News From the Brown Side of Town - 5.15.08

Happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: May 15, 2008

News From the Brown Side of Town - 5.15.08

?ŪOrale, Mi Gente, it's almost June 2008, and already it's steaming up in the Land of 1000 Dances.

Glasses are fogging up, sweat is starting, and music is playing, as we all begin our annual workouts at home & in the gym to get ready to start wearing less and doing more!

First things first, have you noticed our new look here at LatinoLA.com? We've updated and modernized, making pages more user-friendly and with more information readily available at your fingertips. Take a few minutes and explore all our pages & buttons, and you will see why we're the biggest and most popular Latino Web magazine on the West Coast, in Aztlan, and around the world!

Happy belated Mother's Day to all you Moms, young & old, that keep our World turning! A big thanks goes out to all of you, and also to DJ Crazy Chuy Hernandez for his special Mother's Day tribute show on Chicano Express Radio.

Once again, the good looking Gente de El Norte y El Sur de Kali are getting together, bringing it back & keeping it alive by joining up 2 Chicano music powerhouses, EL CHICANO and SAPO for a live concert and partial filming of the documentary film: "El Chicano - In the eye of the Storm", at the Avalon Club in Santa Clara on May 23rd , which will see the on-stage reunion of original EL CHICANO members Bobby Espinosa, Mickey Lespron, Bobby De Luna, and Freddie Sanchez. It can only be a party & the sharing of Brown love! The LatinoLA & East L.A. Revue road dogs will be in the house! For more info, check out our calendar page here on LatinoLA.com or go to: www.nightclubavalon.com .

On that same week~end, singer Kelly "The Kat" Galvan, popular lead singer of THE KOOL KATZ, will be celebrating her birthday in downtown San Jose at an exclusive private party on May 24th, that will feature several special guests, including Tejano Music legend Johnny Hernandez. Birthday wishes can be sent to Kelly at: KoolKatz01@aol.com, or check out: www.thekoolkatzband.com .

Closing out this weekend in the Bay area, the hard hitting MYSTIQUE band makes their 13th annual appearance at the St John Vianny Church Festival in San Jose that Sunday , May 18th. For more info: mystiqueband@earthlink.net

Mr. Peter Jaramillo and the staff of the Whittier Radisson Hotel Lounge & Ballroom continue their success as one of L.A.'s most hottest & happening nightspots for adult Chicano music, as they enjoyed full houses Friday & Saturday with SOTO and COLD DUCK last weekend. This weekend, they celebrate their new expansion and remodeling grand opening with DOWN WITH 3 coming to town, featuring the multi-talented Mondragon brothers, Billy & Eric. For more info: www.JEGRP.com. Frankie Firme will be in da house with the LatinoLA & East L.A. Revue road dogs‘«™and it's gonna be a party

Then, the party will continue afterwards at Steve's BBQ & Blues Restaurant up the street for some fine L.A. bar-b-que and live blues music. For more info call: (562) 789-0200.

Speaking of parties, the East L.A. Revue Internet Radio Jukebox, LatinoLA, Chicano Express Radio, the Whittier Radisson Hotel, and many talented & grateful artists will be welcoming Ms Annette Alvarez, webmistress supreme of www.CaliMusica.com, to L.A. and the Land of 1000 Dances the 3rd week of May as she flies in from Texas to meet & greet with some of her favorite Califas music artists de Aztlan. Annette has helped promote west coast Chicano music around the Country with her wonderful website and appearances on Chicano Express Radio, and we will all make her visit pleasant and memorable in thanks for her help & dedication to Aztlan. For contact info: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com or princess24love@aol.com .

Rudy Moreno continues to split sides and crack-ups with his renowned weekly live comedy shows at the Pasadena Ice House and the Commerce Casino that are becoming nationally noticed. Attend one soon! For more info: www.rudymoreno.com .

The East L.A. Revue Internet Radio Jukebox continues to grow and expand, with more DJ's, more music, and more features than ever before. West Coast Chicano music at it's finest, whether it be Oldies, Old School, Doo-Wops, Jitterbug, Latin Jazz, Latin Soul, Tex-Mex, Classic Tejano, Classic American Big Band /Stage music, Boleros, Mariachi, or contemporary Chicano~American classics via our Vinyl Classics section, we got it going on, 24 hours a day, 7 days week, and all major holidays on www.eastLArevue.com rnThe finest music on the world wide web, with plenty of tunes to spare! For info & inquiries: stevenchavez68@hotmail.com.

East L.A.'s Chicano music big boys, TIERRA, featuring Rudy & Steve Salas, make a couple of home stands this month before hitting the road for a few outside states on tour. May 24th & 25th sees them performing alongside El Chicano, Malo, WAR, & Thee Midniters at the Latin Legends concert at L.A.'s Greek Theater, and then at Northridge Park on the May 31st. For more info: www.tierramusic.com.

The San Fernando Valley Detachment# 1277 of the Marine Corps League celebrates it's 1st year Anniversary on May 17th at the American LegionPost in San Fernando and invite all former U.S. Marines and FMF Navy Corpsmen to join them for dinner and dancing. Admission & dinner are free to all honorably discharged U.S. Marines & U.S. Navy Corpsmen & their ladies, with music provided by East L.A. Revue radio's Frankie Firme. For more info call: (818) 599-2719 or (818) 621-3920.

The "Lowriding Gentlemen of the San Fernando Valley", the PACHUCO Car Club, coming off successful showings and fundraisers in conjunction with brother clubs in San Bernardino and Covina, come home to the Valley and hook up with the PREMIER Car Club and the MARCH OF DIMES for a fundraising "Picnic in the Park" Saturday, June 21st at Brand/San Fernando Mission Park in Mission Hills across from the famed San Fernando Mission. Featuring the music of East L.A. Revue Radio's FRANKIE FIRME and other guests. Food, refreshments, souvenirs, and a Classic & Custom Car Show will be offered, with an $8.00 donation getting you a gourmet bar-b-que lunch with all the fixings. All monies will go to the March of Dimes, whose mission is to make life better for babies & children by fighting childhood diseases and preventing premature death in the young‘«™can you think of a better cause? For more info, call: Lupe Garcia (818) 808-5631 or Bennie Najar (818) 599-2719. www.pachucocarclub.com

Coming June 1st, the 13th Annual Dia de San Juan Puerto Rican Festival with music, food, dancing, souvenirs and beautiful people under the California sun at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, featuring live performances by Ismael Miranda, Chino Espinosa, and many others. For more info: www.mercadomusic.com .

The WISEGUYS Big Band machine hit it hard this weekend in Montebello & Whittier in 2 FREE concert appearances. For more info: www.mtbwiseguys.org .

The COMPANY Band, featuring the beautiful & talented "Diamond of the Valley", Ms Becky Cordova, kick it out to the May Festival in Filmore this weekend, following the successful release of their new CD "CO-2", and Becky's contribution to Raul "Harpo" Martinez's new CD, "God Bless Our Love". For more info: www.thecompanyband-tcb.com .

Taking a break in May, my guys the SATISFACTION Band come back strong in June! For more info: www.satisfactionband.com .

Orale, that's it for now, mi Gente! Remember a few things, please!

~ School's gonna be out soon‘«™watch for kids crossing the street when driving down the road‘«™

~ We still got guys & gals giving their all for us out in Iraq and Afghanistan‘«™don't let them be forgotten, and welcome those coming home!

~ stay tuned to www.eastLArevue.com and logged onto www.LatinoLA.com for the best music and news updates on the Brown side of Town!

~ respect yourself and our women, protect & educate our young, discourage drug abuse and violence in our homes, schools, and streets‘«™.spread the love!

Ay te watcho, from the Land of 1000 Dances!
Frankie Firme

About Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the Al capone of the microphone, and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul.
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