News from the Brown Side of Town, May 7

Happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: May 7, 2009

News from the Brown Side of Town, May 7

Well‘«™the weather is getting better throughout the country, the housing market news is unrealistically touting an "improvement" (yeah, right!) , and the L.A. City Council has decided to lay off 400 workers with an eventual target of 2,800 to help "balance" their budget, while they each keep a $100,000.00 "office expense" discretionary account in their pockets‘«™.

‘«™what will they think of next? Cigarette, gas, liquor, and sales taxes have already gone up, as has the price of food, while some of my favorite stores and shops are either downsizing or going out of business‘«™

‘«™less goods, less workers, less services, less business, and less disposable dollars while enduring higher taxes and fees‘«™am I the only one feeling a pinch in the nalgas because of this ? I hope not !

Orale, enough pinching! LOL! Let's get on to the good stuff, watcha:

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Celebrations were held all over the Land of 1000 Dances this week, celebrating the David vs. Goliath battle between Mexicanos of the small coastal town of Puebla, Estado de Mexico, and the French Army‘«™and the fact that Gente down there DON'T speak French! ‘«™what a classic soccer match now, huh?

Don't forget, May 10th is Mother's Day , and May 25th is Memorial Day - both are days of honor...

The L.A. LAKERS are in the playoffs, and the Dodgers remain undefeated at home at the time of this writing, tying a 100 year old record for major league baseball...I LOVE L.A.!

The S.I.B.L. (aka "Sybil") little league season is well under way for the good people of Sylmar, California, and Frankie Firme takes pride in bragging that his grandson's team, the Pinto Division METS are also undefeated and heading towards this year's championship.
We're talking some SERIOUS 6,7, and 8 year old sports action!
(‘«™pass the sunflower seeds, please! )

Joining their west coast musical brothers in creating fresh new sounds for the people, while keeping alive the classic sounds of yesterday, Oakland's TOWER OF POWER are soon releasing a new CD entitled " Great American Soul Book". This is a good one for all you TOP fans, and Emilio Castillo and the guys are up on the level of East L.A.'s TIERRA in keeping 2009 alive with veteran class, bumping California style music designed to keep us out of chairs and on the floor! ‘«™more info to follow soon‘«™Fight the aging process! Get out and dance !!

Continuing their well attended "Friday Night at the Legion" dance/concert series, the SFV Marine Corps League invites the entire world to join them on Friday night, May 15th, as they welcome the popular NICK CHICO & the BACKTRAXX Band to the San Fernando Valley, at their home at the Reseda American Legion Post 308. For tickets & info: 818-621-3920 or 818-974-9704. Dance/parties are happening here EVERY month, with some of L.A.'s best dance/party/club bands. Come out and party, and help support U.S. Marine Corps & FMF Navy Corpsmen veterans as they serve YOUR community! More info: USMCsgt7@aol.com.

Internet music at it's best: www.djchentemrog.com, www.chicanoexpress.com, and www.eastLArevue.com. Heard coast to coast, around the corner, and around the World!

Joining LatinoLA as a proud supporter of our brave U.S. troops serving overseas in foreign lands. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN !!!

The Susie Hansen Salsa band starts the summer salsa season at the Whittier Radisson Hotel this Friday, and every Friday leading into September. Admission & parking are FREE. The SOTO, SANGRIA, IMPACT, and SUAVE bands also hit the stage in Whittier this month as the Whittier Radisson continues to be one of L.A.'s hotspots for dancing to live entertainment and the hottest DJ's. For more info on shows, dates, and times: www.jegrp.com.

The hard hitting & popular SATISFACTION band hits the stage at Norwalk's Guest House Saturday , May 9th, for some good old fashioned dance-yer-ass off live dance music and a good time. For more info: www.SatisfactionBand.com.

The SOUL PURSUIT Band is making the rounds hard in & around the San Gabriel Valley, keeping the party going and the good times flowing. The SOUL PURSUIT Band will be appearing at the Alhambra American Legion Post, the Redroom Lounge in West Covina, and Maggie's Pub in Santa Fe Springs this summer before coming out West to the famed San Fernando Valley's Marine Corps League's "Friday Night at the Legion" in August for a full blown summer party. For more info: www.soulpursuitband.com.

WAR, TIERRA, EL CHICANO, and MALO w/special guest JORGE SANTANA come to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles May 23rd for the annual Living Legends Concert. Always a great summer crowd pleaser, tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or www.greektheater.com.

For that younger crowd, PREMIER, featuring SARINA SILVA, gets things going for the freestyle crowd at the Green Turtle in Whittier. For more info: 626-409-1919. The youngsters can also find more freestyle & hip-hop music & dancing action at: www.go2crazyhorse.com

BALANCE, SANGRIA, SUAVE, and SMOOTH TOUCH hit the stage this month at the outdoor Chicano Music Gladiator Arena, aka the Santa Fe Springs Swapmeet, where the first 250 customers get a FREE bowl of menudo with paid admission every Saturday & Sunday morning. FREE parking, great deals, cool drinks, good food, and great live music and dancing for only $1.50 admission. Other great name bands like TIERRA,THEE MIDNITERS, and others are coming this summer as well. For more info: www.santafespringsswapmeet.net.

July is just around the corner for popular Latin Soul / Salsa artists like NUESTRO, LESLIE PAULA, LOUIE CRUZ BELTRAN and others to hit the open air stage by the sea at the annual Oxnard Salsa Festival. For info on this World class California music tradition: www.oxnardsalsafestival.com.

LOUIE PARRA & The MAD LATINS, The ANTHONY PRIETO Band, The SATISFACTION Band, and The COMPANY BAND, are all coming the SFV Marine Corps League's "Friday Night at the Legion" concert/dance series this summer at the Reseda American Legion Post 308, which will also see the return of the popular BAG OF TRICKS Band. FREE parking and only a $10.00 donation is asked, the whole World is invited to come out and party with the Marines ! For more info: 818-621-3920, 818-599-2719, 818-974-9704. You haven't partied in the San Fernando Valley till you've partied with us !
E-mail: USMCsgt7@aol.com or HNlandin@aol.com or Castrellon5@yahoo.com.

A new documentary movie showcasing classic Chicano music from California and Texas Chicano music pioneers , "La Onda Chicana", by John Valadez, is coming your way soon.
Keep your eyes open!

A great new Latino cultural website in the spirit of Xisapas.com is now on line at : text. Check it out.

And speaking of cultural websites and happenings, TIA CHUCHA's Cultural Center is in full swing in their new home in Sylmar, offering books, art, live entertainment, and cultural awareness programs every week, TIA CHUCHA's is the place to be. For more info: www.tiachucha.com.

The "Finest Chicano Blues Band on the planet", aka the BLUES STRAIGHT UP, featuring Lady LAVA GONZALEZ are on the road this month, bringing you that fine, laid back, "no worries today" blues music they are famous for. May 9th finds them making it mellow at the Back Door Lounge in Pomona, then, May 30th has them rocking & rolling the good people of the San Fernando Valley at the Roast House in Santa Clarita. For more info on this California classic Blues group: www.bluesstraightup.com.

And last but not least‘«™a big salute and congratulations to San Fernando High School, for having the largest increase in high school graduates going on to colleges and universities this year in the entire state of California!
?ŪTE AVENTASTES!...and Thank You !!

Educating our young has NEVER been more important!

Orale! That should keep some people busy. For more info on more events, check our Calendario page here on LatinoLA, and post your events here. It's FREE, and we reach more hip, active, good looking, and progressive Latinos in Aztlan and the west coast than any other Latino web magazine.

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
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