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News from the Brown Side of Town 10.3.12

Chismes and music news for the big kids in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: October 3, 2012


News from the Brown Side of Town 10.3.12


Orale, Mi Gente!

People outside of Aztlan are having a hard time believing that Summer hasn't left the Land of 1000 Dances yet, as the hot weather is still hitting triple digits as we move into October.

It's gonna be over 100 degrees in my part of town all this week, so I BELIEVE IT !

Finally! Just 3 more weeks and all this election caca and bad mouthing commercials on TV about how rich politicians have screwed up my Country, and how the super rich might fix it (for themselves if elected) will soon be over. Throw in a little subtle racism from the right & the rednecks, and I realize why I didn't go into politics after getting out of jail as a young guy. Whew!... I could have been a rich & mistrusted coconut, but rich! ( ain't I a stinka?LOL)

And speaking of "Whew!"… have you heard the latest about the on-going shenanigans in the fair city of San Fernando? They are having some recall election action that keeps coming across my desk that has me scratching my head…shades of the City of Bell & former L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo in an SUV! Doesn't anybody else besides the SAN FERNANDO SUN and the good Gente de San Fernando get it? ... oh well … election season that it is, and all that! ... somebody needs a beer and a good lawyer, LOL!

And speaking of San Fernando, all the giggles & chisme this weekend in the San Fernando Valley was all about brother Dr. Al Carlos Hernandez's recent take on that illusion of the rich, famous & spoiled Hispanics (sorry…I really HATE that word!) known as the ALMA Awards, especially his quickie take on ex-communicated former San Fernando favorite son George Lopez, that I'm sure had my girl Kirstie Alley giggling in her coffee a couple mornings ago. It seems only Al Carlos was the only Chicano in the crowd to notice that this "Hispanic Awards" show honored a couple of gabachos instead of some deserving Latinos that lost out … bet you'd never see THIS on BET!
… go head on, AL !! ... YOU tell it, Brutha!

And of course…we cannot say enough about brother Dr. Rudolfo Acuna's continued OUTSTANDING articles here in LatinoLA about the state of Chicanismo in America for the informed folks of the BROWN persuasion. That brother has his finger on the pulse of what it is to be BROWN in America! Gracias, Carnal!

…and if you haven't noticed…there's a new Lady sheriff in Town for LatinoLA, giving up samples of one of the most deadliest weapons on Earth: The informed and intelligent point of view & opinions from a strong and EDUCATED CHICANA, right-in-your-face, that scares the shit out of white folks in Arizona! ... a tip of my tongo, and 2 extra tacos go out to my girl GUADALUPE GONZALEZ for her OUTSTANDING recent articles in LatinoLA that has Brown women talking about other things besides kids, work, and their idiota bosses y la cabrona down the street… I would LOVE to see pendeja Sarah Palin try her luck debating life with Lupe!! Ooooh!

One of my journalistic fantasies would be to have lunch with these 3 educated and respected Latino/Latina writers de Aztlan and discuss our World together … man ... we would probably stretch it way passed happy hour!

And finally … I'm as pissed as a wet cat over the recent DWP decision to raise my water rates AGAIN for the 3rd time in as many years! I've been trying to conserve, and mine & some of my neighbor's front lawns look sick, while we've all pretty much moved to that southwestern desert look by removing pretty plants & bushes and replacing them with rocks, gravel, and concrete coverings … but I guess them DWP Exec's and their puppet masters in L.A. City Hall can't let go of their limos, high end luncheons, dinners, salaries, lifestyles, and "business trips"… so I'm gonna be out about another hundred bucks or so in the next coming year…when are they gonna get enough of making my money theirs?... I guess crime DOES pay…it's just a matter of what color collar you wear, know what I mean ?

¡Orale! On to the good stuff in the Land of 1000 Dances, watcha:

Word on the street was that Gilbert Esquivel's LEGENDS COMEDY JAM featuring Brenton Wood and SLY, SLICK, and WICKED was most definitely off the chain and sold out to the last chair last week at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City. That Gilbert sure knows how to throw a party!

Word is, Gilbert will be making his solo singing career debut with Ray Carrion's EAST LOS Band this Saturday, October 6th at the NATION of AZTLAN Reunion Concert at the Paloma Room on Whittier Blvd in Montebello… more word on that later…

We were most honored to have celebrated my Lady's half century birthday at a private bash last week that saw George Salazar's 2nd TIME AROUND Band put on a great performance for those lucky enough to attend. Along with lead singer Gilbert Stokes
(who can croon and hit high notes that would make Mariah Carey tingle in her chonies), the band now is joined by veteran singers Lady Lava Gonzalez, and Charlie "Beatle" Vasquez, who complete the well-oiled music machine that includes bassist Mike Rincon, Ruben Arroyo at lead guitar, and Charlie Andrade at keyboards. Guest performers included Greg Esparza, Pepe Marquez, and Chris Reserva. Comedian Ray Camacho also joined the party and gave up a short routine that was right on time with the giggles!

The 2nd Time Around Band performs this Friday at the Alhambra American Legion Hall, and I'm gonna be there! One of the best & getting better in L.A., I invite you to join us on a road trip to Alhambra to catch this great group.

Of course, great groups like Louie Parra & Thee Mad Latins, Impulse, and Soul Pursuit rocked the house solid at places like Callahan's in Azusa and City Lights in Hacienda Heights over the weekend, Freddy G & Smooth Response made their San Fernando Valley debut at the San Fernando Moose Lodge on Saturday, while SOTO & Brenton Wood hit it hard at Arturo's Cantina in Fullerton for a sold out show Sunday.

Two marvelous groups, featuring two marvelous ladies of song who just happen to be related, put on a marvelous show for a good cause. CHICO, featuring singer Bertha Oropeza, and TEASE, featuring Bertha's daughter singer Vanessa Hernandez, took it up a notch at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello for a fundraiser concert for the Boys of Belvedere. Man! … I missed that one!.. heard the gig was all the way live!

Vanessa & the TEASE Band hit the stage for an exciting night of food, music, and dancing this Thursday, October 4th , starting at 9pm, at ZENDEJA's Restaurant in San Dimas. They happily invite you all to come out and join them start the weekend off right!

SOTO starts a week-long engagement at Misty's Lounge in the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, starting at 8:45 pm Monday thru Friday, then they come to Covina to perform at the Sacred Heart School Festival on Saturday, then they come to East L.A. to perform at the St Alphonsus Church Festival on Sunday. (Boy! I'll NEVER tease Bruce or Joey Guerra about getting a job again, LOL!). For more info: www.sotoband.com .

Maggie's Pub in Santa Fe Springs have definitely killed the rumor that "there's no more live bands at Maggie's" by having COLD DUCK pack 'em in last Friday to a full house.
October 5th sees ACE hit the stage, October 12th welcomes back SATISFACTION, SOTO brings their fiery blend of music October 19th, and BEST of TIMES closes off October on the 26th. For more info: here. www.maggiespub.com .

This Saturday, October 6th, starting at 7pm till 1am, Carrion Productions presents The Nation of Aztlan Reunion Concert in honor of the late Pete Perez at the Paloma Room on Whittier Boulevard in Montebello. An all star concert featuring some of L.A.'s best Brown Sound artists de Aztlan, performers include Rocky Padilla, Thee Mad Latins, Steve Salas, Robert Benavides, Tex Nakamura, Robert Zapata, Jimmy Espinosa, Greg Esparza, Hank Castro, Cory Silva, The Quintana Band, The EAST LOS Band, Sal Rodriguez, Ray Carrion & the Nation of Aztlan Band, Gilbert Esquivel making his solo singing debut, Paul Ballesteros, Sammy Loya, Te'Cheetah Lopez, and many more exciting artists. Free parking, admission is only $10.00 for a great show hosted by Thee Mr. Duran. For tickets & info: 323- 725-0093.

Saturday, October 20th, the Chicano music pride of San Jose and northern California, the one and only KOOL KATZ featuring Kelly "La Gata" Galvan, return to L.A. by popular demand at Nick's Taste of Texas in Covina for a hot night of dining, dancing, and merrymaking till 1 am. Also performing will be the exiting & electrifying RECESSIONS, a great group that can take it from cumbia to Tower of Power classics in a heartbeat, and opening the show will be Freddy G and the Smooth Response Band, with special guest Dale Villavicencio joining the mix. Your hosts & house DJ's for the night will be East L.A. Revue Radio's Frankie Firme, Chico Manqueros, and Sugarbear. Brought to you by Steven Chavez & East L.A. Revue Radio, LatinoLA, Suave Groove Records, and Sugar n Smoke Productions, this is going to be THEE hot ticket that weekend. Advance ticket discount available, free parking and some of the best Texas Bar-B-Que anywhere in Califas, call 626-331-2824 to get in on this one!

Music of these and other great groups, along with concert info can be heard on Frankie Firme's and Chico Manqueros's latest shows on www.eastLArevue.com, playing the best musica on earth, heard coast to coast and around the World , 24/7 rain or shine!
Other DJ's include Crazy Chuy Hernandez, El Chino, Sugarbear, El Beto Man, Tom Morin , El Sapo, Tyrone DuBose, and other guest DJ's, bring you a full musical buffet of all you can hear. 12 million listeners every week around the World can't be wrong!

Orale! As always, I ask you to keep a prayer in your heart for our brave men & women serving our Country in uniform around the World…you ARE NOT forgotten.

Also, let us educate our young and each other, and help eliminate the curses of substance abuse, child abuse/neglect & domestic violence towards women & children that infect & kill our RAZA like rat & bug poison.

SI SE PUEDE !!

Until we meet again, or even for the first or 100th time…¡ay te watcho, from the Land of 1000 dances!

About Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the microphone & the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul, as well as the Voice of Aztlan, heard daily on World wide internet radio station www.eastLArevue.com .
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