News from the Brown Side of Town 6.13.07

Happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme
Published on LatinoLA: June 13, 2007

News from the Brown Side of Town 6.13.07

Orale, mi Gente! If not for a little controversy, life would be boring, que~no? The City of Angels,in the Land of 1000 Dances, Southside Kali, is no exception.

Political scandals, police brutality at public demonstrations, school board and real estate rip offs, huge undeserved pay raises for public administrators....what else could chap our chonies as the majority of us go about the daily good fight of working, taking care of our families, and dealing with the unfairness of the real world designated to us people of color?

Ahhh...but the rich have their ways of circumventing the laws of the land that makes me mad, and I wonder just who the laws were intended for....know what I mean?

Paris Hilton, a rich California gabacha bottle blonde who can afford blue contact lenses and the best plastic surgery in the world, and whose only claim to fame & riches is being the offspring of a hotel magnate, got a "get out of jail free" pass , courtesy of our judicial system and law enforcement establishment....while members of our minority & working class communities continue to languish and suffer in jail cells for lesser offenses than Princess Paris was convicted for...hey, didn't a Chicano Iraq War veteran just get shot 3 times point blank for just standing up during a traffic stop by police? Is it any wonder why gang activity is so popular?

I mean, home~girl gets busted in L.A. twice drunk driving, then gets busted in L.A. a third time for DUI with a suspended license, gets a reduced sentence, gets special visits in the County Jail from family, friends, and a psychiatrist like nobody else ever does, then walks after only 3 days! How can anybody explain this to us with a straight face? (hmmm...I wonder if she was ever handcuffed and forced to sit on a curb in traffic for all to see & gawk at? And why did SHE get out of the body cavity search?)

Reminds me of an old saying a veterano told me many years ago while I was a "visitor" at one of L.A. County's finer facilities in my younger days: "If you're rich and white, you get tried by justice....if you're not rich, and you're Brown or Black, you get tried by the law...." ...Oh well, maybe we should all try blue contact lenses if we ever go to court, no? Racial equality just got set back another decade.

Only in L.A., baby! And now, a little positive vibe for the Gente Brown in the Land of 1000 Dances, as the Goddess of Ritmo softly blows fresh breezes of love, laughter, and song over the land that is Atzlan... watcha:

Response was positive in L.A. for the nationally televised 2007 ALMA Awards (pictured), which finally shined the light on West Coast Chicanos that don't have a commercial stereotypical accent. I like that! I also appreciate that! I don't speak with an accent! Congratulations to Edward James Olmos, Moctezuma Esparza, Sal Castro and all the participants of the 1968 East L.A. High School student walkouts that helped jump start the Chicano Movimiento. Your story was finally told, thanks to HBO.

THE WISEGUYS de Montebello are drawing attention after last week's story about their representation of classic big band music ~ L.A. style! Check them out at: www.mtbwiseguys.org. Let's all help get them to Carnegie Hall in 2009!

Frankie Firme will host the 4th Annual Father's Day Extravaganza Car Show & Benefit Concert at the El Sereno Recreation Center featuring SLY, SLICK, & WICKED, THE ORIGINAL LOWRIDERS (Howard Scott, Lee Oskar, BB Dickerson, and Harold Brown), JOE BATAAN,
THE SALAS BROTHERS (Rudy & Steve of TIERRA fame), SOTO, ROCKY PADILLA & his band, and
THE MIDNITE CRUISERS, Sunday, June 17th , starting at 10am at El Sereno Recreation Center on 4721 Klamath St in Los Angeles. All Day Music in the park!!

Special expected guests are Mayor Antonio Villaraigoza, L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar, and Rampart Record's Steven Chavez. The San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the OLD MEMORIES Car Club will be on hand, awarding trophy awards for best car, truck, motorcycle and pedal bikes. A special day for special Dads & Gente, all ages & clubs are welcome. For tickets & Info: (323) 225-3517, (323) 356-3236, (213) 494-4441 or e-mail: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com or GOTDREAMS2@aol.com .

Congratulations are in order for Mr. Nathan Nolasco and his team mates of the Sylmar Independent Baseball League's T-Ball Division White Sox, for becoming the 2007 SIBL
T-Ball Division Champions! (Grandpa & Grandma Firme are ever so proud !)

Peter Jaramillo & his staff of JARAMILLO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP continue to make things happen at the Whittier Radisson Hotel & Lounge in the Land of 1000 Dances. Friday saw SUAVE rock the house, then, Saturday welcomed the WESTSIDE CREW and 250 of their closest friends to the City of Angels. The Gente partied down and looked good both nights! San Jose's The KOOL KATZ come to town July 14th in what promises to be another great "Northern Califas meets Southern Califas" show and party. The KOOL KATZ make their L.A. debut, and we welcome all the Gente de Aztlan to come check them out and make them welcome in the Land of 1000 Dances...Brown style! These guys & a gal are really talented, and put on a great show!
For more info: www.jegrp.com or e-mail stevenchavez68@hotmail.com .

Calimusica.com and Ms Annette Alvarez of Dallas, Texas, are shining a nice light on Chicano Music de Aztlan. Thank you, Annette ! You are definitely welcome in the Land of 1000 Dances!

Frankie Firme will host MIDNITE'S MOON CD release party & concert on Friday, June 22nd, at CAMACHO's Restaurant & Cantina in the City of Industry. Made up of talented L.A. Chicano Music pioneers such as Benny Lopez & George Salazar ( original THEE MIDNITERS bass player, drummer,and founding members, of the "Whittier Blvd" album fame), Tony "Beaver" Carroll (THE JAGUARS), Victor Cisneros (TIERRA), "Eddie Rod" Rodriguez THE LIL' HEARTBREAKERS), and keyboardist Chris Lugo put a new spin on the Eastside Sound. Special guests are expected, and the party starts at 8:oo pm. For more info: www.midnitesmoon.com, e-mail stevenchavez68@hotmail.com or call 626-806-6314 and (562) 695-5777. The first 100 guests will get a FREE copy of the "New Moon iz Ryzing" CD, courtesy of Chattahoochie Records.

The finest Chicano Music in the World is found on the East L.A. Revue World~wide Internet Radio Jukebox at: www.eastLArevue.com . New shows are up now, featuring Chicano DJ's Frankie Firme, Chico Manqueros,"The Godfather" Crazy Chuy Hernandez, and Dona Pancha, the Cleaning Lady. There is now a "Shout out" page where listeners can make comments, dedications & requests. Crazy Chuy & Frankie Firme also bring it alive at : www.chicanoexpress.com, our associate Texas station , and you can catch Chico Manqueros on the "Primetime Eastside" cable TV show every weekend. For more info: www.chicojazzonline.com .

The Marine Corps League of the San Fernando Valley invites all honorably discharged U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy FMF Corpsmen to join an honorable organization committed to community excellence. Next meeting is scheduled for 7 pm, Thursday, June 21st, at the VFW Hall located at 1023 Pico St, in San Fernando. Put some pride back in your stride, and take an honorable ride, with the Marine Corps League of the San Fernando Valley. For more info: USMCSGT7@aol.com

Taking Father's Day & Chicano Music to another level on June 17th, SOTO, JOE BATAAN, and ROCKY PADILLA will travel down to Orange County after their Los Angeles appearance and kick it up at Original Mike's in Santa Ana. For more info: www.sotoentertainmentgroup.com or www.rockypadilla.com .

And speaking of Father's Day, I really want to invite you to a most educational and dedicated story by my camarada, brother LatinoLA writer Mr. Al Carlos Hernandez entitled "Happy Father's Day, not loser baby's daddy day", here on LatinoLA. With his literary hammer, Al Carlos once again hits the proverbial nail on the head for the benefit of the Gente Brown with his latest piece. Go head on, Al! Gracias!

Frankie Firme & Chico Manqueros of the East L.A. Revue Internet Radio Jukebox will host MIDNIGHT PRODUCTION's TRIBUTE TO THE 60's & & 70's LEGENDS, featuring: THE TEMPTATIONS~ THE DELFONICS~ THE MARVELETTES~THE STYLISTICS~ THE SHIRELLES~ THE TEMPREES~THE CHI~LITES~ ROCKY PADILLA~ CORY SILVA~ SARINA SILVA~ and THE KOOL KATZ ,on Sunday, July 15th, at the A MI HACIENDA Restaurant in Pico Rivera, Califas.

Probably one of the bigger shows in L.A. this summer, tickets are now on sale at: www.midnightproductions2.com, stevenchavez68@hotmail.com, Firmemusica@hotmail.com, or by calling (626) 806-2379. This is the big one, my friends, and I encourage you to get your tickets and a good seat now!

The Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival and the 2007 Summer Jam Kickoff Concert are coming in late July, early August...more info later, here on LatinoLA.com .

Pepe Marquez, the "Soul Man of Santa Barbara", & the FLASHBACKS are coming on strong , loud, and proud according to reliable sources. For info on Pepe's latest performances, and the reunion of THE FLASHBACKS, go to www.pepemarquez.com .

The 3rd pressing of "Frankie Firme presents 16 Rare & Golden Treasures from the vaults of Rampart Records" is in! Still available at Sounds of Music Record Store on Whittier Blvd in East L.A. , CDbaby.com , and the East L.A. Revue website, this CD is fast becoming a classic! For more info: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com .

The new play in Los Angeles, "Melancholia", explores the Latino experience of the effects of war on familia and the Gente. Check the calendar page here on LatinoLA for listings. A review from the LatinoLA road dogs is expected soon.

Mystery question of the month:~ Does anybody have any 411 on a group named Louie-Louie, who recorded a song called "Sitting in the lap of luxury" circa 1991? If you do, we'd like to hear from you at Firmemusica@hotmail.com .

Tell everybody you know about LatinoLA, the premier Latino Web magazine for Arts, Culture, and Entertainment on the West Coast, Aztlan, and the World! Check out our calander page and remember: If it isn't here, it probably isn't happening...
...and WE ARE the one!

Orale! Ay te watcho, 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.
website: www.frankiefirme.50megs.com
radio station: www.eastLArevue.com

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