News from the Brown Side of Town, 11.7.12

Chismes & music happenings for the big kids in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: November 6, 2012

News from the Brown Side of Town, 11.7.12

As my good buddy Thee Mr. Duran would say: "?ŪCHINGATORS!!".

Wishing nothing but the best, and loads of prayers, to our Gente on the east coast just coming out of hurricane Sandy. Pobre people, indeed!

All these political campaigns, commercials, & manipulations will soon be over‘«™all the losers & boozers will have to go back to the real world and hopefully get a real job‘«™all the closet political wannabe commentators will have to see the results and live with them, and hopefully shut up for at least another 4 years, and I can comfortably watch TV again‘«™sheesh!... I just feel bad for the misinformed and mislead, who passed around half truths and misconceptions poorly masqueraded as opinions‘«™

?ŪOrale! I'm still pissed about George W. Bush & the Republicans stealing the election in 2004 and getting us into wars in Iraq & Afghanistan and nobody stopping his lame culo‘«™but hey‘«™I dealt with it‘«™.

Probably the most significant elections to working Brown people this year will be in Tucson, Arizona, and San Fernando, California. Nowhere else are the assertions of unfairness, double standards, and political arrogance so blatant as to test the democratic ideals this country was founded on. Vote on, [i]Mi Gente![i] Make it count !

So I cruise in different direction, hang with good non-political Gente, and dance to different tunes with my Lady on nobody's terms but mine‘«™y dos toe-jam tacos con chile sin sabor to those who can't do the same, LOL!!

Man! There were some GREAT Halloween & Dia De Los Muertos celebrations this past week & weekend. Prayers & curses were the joking punchlines here, as Gente are just plain tired & fed up with election season by now, and just want to live life!
(And some local politicians hope to get your vote just to go away and leave you at peace)

The release of TIERRA's "Arizona" video made quite a splash on Facebook & YouTube this weekend‘«™now THAT'S politics with a giggle! Watch it here.

Some of the better radio music shows in Aztlan were posted & released on www.eastLArevue.com. Internet Radio this past weekend, and are all still there! Sugarbear's "Dreams of Doo~Wop" is picking up fans but quick.

Word has it that the cities of Canoga Park, Santa Ana, Long Beach, and East L.A. had some of the best public Dia de los Muertos celebrations in Aztlan‘«™BOO-Ya!...and NONE of them had anything to do with politics !

Friday night was jumping as Fred Magallanes and the SOUL PURSUIT Band rocked the Taste of Texas in Covina, while Ronnie Reyes and the GROOVE band lit up the night at Maggie's Pub in Santa Fe Springs, and the IMPULSE Band was doing their thing at Cuban Pete's-Lakewood Hop‘«™party, party, party!

I was there at Maggie's on Friday night, and the GROOVE Band was pretty good, keeping the large crowd dancing despite their female lead singer missing the gig for the night. Heard they're even better with her‘«™

Also on Friday, George Salazar & his 2nd TIME AROUND Band made it fine & mellow at the Alhambra American Legion Hall, featuring singers Lava Gonzalez, Gilbert Stokes, and Charlie "Beatle" Vasquez taking turns at the mike. I caught that one as well, and them Brown bruthas & a sista were on it ! Word has it brutha Rudy Salas of TIERRA was in the house checking out the scene and enjoying the good sounds.

Saturday, Freddy G & SMOOTH RESPONSE returned to the San Fernando Valley and packed 'em in at the San Fernando Moose Lodge for a great party of dancing Gente, while my Lady & I joined DJ SUGARBEAR and his lady as we attended the wedding reception for singer PEPE MARQUEZ up at the Union Ale Sportsbar & Restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara. The JUANO & FRIENDS Band gave up a remarkably good show, and had us all dancing till past midnight. We were joined by Ray & Becky Cordova, and we all had a great time partying with Pepe's family and the Santa Barbara crowd.

Sunday, The PARIS ESCOVEDO PROJECT and an array of Latin Music all star guests jammed at Rudy's Baja Grill in East L.A. to celebrate Paris's birthday, and they got it on mas de aquellas, word on the street has it.

This coming weekend is U.S. Marine Corps Birthday - Veteran's Day Holiday weekend, and I hope EVERYONE will step out and honor our men & women in uniform, past & present, as we also celebrate the end of election season by honoring those who make it safely possible in the most free and powerful country in the World!

Starting it off on Thursday night, Vanessa Hernandez and The TEASE Band make it happen at Zendejas Restaurant in San Dimas starting at 9pm. They are hot & ready!

Friday night, LOUIE PARRA & THEE MAD LATINS kick off the party at Nick's Taste of Texas in Covina. These guys are also on a hot roll, and I highly recommend you catch these guys & a gal in action for some great music & dancing.

The powerful SOTO Band will be hitting the stage at Original Mike's in Santa Ana on Friday as well, (www.sotoband.com)while COLD DUCK will be jammin' at Maggie's Pub in Santa Fe Springs.(www.coldduck.com).

Saturday is the U.S. Marine Corps 237th Birthday, and I'll be sharing an honored meal with the guys down at the East L.A. Eugene Obregon American Legion Post before heading down to Ruben Molina & the Southern Soul Spinner's Soul & Funk Jam Dance at the City of Industry VFW Post 1944, where the cause will be a food drive for homeless Veterans. The Southern Soul Spinners are one of the most recognized original vinyl spinning Oldies/Funk/Soul DJ groups in California, and DJ Miss Shorty Sanchez will be joining their ranks as she makes her public debut in honor of Marines and all Veterans.

One of the bigger jams honoring Veterans on this day will be The PARIS ESCOVEDO PROJECT, with special guest stars RAY CARRION, GREG ESPARZA, and members of the ESCOVEDO FAMILY as they put on a music extravaganza at the U.S. battleship USS IOWA at berth 87 in San Pedro, sponsored by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. FREE admission, FREE USS Iowa tour tickets, FREE food, great live music, and the public is invited FREE, starting at 1:00 pm.

Sunday is Veteran's Day, and there will be parades all over the Land of 1000 Dances. I highly encourage everybody to break out their flags and step outside on this beautiful day, as beautiful weather is predicted, and our guys & gals overseas and in the retired ranks need to know THEY HAVEN'T BEEN FORGOTTEN‘«™ no politics involved, please!... just say "Thanks"‘«™and let the rest of the World know we are the best !

Friday, November 16th, Los Carnales Esquivel, Gilbert & Rudy, better known across the country as GnR Entertainment, put on their last comedy/music/dance extravaganza show of the year at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City. These parties have been happening all year every couple of months, and they never disappoint with Gilbert Esquivel & some of the funniest comedians in the Country, along with some of the best music in Aztlan for your listening & dancing pleasure. For tickets & info: 310-518-2229, and tell 'em you got the number from LatinoLA.com !

Saturday, November 17th, I will be hosting and DJ-ing a party at the Paloma Room in Montebello on Whittier Boulevard, featuring RAY CARRION and the explosive and electrifying EAST L.A. ALL STARS, featuring guest artists STEVE SALAS, MIKE JIMINEZ, TONY BANDA, BOBBY NAVARETTE, JOSE PAPO RODRIGUEZ, TONY HERNANDEZ, STEVE GUTIERREZ, and many more surprise guests. Giggles to be provided by comedian RAY CAMACHO, the "Most interesting Mexican around".
Not for the kiddies, so don't expect any of that no- stop, retrodisco-rap-hip hop caca in the house on THIS night‘«™we gonna have some REAL music for your listening & dancing pleasure for the big kids! So dress up, step up, and step out to the Paloma Room Saturday, November 17th con Frankie Firme, Ray Carrion, the EAST L.A. ALL STARS, and Ray Camacho.

The following weekend, THEE MIDNITERS, featuring GREG ESPARZA, take it to Orange County Gente at Arturo's Cantina in Fullerton‘«™gonna be a party you don't want to miss !

?ŪOrale, Mi Gente! This month we also celebrate Thanksgiving‘«™and I couldn't be more thankful than to have the woman, family, friends, job, and health that I do, and live in the Country that I do, protected by the finest police, firefighters, and military that we have‘«™and can listen to finest music in Aztlan on www.eastLArevue.com. while interchanging & sharing life, intelligence, and cultura right here on LatinoLA

No wonder people all over the World want to come to the Land of 1000 Dances...it's the Brown people that make it interesting !

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