Living Large in the Land of 1000 Dances

Michael Romero's Latin Summit II in Montebello brought together toys for tots and dancing memories for the beautiful gente

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: November 25, 2008

Living Large in the Land of 1000 Dances

Like a cool water oasis in the middle of a hot desert, the Quiet Cannon Country Club Grand Ballroom in Montebello gave L.A. some much needed relief from the recent natural disasters in California, the on-going wars in the Middle East, and the apparent worsening of the American economy.

Joining up with promoter Michael Romero, the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign, some top notch music entertainment, a great crowd, and some of the coolest Car Clubs in Southern Cali this past weekend, the Latin Summit II concert at the Quiet Cannon was truly a party to beat all parties.

A sold out, standing room-only success, over 1,000 good looking Gente attended for a good cause...and I'm talking good looking!

Everybody was dressed to impress, as the show was masterfully emceed by 92.3 FM's Jimmy Reyes of L.A., and 99.1 FM's legendary Angel Baby of the powerful Inland Empire, along with plenty of Chicano celebrities in the house such as actor Danny De La Paz, cable TV's Thee Mr. Duran & East L.A. Rey Garza, original THEE MIDNITERS George Salazar, East L.A. Revue's Steven Chavez & Frankie Firme, and music promoters Michael Romero & Rick Ortiz, along with numerous other artists & musicians from the Land of 1000 Dances.

Opening up the show were some of L.A.'s top rappers, who gave us a nice warm up before ROCKY PADILLA and his band took the stage, featuring top L.A. horn men BOBBY LOYA and JOHNNY BURROLA, bringing in the old school style of music that the crowd loved and began filling the dance floor for.

Like always, ROCKY PADILLA just has a way of getting a party started...

Then, the singing Silvas, Mr. CORY SILVA and brother KEITH SILVA, joined by Cory's beautiful daughter SARINA, hit the stage to give us that East L.A. Oldies sound that Cory is well known for, and, despite some unexpected sound problems, Cory played through like a pro, giving the crowd what they wanted. Then, as Cory, Keith, and Sarina laid down a beautiful background chorus, up and coming L.A. rapper STROLLER came on stage and joined them for a unique & new version of "La, La, La Means I Love You".

Following that, TIERRA's Rudy & Steve Salas came on stage for a couple of hot, classic TIERRA originals, including "Time to dance" which by now had the dance floor overrflowing, as the Salas brothers were in their element and the Gente were on their feet!

After a short intermission, ROSE ROYCE hit the stage with her band, playing some killer cover jams before hitting all her classics, including "Wishing on a star", "I'm going down", "Hey, boy", and of course, the ultimate crowd pleaser, "Car wash", as people shunned the overflowing dance floor and broke out dancing wherever they were. Rose was in fine form, as she even passed out roses to many a male fan coming up to the stage, and her band sounded magnificent.

Next, coming out in matching blue Zoot Suits epitomizing "L.A. cool", L.A.'s SLY, SLICK, and WICKED (pictured) hit the stage for their classic Oldies routine that almost started a riot as fans tried to rush the stage to catch the guys in their tasteful dance routine and snap close-up pictures. The audience showed their appreciation with loud roars and flashing cameras as they closed off with "Confessing a feeling" that many couples sang to each other as they danced all over the ballroom.

Finally, to close the show, the INTRUDERS came on stage to a thunderous ovation, opening with their original classic "Cowboys to girls", and blowing the audience away with a soulful performance, at one point drawing a large appreciative roar from the crowd as they invited TIERRA's Rudy Salas to join them for "Together", a song that TIERRA has virtually made their own in the Land of 1000 Dances over the past 25 years.

In the final analysis, the U.S. Marines were in the house as toys were collected for needy tots, classic & custom cars, along with some of the prettiest ladies in Aztlan were admired , and the Gente enjoyed a great dance party in the midst of hard times...what can I say?

...the Land of 1000 Dances is where the tough people get going when the going gets tough...we dance and celebrate life for the moment, and welcome whatever tomorrow may bring!

About Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the microphone & the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul
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