News from the Brown Side of Town
Happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances, 11.3.07
Orale, Mi Gente! Aztlan just continues to be a hot place to hang out, in more ways than one!
Published on LatinoLA: November 3, 2007
First and foremost, I join the entire State of California in saying THANK YOU, to all the brave firefighters that have put their lives on the line for the past 2 weeks in fighting the worst fire storm disaster in California's history, and getting things back to normal.
These guys and gals have earned everybody's respect, and we in the Golden State owe them, big time! Mil gracias from LatinoLA!
Secondly, I'd like to personally thank almost all of the Los Angeles area reporters and TV news programs who have spared us from the utterly boring, non stop, daily reports ad-nauseum, on the spoiled brat known as Britney Spears. Her publicist (gotta admit she's good!) has done enough in keeping this loser in the spotlight, getting her electronically enhanced, re-mastered, mediocre CD into some impressive sales numbers....but enough, already! NOBODY's THAT fine!!....
I personally don't care what she does before noon, what she eats, who she hangs out with, and where she goes when she's not being scolded by a judge for being such a flake...give it a break already! Let the girl breath her own stench for a minute...
Ahhhhhh...that's the good and the bad....so now, let's get on to the righteous!
Talk of the Town this past week has been all about the elegant, sold out, "Musical evening with Joe Bataan" show at the Whittier Radisson Hotel Grand Ballroom. Featuring the musical talents of the King of Latin Soul, Joe "Mr. Ordinary Guy" Bataan, the KOOL KATZ from San Jose, vocalist Yvonne Nitolino and timbalero Peter Quintero from New York, with L.A. Chicano music veterans Rocky Padilla, Ray Poncin and Jeff Raigosa, and hosted by Frankie Firme and Chico Manqueros.
Besides being Joe Bataan's last West Coast appearance for 2007, it was also Joe's birthday, so it was a party in more ways than one. One of the better dance shows this year, exclusive music excerpts can be heard only on www.eastLArevue.com, courtesy of Bennie Najar and Finance2sell.com.
Supporting a good cause and laying down some fine sounds for the Gente, Santa Barbara's Anthony Prieto and the Anthony Prieto Band recently blew into town, performing at the Ararat Grand Ballroom in Mission Hills in support of Corina Alarcon-Ponce's W.A.V.E. Fundraiser event, promoting idependence & support of victims of domestic violence. For more info: www.lacimamusic.com .
BARELA rolled into the Land of 1000 Dances recently, as they also performed before a sold out crowd at the Ararat Grand Ballroom in Mission Hills for the San Fernando HS Alumni Scholarship Dance. Performing on San Fernando HS homecoming night, BARELA reportedly helped kick San Fernando up in the social happening ratings in L.A. that night with their heavy, hard hitting R&B/funk/soul brass sounds. For more info on BARELA: www.barelaband.com .
Also on homecoming night, Frankie Firme and the 2nd Time Around Show came to San Fernando, recording a live show at the San Fernando Station, courtesy of the PACHUCO Car Club and Brewline Coffee Drive Thru. Frankie Firme and the East L.A. Revue, alongside the PACHUCO Car Club will be cruising at the San Fernando Station every 3rd Friday of the month, so bring your ride and your best girl, and let's hook up over some fresh company and coffee. (No alcohol served) Next show is scheduled for November 16th , starting at 7pm. For more info: (818) 472-2028 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
SATISFACTION is back in the action, signaling their return to the major leagues after a brief hiatus, with the return of vocalist NATALI RENEE. At a recent sold out gig at Original Mike's in Santa Ana ,lucky guests were treated to an unannounced, surprise guest appearance by the lovely Lady Eileen Benavides, who shared a brief moment on stage with Natali, and once again flashed the voice and smile that could break a 1000 hearts. For more info on one of L.A.'s best: www.satisfactionband.com .
Not one to be left out of anything, San Fernando Valley's THE COMPANY Band, featuring "The Diamond of the Valley", Ms Becky Cordova, and the fabulous Frankie Fontaine, the COMPANY is performing regularly at the PRESIDENTE Restaurant & Cantina in Northridge, having conquered the SGV crowd at the Crazy Horse in West Covina recently, and are scheduled to perform at the Fairways Country Club in Pacoima on New Year's Eve. For more info: www.thecompanyband-tcb.com
L.A. veteranos TIERRA, celebrating the return of lead singer Billy Mondragon, rolled into San Fernando for the annual Menudo Festival and gave up a killer on-the-street-stage performance, joined earlier by Sal Rodriguez and the Latin All Stars. Dancing in the street is becoming a San Fernando tradition, as I had to get out and throw down some chancla myself, as the Gente de San Fernando estan mas de aquellas, for sure! Then, TIERRA headed back to L.A.,Sal brought WAR with him, and they all joined EL CHICANO, LITTLE JOE Y LA FAMILIA , and LOS LOBOS at the Ahmanson~Ford Theater for a fundraiser benefit for Garfield High School Gym. Not a bad show, I'm told, and the community scored on a great concert of Chicano stars. For info: www.tierramusic.com .
As if that's not enough of the expanding influence of the RAZA in the San Fernando Valley Area, the San Fernando Valley Detachment 1277 of the nationally recognized and honored Marine Corps League is still actively recruiting members made up of honorably discharged U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy FMF Corpsmen. For more info: www.MCLeague.com or call (818) 599-2719, or (818) 621-3920.
Author Ruben Molina has outdone himself with his 2nd book "Chicano Soul", recently published and released. More pictures, more history, and more memorabilia than any other book available in the United States on the southwest Chicano contribution to American music. This baby is an eye opener, with never before seen archive photos and never before revealed facts, that takes you on a musical low~riding journey through Aztlan like never before. There's talk of a traveling Chicano Music Museum show, "American Sabor", coming to L.A. being heard on some streets. For more info: www.micltan.com.
As always, the finest music is found on www.eastLArevue.com, and www.chicanoexpress.com.
And as always, the word of Aztlan and the most up to date calendar of events in the Land of 1000 Dances is found only on www.LatinoLA.com. The brightest and the Brownest, indeed!
Orale! Ay te watcho from the Land of 1000 Dances! Frankie Firme - "The Al Capone of the microphone, and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul".
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the microphone, and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul, keeping it alive 24/7 on www.eastLArevue.com