Friday Night at the Legion

Nick Chico & the BACKTRAXX Band join the Marines for a party in the San Fernando Valley

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: May 18, 2009

Friday Night at the Legion

The night was hot, and so was the occasion. Men and women were dressed nice, enjoying good food, cool drinks, great live music, dancing and merry making till 1 AM in a comfortable air conditioned atmosphere that all combined for a great time in the heart of L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, California, this past Friday night.

The San Fernando Valley Marine Corps League held their third successful and well attended "Friday night at the Legion" dance/concert last Friday at their home at the Reseda American Legion Post that rose the temperature in the Valley just a little bit higher for the start of the weekend.

Welcoming L.A.'s NICK CHICO & THE BACKTRAXX Band to the San Fernando Valley for their first SFV appearance, the Marines & Co. made it a Friday night party that had the SFV faithful kicking up chancla for a good cause.

"This party is not just for Marines and military personnel," Vice Commandant Fred Flores stated, "It's for every and anybody looking to step out and have a good time dancing and partying to some good live music in an adult environment, without all the kiddie crap you see at some clubs nowadays." When not engaging & welcoming guests, Fred could be seen on the dance floor with his lady, living it up and having a ball.

"This is our third dance party, and they just seem to be getting better all the time," Commandant Bennie Najar Jr. stated in between songs. "I invite all my friends and family to come out and join us. Of course the proceeds benefit our veteran's organization, but we're putting these parties on for the adult public. With the economy hitting hard times, many people in the Valley don't want to drive all the way out to L.A. proper, Las Vegas, or the Casinos to have a good time, but they still want to have a good time‘«™so here we are! Trying to get people in the community to step out for a good time that won't empty their wallets while supporting a good cause isn't an easy task in these trying times, but the Marines of the SFV Marine Corps Detachment are giving it a good try, and we're succeeding".

"It's all about having a good time in our community, in the company of honorable men like the U.S. Marines, and their Ladies," Jr. Vice Commandant Sam 'Sam I Am' Castrellon says with a smile. "Why else would I be here? I'm a Marine and my Lady and I love having a good time dancing and partying."

The BACKTRAXX Band, one of L.A.'s popular club bands, went through their paces flawlessly, backing up lead singer NICK CHICO with style and flair. Hitting all the corners with Rock & Roll, TOP 40, Cumbias, Rock-a-Billy blues, Swing, Disco, and Oldies, the BACKTRAXX Band had no problems keeping the dance floor full.

Hitting some very decent high notes all night long, vocalist Nick Chico's sweet rendition of the classics "Baby, I'm for real" and "Don't let no one get you down" , followed by his snappy versions of Kool & the Gang's "Ladies night" and the Tierra favorite "Lady in the moonlight" had people sit up and take notice, as BACKTRAXX's horn section took it to another level, giving up just the right kick to get you out on the dance floor.

Like they say in L.A.: "Brass kicks ass"‘«™

In tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn and rock-a-billy blues fans, Nick and lead guitarist Stan Dominguez belted out some fine versions of "Pride & Joy" and "Tore down", with perfect lead guitar rifts and all, that had all of us out there kicking up the chancla hard, as the night was all about partying, and these songs pretty much summed up the mood.

In the audience (and on the dance floor) were members of the SFV's heavy hitting BAG OF TRICKS Band, who had put on last month's dazzling show. "We had such a good time playing for this crowd, that we decided to come back and party with the crowd, and we're having a ball. ", some of the band members told me, as they danced the night away. The BAG OF TRICKS Band will be making a return performance July 10th.

Next month sees Chicano rock veterans LOUIE PARRA & The MAD LATINS Band (June 12th) , and the ever popular, heavy hitting SATISFACTION Band come to town (June 26th), as the "Friday night at the Legion" series continues, hosted by yours truly, Frankie Firme, and presented by the ever proud men & women of the San Fernando Valley Detachment of the Marine Corps League.

‘«™some parties you just don't want to miss‘«™put these two on that list, my friends!!

Note : for more info on the "Friday Night at the Legion" Concert/dances:

USMCsgt7@aol.com - 818-599-2719

Castrellon5@yahoo.com - 818-621-3920

HNLandin@aol.com - 818-974-9704

The BACKTRAXX band can be reached at: BACKTRAXXBAND@msn.com

And don't forget to check out the Calendar page here on LatinoLA.com .

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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