News from the Brown Side of Town Part 1 ~ November 2009

Chismes & News from the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: November 4, 2009

News from the Brown Side of Town Part 1 ~ November 2009

?ŪOrale, Mi Gente !

Hope the extra hour of sleep and cooling temperatures have you all mellowing out, and getting ready for the Holidays‘«™ay viene los tamales, jamones, y guajolotes!

Before ANYTHING else is said‘«™let me say that we all owe a great debt of gratitude for another year of freedom‘«™(damn the economy!)‘«™in this great land of ours to our brave men & women serving in uniform overseas in harm's way‘«™many who won't be with their families, friends, and loved ones for the holidays, just so we can enjoy our yearly traditions of love & family get-togethers, meals, shopping, and of course, music & dancing, anywhere we want in the U.S.A.

Thanks, guys‘«™you HAVE NOT been forgotten! Happy Veterans Day, as well, to all of you who have served !

I drive to work on the streets everyday, and just seeing happy little children on their way to school, people going shopping when the stores & malls first open, teenagers hanging out at various spots before the bell, older folks taking a morning stroll or walking their dogs‘«™even the down and out selling stuff on the freeways, or hustling work at a Home Depot parking lot‘«™makes me appreciate the freedoms we all take for granted, provided by our fighting men & women.

As a U.S. Veteran of two different branches of the military who's traveled halfway around the world in my time and seen the suffering of others first hand, it's no wonder people from all parts of the globe keep coming to the U.S. to live‘«™freedom ain't free, it's paid for by the guys & gals in uniform for over 234 years!

...and NO, Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh, it isn't an automatic "given" to people who just claim to be Americans simply by virtue of the color of their skin and their parent's lineage...it was earned by people who spilled blood to be Americans !

Orale! On with the music & entertainment news. Watcha:

As expected, Halloween brought out the kid in all of us, as Halloween dances & parties sprang up everywhere in the Land of 1000 Dances that were well attended‘«™and thank GOD, for once, there weren't any horror stories about little children getting hurt or abused in the news.

The Whittier Radisson Hotel, and the Lakewood Hop (with guest host Victor Zaragosa of 92.3 FM radio) threw some killer Disco parties, while popular hot dance bands like LOUIE PARRA & the MAD LATINS, SOTO, The COMPANY BAND (with newly-added lead singer Mike Jiminez) all had successful Halloween gigs, and Centro Cutural TIA CHUCHA's had a four day Dia de Los Muertos Celebration that rocked the San Fernando Valley.

But the big spot on the map was the Norwalk Guesthouse Sash Lounge on Saturday night, where the SATISFACTION Band packed in a capacity standing room only crowd, joined by original SATISFACTION vocalist Rita Melendrez, with yours truly on Host & MC duty.

Offering discount drink specials & fresh hot tacos all night long, and a $400.00 best costume prize, the party was off the hook till after midnight as SATISFACTION gave it their all for a large grateful crowd, and everyone had a truly satisfying night!

The San Fernando Veteran's Day Parade committee and the PACHUCOS Car Club join forces this Saturday, November 7th at Richie Valens Park in Pacoima for a pre-Veteran's Day Car Show, Carnival, and Concert with live entertainment featuring the BAG OF TRICKS Band, the STACK of 45's band, live DJ music by FRANKIE FIRME & BOBBY ARIAS, and much, much more. The Action starts at 9AM, see you there!

Wednesday, November 11 is Veteran's Day, and celebrations and parades will be happening all across the country. NOT to be confused with Memorial Day, this day IS NOT to honor the fallen‘«™but honoring the men & women still walking, talking, and honoring our Country who have worn the uniform in support & defense of our Country.

The 6th Annual San Fernando Valley Veteran's Day Parade begins at 11am on Laurel Canyon Blvd in Mission Hills, ending at Richie Valens Park in Pacoima, where a free lunch for all will be offered.

The 1st Annual San Fernando Valley Marine Corps League Detachment 1277's Marine Corps Birthday Ball will happen on Saturday, November 14th at the Reseda American Legion Hall, starting at 6:30pm. All honorably discharged, reserve, and active duty U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy Corpsmen, and their families are invite to a gourmet catered meal and ceremony honoring 234 years of the United States Marine Corps, with dancing afterwards. For Tickets & info: USMCsgt7@aol.com, 818-599-2719 , or fred.flores29@gmail.com, or 818-621-3920, 818-689-3190.

Word has it that TIERRA and MEZTIZO will be performing at the Crazy Horse in West Covina this Sunday. For tickets & info, call Rico at: 310- 962- 0114 .

Comedian Rudy Moreno continues his weekly comedy shows at the Pasadena Ice House and Commerce Casino. For more info: www.rudymoreno.com.

Mas news coming in a part II of the "Brown Side" later on this month.

About Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is heard daily on Internet radio and is a regular contributor to this fine web magazine
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