News from the Brown Side of Town, 9.3.09

Chismes and happenings in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: September 3, 2009

News from the Brown Side of Town, 9.3.09


As the summer settles into the hot months of August and September, it seems we so hot, we burn! More wildfires scorch the southland once again, and like for our brave men and women duking it out over in the middle east, we send prayers and love to the brave men & women duking it out with mother nature and these fires once again.

Our prayers & condolences go out to the families of the brave L.A. County Fire Fighters who lost their lives this week while fighting the fires‘«™there aren't enough words to honor our heroes‘«™thank you for being there for us!

The Chicano music world de Aztlan suffered yet another loss, as one of San Fernando's favorite sons, singer-guitarist Issac Avila, passed away this past weekend in Mission Hills. Best known for his lead vocal stints over the years with TIERRA, The COMPANY BAND, the PIRATES, and most recently, with SAL RODRIGUEZ of WAR , as he returned to the old neighborhood to do local appearances at Sylmar's CASA TORRES. Prayers & condolences go out to his lady Rachel, and the familia‘«™thanks for the music and memories, brother!

The San Fernando Valley Marine Corps League ended it's successful "FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE LEGION" dance/concert series at the RESEDA AMERICAN LEGION POST for 2009, as L.A.'s powerful SOUL PURSUIT Band cleaned house and brought out the best in us all last week for one last shindig. Rocking & a rolling, the SOUL PURSUIT Band kept the crowd happy till closing. These bruthas ROCK, and are highly recommended by the SFV marine Corps League for your next gig or event! For more info: www.soulpursuitband.com.

Upcoming benefit events at the Legion sponsored by the SFV Marine Corps League Detachment 1277 include "Casino Night" on Friday, October 11th. Food, drink, music, blackjack, roulette wheels, crap tables, we got it all for your Friday night entertainment. Why go to Vegas? Come to Reseda and party & gamble with the Maines! For moe info: 818-599-2719 or e-mail HNLandin@aol.com or castrellon5@yahoo.com ‘«™. More info coming on November's Marine Corps Ball.

Speaking of the San Fernando Valley, by popular request, LOUIE PARRA & The Mad Latins returned to San Fernando for a private gig with yours truly at the Elks Lodge, joining LOS LOBOS, San Fernando's Oldest car Clubs (established in 1954), as we celebrated David & Sadie Vais's 50th Wedding Anniversary. Man, when Louie & the Guys broke out with " Flip, flop, and fly", EVERYBODY turned 2o years old again, and the night stayed that way! The Mad Latins return to the Valley in December with some more rock & roll to move your soul. For more info on The Mad Latins: www.theemadlatinsband.com.

Friday nights are always hot in the Land of 1000 Dances, and everybody's favorite Friday night guy, Cory " Mr. Dreaming Casually" Silva , one of East L.A.'s "Bad Boyz of Oldies ", returns home to Whittier Boulevard in Montebello this Friday, September 4th, at the Paloma Room (formerly The Montebello Inn) , as his MIDNIGHT PRODUCTIONS Company presents his new music discovery, NEW VOICE, an Inland Empire band that's making some noise and getting some decent attention among that fine, 40 and over Chicano dancing crowd that NEVER gets old. Word is, "The King of L.A.'s Brown underground R & B", Mr. Rocky Padilla , will be joining them to make the night one to remember. Lot's of celebrity guests are expected to be in the house, so come out and join the party. For moe info: (626) 409-1919, or e‘«Űmail: cory_silva@yahoo.com ... and I'll see you there!

We regret to inform that Ruben Molina's LEGENDS OF CHICANO SOUL concert at Nick's taste of Texas in Covina has been completely sold out for Saturday, September 25th. But Friday's show at San Pedro's LEVELS Club on the 24th, and Sunday's show in the City of Industry on the 26th ,still has some tickets available. Featuring such Chicano greats as Johnny Hernandez, Steve Salas, Rudy 'T" Gonzalez, Larry Lange, Greg Esparza, The Big Manny band, members of the Sunliners, Bobby Loya,members of the Royal Jesters, JoAnna Ramirez, Bobby Navarette, Chente Montez, little Henry Lee, Ernie Garibay, and many more! To get your hands on some of these hot selling tix: www.mictlan.com.

The music is still happening on www.eastLArevue.com as DJ's Frankie Firme, Chico Manqueros, Crazy Chuy Hernandez , El Betoman, El Chino, SAPO, La Dona Pancha, La Sk8er, La Traviesa , and the rest of the usual suspects bring you the finest Chicano music buffet in the world, offering you all you can hear 24/7.

The date draws near for Peter Jaramillo's Benefit concert show PHAT JAM FOR THE ARTS on October 11th at the famous Whittier Radisson Hotel, benefiting the Los Angeles Music & Art School. Featuring Imagen Award winning actress Kikey Castillo as host & MC, ABC Eyewitness News Reporter Sid Garcia will honored , and the entertainment talent list reads like a "who's who" of L.A.s best:
Comedians ~GILBERT ESQUIVEL, ERNIE "G", JOEY MEDINA, CISCO, RC MILLER, and TIMON SHIPP..bring tissues, 'cause you will be laughing to tears!
PLUS: The Latin dance Company show & lessons.
3 ballrooms all going off at once! 8 of L.A.'s best Club DJ's playing Old School, Disco, Hip Hop, latin Soul, free style and more! Food and drink specials ~ a complete adult playground of light, sounds, music, dancing, and laughter, all benefiting the students of the Los Angeles Music and Art School, an institution dedicated to preserving the arts of our civilization through our children's education partial denied them by the State of California.

For more info: www.jegrp.com ‘«™and now, a little "inside scoop" chisme from the Radisson‘«™.

‘«™last Friday, which are usually Salsa nights at the Radisson, Orquesta Son Mayor simply "blew the roof off the mutha" . Everybody was having such a great time, and the crowd grew larger as later on that night, the legendary SOTO took the stage and put on one of their better performances ever. Known for his impromptu surprises during performances that are going well, band leader Bruce Soto suddenly called up promoter Peter Jaramillo ( a former drummer affectionately known as "2 sticks of dynomite") to join them for a short set. Without losing a beat, Peter jumped in at mid song, and jammed for at least 5 songs, bringing the appreciative crowd to their feet. Afterwards, Bruce joked "how's your heart?", referring to the quadruple heart bypass surgery that took Peter off the stage 2 years ago‘«™" Still ticking" a smiling Peter replied!...You should have been there! The LatinoLA road dogs report Peter has still "got it".

My man STEVE CAUDILLO is back , and making things happen at the Lakewood Hop after a brief hiatus traveling around Azlan looking for good entertainment. He's got $2.00 drink specials and some of L.A.'s best club DJ's spinning Old School, Disco, Hip-Hop, and Latin Grooves, making it a party every Friday night. Mention Frankie Firme & LatinoLA and get on his guestlist for some great parties : (310) 367-8439 , or www.myspace.com/stevensevents.

GNR Entertainment presents GILBERT ESQUIVEL's first ever, East Side Comedy & ZOOT SUIT BOOGIE Show on Saturday, September 26th, a the San Pedro Crown Plaza Hotel Grand ballroom. Featuring Gilbert and some of the Country's funniest stand up comedians, along with DJ Piccolo jamming some of the best Old School and Oldies but Goodies dance music. Special guest include the cast from TV's "operation Repo", food and drink, and a good time down by the sea in San Pedro. For tickets & info: (310) 518-2229, or gnrentertainment@aol.com. Prizes for best Pachuco Zoot Suit and finest "pin up" girl‘«™let's see what ya got!

BALANCE and the LATIN LOWDOWN Band perform on the Mexican street stage at the Orange County International Street Fair this weekend. For more info: gnrentertainment@aol.com

Lot's of good news, stories, and events happening here at LatinoLA, so stick around, check out some other fine articles, and be sure to check out our calender page‘«™never a dull moment in L.A.

As always, in closing, we ask you to keep a prayer in your heart and a song in your soul for our brave men and women serving overseas in Iraq & Afghanistan ‘«™it ain't Over, over there!

Ay te watcho, from the Land of 1000 dances,
Frankie Firme

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