News From the Brown Side of Town, 12.30.09

Happenings & chismes in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: December 30, 2009

News From the Brown Side of Town, 12.30.09

Orale, Mi Gente!

It's so fine to finally say goodbye to 2009!

Finally, one of the worst years ever is over! Political scandals, celebrity busts, two wars, lots of chismes to kill the boredom, lot's of embarrassing moments, and a killer economy that almost knocked us all down‘«™but we're still here!

‘«™and the music never stopped!

Even though we're still scratching our heads as to how the cable companies got the monopoly on TV airwaves across our country by killing analogue and making us all go digital cable box against our will, NOW they're raising prices for service, even though there's minimal commercial competition, and they've already made a fortune selling everybody converter boxes‘«™told you this was coming!

Tax time is coming‘«™be prepared! I highly encourage Gente to go to a tax service rather than try to do them yourselves‘«™people who do them themselves usually get audited more often‘«™pinche IRS!

The new George Lopez TV show is getting some mixed & controversial reviews...especially from his hometown crowds of San Fernando - Pacoima.

...let's see how 2010 fares for "America's favorite Mexican..."

New laws are in the mix for medical marijuana in Los Angeles that could start a precedent across the Country...don't throw away your bong & rolling papers just yet...

The Christmas parties were great, and now , the New Year's Eve brings you more solid entertainment and music to ring in 2010, watcha:

In the Inland Empire, LOUIE PARRA & THE MAD LATINS will be performing at the Colton American Legion Hall, performing a tribute to THEE MIDNITERS with special guest, MIDNITER's bassist, Jimmy Espinosa. For tickets & info (562) 825- 4952 or log onto www.theemadlatinsband.com.

The "big one" will be happening at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, as TIERRA, JOE BATAAN, SOTO, CORY SILVA, MARIACHI GUADALAJARA and DJ Johnny join forces to ring in the New Year con ganas, hosted by Thee Mr. Duran. For tickets & info: (562) 619-6800.

If you don't like the big crowds, but you still want to get your boogie on to some mellow Oldies but Goodies, top 40, and cool Chicano Soul, FREDDY G & the SMOOTH RESPONSE Band will be performing at the PALOMA ROOM on New Year's Eve. With drink specials and a hot DJ along in the bill, how can you lose? Or more info: (323) 722- 2927.

Cruising down south in L.A., Steve Caudillo and the Lakewood Hop are also planning a New Year's gig sponsored by 92.3 FM, featuring DJ Niddles and DJ Pinky, spinning that fine Top 40, Hip-Hop, and Latin grooves for some of the hottest dance action in L.A.. Steak dinner, champagne, drink specials, and party favors offered with V.I.P. seating. For more info: (310) 367- 8439.

It wouldn't be New Years without something happening at the famed Whittier Radisson Hotel & ballroom‘«™and IT WILL be happening, as Jaramillo Entertainment brings you 3 party rooms all happening at once, with L.A.'s top club DJ's, a 6 course dinner, luxury room specials, and that special party ambiance and world class service the Radisson is known for! For more info: www.jegrp.com.

Frankie Firme ends the year with his 4th Internet Radio Show beaming around the World on www.QVORadio.com, bringing you the finest in Oldies but Goodies ( the REAL kind), smooth Latin Soul, classic R & B, and original Rock & Roll, without all the blabbering commercials and non-stop talk‘«™just more music for the "big kids" in life!

Also check out: www.djchentemrog.com, www.eastLAregvue.com and www.ChicanoExpress.com ~ heard by our beloved U.S. troops around the World, and dedicated to their safe return!

Unfortunately, the New Year's Day Extravaganza in the San Fernando Valley featuring THE COMPANY Band has been cancelled, but The COMPANY Band will be rocking the house at the Moose Lodge in Santa Barbara on New Year's Eve. For more info: www.thecompanyband-tcb.com.

If you love Latin Jazz, (and who in Aztlan doesn't?), the popular BOB DESENA Band will be ringing in the New Year's in Indio, California, at the Jackalope Ranch Restaurant, one of the Coachella Valley's newest upscale restaurant and party spots, featuring the best in BBQ and steaks. For more info: www.bobdesena.com.

‘«™and of course, for those under 35, the "Greatest Show on Earth" on New Year's Eve is happening at the Villa Sorrioso Supper Club & Lounge in Pasadena, featuring 3 large party areas of live bands, DJ's, dancing, food, and live circus entertainment under 3 large tents. For more info: www.rocanetwork.com.

You can also find or post events here on the LatinoLA.com calendario page, reaching more Latinos on the West Coast than any other Latino Web magazine around. (Editor's Note: Not really sure about that, but thanks, Frankie!)

2010 will continue to bring you the News from the Brown Side of Town, with current entertainment news & info ( and a few choice chismes) for that mature, good looking, party Gente de Aztlan that refuses to get old, as we all grow up together!

‘«™and THERE IS a difference, right ?

Wishing you all a safe and prosperous New Year, and I ask you all to never forget a prayer of thanks to our brave men & women serving overseas in Iraq & Afghanistan‘«™keeping us free to have all these marvelous times !

Ay te watcho, from the Land of 1000 Dances,

~ Frankie Firme

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