More News from the Brown Side

Palabra de Marzo part II from the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme
Published on LatinoLA: March 12, 2008

More News from the Brown Side

Once again, I'm compelled to pull over on the highways of Aztlan, take a break from the road, and talk to mi Gente from the Land of 1000 Dances while the music plays...

With all the negative caca going around, I just don't have time to hang my head and snivel, and I ask all my Gente to cop the same attitude, know what I mean?


Life is too short to stop dreaming, and following your dreams are what make life, so let's get on with it, good or bad, happy or sad...LIVE LIFE with the ones you love!

Gas prices, the home mortgage crisis, and everything , including the price of rent, milk, bread, and chorizo are going up, so we have to do a little belt tightening for a minute, but that doesn't mean the sky is falling or the world is ending (...yet!).

At least we're not ducking bombs, snipers, and rockets, kidnapping people to make the rent, selling our kids, and there is no mass exodus to Canada , Mexico, China, or Europe of Americans seeking "a better life".

That's why Chicanos don't hijack planes at LAX...we're already here!

Let's get on with it, pues! Watcha:

Thanks to all who have e-mailed and let us know that East L.A. Revue Radio is what's happening in your home, your office, or your i-pod in your car when you want to hear only the best music on earth!

This month, DJ's Mr. OG, Rocky Padilla (yes, the singer!), Pancho y Sancho, and Ray Ramos Jr. made their Internet Radio debuts on eastLArevue.com to rave revues from all over the Country. The Vinyl Classics and Special features page are picking up steam promoting new groups, while showcasing the old, and people are connecting! Our special thanks to our generous supporters at LatinoLA.com, Finance2sell.com, RAMPART Records, and Chicano Express Radio of Texas for helping us become the most listened to Internet radio station in the Country. Now....we're shooting for the World, and we thank Shin Miyata of Japan and Toby Walker of England for their support.

And a big shout out to brother Randy T. and his gang at www.rockinradio.com for the shout outs, support, and great music!. Randy may be guest DJ-ing on East L.A. Revue Radio and the favor will most definitely be returned....because you can never get enough of a good thing, know what I mean?

Latin Jazz master Bob DeSena hits the half century mark this month, and we wish him a happy birthday and continued successful music career. Check him out at: www.bobdesena.com for performance schedules. Bob has some nice music CD's out, and a new one is soon to be released.

Sadly, East L.A. music pioneer Rudy Benavidez passed away recently, in the home town of East L.A. During the 1960's at the height of the East Side Sound, Rudy was in there with giants like Eddie Davis and Huggie Boy, helping bring the East Side sound to national prominence. He will be missed.

On another sad, yet proud note, singer Pepe Marquez recently had the unfortunate experience of saying goodbye to his son, a U.S. Marine, who left this week for combat duty in Iraq. Although heartbroken, Pepe told LatinoLA: "It hurts, and I will miss my son, but I'm proud of him, his choice to serve his Country, and I pray for GOD to keep him and his buddies safe till they come home". Prayers and well wishes can be sent to: 2pepe2marquez@cox.net , Semper Fi !!

A big thanks to Fred Duran, the parents, and community of Sylmar, California, for their continued devotion to youth sports and sportsmanship by opening another season of little league, pony league, and t-ball baseball at the Sylmar Independent Baseball League
( S.I.B.L. or "Syball" as it's known in the 'hood). Opening Day dignitaries included L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yarovslavsky, actor Danny Trejo, 92.3 FM's Victor Zaragosa, the PACHUCO Car Club,the OLDIES Car Club, and the OUR GANG Motorcycle Club. Frankie Firme was in the stands with Steven Chavez and their Ladies, as one of Frankie's grandsons hit the field.... Play ball!!

Got a business , need some business, or just have questions & curiosity of what business trends and money making opportunities are happening in the Latino world and beyond? Then check out www.Iconoculuture.com , and get busy !

New & veteran artists debuting new music on East L.A. Revue Radio and Chicano Express Radio include: LOLLY VEGAS, L.A. CARPOOL, THE BACKTRAXX BAND, BILL RODRIGUEZ & BIGNOTE, OUR WORLD, HARPO MARTINEZ, with special guest BECKY CORDOVA, BIG FRANK GOMEZ, and OUR WORLD.

A popular demand , return concert by some of L.A.'s best Chicano Rock & Rollers came to be last Sunday as SOTO headlined another killer concert dance at the Whittier Radisson Hotel Grand Ballroom which included SANGRIA, SUAVE, SABOR, RSR/EX-POSURE, and LIVEWIRE. Generous portions of food and drink were provided, and this time, we didn't run out! Coming out of semi-retirement, WILLIE & SUSAN MONDRAGON of LIVEWIRE showed 'em all they still got it, as they breezed through an Oldies-Latin Soul-Rock & Roll set that kept the dance floor full. Plans are to open a new nightclub-restaurant section at the Radisson to accommodate the large crowds. For more info: www.jegrp.com .

East L.A. Revue Radio's Frankie Firme and Chico Manqueros will hit the road north to San Jose and Hollister on May 2nd & May 3rd for the West Coast return of MR. JOE BATAAN, who will be joined by the KOOL KATZ, PETE ESCOBEDO, and JOHNNY HERNANDEZ. For more info: www.koolkatzband.com .

Ending it on a "how ya like me now?" note, many readers have gleefully written to say the new comedy show "Cavemen" was a complete flop & failure, and the show it replaced, Chicano comedian George Lopez and his GEORGE LOPEZ SHOW are successfully syndicated and drawing a large audience across the Country every night, leaving the station that cut George looking lame & pendejo. Now they know what it means we say "Si se puede!!"

...Orale! Pass the remote & chicharrones! WE ARE HERE WITH NO FEAR!

About Frankie Firme:
Frankie Firme speaks excellent English, loves Oldies but Goodies music, and is a great cook!
website: www.frankiefirme.50megs.com

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