News from the Brown Side of Town, 2.6.09

Music and other happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: February 6, 2009

News from the Brown Side of Town, 2.6.09

Orale, mi Gente!

February's here, and it's time to share some love‘«™and it shouldn't just be with that "special someone" (YOU know who you are!)‘«™but also with the special people around us, that help us cope with a most tumultuous world and times we now live in.

First and foremost, besides my Lady and family, I gotta share some love and a most heartfelt THANK YOU to people like El Editor Abelardo de la Pena Jr. of LatinoLA, Mr. Steven & Janie Chavez of East L.A. Revue Radio, Mr. Jesus "Crazy Chuy" Hernandez of Chicano Express Radio, and Mr. Art and Connie Rocha of the Lost Memories Radio Show for unselfishly giving me a public and world wide forum to share and promote my views, opinions, music, and events with the entire world via the wonderful vehicle we know as the Internet.

Also, a most heartfelt abrazo to all the wonderful and talented music artists, comedians, writers, producers, promoters and supporters who have, either directly or indirectly, contributed to the "2nd Time Around," "Aztlan," " Land of 1000 Dances," and "Brown Side of Town" concepts I have promoted over the past 10 years, that I am privileged and grateful to call friends across the country and in different parts of the World. Together, we continue to make Los Angeles the entertainment capital of the World, and a most colorful spot on the map.

A big thank you to Mr. Benny Lopez (Thee Midniters, Midnites Moon), and Hector & Lava Gonzalez of Rampart Records for composing, recording, and gifting me with their original theme songs "Firme's Land" and "The 2nd Time Around," which have become popular with listeners around the globe.

And lastly, without ANY political agenda inferred or intended, I thank our brave men and women of our Armed Forces, both past and present, who have provided and protected our freedom and liberty during my lifetime as an American, which I am honored to be a part of their ranks.

?ŪOrale! Lots of love there, mi Gente!

‘«™and now, on with the news, watcha:

A most proud and honorable Veteran's organization, the Marine Corps League of the San Fernando Valley will be hosting a black tie dinner and dance fundraising gala at their new home at the Reseda American Legion Post # 308 in Reseda on Valentine's Day, Saturday, February 14, 2009 starting at 6:00 pm. A gourmet tri-tip dinner with all the fixings, along with live entertainment for your dancing and loving pleasure provided by popular recording artists the KOOL KATZ, with special guest performance by PEPE MARQUEZ. Tickets and information are available at (818) 621-3920 and (818) 599-2719. A special thanks goes out to Congressman Howard Berman for his kind support, and all active duty, honorably discharged, and retired U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy Corpsmen and their families & friends are invited to attend and join us for a most romantic and noble cause. Interested new members are always welcome. SEMPER FI !

TIERRA's new CD "On the right track" is fast becoming an Internet radio favorite across the Country, and a special spotlight show featuring the sounds of TIERRA and their new CD will air soon on the LOST MEMORIES SHOW at www.djchentemrog.com/RADIOSHOW.htm soon. Check out this new CD by TIERRA‘«™you're gonna want one! For more info: www.tierramusic.com.

Heavy hitters the SATISFACTION Band takes the stage for a night of dancing and partying hard at the Norwalk Guesthouse on Firestone Blvd this Friday, February 6th, for only $7.00 cover. Starting at 9 pm, the SATISFACTION Band has rocked L.A. and the southland for many years, and continue to pack the dance floor with their hot & heavy Rock, Rock & Roll, Funk, R&B, Oldies, and Latin Jazz sounds. Free parking and a dinner menu available. For tickets & info: (323) 787-9765 or log onto: www.satisfactionband.com. See you there!

The PBS televised documentary movie "Chicano Rock" was a popular success last month, viewed by millions. The movie, co-produced by Ruben Molina, documents the rise and popularity of Chicano music during the Golden Era of the "Eastside Sound" and Chicano Movimiento of the 1960's. Available on DVD, this is a must for the fans and collectors of Chicano music. For more info: www.mictlan.com.

New groups and music coming up the pipe that are getting requested are Texas's BIG FRANK GOMEZ's new blues CD, San Fernando California's newest group, BAG OF TRICKS, East L.A.'s BACKTRAXX Band, and Northern California's SUENOS Band.

Log on to eastLArevue.com, ChicanoExpress.com, or djchentemrog.com/RADIOSHOW.htm to catch this and other great music, 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week, rain or shine.

On another note, those of you (like me) who still use an old coat hanger for an antennae on that old analogue TV in your garage to watch football games don't have to sweat getting the new converter box yet, as Congress has pushed back the date a couple of months in order for a lot of us to save up the change to afford the new box. Thanks, guys!! That's an act of Congress we can all appreciate!

If Latin jazz is more of your style to romance to, you gotta go catch one of L.A.'s hottest Latin Jazz groups BOB DeSENA, in downtown L.A. at the historical Biltmore Hotel this Valentine's Day. Pina coladas and love just seem to go together when Bob DeSena's on stage! For more info: www.bobdesena.com.

If you're not lucky enough to live local in the Land of 1000 Dances, up north in Ventura, PAQUITO D'RIVERA and the FUNK TANGO TRIO will be headlining Valentine's Day at the Ventura Music Festival. For more info: www.venturamusicfestival.org or e-mail: ruthballin@sbcglobal.net.

And if you're REALLY not local, my man ROLANDO SANCHEZ, the coolest, brown dude in Honolulu, Hawaii, continues to rock the Islands with Latin Soul & Salsa like nobody else on that side of the planet. He's got a special Valentine's Day party going on for those of you lucky enough to be there, and offers a special discount for mentioning LatinoLA. For more info: www.myspace.com/rolandosanchezandsalsahawaiiband or e-mail: sanchez015@hawaii.rr.com, and tell 'em you heard it from Frankie Firme & LatinoLA.com !

LOUIE PARRA & the MAD LATINS Band will be hosting and performing at a fundraising party for the Children's Welfare Program of Colton, California, at the Sons of the American Legion on Saturday, February 7, 2009, in Colton. A delicious steak dinner, with music and dancing provided by one of L.A.'s best upcoming Oldies, funk, and R&B bands, THE MAD LATINS, is your Saturday night ticket to a good time for a good cause. For tickets & info: themadlatins@msn.com.

If you were one of the unlucky ones turned away at the door last year, here's some early news and opportunity to get your advance tickets, as the "West Coast Chicano Crown Prince of Comedy", Mr. Gilbert Esquivel, will again host his popular EASTSIDE COMEDY & OLD SCHOOL REVUE Show at the Odyssey Grand Ballroom in Granada Hills on Friday, March 6th. Dinner, drinks, and dancing, along with some of the funniest comedians in the Country, including Gilbert Esquivel himself, will be at your pleasure at one of the most elegant settings in the San Fernando Valley. For tickets & info: gnrentertainment@aol.com or call (310) 510-2229.

And speaking of comedy, East L.A.'s "Master of laughter and King of the puns," Mr. RUDY MORENO, continues his popular Thursday night JOKER'S CLUB at the Commerce Casino, where laughs, dancing, gambling, and hoops are offered after every Laker game (televised on big screens). Rudy promises "We won't start till after the game!" Some of the funniest comedians in the Country will tickle your funny bone, and DJ VICTOR spins the hottest dance tunes till 2am. Rudy also hosts comedy shows at the Pasadena Icehouse as well, giving L.A. another spot to laugh their blues away. Who says Vegas & Reno are happening when it's here in L.A.? For tickets & info: RUDEDOG33@aol.com.

A big shout out to our friends at www.glasgowmods.co.uk for the love all the way from Glasgow, Scotland, and www.soulwalking.co.uk in London, England.

Also, a tip of the hat goes out to Randy Tivens and the guys at www.rockinradio.com for broadcasting "the best Oldies you never heard". Randy & Co. bring you another slice of classic L.A. music 24/7‘«™just the way you like it, just in case slow cruising isn't your caldo!

As we reported earlier, drummer and East L.A. music legend GEORGE SALAZAR of THEE MIDNITERS fame has joined another East L.A. music legend BIG MIKE RINCON of the BLENDELLS fame, to help round out the soulful sounds of the BLUES STRAIGHT UP Band, featuring the tantalizing vocals of Lady LAVA GONZALEZ as they headline the "BLUES STRAIGHT UP & FRIENDS" concert at the Baldwin Park American Legion Hall on Friday, February 13th. The finest Chicano blues band on the planet invite you to join them for dinner, drinks and some of the finest live blues music in L.A. For tickets & info: www.bluesstraightup.com or call (323) 223-8167.

As always, the Whittier's Radisson Hotel's Club 201 is always jumping every Friday & Saturday night, bringing you some of the best in luxury accommodations, dinner, drinks, and entertainment at some of the best prices in L.A. The month of February sees great bands like SOTO, DOWN WITH 3, SANGRIA, SUAVE, HINDSIGHT, and others check in for your entertainment pleasure. Also, a very special benefit concert is scheduled for one of our own . For more info: www.jegrp.com.

Still rockin' the southside of Cali hard, hip, and heavy is the ever popular SOTO Band, where brothers Bruce & Artie Soto and Co. are jammin' every weekend from one end of L.A. to another. One of the most popular Latin Funk/R&B dance bands on the west coast, catching them in concert is a true music experience. For more info: www.sotoband.com .
A VERY big thanks to SOTO for entertaining our troops overseas!

BALANCE, SMOOTH TOUCH, and the L.A. RHYTHM KINGS ply their musical trade in the month of February along with other popular rock groups, as they take the stage at L.A.'s "outdoor music gladiator arena", the Santa Fe Springs swap-meet. Food, ice cold beer, great bargains, and great music is all there, every weekend, for only $1.50 admission. For more info: www.santafespringsswapmeet.net.

Orale! That's it for now, mi Gente! Check out the calendar page here on latinoLA.com for other popular & happening events in the City of Angels.

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 and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul" heard daily on Internet Radio, and contributes regularly to this fine web magazine.
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