Another Hot Friday Night in San Fernando Valley

Staying local has its advantages

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: October 18, 2010

Another Hot Friday Night in San Fernando Valley

Another great Friday night in Aztlan...mild weather...maybe a midst of a shower in my part of town...warm breezes...and so many good people ending another week of surviving tough times with spirit, ritmo, music and dancing in the Land of 1000 Dances....MY PEOPLE!...Orale!

While the great SATISFACTION Band was keeping people happy in Lakewood, packing THE HOP for "Flashback Fridays", my friends the L.A. RYTHYM KINGS were rocking the east side at Steven's Steakhouse, SOUL PURSUIT was bringing 'em in at the Sacred Heart Family Festival in Covina, and almost everybody I know was going somewhere on this Friday....

...to heck with tough times tonight! We want to live !

...not be left out, but like a lot of Gente, I didn't have a lot of bucks to drive & party far away, I stayed local in the San Fernando Valley...which wasn't a bad move.

After partying hard with PEPE MARQUEZ & The FLASHBACKS, ANTHONY PRIETO, and UPBEAT up in Carpinteria 2 weeks ago, a little local action sounded OK.

Starting off our night , my Lady and I met up with some of the Marines and their ladies from the SFV MARINE CORPS LEAGUE, and got some boogie on at The Presidente Restaurant on Devonshire Blvd in Northridge. A local band by the name of QUINTANA entertained the Gente Brown with style on this night. No cover charge, good food, ice cold beer & drinks, decent prices, and a mellow crowd makes it a nice place to kick up a little chancla. Live local bands every Friday...we'll be back!

After the first set, we dried off the sweat, cooled our heels, and cruised over to the Texas Bar-B-Q King on Ventura Blvd in Woodland Hills , where the BLUES STRAIGHT UP band was putting in some work for the night. No cover charge, and serving up the biggest damn burger you ever saw ( NO LIE!...and delicious, too!), more ice cold beer, great service and more decent prices, we chilled, kicked back, and listened to some of the best live blues music in L.A., while the aroma of good old fashioned, home town bar-b-que tickled our nostrils...we'll be back HERE, too!

Featuring singer LAVA GONZALEZ , the BLUES STRAIGHT UP band made it quite a comfortable & mellow evening for good food & live music among a mellow crowd, while performing outdoors in a mild midst of a warm evening. What this girl & the BLUES STRAIGHT UP do with the classic blues ballad "Someday, someway, somehow " almost waters my eyes, and reinforces my love of Blues music!

Also featuring one of the baddest keyboard players in L.A. today, Jaime Avila, when they take off into the hot blues/rock-a-billy tune "Wine, wine, wine", you just have to put your burger & ribs down and rock to the boogie~woogie sounds.

As always is my luck, just as I'm getting deep into a blues groove with these guys & a gal, the show ended too early...I can do blues all night, but the band won't play till sunrise...so, being that it was only midnight in the Land of 1000 Dances, and I still had a few bucks in my pocket & a half tank of gas....we cruised down to Monty's Steakhouse on Topanga Canyon Blvd in Woodland Hills, just a mile from where we were at.

No cover charge, and well known for big, scrumptous killer steaks (BURRRP! Sorry... too full from the first 2 stops, so I can't comment here ~yet!), every Friday night features the powerful SIDETRACS band, featuring the gorgeous, dynamic, & multi-talented singer SARA MORGAN, till last call & closing.

We walk into a full dance floor, and there's the SIDETRACS band, also featuring RIK CANTU at lead guitar, putting in a 3rd & final set for the night.
Sara's just cookin' as usual... dancing, singing, and moving among the crowd like she owns the place, spreading her sultry voice, seductive smile, and good spirit around like an infection you just WANT to catch!...what she and the band can do with Tower of Power's classic dance number "What is hip?" is a work of art...and Sara is barely legal on this one!

After the show, we're chatting away over a cold one with Rik & Sara when I hear the bartender announce "OK people...we're closing in 10 minutes"...and I realize it's almost 2 am ! ...where has the night gone ?

We say our goodbyes, and the drive home only takes about 15 minutes, tops.

...and I find I'm NOT broke after this great evening of food, drinking, and dancing at 3 different stops....so I promise mama a hot menudo breakfast with all the trimmings, tomorrow morning at the popular San Fernando American Legion Hall ( which STILL isn't going to break me!)

...ahhh....life in the Land of 1000 Dances on a Friday night...no place else I'd rather be!...como que recession?

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