News from the Brown Side of Town

Chismes and happenings for the "big kids" in the Land of 1000 Dances, 10.14.09

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: October 14, 2009

News from the Brown Side of Town

Orale, Mi Gente!

Here's hoping the Halloween month is treating you well so far, as we continue onward through the political fog and economic mayhem that makes livin' in the USA so hard for folks in Finland and on Mars to understand‘«™.?? Gotcha on THAT one, huh?

Ha! Here's some more‘«™

I voted for home-boy, but can SOMEBODY please tell me why President Obama won the $1.4 million dollar Nobel Peace prize award?...I mean, we're still at war, right ?...the American news media STILL doesn't give us regular updates on our guys, under orders from the Government, right?

...or did he just need the money to help with the bailout? hmmm....

Don't know where or how he got the feria, but did you hear that hate-talk radio guru Rush Limbaugh wants to buy an NFL Football team, the St Louis Rams? Despite being fired from ESPN for making racist remarks, and NONE of the NFL owners wanting him in their midst‘«™what was this dude thinking ?

Thinking back to all my personal negative experiences, and the horror stories of others, can you believe the gall of the L.A.P.D. in asking the public to remember "all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty by the law" when one of their own veteran LAPD officers and his son got busted for‘«™get this: child pornography?...tell THAT to the largest incarcerated population in the World here in Californi !...who was HE protecting & serving?

Hey! After a blistering summer, we finally got some rain in L.A.! ?ŪOrale!

‘«™and trip on this‘«™a well-known hospital in Los Angeles has been frying the scalps of possible stroke patients with CT Scan "tests", causing hair loss in 40% of them, for over 18 months until somebody finally complained‘«™.sheesh! Rogaine anyone?

Shades of L.A.'s Rocky Delgadillo! ‘«™the new "no talking on cell phone while driving" law went into effect this year, and a bunch of us have been busted and had to pay some fines for giving the new law a test‘«™.but hey, recently, the California first lady, Mrs Maria Shriver-Schwarzenegger was busted cruising and yakking in her SUV‘«™Arnold says there will be some "swift consequences" in the news‘«™then bam!... home-girl gets busted by a citizen again the next day, and posts it on the Internet‘«™

Anyways, enough of that! ‘«™Yuk! Yuk!...life in the Land of 1000 Dances‘«™never a dull moment! ....here's some GOOD stuff for a change, watcha :

The PHAT JAM for the ARTS at the Whittier Radisson Hotel was a cool success, with some good support and excellent entertainment on a Sunday night, and we thank you all who attended.

LatinoLA's Abelardo de la Pena Jr. and Frankie Firme were spotted on the dance floor tirando chancla with their ladies for a good cause. As expected, top dawg comedians Gilbert Esquivel, Cisco, and Joey Medina split some sides, but newcomers RC Miller, Tyman Shipp and Carlos Loma also opened some eyes. Musically, heavy hitters like Louie Parra & The Mad Latins Band
(with special guest Peter "2 Sticks O' Dynamite" Jaramillo, who got to sit in and jam), and the SUAVE Band were excellent as expected, but the story here was newcomers the Hindsight Band, who blew people away with their singing duets and heavy hitting Old School sound as they busted out in between the big boys , and made a lot of new fans.

Of course the grand ballroom was full of salseros as the Lucky 7 Mambo Band, Orquesta Son Mayor, Johnny Polanco, and Chino Espinosa put out some high powered energy for a dance-a-thon that lasted till closing. A great night, with some great stars, for a great cause. For future events, check out: www.jegrp.com.

Last Friday night saw George Salazar's 2nd Time Around Band kick it up for the Gente at the Norwalk Guesthouse, with Satisfaction's Chris "Lil' Santana" Reserva sitting in on guitar, and helping pack the dance floor. A nice sized crowd kept the action going till closing. Saturday, October 17th sees the 2nd Time Around Band performing a FREE concert at Rick's Drive~In on the corner of Main St and 2nd Ave in Alhambra starting at 7pm. See you there!

On a sad note, the Chicano Music World lost another brother in song as Nation of Aztlan's PETE PEREZ left this world's stage to join the best band up in heaven. Our most heartfelt condolences go out to the Perez family. In tribute, a benefit concert is planned for November 1st, starting at 12 noon, at the Paloma Room (formerly the Montebello Inn) in Montebello. Featuring such popular artists as Rocky Padilla, WAR's Sal Rodriguez, Cory Silva, The COMPANY's Ray Carrion, The Paris Escovedo Project, The Nation of Aztlan, the New Voice Band, and many others to be announced. For more info, you can e-mail: rpg808@aol.com or call (626) 409-1919.

Laughter and music have proven to be the best medicine if you're sick of hard times and need a little relief, and on Friday, October 16th, the Dr. is in, as comedian RUDY MORENO hosts "Friday Night under the stars" , featuring THE WISEGUYS, the West Coast's premier big band, and guest comedians QUINN DAHLE and BRUCE JINGLES. There will also be dancing to live music at the supper club, and in the arena bar, all happening at the Commerce Casino, where you don't have to leave L.A. to eat, drink, dance, and gamble all under one roof . For more info: www.commercecasino.com.

On Thursday, October 29th, the State of California, in conjunction with Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, will sponsor the "Honor a Hero-Hire a Vet" Job and Resource Fair at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills, from 11am to 3pm, for ALL Veterans, National Guard, and Reservists returning from active duty‘«™..THANK YOU, CALIFORNIA !!!
~ for more info : 1-818-899-9541 and 1-805-382-8610 ~

On Saturday, October 31st, Frankie Firme is your host & MC as he joins the renowned SATISFACTION Band for a Halloween bash to rock your world. Food, live music, cool drink specials, dancing, and a $400.00 prize costume contest awaits you at the Norwalk Guest House on Halloween night. For more info: www.satisfactionband.com

Texas's Chicano Express Radio continues to promote the best Tejano & Chicano Oldies music with DJ's Crazy Chuy & Frankie Firme at the helm. www.chicanoexpress.com.
Interviews and Tejano Music news events, including Tejano Sunday at Pico Rivera's A MI HACIENDA RESTAURANT with Ruben Ramos & The Mexican Revolution, is now being announced.

Not to be outdone, the Lost Memories Show also kicks down some righteous classic Low Riding Oldies & Doo~Wop music with Mr. O.G. and Frankie Firme at: www.djchentemrog.com, giving out the 411 about car Shows & lowriding events in the Land of 1000 Dances.

And then, the king of them all, the East L.A. Revue Internet Radio Jukebox plays all the "good stuff " from Oldies, to that sweet Latin Soul you can't get enough of, to classic Rock & Roll and Jazz, to vinyl classics from the 1950's & 1960's and beyond, all playing 24/7 with Radio personality/DJ's Chico Manqueros, Crazy Chuy Hernandez, Dona Pancha, La Traviesa, La Sk8er, El Beto Man, El Chino, Ray & Josie Ramos, El Sapo, Afanasi Afanasivich , and of course, yours truly, Frankie Firme, on www.eastLArevue.com ~ now broadcasting out to our brave astronauts on the international space station and to our neighbors on the planet Mars‘«™we're truly international !! Enjoy the music !

The San Fernando Valley rocks in November. November 1st , the City of Canoga Park will celebrate Dia de los Muertos in downtown Canoga Park on Sherman Way with a carnival & festival featuring a Car Show, booths, live music, food, and souvenirs, then on November 7th , the Richie Valens Recreational Center will be the spot for a pre-Veteran's Day Car Show, Carnival, and Concert, with live entertainment, a classic Car Show featuring the PACHUCOS Car Club, rides, food, refreshments, and fun for the whole family. Yours truly, Frankie Firme, will be spinning the DJ sounds live at both events, and admission & parking for both events is FREE! Then, November 7th hosts the Annual San Fernando Valley Veteran's Day Parade on Laurel Canyon Blvd in Mission Hills, leading all the way to Pacoima and the Richie Valens Recreational Center again, where more food & fun awaits you! For more info: (818) 808-5631 or (818) 367-3256
All car & bike clubs invited!

If you didn't get a chance to catch the outstanding 2 hour Latin Music USA television special on PBS, you get another chance on October 19th, as the 3rd & 4th hour of this series explores L.A.'s "East Side Sound" and Tejano influence on the American music scene. The first 2 hours aired on Monday October 12th gave an outstanding historical presentation of the birth of the East Coast FANIA Salsa sound, and the bridges of Latino-Chicano-Puerto Rican-Cubano music that brought us where we are today. HIGHLY recommended for serious students and admirers of Latino~American music through the generations in the USA. For more info : www.pbs.org/wgbh/latinmusicusa/.

November 7th comes another first to the City of Angels: the Wise Latina Society will host a lecture series for the Women of the Brown persuasion entitled "Sex, Love, and the Wise Latina" at the Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC) from 2 to 4 pm. For more info: www.wiselatinasociety.com ‘«™.can't hurt, and sure can help‘«™enlightenment is one of the best buzz you can get !

Tickets are now on sale for the San Fernando Valley Marine Corps League's Annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball & Banquet on November 14th. For more info: 818-621-3920 or e-mail: HNLandin@aol.com or USMCsgt7@aol.com.

That's it for now, Mi Gente. Keep a prayer in your heart for our brave men & women serving overseas in Iraq & Afghanistan...it ain't over , over there, and you are NOT forgotten!

...honor our women, protect & educate our children, love your family & friends, because IT'S A BROWN thing, baby!

Orale! 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 is a regular contributor to this fine web magazine
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