News from the Brown Side of Town

Happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances, 11.3.08

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: November 3, 2008

News from the Brown Side of Town

Orale, MI Gente!

Happy Halloween, hope you're voting, and here come the Holidays, ready or not !

Hijo, su! The price of gas is slowly going down, the L.A. Lakers are undefeated so far, and somebody socially significant in Corporate America like the RAND Corporation and the national PEDIATRICS Magazine have finally discovered what parents and Main St, USA, have known all along: That teen aged kids watching sexy TV and unrestricted internet webcam sites are twice as likely to become pregnant than those who don't.

Sheesh! The genius that comes with a lot of money plunked down on research for the common good, huh? Somebody got paid!

The music is still happening in the City of Angels despite record low numbers in clubs and venues across L.A. and California and the southwest, but there are signs that all things are not bad. Now that gas & the price of beans and tortillas are going back down, people are venturing off their block again...just a little at a time !


The EastLARevue.com & ChicanoExpress.com Internet Radio Stations are going full blast, as many people may be staying home more, but they are NOT doing without their beloved Chicano Music.

And now, there's a " new kid on the block", former (and coming back soon) East L.A.Revue Jukebox DJ Art "Mr. O.G." Rocha tries his hand at producing another classic Oldies station for that good looking low-riding crowd de Aztlan with his "Lost Memories Radio Show", available on:
www.djchentemrog.com/RADIOSHOW.htm, where Frankie Firme will be guest DJ-ing and broadcasting a 3rd show for your listening pleasure.

24 hr-a-day programming, 3 world wide Internet radio stations, the best in Chicano music...can it get any better for you?

Here's a biter: We know that the East L.A. Revue Radio Jukebox Shows have been enjoyed across the country and in other countries where we are happily promoted as the "bringer of song & good feelings", such as England, Japan, the Middle East, Germany, and New Zealand, and now, we add new friends from Scotland in the mix with: www.glasgowmods.com ~ check 'em out! Apparently, Steven Chavez has friends all over the globe that love his radio station!!

Things are still jumping at the Whittier Radisson every weekend, where the disco scene is alive & well. Peter Jaramillo & the gang are still putting on some great dance shows & parties. For more info: www.jegrp.com.

The SATISFACTION band is still packing dance floors at the Norwalk Guesthouse (formerly the Norwalk Ramada), and deep, strong, and emotional rumors have it that vocalist Lady EILEEN BENAVIDES is coming back! LatinoLA received this exclusive info this weekend from a reliable source, and we will be the first to inform you of Eileen's much anticipated return to the stage with one of L.A.'s top bands. For more info: www.satisfactionband.com

MALO rocked the streets of Canoga Park this past weekend with a killer show at the annual Dia De Los Muertos Celebration that had DJ's Mr. OG & Frankie Firme, and author Ruben Molina, joining the PACHUCO Car Club and a couple thousand people enjoying great weather, great food, great souvenirs, great music, and a great time. Lot's of beautiful, happy children in the mix, too! The way it's supposed to be!

Downtown L.A. also had it's annual Dia de los Muertos event this weekend headlined by Greg Esparza (Cannibal & the Headhunters) and the Paris Escovedo project. Lots of folks, lots of love for the Gente Brown of L.A.

Word has it that TIERRA brought it home to the East L.A. faithful at their Alma Mater, Lincoln High School, for their annual H.S. Alumni Dance that had the Gente rockin' & rollin' like the good old days...sorry I missed that one, guys!

Despite heavy rains earlier in the day, a fundraiser party for the SFV's North Valley (Jr. Clinic) Bears Pop Warner football organization still went down in Sylmar this weekend, with music veterans George Salazar (Thee Midniters), Chris Reserva (the Satisfaction Band), and Steve Nevarez (of the SFV's Rendezvous Band) in the mix for a party jam that had 'em rockin' till midnite.

Speaking of the SFV, the COMPANY Band (twww.thecompanyband-tcb.comt) rocked the house at Don Cuco's, and the Gilbert Esquivel's OLD SCHOOL COMEDY & DANCE SHOW at the Odyssey Ballroom in Mission Hills was a sold out success.

Unfortunately, the TIA CHUCHA's - FRANKIE FIRME co-produced Charity Car Show & Concert fundraiser for the YOUNG WARRIORS Youth Organization of the San Fernando Valley, scheduled for November 22nd has had to be postponed to a later date. We will keep you informed of the re-scheduled date here on LatinoLA.com.

But that doesn't mean that the date is a total loss, as Montebello's QUIET CANNON on the east side will pick up the slack & the lack by hosting a charity Concert & Toy drive on November 22nd that will feature music legends The INTRUDERS & ROSE ROYCE, joined by East L.A. music heavy hitters Rudy & Steve Salas of TIERRA, "The Bad Boyz of East L.A. Oldies" ROCKY PADILLA & CORY SILVA, and LIGHTER SHADE OF BROWN, along with a "who's ,-who" of L.A. area and beyond car clubs who are invited to "bring your ride and show your pride". Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, Sounds of Music & Norwalk Records stores, or by calling 626-409-1919 / 323-724-4500.

Up north, L.A.'s "Conga Ray" Ybarra (formerly of the East L.A. Revue All Star Band) has been performing along with the Anthony Prieto Band & La Cima Music to much love from the Gente de Santa Barbara, and recently rocked the house at the Stateside Club. For more info on future gigs: www.anthonyprieto.com or e-mail: rayyb@charter.net .

Things be jumpin' in Santa Barbara , home of singer Pepe Marquez , who is also keeping the Gente up north happy with music & dancing events, and word has it he is back in the studio working on his 3rd solo CD. For more info: www.pepemarquez.com.

Besides busting guts with side splitting comedy shows at the Pasadena Ice House every Tuesday, and The Joker's Club at the Commerce Casino every Thursday, comedian Rudy Moreno will be hosting his annual KOMICS for KIDS Toy Drive on December18th at the Commerce Casino. Headlined by comedian George Lopez and joined by some of the most funniest and popular comedians in the country, the Komics for Kids Toy Drive raised over 1,000 toys for underprivileged children in the Los Angeles area last year, and again asks for your love & support. For more info: www.rudymoreno.com.

The pride of Northern Califas, San Jose's the KOOL KATZ , are just about finished with their new CD, and are still rockin' the Gente with their brand of rock, roll, & latin soul. They are expected to be back in the Land of 1000 Dances soon by popular demand, and you will get the word first here, on LatinoLA. In the meantime, check them out at: www.myspace.com/thekoolkatzband1.

The ire of L.A.'s Latino community was recently raised as the management of the L.A. Times, formerly "one of the greats", made the poor judgement move of giving popular L.A. Latino journalist AUGUSTIN GURZA his walking papers. It is the belief of this writer that the talents and accomplishments of Mr. Gurza, in the spirit of the late Ruben Salazar and Frank Del Olmo, gave the Times credence among Latino readers with his fresh, creative, intelligent, and honest reporting about his beloved Los Angeles, from an astute " Brown man's perspective", that was neither critical, threatening, or racially motivated. These are the kind of guys that are hard to find, and what the community needs, especially at times like these.

I share the sentiments of many who now look elsewhere for their source of news, entertainment, and sports information other than the L.A. Times....que lastima!

You just can't slap a community in the face, and then expect their support & money, as you try to force feed them something they never asked for, know what I mean?

That's about it for now, mi Gente. Thanks for stopping by! By this this time next month, we will have a new President - elect, and I pray the wisdom of us all has voted in the right guy!

Happy Veteran's Day and happy U.S. Marine Corps 233rd Birthday...these guys and gals have earned it !

And don't eat too much turkey, ham, & tamales at Thanksgiving

Keep your head up and pray for peace in the Middle East. Respect yourself, respect your friends & family, respect and protect our women & children, and remember...times may be tough, but that's when tough people stick together and make something happen!

Step out and live...even if it's just for a moment!

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 & the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul~ also known as the "Voice of Aztlan "
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