2009 in the Land of 1000 Dances
Peter Jaramillo and The Whittier Radisson Hotel get things started for another great year of music and entertainment in L.A.
Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Ahhh‘«™had a great New Year's, and just getting past the stress & commercialism of the Holiday Season of 2008, I feel the need to stretch my legs and get into that Spring party season, as I feel 2009 is going to be a better year for this Veterano, who fights getting old with the vigor of challenging a bad credit report!
Published on LatinoLA: January 5, 2009
Rumors have it that public access cable TV, which broadcast popular Chicano music programs such as THEE MR. DURAN SHOW, and the EASTSIDE PRIME TIME, is going off the air and taking these, as well as many others, off the air with them, as is VH1 and the Comedy Channel leaving the cable TV network.
The area where the Puente Hills Hop once stood was a big empty lot for about a year or two, but looks like some more commercial buildings will be taking it's place‘«™.like THAT's what we needed in a recession!
The Tower Records Concert space on Atlantic Blvd in East L.A. has shut down. Tom's Kitchen in Monterey Park has closed it's doors. Not a lot happening at places like Camacho's, the Shiloh Inn, the Lakewood Hop, the Montebello Inn, or the Kennedy Hall lately.
Rumors on the street have it that the New Year's party at the Crazy Horse in West Covina turned into a riot as the younger crowd had a hard time dealing with drink specials and "last call"‘«™and needed West Covina's finest to mellow things out.
But the good news is that there are still some great places for the older crowd to step out and have great meals, great music, and great dancing without all the noise and problems that come with that 30 & under crowd‘«™.
‘«™not that they're bad people, it's just a matter of different tastes, different dress, and a way of doing things a little less hectic and loud, with a crowd that appreciates the same while not being inconvenienced because the kids think we're "old" and should get out of their way, but leave our money for them to enjoy.
Sorry! We got someplace to go, kiddies!
Probably the one place in L.A. that stands out the most in my mind at the moment is the Club 201 at the world famous Whittier Radisson Hotel in uptown Whittier, where the Jaramillo Entertainment Group has kept pace with the music likes of the crowd AND the current recession.
"Things are tough all around. Just like the Great Depression of 1929, when things got bad, people needed that diversion from the obvious in life, rather than shoot themselves or jump out of high story buildings , so dancing & entertainment became some of the favorite diversions," Peter Jaramillo told me recently during an interview for LatinoLA. "I think we could use a good dose of that American survival spirit right about now".
"The last thing somebody needs when spending that precious little entertainment pocket money they have left is high prices, high fees, poor service, and so-so entertainment with the nickel and dime problems that come with them. Here at the Radisson, we've kept quality high, and consumer complaints low, by having what the crowd wants: Good entertainment, good food, a clean and classy environment, professional and competent security, FREE secure parking, great service, and reasonable luxury room prices without compromising quality.".
"We've had some great shows with heavy attendance this past year, and 2009 shouldn't be any different, except for some upgrades and renovations to the building, giving customers more space, more comfort, and a better stepping out experience," Peter says confidently. "We've developed a great Salsa season here at the Radisson over the past couple of years, and we've proved that Disco is not dead, by any means. The Radisson has become the ballroom of choice for some outstanding music benefit shows in L.A., and we have some of the hottest TOP 40 dance bands in L.A. every week, accompanied by some of the best Club DJ's in L.A.".
So‘«™what ya got in mind to start off 2009, I had to ask‘«™
"Well, for starters, I'm having what I call my Recession Buster Concert and Dance in the main ballroom on January 17th. I felt we needed something to jumpstart the club economy by having something big‘«™so I called upon five of L.A.'s best current club bands. Check THIS out‘«™for only $10.00 a person, on stage will be SANGRIA, SUAVE, HINDSITE, KOOL BREEZE, and just for the kicker, the San Fernando Valley's finest, THE COMPANY BAND. Then, in the Club 201, I'll be having a "Back in Time" party, featuring a hot Disco, R&B, & Free style DJ dance mix theme for only $10.00 per person.
‘«™and just to spice it up so NOBODY misses out on anything, I'll let people come in and party to BOTH events for only $15.00 !!...how can you lose?"
(...Peter's enthusiasm caught up with me‘«™I ordered my tickets on the spot!).
‘«™how do you top that?..I asked‘«™
Smiling largely, Peter smiled as he told me of a joint effort with East L.A. Revue Radio's Steven Chavez to have an "Uptown Blues Summit " concert, inviting some of the best blues bands in L.A. to come in and make it another big party on Greenleaf Avenue."
"You know, we've worked hard with other businesses to make it happening here in Whittier. There's great shopping and eating places, cultural and art shops, and with the Radisson providing almost all contemporary music entertainment from Salsa to Disco to R&B to Funk to Latin Soul to Oldies‘«™I felt we were just missing the Blues to make it complete. I'll be having more information about that as our negotiations continue, but in-between we will still be having them great shows that are listed at www.JEGRP.com. I invite any and all in the Land of 1000 Dances, and those who make L.A. a spot to visit, to come experience the new & improved Club 201 at the Whittier Radisson Hotel. You won't be disappointed‘«™I guarantee it !"
Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the microphone & the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul ~ known as the "Voice of Aztlan" ~ heard daily on Internet Radio.
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