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A Little Classic Brown Soul in the Valley on a Friday Night

George Salazar and his 2nd Time Around Band are a big hit at the San Fernando American Legion Hall

By Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: August 22, 2011


A Little Classic Brown Soul in the Valley on a Friday Night


Friday nights have been jumping lately at San Fernando American Legion Post 176 on the corner of Pico & Fox streets in San Fernando.

As a proud member, and regular host and MC for many of the popular and well attended " Saturday Night at the Legion" concert/dances this year which have included groups like The Temptations, the Marvelettes, Pachuco Jose y Los Diamontes, the Delfonics, Anthony Prieto, Louie Parra & the Mad Latins, Pepe Marquez, the 4 Tops, The Company Band, and many others, I felt honored to host/MC/DJ the August birthday celebration party this month.

...and MAN!...did WE do it up and party down! (Yes! I'm a LEO!)

It was also the San Fernando Valley debut for one East L.A.'s growing rapidly in popularity Chicano music groups, The 2nd TIME AROUND BAND.

Organized, formed and led by original THEE MIDNITERS drummer GEORGE SALAZAR, the group also consists of other well known L.A. Chicano Music veterans such as singers GILBERT STOKES (El Chicano, APB band), HANK CASTRO ( also of THEE MIDNITERS, and HANKO & The BOOMERS fame), and EDDIE RODRIGUEZ (THEE LIL' HEARTBREAKERS) make a rare trio of Chicano soloists/three-part Doo~Wop/R & B Harmony not being done by any current group at the moment.

The evening even included popular and well known keyboardist RAY CORDOVA (the DRIFTERS's Band, The COMPANY Band) as a special added guest for some added kick with his classic "Hammond" sound.

Staying strictly in the 1960's-1970's genre of L.A. style R & B, Soul, East Side sound, and Rock & Roll from the original lowrider days, the group puts out an array of classic dance tunes ranging from pre-disco funk & soul, to Latin Soul, to Oldies to Blues and back , being careful not to sound like the average generic cover bands making the rounds at the moment.

Singers Hank Castro and Gilbert Stokes were both simply magnificent, with their heart touching performances and dynamic stage presence & personalities.

Singer Eddie Rodriguez was just 'too kool" in his kick back, low rider mode, starched khakis and sunglasses and all...crooning out the classic Blues and Oldies like he was sliding through sweet warm butter in silk chanclas ... and enjoying the ride.

Together they put on quite a show till just after Midnight, and made even the most familiar of songs their own....stopping on a dime, and leaving 9 cents change!!

Gilbert opened up with a couple of solo original tunes on acoustic guitar, and then the band lit the place up, with all three singers then taking turns and entertaining the large crowd, while taking them on a wild ride through the Chicano music attitude that is Aztlan...and the packed dance floor was evident that we all were taking THAT ride with them!

Good, classic, dance-yer-ass-off & cheek to cheek "grinder" tunes...music especially just for the "Big Kids" in the Land of 1000 Dances!

The way music used to be... before all the glitter, lights, sexy video, smoke, electronic enhancement, clap & finger snapping machines, background stage dancers of today ... music played, performed, and sang from the heart!

Great show indeed! You gotta hear these guys...youngsters trying to break into the music world could learn a lot from these men! Oldsters who can't move their band on past the 'hood for gigs...come check out what real talent and a good attitude gets you !

The 2nd TIME AROUND Band...welcome back to to the Land of 1000 Dances !

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Note - The 2nd Time Around Band can be reached at: georgebigtruck@gmail.com

Note #2 - The next scheduled concert/dance at the San Fernando American Legion Hall is on Saturday, August 27th, starting at 8 pm, when the hard hitting, memory-making SOUL PURSUIT BAND comes to town!

Check the Calendario for details.

About Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is heard daily on Internet radio Station eastLArevue.com
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