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New Years in the Land of 1000 Dances

Who says you gotta stay home just cause the kids are all grown?

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: December 30, 2008


New Years in the Land of 1000 Dances


Who says there ain't nothing happening on New Year's Eve for that good looking, sexy, never-going-over-the-hill, dancing, partying ,over 40 Chicano crowd de Aztlan in the west coast City of Angels that has has Gente flocking in from all over?

PUH-LEEZE!! Where have you been, and WHO have you been listening to?

Due to a quick deadline, the LatinoLA/East L.A. Revue road dogs got in their reports late, and yours truly was busy doing the familia-camarada good time thing, and‘«™.well, my calendar entries are late ‘«™.but, hey! Who says you can't spread the word? Watcha:

There's some new music in the wind. TIERRA's " On the right track" CD is making a serious splash in the R & B/Funk circuit. This one gets a 4 star rating from the East L.A. Revue/LatinoLA road dogs as one hot caldo of Chicano music. TIERRA will be performing & sharing dinner and champagne on New Year's Eve at Steven's Steakhouse in City of Commerce along with Rocky Padilla and his Band. For tickets and more info go to www.tierramusic.com.

If you're up in theBbay area, like say, Berkeley, you might want to enjoy New Year's Eve with one of the hottest horn Ladies on the West Coast, "La Tigre" herself, Ms Sonya Jason, celebrating her latest release "Smooth", at the Claremont Resort & Spa in Berkley. For tickets & reservations, call (866) 907-3777, or go to www.bayarea-events.com, and tell 'em you heard if from Frankie Firme! .

The upcoming King of L.A. Latin Soul, Mr. Bob DeSena and his band, will be rockin' downtown L.A. and saying goodbye to 2008 at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel. For tickets & info: www.bobdesena.com or call 213-612-1532. He also has a new CD out you will really enjoy.

The pride of San Fernando, the COMPANY Band, featuring the "Diamond of the Valley", the fabulous Lady Becky Cordova, will also be having their annual gourmet dinner-New Year's Eve party at the Fairways Country Club in Pacoima. For more info: www.thecompanyband-tcb.com or call: 818-389-9214.

A new west coast blues group coming out of Long Beach, Califas, is THE BLUE DICE Band. Their 2nd new CD "Snake Eyes" will be making it's world wide debut on www.EastLArevue.com, Chicano Express Radio, and The Lost Memories Internet radio stations real soon, so stay logged on! This group was brought to my attention by the BLUES STRAIGHT UP Band's front man Big Mike Rincon, and as always, home-boy has his ear on some good stuff regarding the Blues. I give this one 4 ?Ę stars for newest Blues band CD from the Land of 1000 Dances. As always,a live performance can shoot a CD out of the water into a higher hemisphere, so hearing that these 6 guys & a gal give up great live music, I look forward to catching one of their live performances! For more info on "the Dicers": www.myspace.com/BLUEDICEMUSIC.

And speaking of the BLUES STRAIGHT UP Band, I mentioned earlier this year that the addition of master keyboardist Jaime Avila had added some "juice" to the already sizzling blues recipe featuring the dynamic duo of vocalists Lady Lava Gonzalez and Dave "Harpdog" Pierce, a VERY reliable source has revealed to LatinoLA that original THEE MIDNITERS drummer & founder, George Salazar, has joined brother East Side Sound pioneer Big Mike Rincon and the BLUES STRAIGHT UP Band for what appears to be a grand slam for the "Finest Chicano Blues Band on the Planet", and 2009 will see this band take it another level as their 2nd CD is now being planned. For more info: www.bluesstraightup.com.

‘«™rumors are that an L.A. "Blues Summit" is being planned at one of L.A.'s local hot spots for early next year where the best in L.A. Blues bands will break out and show folks what's up‘«™.we'll keep you posted, as this should be one of the hot ones for 2009.

With both DJ Frankie Firme and the SATISFACTION Band being booked for private New Year's parties this year, the SUAVE Band will be taking over the Norwalk Guest Inn this New Year's Eve, offering gourmet dinner, Mariachi's, a live performance by SUAVE, deluxe discount rooms, and breakfast the next morning, all in a package designed to mellow out anybody's budget and bring in the New Year's with a safe, righteous bang!
For tickets & reservations on V.I.P ballroom packages call: 562-868-0991

One of the veterano groups of L.A. Chicano rock & roll, ACE, takes the stage in Santa Fe Springs at MAGGIE's PUB for a New Year's bash. For tickets & info, call 562-944-5399 or 562-693-4671 .

If you're gonna be out partying in the Inland Empire, THE GRIND, singer MANUEL CAMPOS, and DJ TRIPP will be puttin' down the sound for 2009 at the Riverside Marriot Hotel. For a party-dinner-discount room package, call 951-662-1388.

The La Mirada Holiday Inn is where SANGRIA will be hosting their New Year's Eve prime rib dinner & dance show. For tickets & info, give Danny Rios a call at: 626-488-4387.

One of the hottest parties at one of L.A.'s hottest spots this New Year's will be at the Whittier Radisson Hotel's CLUB 201, where dinner & drink specials, special FREE invite to all Ladies before 9pm, discount luxury room specials, FREE secure parking, and 3 of L.A.'s hottest DJ's in 3 different ballrooms offering everything from Disco to Salsa to Old School & back for your dancing pleasure will be made available to all comers interested in pure adult fun & entertainment as we all say goodbye to 2008. For tickets & more info: www.jegrp.com or call 626-488-3344.

If you could gather a group of early rock & roll musicians with a prime singer from back in "the day", and re-record & digitally re-master some of their classic songs, the recording capabilities of today mixed with real talent from yesterday would give you a good clear look into the early world of rock & roll in it's rawest form, pre ‘«Űmusic video, pre-electronic enhancements, pre-lip sync, pre-glamour/Disney rock promo (stuff that can make the most mediocre talent a star today). That's the idea behind Rudy Tee Gonzalez y sus Reno Bops' latest release, "In the 50's". A talented Mexican-American group from Texas that toured the southern United States in the 1960's & 70's during rock & roll's adolescence, the CD features Rudy Tee's signature song "All I could do was cry" that still gets airplay on some oldies stations across the country. I really enjoyed it, and I give it 4 stars for some great "come back" music . For more info: www.rudyteegonzalez.com.

The East L.A. Revue Internet Radio Jukebox has more new shows & vinyl classic shows up for your listening pleasure, sure to keep you from being bored. Check them out on www.eastLArevue.com.

So!....what are YOU doing this New Years Eve?

About Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the "Al Capone of the microphone & the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul " heard daily on world wide Internet Radio.
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