic Boulevard, and made a serious impression with their big band~pachuco rock sound. These guys you will be hearing about more! For more info, check out their website at: www.mtbwiseguys.org

As a follow up for the homies up in northern Aztlan, some long driving LatinoLA road dogs report PEPE MARQUEZ made a guest appearance with SHALANDA & A TOUCH OF SOUL up in Lompoc and rocked 'em till their feet hurt! Inside sources tell us Pepe is re-uniting his legendary band of the Kali coast THE FLASHBACKS, and heading back to their old stomping grounds, the annual Avocado Festival in Carpinteria by popular demand. I caught their act a couple of years ago, and over 6,000 fans couldn't be wrong in demanding them back! I will be back there this year! For more info: www.pepemarquez.com.

Not to be left out of the mix, Steven Chavez happily reports that San Jose's THE KOOL KATZ are coming to the Land of 1000 Dances July 14th , at the World famous WHITTIER RADDISON HOTEL LOUNGE. Tickets go on sale June 1st. Don't miss Northern California's most kicking Chicano music band, THE KOOL KATZ, featuring the dynamic & beautiful KELLY GALVAN~ a Chicana diva with MOXIE!For more info: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com or www.jegrp.com or e-mail TheKoolKatzBand1@aol.com

DOWN WITH 3 (DW3) took over uptown Whittier Saturday night, as they filled the house at the RADISSON HOTEL & LOUNGE for the 4th time! Los Carnales Mondragon know how to put it down, with the Brown sound, in MY town! For more info on other great upcoming gigs at the Radisson: www.jegrp.com

Sunday was Dia de las Madres, and although my Lady & I still suffer the pangs of recent loss of ours, many friends & well wishers shared the love! Thank you all !

I love my people!!

BECKY CORDOVA & THE COMPANY Band got things started in the early afternoon at the Santa Fe Springs Swapmeet, rockin' the Gente till early evening, then, the SATISFACTION Band took over a couple miles north at the Saddleback Inn. It was truly happening. For more info on what's happening at the Saddleback Inn, including some monster Classic Car shows coming up, give "Cuzzin' Judy" a call at (562) 412-7455.

The "Godfather of Tejano Soul", DJ Crazy Chuy Hernandez (pictured) gave up a special 3 hour Mother's Day music show on www.chicanoexpress.com , that had the tears flowing, and the Gente knowing, that Mothers are so very , very special!
Gracias Chuy! You da man, ese!!

Crazy Chuy joins Frankie Firme and Chico Manqueros, along with the Cleaning Lady and the Unknown DJ in bringing you the best Chicano sounds on the World wide web at www.eastLArevue.com . Check us out, 24/7.

On a different note, reports are filtering in that George Lopez's successful comedy show has been cancelled for next season. More news to come as it develops.

Rudy Moreno and his comedy camaradas are still making it funny every week at Pasadena's Ice House and the Commerce Casino. For more info: www.rudymoreno.com

Cory Silva has some serious Old School music shows coming up at the Montebello Inn this and every weekend. Checkout his website at: www.midnightproductions2.com .

Rumors are that Azusa's THEE MONTCLAIRES are back in business, putting out the Chicano Oldies, Old School, and Eastside Sound in live performances. More news to come as it develops.

A big gracias to Ms Annette Alvarez of Dallas, Texas for her kind support of the Music of Aztlan with her fine website: www.calimusica.com .

The MARINE CORPS LEAGUE of the San Fernando Valley are hosting their first Charter Celebration this Saturday, May 19th, 2007, starting at 6:oopm, at the American Legion Hall in San Fernando . Dinner, cocktails, special guest speakers and award ceremony, with entertainment provided by DJ FRANKIE FIRME, honoring all U.S. Marines, past, present, and future. Tickets still available by calling (818) 599-2719 or by e-mailing jorje_usmc90@yahoo.com or USMCSGT7@aol.com .

Father's Day, June 17th is going to be happening at El Sereno Park as Frankie Firme hosts a Classic Car Show & Concert featuring JOE BATAAN, SLY, SLICK, and WICKED, THE ORIGINAL LOWRIDERS, THE SALAS BROTHERS, ROCKY PADILLA ,SOTO, and THE MIDNIGHT CRUZZERS. All Car Clubs are invited & welcome. Guest clubs include the San Fernando Valley's biggest & finest, LOS PACHUCOS. For more info: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com or check out next week's LatinoLA.com events calendar.

Don't forget, July is the month of the World renown ANNUAL OXNARD SALSA FESTIVAL, in the "barrio by the sea", downtown Oxnard , Califas. Frankie Firme joins Gold Coast Broadcasting's Pablo Ortiz and over 45,000 of his closest friends for this yearly event. More news coming !

As always, the word of Aztlan is heard here, on LatinoLA, reaching more Latinos than any other web magazine on the planet! Tell a friend and pass it on!

And please...keep a prayer in your hearts for our brave men & women serving overseas in uniform in Iraq & Afghanistan....it ain't over yet!

Ay te watcho....from the Land of 1000 Dances !

Frankie Firme
"The Al Capone of the microphone, & the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul"

About Frankie Firme:
Catch Frankie's "2nd Time Around Show" on www.eastLArevue.com and www.chicanoexpress.com

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