Summertime Magic is Back!

Midnight Production's 60's-70's tribute concert, July 15

By Frankie Firme
Published on LatinoLA: July 4, 2007

Summertime Magic is Back!

?íOrale! Summertime's here, kiddies, and it's time to take a trip!

Those words from a favorite East L.A. cruising song (sans the "orale") from long ago conjure up visions of cruising with favorite Gente, picnics and kick back action in the park, time off from school and work, falling in love under the warm evening skies & stars of Aztlan, and of course....the magic of music and dancing that defines L.A. and Southern Califas as the Land of 1000 Dances.

Time and its elements have their effect on people, places, and memories, for sure. The beauty of Art is that it freezes moments in time for eternity for future generations and people who may have missed something in its originality, and the joyful artistic expression of just being alive, and "being there" for the moment...know what I mean?

A painted picture, an archived photograph, a written poem, or a recorded song preserves an artistic moment for posterity...and tributes keep that posterity valuable from generation to generation.

Bands like Montebello's THE WISEGUYS perform a beautiful, almost haunting, tribute to Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, and Sarah Vaughn. Santa Ana's BARELA has the unmistakably familiar sound in tribute to the Oakland Bay area's Emilio Castillo & THE TOWER OF POWER, and nobody but L.A.'s SOTO can perform with the spitfire and stage energy reminiscent of the West Coast Latin Soul music explosion of the late 1970's~ early 1980's, reminding us all of the early MALO, TIERRA, EL CHICANO, SAPO, AZTECA, and NUESTRO sounds all rolled into one sizzling, tasty, music burrito with a little TINA MARIE spice on the side that simply begs you to take a big, juicy bite!

That being said, I truly appreciate that we all have the wonderful cultural privilege and ability to "cross lines" and encompass a music taste and love of the art of music like no other people on Earth that we can mix, customize, restore, preserve, enjoy and pay tribute to as we join on dance floors across Aztlan in brotherhood, love of people, and a thanks to GOD that there are no bombs going off in our neighborhoods every morning. (thanks to one of the most time honored and powerful Armed Forces on the Planet...)

There are those, of course, who manipulate the memories for personal & selfish reasons, but thanks to communication among those who truly matter, and for the sake of this piece, they're not even on the radar anymore...that being a tribute in itself!

But for the big picture, and for all of you that truly enjoy good music, the company of good people, and a truly good time, we've got the 411 for you aqui. Watcha:

On Sunday, July 15th, Midnight Productions of Southern California brings you one of the finest and most chingonest 1960's -1970's Legends tribute shows on the West Coast in years! Live music and dancing like back in the day, the way it used to be!

Featuring live performances, and the music of THE TEMPTATIONS, THE DELFONICS, THE CHI-LITES, THE TEMPRESS, THE MARVELETTES, THE STYLISTICS, AND THE SHIRELLES, the show also features the "BAD BOYZ OF OLDIES", ROCKY PADILLA and CORY SILVA. Introducing L.A.'s newest Chicana Diva SARINA SILVA and the pride of Northern California, THE KOOL KATZ, featuring "Kelly the Kat" Galvan, the show will be co-hosted and co-emceed by East L.A. Revue Radio's FRANKIE FIRME and CHICO MANQUEROS.

Sunday, July 15th, starting at 2:30pm, at the A MI HACIENDA RESTAURANT & CANTINA in Pico Rivera on 9613 Whittier Boulevard (former site of the legendary PLUSH BUNNY), Midnight Productions and East L.A. Revue Radio take you back in time for a memorable tribute concert and dance that you will remember for years to come!

Tickets are $30.00 in advance, $35.00 at the door. Brunch and early dinner is available, as will be music and souvenirs.

Enjoy Summer 2007 in the Land of 1000 Dances in style, and kick it with the Gente suave at A MI HACIENDA in Pico Rivera, Califas, in the Land of 1000 Dances. The event will be videotaped for television broadcast later, so look your best...and tell 'em all you heard it from LatinoLA.com!

Note: for tickets & info: Midnight Productions (626) 806-2379 or go to www.midnightproductions2.com or Rampart Records/East L.A. Revue Radio (951) 653-7777, stevenchavez68@hotmail.com

About Frankie Firme:
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the microphone & the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul.

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