News from the Brown Side of Town

Chismes & music news for the big kids in the Land of 1000 Dances, including Rick Rosas tribute, Latin Legends Concert y m?ís

By Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: February 21, 2015

News from the Brown Side of Town

{i]?íOrale, Mi Gente![/i]...weather's getting better, verdad?

Things be happening here in the Land of 1000 Dances.

Sadly, the beloved Art World of Aztlan says goodbye to Chicano artist and Rose Parade float designer Mr. Raul Rodriguez, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 71. Having designed his first Rose Parade float at the age of 15, Raul was a beloved and inspiring example of recognized Chicano artistic talent for the World renown Pasadena Rose Parade for many years...not a lot like him around...

RIP, Raul...gracias for the color, talent, emotion, love of life, and dedication to the Art world you contributed to all of our lives all over the World.

On another sad note, after a well-deserved break at the gas pumps which has helped fuel the economy & everybody's lives back up, Corporate greed & manipulation appears to be slipping back into our lives just as we all begin to come out of our homes to enjoy the weather & good times again.

A suspiciously timed strike at an oil refinery in Northern California right around the time a refinery in Torrance, California mysteriously blows up has speculators predicting a spike in gas pump prices that could bring us back to the $4.00 or better a gallon by this Summer.

That pretty much factors out to billions of dollars in BIG profits to the big oil companies in the coming months, who are already gazillionairres that own almost everything, including 90% of the media and politicians in our country.

WTF does a Mobil-Exxon refinery blowing up, or going on strike, have to do with the price of gas at ARCO, Shell or Union 76 gas stations ? Do they REALLY think we're that stupid?

And while I'm chingado about ga-zillionairre filthy rich Corporations, WTF is going on with these international shipping companies that make millions of dollars a day at West Coast harbors in San Francisco, San Pedro, and Long Beach, allowing a strike at the docks that they refuse to settle, that will raise the price of almost EVERYTHING for EVERYBODY?

Time to share the wealth, putos! ... and do you notice how the media ( mostly TV news) tries to portray the workers of the Union as the bad guys? The Union workers & their families go broke & hungry supporting what they believe is right, while the rich corporate putos live large off the interest of banked millions...and the consumer public gets screwed into manufactured inflation again!...sound familiar?

Maybe the rich corporations & their families can afford $10.00 a pound meats & fruit, $5.00 a gallon gas and loaves of bread, but what about the rest of us who helped yo sorry asses get rich so you can afford this, you ungrateful bastards?

They're probably all tired of hearing from me, but I continue to encourage you all to join me and continue sending letters & emails to local media publications, commercial sponsored programs, and elected officials (the ones with huevos who aren't bought off yet) and COMPLAIN that you're tired of this [imierda[/i], and it's time for them to kick down some love & support for all that we give them!

Our spending dollars and our votes...without them, SOMEBODY is gonna have to bend over and take one for the home team!

The lessons learned from the fall of empires and the rich & mighty of the past como the Roman Empire and the European Monarchies of France, Poland & Russia, must have been forgotten, or somebody hopes we're all too stupid to remember history, so they can still get away with shit while they make undeserved big bucks...,sabes?

Ok, ok....El Editor just asked me to be cool (for now), or lose my employee parking spot and coffee privileges, or maybe get shot by some pissed off Corporate executives who don't like their covers pulled, so let's get on with the music news before somebody pulls a Dick Cheney "hunting accident" on me....whatcha:

The City of Hemet is still abuzz after the great Living Legends Show at the Historical Hemet Theater 2 weeks ago, featuring Hank Castro, Tony Sterling of the Intruders, Norman Carter of the Delfonics, and Quiet Fire... so much so....that we will be bringing you another great show March 28th featuring The Temptations and The Platters, hosted by Frankie Firme & East L.A. Revue Radio.

For information, call Frank Villa @ 951-742-2524.

Valentine's Day/President's Day weekend 2015 came and went, and with it, so many memories, as L.A. seemed to explode with talent, music, dancing and romancing.

Monibee Henley & Original Sacrifice Band started the weekend off on Friday by rocking the house at Stinger's in San Bernardino.

Then on Saturday night:

Joe Bataan, Rocky Padilla & The Rhythm of Funk Band, and the World renown Mariachi Divas raised the roof at the Alpine Village in Torrance.

SOTO rocked a packed house at Original Mike's in Santa Ana.

Barbara Mason, Brenton Wood, and Ray Carrion & Thee Latin Legends made some memories by the sea at the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Louie Parra & The Mad Latins made it a party at the American Legion Hall in Chino, while Phil Avila & The Mystery Band did the same at the San Fernando Moose Lodge.

And the BIG one was at the Norwalk Guest House Hotel Ballroom, as BALANCE, featuring Sammy Medina, brought the house down for those lucky enough to get into the sold out, standing room only show,where I was privileged to Host, Emcee, and DJ.

The night was magic, as a scrumptious gourmet buffet dinner was offered, along with a full bar and large dance floor in tastefully decorated elegance.

I was more than happy to take requests and play them Old School Oldies & Souldies dance and grinder Oldies but Goodies tunes, and a lot of smootching went on out on the dance floor, along with some cool boogaloo-ing, as Soul & Old School music was what the large crowd wanted to hear. all night long.

(As one Veterano & his Lady asked me, "Please don't play that kiddie caca Rap, Hip-Hop or retro disco shit non-stop, please!...we wanna dance & get our boogie on tonight")

Of Course, the BALANCE Band was in their element amongst the Gente, filling the dance floor from the very first song and into the midnight hour with their hot & sassy style of Funk, Soul, and R&B, fronting a 4 piece brass section and of course, the soul tickling & satisfying vocals of Sammy Medina, once again proving why they are one of L.A.'s most popular & requested Chicano Rock & Soul Bands.

The next day, San Bernardino's powerful BB WOLF Band lit up the Santa Fe Springs Swap meet for about a thousand appreciative & partying fans, while SOTO lit it up at Bruce's in Norwalk.

Later on that afternoon, BARELA, HIP STREET, and former members of Tower of Power jammed hard and hardy at Original Mike's in Santa Ana, as a fundraiser concert was held for Tower of Power bassist Rocco Prestia, who underwent kidney transplant surgery December 5th, and has been off stage since then. Rocco himself got up on stage and jammed with Hip Street, as the moment was truly magical!

This Friday & Saturday, one of the San Fernando Valley's most hottest dance bands, Bobby Martinez & The Brotherhood Band, featuring singer Becky Cordova, take the stage at the Presidente Restaurant in Northridge. Come out for nice dining & dancing to a good band with a good crowd! Free parking, no cover.

Master guitarist Rik Cantu has put a new band together that is starting to raise eyebrows in the San Fernando Valley. FRANCESCA & The VALLEY ALL STARS, featuring Francesca Capasso, Rik Cantu, Alicia Morgan, Ronnie Gutierrez, and Andre Berry take the stage this Saturday night at Monty's Steakhouse in Woodland Hills. Come out & see what people are talking about.

This Sunday, February 22nd, I will be most honored to host a memorial fundraiser concert at the World famous Whittier Radisson Hotel in honor of one of East L.A.music's most well-known bass guitar player, the late Rick Rosas, one of the original members of the 1960's Mark & The Escorts Band, who last played & toured with Neil Young & Crazy Horse.

Featured performers are:
-The Back in The Day Band~ featuring Mike Rincon and Lava Gonzalez
- Andy Tesso and The Rockers
- The Delgado Brothers Band
- special performance by the Mark & The Escorts Revue Band
For tickets & more information~ Robert Warren-909-527-5851.

Saturday, March 7th, some of L.A.'s best come out & support a Cancer Survivor Fundraiser Concert in honor of percussionist Danny "Danny Boy" Padilla, brother of Rocky Padilla at the Eagle's Hall in Los Angeles.

Featured performers are:
- Rocky Padilla & The Rhythm of Funk Band
- Rudy Salas of TIERRA fame
- Ray Carrion and The East Los Blues Band
- Comedian Gilbert Esquivel
- special surprise music guests
- DJ Pinky spinnin' labels from the tables
- Host Frankie Firme
Show starts at 6:00 pm ~ for tickets & info: 310-827-9911
Come out & support our efforts to FUNK CANCER!

March 20th and 21st, Ray Carrion brings his famed Latin Legends Concert to the San Gabriel Valley, along with the Santana tribute sounds of Europa, and the nationally acclaimed Kings of Chicano Comedy Gilbert Esquivel and Rudy Moreno at the VFW Post 144 in the City of Industry.

Hosted by Worldwide Internet TV star Thee Mr. Duran, with DJ music provided by World wide Internet radio DJ Frankie Firme, the featured performers include:
- Steve Salas of TIERRA fame
- Rocky Padilla~King of L.A.'s Chicano Underground R&B
- Gilbert Stokes of El Chicano fame
- Jimmy Espinosa of Thee Midniters
- Monibee Henley~ the Queen of the Inland Empire, singer of Original Sacrifice
- Tex Nakamura of WAR and The 44's Blues Band fame
- Bobby Loya ~ Blue Satins, LiL Joe & Latinairres, TIERRA & Thee Midniters,
- Bobby Navarette ~ TIERRA, Thee Midniters
- Matt Legaspi, Tony Hernandez, Steve Gutierrez, Mike "Timebomb" Castanon, Cory Silva,
Gilberto Torres, Larry Sanchez and other surprise guests.
- Former SANTANA members Walfredo Reyes and Ndugu Chandler

Originally scheduled for one night only on March 21st, the show quickly sold out in advance, prompting bandleader & show producer Ray Carrion to add another day on Friday the 20th.

"We sold out so quickly, I was surprised at all the calls & requests we were getting for reserved tables after we sold out," Ray tells LatinoLA. "I mean, these weren't just random calls...these were calls from fans who caught our first shows in Montebello, and who have supported us & followed us through our tour stops in Orange County, the San Fernando Valley, the South Bay area, Laughlin...I couldn't just end the calls by just saying 'sorry'...so I contacted all the artists involved and asked them if they would do another show in support of the fans, and they all gave me a resounding ' YES! '...and we happily added the 20th".

Few tickets still available for the March 20th show at 323-895-2883.

And so...the music of Aztlan and the Land of 1000 Dances goes on!

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