More News From the Brown Side of Town

Music happenings & chismes for the big kids in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: November 4, 2013

More News From the Brown Side of Town

?ŪOrale, Mi Gente!

My spirits from familia past visited me this Halloween & Dia de los Muertos, and I'm now ready for the Holidays, knowing that my loved ones & friends are covered‘«™hoping your familia spirits did you right as well, visited your home, heart, & memory‘«™your feast was had, and love was shared!

(if you don't "get it"‘«™no sweat‘«™we got you covered. My Grandfather was a Curandero de Durango! )

Wednesdays at the Ice House in Pasadena and Thursdays at Gringo's Cantina in Montebello continue to bring out the crowds of good looking Brown people de Aztlan, as laughter, music, & dancing are some of the best medicine in the Land of 1000 Dances during these troubling times. We ALL need to step out and breath!

Rudy Moreno and some of the Country's funniest comedians bring it to you at the legendary Ice House, L.A.'s comedy central every Wednesday‘«™and Ray Carrion and Thee Latin All Stars continue to bring you the finest in Chicano music & dancing at Gringo's (formerly aka the Montebello Inn/Paloma Room) on Whittier Boulevard on Thursdays‘«™and THE BIG ONE happens Saturday November 16th! Tickets on
sale now.

Some people are still politically crying about their personal hatred & investment to see President Obama & his Affordable Care Act fail‘«™ just ain't failing fast enough for the friends of Rush Limbaugh/Ted Cruz/Marco Rubio crowd‘«™ hope NONE OF THEM have uninsured friends, family, or kids that contract a deadly or terminal disease before this thing kicks in‘«™

‘«™but hey , that's politics, and let's avoid that crap for now‘«™we pray you ALL have good health regardless of WHO you hate! (even if it's yourself!)

AND‘«™please don't EVER forget we still got guys & gals in uniform serving out there in war zones like Korea, Afghanistan & Iraq‘«™just because the mainstream media has forgotten those brave Americans doesn't mean we at LatinoLA ever will! ‘«™can I get an "Amen" and an "Orale!"?!

Was Halloween cool this year or what ? Passed out pounds of candy, but my grandkids collected pounds of candy back‘«™Fearsome Foursome enjoyed a gourmet dinner prepared by Frankie Firme himself ( no offense to my Homie Chef Cory Silva) in honor of Mychal Nolasco's birthday‘«™and the night was alright!

Lot's of little kids with big smiles on their little faces had a ball in my neighborhood‘«™touched my heart to hear the laughter!

Also got a chance read another one of Brother Rudy Acuna's inspiring pieces here on LatinoLA about Halloween & Dia de los Muertos. Man! But I have never read a boring piece from Dr. Acuna in all the years he has written for LatinoLA !...glad he's on "our" side!

Gringo's Caf?ģ was poppin' Thursday night AGAIN in Montebello, with a good crowd of gente & L.A.'s best Latino musicians who got together and partied hard! Louie Parra, Rene Flores, & Mike Castanon of Thee Mad Latins joined Rudy Salas & Tony Banda of TIERRA, and other great musicians & singers and made it a party of parties that night! Lot's of pretty ladies in the house, too ! (talk about SEXY costumes!)

Friday night saw the incomparable ACE Band take the stage at Maggie's Pub in Santa Fe Springs, where a full house & dance floor was had. November 8th COLD DUCK takes the stage for another great party at Maggie's. No cover charge, Get there early for a good seat. For more info: here. www.maggiespub.com

Also on Friday night, the Brotherhood Band, featuring Bobby Martinez & Becky Cordova, hit it hard at the Presidente Restaurant in the San Fernando Valley burg of Northridge, where most Gente still had the Halloween party buzz & urge to dance from last week's Halloween party extravaganza at the San Fernando Valley Moose Lodge featuring Ray Carrion & the East Los All Stars‘«™

‘«™and where rumor has it BB WOLF is coming‘«™

Sad note in the SFV is that the San Fernando American Legion Hall Post 176 recently shut down last week due to some internal political & financial problems‘«™que triste‘«™used to have some good gigs there a couple years ago‘«™

Good news is that other American Legion halls still stand, and the Pomona American Legion Post 30 was alive and well with a packed house party & dance featuring Louie Parra & Thee Mad Latins Saturday night. The proud Vets and the good crowd made us feel ever so welcome, as we danced our booties off to the beautiful singing voices of Louie Parra & the dynamic Lulu Cardona, and a great time was had by all!

Singer Greg Esparza makes his farewell performance as a member of THEE MIDNITERS, at the Pico Rivera Sons of American Legion Post 341 on Friday November 15th, as Thee MiDNITERS come to town for one night only. Tickets going fast! For tickets call 562-695-1558

Live bands are back in style at the Whittier Radisson Hotel, where Salsa season is ending soon. HINDSIGHT recently made their return appearance this past Saturday, and other bands such as KOOL BREEZE, TEASE, LATIN SOUL CONNECTION, and The BACKSTREET Band are expected to check in this season. For info & tickets: 562-945-8517.

November 9th, Frankie Firme hosts a monster musical affair celebrating some of the most beautiful souls around‘«™CANCER SURVIVORS & their Families!! What better reason before the Holidays to have a big ole' party and celebrate life? Having lost so many beloved family & friends to cancer, this one is VERY special to me, and I invite YOU ALL to please come out and join us! Featuring the high level entertainment talents of such powerful Inland Empire music groups as ORIGINAL SACRIFICE, BB WOLF, LATIN FLAIR,SUICIDE KINGS, AND THE KINGS OF RHYTHM. Also featuring DJ Steve Naranjo. Party starts at 7:30 at the Backstretch Sports Bar on Arrowhead Ave in San Bernardino.

November 10th is the U.S. Marine Corps's 238th Birthday, and U.S. Marines around the World will be celebrating. The East L.A. American Legion Post 804 will be hosting a dinner and flag ceremony starting at 5pm. Music will be provided afterwards. ALL honorable U.S. Marines, past & present, are invited to attend. For more info: 323-253-5542.

November 11th is Veteran's Day, celebrating the lives & service of LIVING U.S. Military Veterans‘«™NOT TO BE CONFUSED with Memorial Day , celebrating the lives & services of those Veterans no longer with us. Please‘«™don't diminish the guys & gals still around by holding candle light vigils, which are reserved for the dead‘«™let's celebrate & appreciate the living!

Saturday, November 16th is the BIG ONE, happening at Gringo's Caf?ģ in Montebello. For over 8 weeks , Ray Carrion, Rudy Salas, Rocky Padilla, Gilbert Esquivel & many of the East L.A. Latin All Stars have been giving people a free taste of what the rich talent and diverse music genre's exist right in our own backyard that has touched the soul of the World, with different artists dropping in‘«™and now THEY ALL come together for a massive concert that will also include the master chef culinary talents of Mr. Cory Silva (another one of L.A.'s singing talents as well). TIERRA's Steve & Rudy Salas, Tony Banda, Jeff Lewis, Rudy Villa, Gilbert Esquivel, SLY, SLICK & WICKED's Sonny Daye, SAPO's Richard Bean, Irma "CUI CUI" Rangel, Hank Castro, Tex Nakamura, Danny Santillan, Victor Orlando, Mike Jimenez,Tony Hernandez, special guest comedian Rudy Moreno, with many other surprise guests, and hosted by Internet TV's Thee MR. Duran. Tickets only $15.00 but call early and get $5.00 off general seating. VIP seating also available. 323-895-2863 or 323-807-8054.

Best cruising Oldies-Doo Wop- Latin Soul music on the World wide web is heard 24/7 , rain or shine on www.eastLArevue.com ~ and the best Tejano-Rancheras-Corridos-Conjunto are heard on www.ChicanoExpress.com .

On Thursday November 28th‘«™let's all be thankful for what we got ! Orale!

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 www.eastLArevue.com
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