News From the Brown Side of Town, 7.8.08

Happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: July 8, 2008

News From the Brown Side of Town, 7.8.08

Orale, mi Gente! It's hot & bumpin' in Califas, and the recent fires all over the state ain't helping ... so them prayers for all our valiant firefighters can only help.

Thanks for being there, you guys ... and as always, a BIG thanks to our guys & gals serving overseas in Iraq & Afghanistan! YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!!

The entertainment world was hit hard with the loss of some more veteranos this past month. Comedian George Carlin, Larry "Bozo the Clown" Harmon, and Bo Diddley left us for that stage in the clouds. Good times, laughs, memories, and classic rock & roll music ... these guys brought it to us for many years despite wars and hard times ... they will be hard to replace.

R.I.P guys ... and thanks!

As expected, traveling up north for a recent getaway weekend proved delightful, as I was able to avoid the 100 degree plus temperatures in L.A., crowded beaches, crowded local campsites, wall-to-wall Gente and heat at most of L.A.'s hot spots, and snarled traffic for a cool weekend up in Lompoc, California, where the annual two-day Flower Festival took place. Along with great food, arts & crafts, cool refreshments, and a great crowd, live music and entertainment was provided, highlighted by PEPE MARQUEZ and his LATIN SOUL REVUE Band, and making their first appearance at the festival, the San Fernando Valley's THE COMPANY Band.

Great music and breezy weather prevailed, and a great time was had by all, with THE COMPANY BAND breaking out and sizzling on stage, making new friends & fans in the fans, while premiering their new CD "CO-2". Of course, local favorite PEPE MARQUEZ was the festival star, bringing out some beautiful dancing girls that made the event saucy and snappy ... and hard to forget!
<a href="http://www.pepemarquez.com">www.pepemarquez.com</a>.

July 19th brings the best of East L.A. and the San Fernando Valley together at the Disabled American Veteran's Lodge in Woodland Hills, as the Kidneys Quest Foundation, in conjunction with the PACHUCO Car Club of San Fernando present their 2008 Custom Car and Bike Show featuring live entertainment by TIERRA, THE COMPANY BAND, LIL' JESSE & THE BLUES DELUXE, PEPE MARQUEZ, and comedian JEFF GARCIA, with DJ Danny Reyes and DJ Boom mixing it up between cuts from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Hosted by Frankie Firme, Blinky Rodriguez, and Booby Arias, all car clubs & bike clubs are invited from throughout Southern California.

Kidneys Quest Foundation was established in May of 2007, and has since reached thousands of people across the country, offering support, counseling services, and service referrals to families and loved ones of those suffering from kidney disease. All proceeds will go to the Kidneys Quest Foundation, and all donations will be accepted. Your attendance at this great public event is very much desired! BBQ, sno-cones, and many vendors will be on hand. Kids under 12 get in free!

For more info, contact Carol or Arnold Urquidez at 818-521-6348, or Bennie Najar (PACHUCO Car Club) at 818-599-2719, or log onto <a href="http://www.kidneysquestfoundation.org">www.kidneysquestfoundation.org</a>.

Also as expected, the summer brings dancers and music lovers from all over the world together under the California sun in the magic seaside event that is ... the 15th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival and July 26th and 27th

Fine food, refreshments, unique arts & crafts, souvenirs, beautiful weather, welcoming & friendly people dedicated to your comfort, world class chile salsas, and some of the finest salsa music and dancing anywhere on the West Coast for two straight days is all yours for FREE, with FREE parking, and a FREE children's entertainment area.

Kicking off the festivities on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. is Nuestro, a local band that was there when the Festival began fifteen years ago. At 12:30 p.m., musicianship meets showmanship when high-octane vocalist Leslie Paula and the Latin Soul Band takes the stage with a show that's put her on the map from Europe to the post-Grammy parties in Los Angeles.

Flautist Fay Roberts and her Orquesta Charangoa bring the sweet sounds of Cuban charanga music to the main stage starting at 2:45 p.m. Opa Opa closes Saturday on a high note with salsa, merenge, cumbia, cha-cha and bolero starting at 5:15 p.m. On Sunday, salsa hits hard and never stops. Making their first appearance at the Festival is Chino Espinoza y Los Due??os Del Son, one of the most sought-after salsa orchestras in Los Angeles. The Susie Hansen Latin Band takes the stage at 2:00 p.m. with a fiery blend of Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz and salsa, featuring Hansen on her electric violin. Closing out the weekend will be Angel Lebron y Su Sabor Latino, a 14-piece, Palladium-style orchestra playing classic New York style salsa starting at 4:45 pm

Also featuring world class sound by Europe's internationally acclaimed sound technician and engineer Mr. Anthony Lennon, and a local celebrity dance-off along with many other invited guests, FRANKIE FIRME and the East L.A. Revue/LatinoLA road dogs will be there, kickin' up chancla on the sun kissed dance floor, eating, drinking, and making merry with the Gente at the
15th Annual Salsa Festival.

Hosted by EVERYBODY's favorite primo, Mr. Pablo "I can't stop dancing 'cause it's my birthday" Ortiz, who invites you, along with about 50,000 of his closest friends, to join him and the Goddess of Ritmo by the sea in the beautiful town of Oxnard, California, for a two-day party!
For more info: <a href="http://www.oxnardsalsafestival.com">www.oxnardsalsafestival.com</a>.

Frankie Firme rocks out on <a href="http://www.rockinradio.com">www.rockinradio.com</a> this month, sitting in as guest and presenting a historic East L.A. "East Side Sound" tribute music show featuring Cannibal and the Headhunters, the Blendells, the Premiers, Thee Midniters, Brenton Wood, the Bagdads, the Company Band, and many others. A cruising, musical, history lesson on Rockin' Radio!

Of course, Frankie Firme still spins & mixes the musica Brown with the usual suspects Chico Manqueros, Mr. O.G., Crazy Chuy Hernandez, DJ Velez, Dona Pancha, El Chino, El Betoman, Ray & Josie Ramos, Rocky Padilla, Ray Ramos Jr., the Texas-style Old School Oldies show with Carlos y Pancho El Sancho, and of course, La Sk8er. There are also guest DJ's presenting the vinyl classics , all of this great music heard coast to coast and around the world on <a href="http://www.eastLArevue.com">www.eastLArevue.com</a>. Serving up a musical buffet of all you can hear, 24/7.

Times continue to be fun and crowded at the Whittier Radisson's Banner Lounge, offering two dance floors, live bands and only the hottest DJ's, along with live performances every Friday by the one and only Salsa Queen SUSIE HANSEN. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights is where you'll find L.A.'s hip & good looking, at the Whittier Radisson Hotel. For more info: <a href="http://www.jegrp.com">www.jegrp.com</a>, and tell 'em you heard it from Frankie Firme.

The music brotherhood Brown takes another step forward, as East L.A.'s best, TIERRA, takes aim at Orange County, joining up with the musical pride of Santa Ana, California, the baddest of the bad south of L.A., BARELA in August at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California. For more info: <a href="http://www.thecoachhouse.com">www.thecoachhouse.com</a>.

The fast, upcoming and popular Chicano Oldies Band out of the Land of 1000 Dances, THE MAD LATINS, will be performing at Schooners in Colton on July 11th, and join the TOGETHER Car Club for a benefit for Azusa High School on July 20th. Oldies & dance music extraordinaire, the MAD LATINS will rock da house! For more info: 562-686-4952.

Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming Doo~Wop Classic Cruise to the Mexican Riviera coming a you in April 2009. With non stop live & DJ music, parties, dancing, food, drink, laughter & good times for 7 days & nights aboard the new Princess Cruise ship SPLENDOR, stops will be made in Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas, and Puerto Vallarta. NO passport required, early booking bonus available, this one fits your budget for sure! For more info, log onto <a href="http://www.eastLArevue.com">www.eastLArevue.com</a> or
<a href="http://www.MLCCruises.com">www.MLCCruises.com</a>, or e-mail <A HREF="mailto:stevenchavez68@hotmail.com">stevenchavez68@hotmail.com</A>.


~ Was that THEE MIDNITER's original drummer George Salazar jamming' with a Tex~Mex band just outside Dallas in Waxahachie, Texas, last weekend ?
~ Is comedian George Lopez, a recipient of a kidney transplant in 2005, expected to make a surprise guest appearance at the KidneysQuest Foundation event on July 19th?
~ Does the COMPANY Band's Becky Cordova really have a secret admirer that follows the band around the San Fernando Valley?
~ Did the East L.A. Revue security employee "Bubbles" really quit over a wage and singing contract dispute?
~ Is the EL CHICANO reunion, enjoyed SO MUCH by a large audience up in northern California during the taping of the documentary movie "Through the Eye of the Storm" really coming home to L.A. soon?

?íOrale! That's it for now, mi Gente! Be sure to post YOUR events <a http://www.latinola.com/submitevent.php">here</a> on LatinoLA's <a href="http://www.latinola.com/calendar.php">Calendar</a>. It FREE, and reaches more Latinos on the west coast than a chismosa with a cell phone on three cups of Starbucks!

?íAy te watcho, from the Land of 1000 Dances!

About Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is having a great summer. Listen to him on internet radio everyday. <a href="http://www.frankiefirme.50megs.com">www.frankiefirme.50megs.com</a>
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