A Weekend of Chicano Soul

A little Texas, a little East Los and a whole lot of music, April 9 through 11

By Ruben Molina
Published on LatinoLA: March 22, 2010

A Weekend of Chicano Soul

Rolling into town April 9, 10 and 11 will be Larry Lange and his Lonely Knights and their Chicano Soul Revue from Austin, Texas.

The Lonely Knights' blend of Texas Chicano Soul, R&B and sixties Swamp Pop will have you Jumpin'.

Larry Lange, Joanna Ramirez and saxophonist Jesse Botello were part of our "legends of Chicano Soul" show in September. This Time the whole band is making the trip.
Joanna won the crowd over with her version of Joe Jama's "My Life" and Larry was killer on a remake of Gene Thomas' "Sometime." But this band is deep and they have plenty of great surprises.

Making the trip with Larry Lange will be Oscar Martinez the Corpus Christi legend and one of last original Chicano rock 'n rollers we still have left. The eighty-one year-old Martinez started recording with his orquesta back in 1959-1960 on Bobby Galvan's tiny Impala label. Martinez penned the rock 'n roll classics "Corpus Christi Rock" and "Makes No Difference". He also wrote the Tejano anthem "Tejano Enamorado" which has been recorded by many Tex-Mex artists through the years.

Also Francisco "Rico del Barrio" Rico from San Antonio's Westside will be doing a tribute to the late great Dimas Garza. After listening to him doo-wop Dimas took Rico as his prot?®g?® and work with him until Dimas' untimely death. Rico has carried on the legend of Dimas Garza in fine manner.

Another Dimas Garza prot?®g?®, seventeen-year-old Jonny Benevides (aka Jonny B) the doo-wop kid will be joining Rico on the Dimas tribute. After an email we received from Jonny B about wanting to meet Dimas we invited him out to San Antonio in 2008 for a rock and roll show. Unfortunately Dimas passed away a short time later. However, Joanna Ramirez, Rico and Jonny B are stepping up to keep alive the memory of Dimas Garza and other early Chicano R&B legends.
The shows will also feature some of Southern California's finest Chicano artists.

Friday April 9 9:00-1:00
(come for dinner before the show)
7th Street Chop House
465 W. 7th Street
San Pedro, CA 900731

Saturday April 10 8:00-12:00
(come for dinner before the show doors open at 6)
Nick's Taste Of Texas
545 N. Citrus Avenue
Covina, CA 91723 (626.331.2824)
The Lonely Knights and their revue will also be joined on stage by the legendary Salas Brothers. Kicking off the night will be recording artists Los Fabulocos with their fabulous Cali-Mex sound. Los Fabulocos just returned to L.A. after a short swing through Texas, performing in San Antonio, Houston and Austin. There are only a few tickets left for this show so move quickly.

Sunday April 11 4:00-8:00
VFW hall 1944
16157 Gale Avenue
City Of Industry, CA 91714
Larry Lange and his Lonely Knights - Pachuco Jose Y Los Diamantes
Pachuco Jose Y Los Diamantes will throw down with their Jump Blues and Pachuco Boogie Sound, A performance that you will talking about for weeks. Jose Lara and group are keeping alive the Pachuco sound of Lalo Guerrero and Tin Tan- can you believe it!

For more information
Call 626.941.4115

About Ruben Molina:
Author of Chicano Soul: Recordings and History of an American Culture
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