News from the Brown Side of Town

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

By Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: December 8, 2015

News from the Brown Side of Town

?íOrale, Mi Gente!

Less than 30 days till Christmas, then the end of 2015....what a ride, huh?

So many things have happened over the course of the year, some good, some bad.

Probably one of the worst that happened right here in the Land of 1000 Dances, Califas de Aztlan was the mass murder in San Bernardino, California just a few days ago...

While our hearts go out to all the families of victims, and our profound sense of gratitude goes out to the brave police & first responders, I believe it incumbent upon all of us in public journalism & entertainment, and our mature & responsible readers, to work together in preventing mass hysteria & racial profiling and help maintain the peace needed at this time, in our present World & generation.

I mean ... just as Donald Trump & his supporters are wrong to label & stereotype all Mexicans as rapists, drug dealers, carriers of diseases, and criminals, we in return should ALL be careful NOT to label all Blacks as gang members, rap singers, hookers, and Basketball players who can't find a job; all White people as mentally disturbed racist NRA rednecks who shoot up theaters, churches, schools, and blow up federal buildings; all Asians as sneaky, clannish computer nerds who can't drive: .... and lastly, we should avoid labeling all Middle Easterners as Muslim terrorists worthy of acts of revenge ... and avoid continuing to foster & support the hatred of present day religious & political zealots that have presently upset our world balance, and keeps us at the brink of war ... these are the sad facts & stereotypes of our times...

Any realistic study of World history dating back to biblical times & before will reveal that all wars and genocides were conceived and carried out under religious & political agendas that has caused the suffering & deaths of MILLIONS of people ... and we need to get our collective shit together as modern day World citizens, reassess our current leadership's usefulness & roles, and prevent our own demise by another World War...

I'll leave it at that....

?íOrale! On with the music News, watcha:

Ever since the Summer, which has been one of the hottest on the West Coast in many years, the music has flowed, the Gente have danced & celebrated life, life has never been better, and it hasn't cooled down yet!

Internet Radio & Television, as well as satellite radio, has proven to be a spark to popular classic artists & music that has somehow fallen off the radar in Los Angeles, and contrary to what one deluded so called Rap "artist" proclaimed recently, Rap & Hip-Hop IS NOT the new rock & roll of the people....wonder how many people he knows?

Established West Coast based World wide Internet programs like East L.A. Revue Radio, Chicano Express Radio, KUCR FM, and Thee Mr. Duran Radio & Television shows, along with many new comers, continue playing & promoting the music & entertainment tastes of the"Big Kids" of Aztlan, across the Country, around the World, and now boast growing audiences with continuing live concerts drawing bigger crowds.

So many fine music shows & celebrations are planned, and that's just what the good Gente de Aztlan need to help us forget for a moment the bad news, the goofy shopping wars, too much food & weight gain...and the void in all of our hearts for our brave U.S. troops currently serving around the World who won't be home for the Holidays this year....

THANK YOU, GUYS & GALS in uniform!!

Friday December 11Th:

The Backstreet Band gets the weekend started at 3 Vinos Latin Cuisine Restaurant & Bar. in Covina. Good food, good live music, and dancing till past the midnite hour. Show starts at 7:30pm. For info: 626-653-0700.

Christmas in The Barrio 2015~ LiL Willie G Ministries will be hosting a toy drive,comedy by Rudy Moreno, and live music by The Reccesions, Los Rock Angels, Trio Los Dados, and Mariachi Ambiente, with a Free Christmas in the Barrio CD with price of admission ticket. For info: 562-972-5660.~ Sage Restaurant and Lounge in uptown Whittier.

Saturday December 12th:

TIERRA comes to the San Fernando Valley for one night only at the Valley Wing Pit & Sports Bar in San Fernando. Tickets $25.00 pre-sale. Space is limited. For info: 818-365-3500

The BIG one this weekend will be Ray Carrion's production of "East Bay Legends", featuring Tower of Power's original vocalist Rick Stevens, Redbone's Pat Vegas, Chicana singing legend Irma "Cui Cui" Rangel , and the band EUROPA, one of the best SANTANA tribute bands on the west coast, featuring former SANTANA Band members Greg Walker, Chepito Areas,Walfredo Reyes Jr, Ndugu Chancler, and Adrian Areas.Hosted by Thee Mr. Duran, Comedy by Scott Shimamoto, and DJ music by DJ Frankie Firme. Advance ticket discount available at: 323-895-2863.

Sunday December 13th:

Dale Villavicencio's BONGO FUNK Band, a nice fresh sound of live Funk/Jazz/Soul/R&B
music, comes to the Santa Fe Springs Swapmeet starting at 12pm till 5pm. Food, ice cold beer, great shopping deals, music & dancing for only $1.50 admission!

Friday December 18th:

Holiday Funk Jam & Retirement Party ~ Former U.S.Army Paratrooper, current Musician/promoter extraordinaire, and L.A. Harbor Police Lieutenant Titus Smith is calling it a day after more than 3o years on the Harbor Police Force, and you are all invited to his retirement party & Holiday Funk Jam brought to you by SoCal Events Videos in conjunction with Allstar Concerts. Featuring live on stage, the one and only ZAPP, and Phazze One Bands. MC'd & hosted by Frankie Firme, tickets are on sale now at: 562-403-5240. Dinner available.

Bobby Martinez & the popular Brotherhood Band rocks the San Fernando Valley this weekend at the Presidente Restaurant in Northridge. Great food, music & dancing, no cover. Show starts at 9 PM.

Saturday December 19th

Soto Entertainment group presents The Latin & Soul Christmas Party at The Quiet Cannon Ballroom in Montebello, featuring live on stage: SOTO, DOWN with 3, TIERRA, and BARELA, with a special reunion of LIVEWIRE, featuring Willie & Susan Mondragon. Tickets on sale now at : 562-864-2802.

KUCR FM's DJ Thee Angel Baby hosts & MC's Chino Cochino Style Wear's 1st Annual Toy Drive party & dance supporting children of Parents in Domestic Violence, featuring The Midnite Cruzzers live on stage. DJ Gilbert Navarez of MijazOldies. A $10.00 donation and unwrapped toy is humbly requested. City of Industry VFW Post 1944 for info: 626-968-4782.


Tease & Balance ~IV Lounge Norwalk. Room specials available. Dancing till next year!
562-868-0991. One hot ticket here!

Ray Carrion's Latin Legend All Stars, along with Thee Midniters~ Jassan Banquet Hall, San Bernardino. Dinner included~ 323-895-2863. This show has sold out everywhere they go!

The Smooth Groove Band~City of Industry VFW Post 1944 Bring your own munchies !
951-315-7654 .

Then, the BIG ONE in Santa Barbara, featuring TIERRA, Pepe Marquez & The GROOVELINE Band, with special guests Monibee Henley and TeCheetah Lopez. DJ's & Hosts Frankie Firme & Thee Angel Baby. The historic El Paseo Restaurant & Cantina in downtown Santa Barbara. Gonna bring in the New Year in style ! For tickets & info: 951-880-4758 or 805-570-9232.

There's much more happening, I'm sure, just check out our Calendario page here, or follow us on https://www.facebook.com/groups/1426817744271663/ .

Have a safe & happy Holiday Season! From all of us, to all of you:

MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY NEW YEAR, don't drink & drive, enjoy & share the love & respect of those worthy of it, respect our people, make our children happy & proud, show compassion for those weaker & less fortunate than you, and lastly...

... Thank You for your support! It's been a BROWN thing, baby!

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 heard daily on World wide Internet Radio Station www.eastLArevue.com,and is a regular contributor to this fine web magazine
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