News from the Brown Side of Town 2.20.08

Happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme
Published on LatinoLA: February 20, 2008

News from the Brown Side of Town 2.20.08

Springtime is just around the corner, but you can't really feel the sting of winter cold in the Land of 1000 Dances as the music, the people, the sights, sounds, and the laughter among the Gente Brown keeps it warm and mellow along the west coast of Califas, as nothing keeps us down. Watcha:

February marks the start of new year concerts, dances, parties, celebrations, and new or rekindled love as the Valentine's month signals love in the air among the Gente Brown.

A gala fundraiser event was held recently at the Whittier Raddisson Hotel Grand ballroom in honor of SANGRIA bandleader and bass player Dan Rios, who is recovering from heart surgery. Heavy hitters like SOTO, SANGRIA, DIVERZITY, THE COMPANY BAND, SUAVE, and PEPE MARQUEZ & his LATIN SOUL REVUE BAND fell out and gave it their all for a Brown brother in need. Planned, organized, and put on by Peter Jaramillo of the Jaramillo Entertainment Group, the 5-hour concert saw almost 1,000 people coming and going through the doors as a good sized crowd stayed till the end, despite the liquor running out before show's end!
For more info on upcoming shows: www.jegrp.com

The PACHUCO CAR CLUB of San Fernando, one of Southern California's biggest rolling collections of vintage restored Detroit masterpieces and proud Brown brothers around, held their annual "Lowriding Picnic in the Park" event which saw well over 400 people enjoying a picture perfect day at San Fernando's famed Mission Park. The PACHUCOS, becoming known as the "Lowriding Gentleman of the San Fernando Valley", offered up generous servings of bar-b-que & drink to any and all comers, non-stop music was provided by honorary member FRANKIE FIRME, with a live guest performance by HECTOR GONZALEZ, TEX NAKAMURA and MARK CAVITA. The whole event was filmed by MTV's "How's Your News?" crew, and visiting dignitaries included East L.A. Revue Radio/RAMPART Record's STEVEN CHAVEZ, author/poet LUIS RODRIGUEZ, LOWRIDER MAGAZINE, San Fernando's OUR GANG Motorcycle Club & OLDIES Car Club, L.A.'s OLD MEMORIES, LATIN BOMBAS, and the BOMB CLUB Car clubs.

Music veterans VEL OMARR & THE P'ZAZZ Band made their World wide Internet Radio debut on East L.A. Revue Radio and Chicano Express Radio this month with a generous and welcome response from our listening audiences. Their new CD has a wonderful offering of new songs performed in the classic "old style cruising" mode. For more info: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com. This one is a winner!

Despite rumors that she is ill and incapacitated, the San Fernando Valley's "Diamond of the Valley", singer BECKY CORDOVA and THE COMPANY BAND belie any and all rumors of slowing down as they recently gave up killer performances to happy, packed houses at Northridge's PRESIDENTE Restaurant & Lounge, and Canyon Country's DON CUCO's Restaurant. Singing and dancing her heart out for her loyal fans, Becky is one of those singers you "just gotta see in action", know what I mean? With a personnel change that has proven wise, the addition of drummer BROOKE EMELIO and singer/saxophonist CESAR GARCIA has turbo-charged the already heavy hitting sound of THE COMPANY. Their new CD "CO-2" is scheduled for release in early May of this year, where you'll hear it's debut on East L.A. Revue radio and Chicano Express Radio. For more info: www.thecompanyband-tcb.com

In other new music news, East L.A.'s BACKTRAXX Band has a new CD coming up, as does singer Raul "El Harpo" Martinez (with some excellent back up vocals by the Company Band's BECKY CORDOVA). Sliding out of retirement, and bringing back the funk & style of 1970's East L.A.'s "long hair days", REDBONE'S LOLLY VEGAS kicks out a new CD entitled "Uncle Bone", with his new song "Can We Talk?" which has already become one of my favorites, and will debut on East L.A. Revue Radio and Chicano Express Radio soon.

Good music from good Gente, tu sabes?

Straight out of Austin, Texas, and coming on strong to the Land of 1000 Dances, "Big Frank" Gomez, another great Texas-Chicano Bluesman in the spirit of the late great Randy Garibay, has a new CD entitled "Under the Influence" that will be making it's World wide Internet radio debut on Chicano Express Radio and East L.A. Revue Radio. An excellent offering of 10 great cuts, 6 of them written by Big Frank himself, the CD includes musical & vocal contributions by such talented Texas artists as RUBEN RAMOS, FLACO JIMENEZ, STEFANI MONTIEL, AUGIE MEYERS, MAX BACA, DAVID FARIAS, and JERRY DE LA ROSA. For more info: www.frankgomez.com .

East L.A. Revue Radio continues to grow and thrive, thanks to the generous support of LatinoLA.com, RAMPART Records of Los Angeles, Finance2sell.com, and a growing legion of faithful listeners around the globe, plus the addition of new DJ's.

Along with the regulars, the "A TEAM" of Internet radio, FRANKIE FIRME, CHICO MANQUEROS, CRAZY CHUY HERNANDEZ, DONA PANCHA, HOWARD "EL CHINO" NG, DJ VELEZ, and THE BETOMAN, the welcome addition of new DJ's RAY & JOSIE RAMOS of Santa Barbara (featuring the timeless "Our Latin thing" radio program), La SK8ER, and DJ MARIE add more variety, flavor, choices, and "ganas" for your listening pleasure. Steven Chavez himself even slips into the broadcasting booth as he introduces the "Vinyl Classics" feature, a new selection of timeless and rare music shows taken directly from original albums and 45's, long lost or hidden deep in the basement vaults of the East L.A. Revue Radio building.

East L.A. Revue Radio now offers FREE, uncut, unedited copies of Frankie Firme's "The 2nd Time Around Show" for the simple cost of postage and handling. Many of the original songs featured on Frankie's shows are worth well over many hundreds of dollars each, and although they may be "radio edited" versions, they offer audiences a peek into the world of timeless and original Rock & Roll, classic Rhythm & Blues, Doo-Wops, Old School, cruising Soul Oldies, West Coast Latin Soul, and the Eastside Sound like no other radio program on the planet. FREE MUSIC!! WHAT A COUNTRY!! Log onto www.eastLArevue.com or e-mail stevenchavez68@hotmail.com .

Following their successful L.A. debut and killer L.A. show in which they opened up for the TEMPTATIONS, then came back 2 months later and backed up JOE BATAAN, San Jose's KOOL KATZ featuring KELLY GALVAN, once again team up with the King of Latin Soul, JOE BATAAN, as they they also welcome PETE ESCOBEDO to join them on stage on May 2nd up in Santa Clara, California, to ring in the Cinco de Mayo weekend. The following night, the KOOL KATZ welcome legendary Tejano recording artist MR. JOHNNY HERNANDEZ on May 3rd, welcoming his new CD "This Time...Again". Talk about an up north party! For more info: www.koolkatzband.com .

And now...the big one:

SLY, SLICK, & WICKED, and THE SHIRELLES to L.A.'s east side and the San Gabriel Valley, now bring on the first L.A. blockbuster Lowriding Classic Oldies Show and Dance of 2008 on February 23rd at the A MI HACIENDA RESTAURANT Grand ballroom in Pico Rivera.

Featuring live on stage, the West Coast's premier Latin Rock/Soul/R & B/Oldies group, straight out of the heart of East L.A. and Aztlan, T I E R R A , featuring the Salas Brothers. Music pioneers who helped put East L.A. on the musical map of the World, TIERRA continues to tour the country & the world, enthralling audiences wherever they go, and coming home to the Land of 1000 Dances is what everybody's been waiting for.

Also appearing, Montebello's THE WISEGUYS, an 18 piece musical army of talented young musicians who put a new and vibrant twist to the classic big band sound in L.A.. With lead vocalist Frankie Barrajas putting in a hauntingly surreal performance resembling the great Frank Sinatra, this handsome young artist simply blows audiences away with his talent in a style and genre that has almost disappeared since the 1940's.

In addition, the voice of LAKESIDE ("It's All the Way Live", "Fantastic Voyage"), MARK WOODS, will also be on hand performing some of Lakeside's greatest hits, and releasing his new CD.

Rounding out this great assemblage of live talent, L.A.'s newest Chicana singing sensation, SARINA, will be on hand to further wow and entice the audience into kicking up chancla. Joined by singer CORY SILVA and the AFTER DARK Band, the Oldies & Old School dance tunes never sounded better!

Spinning the winners in between the breaks, DJ SMOOTH and DJ CHENTE guarantee to keep you on the dance floor till you need new shoes!

Hosted and MC'd by East L.A. Revue Radio's FRANKIE FIRME, special guest co-host will be none other than Riverside's 99.1 FM's Angel "Baby" Rodriguez.

Doors open at 2 pm, show starts at 3 pm. Brunch & dinner menus available, with 3 full service bars, secure FREE parking, and one of L.A.'s largest dance floors, this one is happening in the Land of 1000 Dances...so BE THERE!! All Southern California Car Clubs are graciously invited!

For tickets & info: (626) 409-1919, (562) 699-2500, (818) 428-9322, or log onto www.midnightproductions2.com .

Remember: Pray for our troops overseas, respect our brothers, protect & respect our women & children, and never forget that love & education are the greatest gifts we can give each other and our children!

Orale, ay te watcho from the City of Angels in the land of 1000 Dances, Aztlan,
Frankie Firme

About Frankie Firme:
Frankie Firme is the "Al Capone of the microphone, and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul", heard on:
www.eastLArevue.com & www.chicanoexpress.com
e-mail: frankiefirme@mail.com

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