A Good Reason to Have Dancing Chanclas Handy

Santa Barbara's Anthony Prieto Band comes to the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: July 12, 2009

A Good Reason to Have Dancing Chanclas Handy

As most people are painfully aware, we are in the midst of an economic recession that has a lot of us cutting back on a lot of luxuries in life...but NOT the luxury OF life itself.

I refuse to give up and leave the world to the rich, affluent, and entitled: gangsters, politicians, drug dealers, greedy corporate executives, bankers, and other various criminals shouldn't be the only ones having fun and good times.

That being said, I feel very fortunate that there is hope, music, talent, dancing, love, and laughter among many like me who appreciate the short time on earth we have...and we're not gonna waste it feeling down and depressed just 'cause we might be a little behind on some bills...don't sweat the small stuff!

Friday night was an all out party in Reseda with the Marines of the SFV Marine Corps League, as they welcomed the exciting BAG OF TRICKS Band to their "Friday Night at the Legion" dance.

Saturday afternoon saw me and my Lady in Ontario for my cousin's wedding. I don't care what anybody says, a California Chicano wedding is NEVER at a shortage of love, food, music, familia, laughter, family chismes, more music, and a good time.

Now Saturday night was the kicker, as we traveled out to the heart of the Inland Empire, San Bernardino, to RAY's Downtown Deli on "E" street, a favorite hangout for the hip, Raza party crowd.

Helping celebrate popular Inland Empire Chicano radio personality Pablo "Tripp" Trevino's birthday, the bill featured biker blues star JUMPING JACK BENNY & his band, along with the night's headliner, Santa Barbara's very own ANTHONY PRIETO Band .

After a rousing and rowdy blues session by Jumpin' Jack, birthday boy "Tripp" Trevino introduced what he called "One of the most progressive Chicano bands coming up in Califas today, and a new standard to what Chicano bands and their audiences can and should look forward to...not only do they do favorite cover dance songs in a new way, they also have a powerful arsenal of new and original tunes that will be tomorrow's classics!"

And with that, Anthony Prieto and his homies from Santa Barbara, 11 strong, took the stage and proceeded to "wow" the crowd, fill the dance floor, and make it one of the more memorable Saturday nights I've had in awhile.

The Anthony Prieto Band is a refreshing take from most club dance bands in that they have more than a few original tunes to add to their unique style of Oldies, Cumbias, and top 40 dance tunes that they easily turn into new versions of classic favorites.

An old school crooner from the jump, Anthony Prieto has evolved into a formidable R&B voice and performer, with just enough booty kicking Latin Soul to grab your attention away from BET, MTV, VH-1, and the Disney Channel, and let you know there's some new kids in town.

With a hot 4-piece brass ensemble, back up and lead female vocals, killer guitar and additional lead vocals provided by Carlos Guille , and a host of some of Santa Barbara's top music talent, the Inland Empire crowd was treated to some of the best in live club music today, with the Anthony Prieto Band taking us all on the kind of wonderful musical ride that keeps that good looking adult Chicano party crowd alive and asking for more.

The ANTHONY PRIETO Band will coming back o the Land of 1000 Dances next week as they join the SFV Marine Corps League at the Reseda American Legion Hall for another great Friday Night at the Legion dance/concert (details on the LatinoLA calendar page).

Music....ain't nothing better for the soul besides love!

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 & a regular contributor o this fine web magazine
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