News from the Brown side of Town, 4.9.08

Happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: April 9, 2008

News from the Brown side of Town, 4.9.08

Orale! And a happy April to you all, mi Gente!

Despite getting a couple of April fools jokes (...like I thought my utility bills would stable off and not get raised, I thought gas prices would go down at the beginning of spring, I thought I might be able to squeeze out that Hawaiin vacation if I got a good tax refund, etc), I still have my music and happenings here in my back yard of the Land of 1000 Dances to keep me a little sane for a little while longer.

As warm winds of the Goddess of Ritmo de Aztlan blow gently across our land, we still enjoy the spirit of a proud people dedicated to family, good friends, good music, and good times in a freedom brought to you by our brave men & women in uniform, be it military, police, or firefighters..

...my most humble thanks! Orale, watcha:

After receiving so many invitations over the past couple of months, I finally got out to catch a couple of sets of the MAD LATINS Band in concert recently. Man, they were good, too! With my compadres from East L.A. Revue Radio Steven Chavez and Art "Mr. OG" Rocha, we cruised up to the Inland Empire and had dinner at Schooner's Restaurant while Louie Parra and the MAD LATINS went through their paces, giving up 3 great sets of Oldies, Rock & Roll, Disco, and Latin Soul dance music for a good sized crowd. Bringing back fond memories of Lil Ray Jimenez, James Brown and Jackie Wilson, while singing classic Oldies "grinders", lead singer Louie Parra went to his knees to bring it home, drawing nostalgic screams of delight from the ladies in the crowd. The MAD LATINS will be special guest performers at Charter Oak High School April 27th. For more info, e-mail: THEMADLATINS@msn.com .

Time is getting closer to the release of the COMPANY BAND's new CD "CO-2", featuring the "Diamond of the Valley" Ms Becky Cordova. This CD features 15 clean tracks that you will enjoy over & over just like the last one, and the COMPANY BAND will make it down to the Land of 1000 Dances during the month of April, making appearances at the Whittier Radisson Hotel ,the Commerce Casino, and the Norwalk Guesthouse Hotel (formerly known as the Saddleback). For more info on the COMPANY Band: www.thecompanyband-tcb.com .

And speaking of Becky Cordova & the COMPANY Band, a new project from singer Raul "Harpo" Martinez featuring the vocals of the marvelous Ms Cordova will debut this month exclusively on the East L.A. Revue Radio station, along with the L.A. CARPOOL, the P'Zazz Band, Lollie Vegas, the BACKTRAXX BAND, and Billy Rodriguez.

Check out all the great shows and classic features on www.eastLArevue.com, with over 12 DJ's and more than 30 hours of great programming that will keep you in the mood all week long! Bringing it back and keeping it alive has now become a tradition !!

And if that ain't enough...you can also check out Randy T. and his homies on www.rockinradio.com if you need a little more Oldies in your diet. (We recommend it highly!). Randy & the crew kick out the Rock & Roll jams from back in the day, when greasin' your hair and filling up the tank with premium didn't hurt a bit! Like they say, "bringing you the finest Oldies you NEVER heard!"...

Our prayers and well wishes go out to popular singer Kelly "The Kat" Galvan of San Jose's KOOL KATZ Band, who has been under the weather lately and had to cancel this month's scheduled gigs. Husband & bandleader Art Galvan tells LatinoLA, "Kelly's a strong woman and a dedicated performer. She'll be back on stage kicking up the dance floor chancla real soon, we promise. Not a lot can keep that Gata down!". Well wishes can be sent to: KoolKatzband1@aol.com.

Thanks again to Annette Alvarez of www.calimusica.com for helping us keep it all the way live from L.A. to Texas! She has also appeared as a guest on Crazy Chuy's Chicano Express Radio program this month. You go, girl!

And speaking of Crazy Chuy, his "Tribute to Selena" show was a well-received hit across the Country as he honored his personal friend, the late Tejana Music Queen SELENA QUINTANILLA . Thanks, brother, we know this was a hard one for you to do!

Despite all the requests & inquiries, we have to state that in view of the current state of affairs in our World today, we DO NOT openly endorse any presidential candidate, but WE DO encourage all readers & listeners to take the time to explore the issues as they pertain to you, register to vote, and exercise your rights AND VOTE!! ( 'nuff said !)

Saturday, April 12th, the 12th Annual Radio Aztlan Music Festival happens at UC Riverside, with a talent line up that includes JOE BATAAN, Bertha Oropeza & the CHICO Band, ROCKY PADILLA, and others. Put on by the Chicano Studies Program of UC Riverside, tickets are still on sale but going fast. For tickets and information, check out the calender section here on LatinoLA.com. We thank you for your support!

Sunday, April 20th, Ruben Molina hosts a "Chicano Roots Music" concert at the City of Industry VFW Hall. This entails Chicano bands that will go back to early roots of Rock & Roll, Country, and sizzling Rock-a-Billy , live on stage. Tickets are only $8.00. For more info, e-mail: FROG100353@aol.com .

Sunday, April 27th, East L.A. Revue Radio's Mr. OG, Frankie Firme, and Chico Manqueros will host a benefit fund raising Classic Car Show at Charter Oak High School in Covina helping the family of Nicholas Conner, a young man who was seriously injured in a car accident while trick or treating last Halloween. The event is sponsored by Caring 4 Our Community, a community organization that has been helping feed the needy at holiday time in the San Gabriel Valley for over 6 years, the City of Covina, Charter Oak High School, Realty Car Club, and the SGV Chapter of Oldies Car Club. Many of L.A.'s finest Car Clubs and Motorcycle Clubs have been invited , and all Classic Car clubs are respectfully invited, trophies & prizes will be awarded, and all monetary donations are gratefully accepted, which will go to the Conner family 100%. For more info: Jen Martinez (626) 255-7360.

Rumors in the 'hoods of the City of Angels is that a West Coast Doo~Wop Oldies cruise is in the mix, bringing back that fine music with live performances from original artists and dancing for 7 days on a luxury cruise liner in the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Stay tuned to EastLARevue.com and logged on to LatinoLA.com for upcoming info.

Action still be happening at the Whittier Radisson Hotel Lounge every Thursday,Friday , Saturday & Sunday, where the likes of SOTO, SANGRIA, DOWN WITH 3, THE COMPANY BAND, and the WESTSIDE CREW hit the stage this month. The Radisson is also undergoing some major expansion and renovation designed specifically for improved creature comforts to add to the already marvelous entertainment offered. For more info: www.jegrp.com .

The SFV Marine Corps League Detachment# 1277 invites all past & present Marines and FMF Navy Corpsmen to their monthly meetings at the San Fernando American Legion Post every third Thursday of the month. Get back with "the guys" for God, Country, and Corps!
For more info, call: (818) 599-2719, (818) 621-3920, or e-mail www.MCLeague.com . HOO~RAH!!!!

Rudy Moreno and his band of jokers keep you laughing to live stand up comedy every Tuesday at the Pasadena Icehouse and the Commerce Casino every Thursday. For more info: www.rudymoreno.com .

The MR DURAN SHOW is up and running again at full tilt, bringing you the finest in Chicano entertainment on cable & Internet TV. For more info: www.MRDURAN.com

LatinoLA.com is proud to announce the appointment of Mr. Frankie Firme and Mr. Al Carlos Hernandez as Contributing Editors to LatinoLA for all their hard work in helping bring the lifestyles, attitudes, arts, and culture of the American west coast Gente Brown to national and world wide attention in their own unique, colorful, humorous, and sometimes provocative styles over the past few years.

...and we ain't done yet! Congratulations, homies!!

As always, keep a prayer in your heart for our brave troops serving in uniform overseas, pray for peace, protect and respect our women & children, encourage the end of violence and drug abuse in our streets and neighborhoods ...and together, we can make our world a better place to live!

Ay te watcho, from the Land of 1000 Dances...where the music never dies!

Frankie Firme

About Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the microphone, and the hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul.
website: www.frankiefirme.50megs.com
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