Who Says You Can't Party During a Recession?

The Gente de San Fernando join the Marines & American Legion, and some hot bands, to make it a killer Father's Day week

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: June 22, 2010

Who Says You Can't Party During a Recession?

The first weekend of summer 2010 came & passed with a bang in L.A. recently. It's always happening here in the Land of 1000 Dances!

The Los Angeles Lakers are once again World Champions.

The price of gas & food are going down again, and temperatures are in the 80's & 90's. Luckily, we don't have oil spoiling our beaches (yet!) , so people ae heading for the coast.

Father's Day...and I was blessed with yet another beautiful grandchild at 2:30 am....thanks, GOD! She's perfect!

...and music and dancing is still happening here in the Land of 1000 Dances, as the good Gente of San Fernando are keeping that tradition alive & well.


Friday night , the Marines of Detachment 1277 of the San Fernando Valley Marine Corps League hosted their first "Friday Night at the Legion" dance-party of 2010 at the San Fernando American Legion Post 176, and it was a total sold out success.

The standing room only crowd came out to dance and party to the hot sounds of THE BAG OF TRICKS Band, one of the Valley's more popular and powerful dance/club bands. Despite the air conditioners being on full blast, the heat of the crowd & moment had everybody raising a sweat on the dance floor , as BAG OF TRICKS kept it alive and pumping from start to finish with their brand of hot funk, Top 40, and rockin' soul, and the dance floor was never empty.

"This is just the beginning of things to come" ,Marine Corps League Detachment 1277 Commandant Bennie Najar Jr and American Legion Post 176 Commander Sam Castrellon echoed, "We've made some serious changes around here, personnel included, and more changes are in the works. We hope to bring in some more top notch entertainment and make this part of L.A. & the San Fernando Valley THEE place to party in a warm & friendly atmosphere, compliments of the U.S. Veterans of both organizations who put in a lot of work to make things happen around here, and we honor our Veterans of our Country, who served to give us the freedom to do so".

Besides a full service bar serving up ice cold beer & cool drinks, hot food was also available for the Gente's enjoyment and it was an all out party till after midnight. The BAG OF TRICKS Band was even called back to do 2 encore songs, and the crowd definitely got their money's worth, with lots of full bellies, sore dancing feet, and a memorial Friday night at the Legion !

BAG OF TRICKS alone was worth the price of the ticket! (www.BOTricks.com)

...these guys rock da house !

Sunday was Father's Day , and the Gente once again fell out for an afternoon tardeada of food, music and dancing at the San Fernando American Legion Post, as the Marines and the American Legion were called upon to assist with a fundraiser benefitting the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, hosted by Jerry and Corinna Warner, and the call was answered.

The band on this day was A TODA MADRE (aka ATM) , a hot new group made up of talented music veterans from throughout the Valley, featuring singer Ernie "El Torpedo" Medina, and I GOTTA say, these guys were on it !

Like stepping fresh out of the past, ATM simply blew everyone away with classic rock & roll, & "east side" Oldies played almost to perfection with sweet vocal harmony and masterful music. Just to keep things lively, they also threw in some cumbias and Latin Soul to keep everybody happy.

Some of the high points of the night was when vocalist Ernie Medina and ATM did some nice renditions of the Temptation's classic "My Girl" , Thee Midniters "That's All", and James Brown's "Try Me" (complete with dual sax solo) that brought "oohs" and "ahhhs" from the crowd, not to mention more than a few appreciative screams from the ladies in the house as Ernie & the guys put in some work on these numbers...showing them all that music is the gift that keeps us all young...A Toda Madre!

Many people in attendance also told me that LOUIE PARRA & THE MAD LATINS had flew into town on Saturday, the day before, for a killer performance at St Ferdinand's Church of San Fernando's "50 plus" community social club. Although I missed this one, I'm told Louie & the guys ROCKED San Fernando on a Saturday night...not that I had any doubts, of course!

So...things might not be perfect...but why sit at home and bitch about it?...
...the Gente de San Fernando don't !

Get out and LIVE!!! ...and tell 'em the Marines & American Legion sent you!

...and if you happen to be in San Fernando on August 20th..the COMPANY BAND will be performing at the San Fernando American Legion Hall...more 411 to come !

About Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the Al Capone of the microphone and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul
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