News from the Brown Side of Town

Chismes and news for the big kids in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: June 1, 2011

News from the Brown Side of Town

?íOrale, Mi Gente!

It's been a while, but the giggles and the action still happen in the Land of 1000 Dances and beyond.

First, some giggles...

Even though some nasty tornadoes killed hundreds, and destroyed so much property in Alabama, that federal relief was brought in for the newest homeless so they won't be living in tents, cars, and rubble made shelters in the rain, some pendejo politician decides he's going to enforce some lame ordinance and prevent hundreds of people from living in temporary mobile homes brought in by FEMA.

In Cordova, Alabama, Mayor Jack Scott, an older, redneck looking mo~fo who's living off the fat of the land (i.e. taxes) himself, has decreed that the single-wide trailer shelters provided by FEMA are illegal in Cordova and has refused to let his homeless constituents (Victims & voters) live in them, even though he has allowed public services and business offices to use them...what is this pendejo thinking?

The good people of Alabama could learn a lesson from California....in 2003 when then Democratic Governor and U.S. Viet Nam Vet Gray Davis decreed he would be raising the state vehicle registration fees to help offset a state budget deficit, the genius Republicans got their chonies in a bunch and launched a recall election and kicked his culo out of there so we could get Arnold Schwarzenegger, a foreign born, unemployed actor who married into one of America's richest and politically connected families, and who didn't know #%@* about running a state...

...and after 2 terms, California is all screwed up, broke, with the highest taxes in the nation and the most threatened and ridiculed educational system, albeit one of the best for now, in the Country...but we do have some of the best FREE homeless programs in the nation that attract people from all over the World to cash in...so we can expect some Alabama immigrants to start getting off the buses soon in California, que no?

...don't you just love it when white folks catch the same $&*#@ we've been catching from white folks for years?

...don't know if all of that is a good lesson, but removing that pendejo from office where he'll have to get a REAL job sounds like a good start to me!

And I don't know about you L.A. sports fans, but I'm still a bit embarrassed that some Los Angeles punk cholos beat some poor San Francisco Giants fan almost to death at Dodger Stadium (more embarrassed about his mother, who was in Vegas partying, but insists on national TV the dude they caught, who has a violent history and was on parole from prison at the time of his arrest, wasn't even there!)...not to mention the asshole behavior a couple of million dollar a year plus spoiled Lakers displayed on national and world wide TV when they got whupped in the playoffs...no wonder we are in shape we in, in the sports world, and why we don't have an NFL team in L.A.

Sheesh!...no wonder adult acting men and women avoid sports bars lately!

Oh well...at least we got the best music and dancing in the land ... watcha:

The action gets better this summer at the Whittier Radisson Hotel, where the 2011 Salsa Poolside Season in L.A. starts. Big names like SUSIE HANSEN, JOHNNY POLANCO,SON MIRON,CHINO ESPINOSA, ANGEL LEBRON,and TOBACO y RON hit the stage by the pool for a guaranteed great evening of the best salsa music and dancing in L.A. ALSO: Club 201 also brings you some of the hottest Chicano rock & dance bands for that mature & good looking Chicano crowd with such hot names as SOTO, DOWN WITH 3, L.A. BLUE, and HINDSIGHT, among others. Book a FREE birthday party! For more info: www.jegrp.com.

Other hot club dance groups like SATISFACTION, SOUL PURSUIT, COLD DUCK, DOG DAZE, and the legendary ACE will be rockin' Sante Fe Springs this summer at one of my favorite hangouts, MAGGIE'S PUB on Telegraph road. For more info: www.maggiespub.com.

And of course, if you love great bar-b-que, live jazz & blues in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, (and WHO doesn't?), take yourself down to the eastside, just a couple blocks north of the Radisson Hotel on Greenleaf Avenue in uptown Whittier, and drop in to STEVE'S BAR-B-QUE, voted L.A. County's best bar-b-que in the Land of 1000 Dances. All you can eat buffet for just $6.99 on Wednesdays, Thursdays,and Fridays, and some great live music.Free parking, free admission. For more info: www.stevesbarbq.com.

Of course my man BOB DeSENA and his Bob DeSena Latin Jazz Band are keeping ALL the locals happy (hell , just living in the Land of 1000 Dances makes you a local!) with his fiery hot brand of Latin Jazz, Latin Soul, and just a taste of down home west coast salsa music. This brutha is just rockin' da house, whether it be indoors or outdoors . . . Bob and the guys put their heart soul into every performance, and let people know, YOU IN CALIFORNIA, baby! For more info: www.bobdesena.com.

Of course , in my backyard, the SAN FERNANDO AMERICAN LEGION HALL is where I been hanging my tongo lately, with such great groups as PACHUCO JOSE, THE TEMPTATIONS, BLUES STRAIGHT UP, and GEORGE SALAZAR's 2nd TIME AROUND BAND featuring GILBERT STOKES, have recently packed 'em in on Friday & Saturday nights.

Every other Friday, you can catch San Fernando's hot resident veterano music group HIGH N-R-G, kicking up the tunes for happy hour, and the Legion's monthly birthday celebration is becoming a new tradition for good food, good live music , good people, and a good time, and DJ FRANKIE FIRME occasionally spins & mixes the oldies, soul, and old school for the Gente's pleasure. FREE ADMISSION.

Every Wednesday, TACO NIGHT is happening, with $1.00 home made hard shell tacos and $1.00 home made rice & beans are available, helping to raise money to replace the roof on the American Legion Hall, a San Fernando historical landmark since 1920. Come join us for dinner! Free parking, free admission, and open bar.

July sees the start of the summer concert dance series at the Legion Hall with the marvelous SARA MORGAN and The SIDETRACS Band, one of the hottest acts in L.A. and the San Fernando Valley opening up the season. Other popular groups like SATISFACTION, SOUL PURSUIT, LOUIE PARRA & The MAD LATINS, THE COMPANY, BOB DeSENA & his LATIN JAZZ BAND, KOOL BREEZE featuring ROCKY PADILLA, and Santa Barbara's legendary ANTHONY PRIETO BAND
will coming to town for some warm nights of music, food, drinking, dancing, and merrymaking...and ALL tickets are just $10.00 per person!

Free parking, air conditioned, large dance floor, and full service bar for your pleasure, brought to you by the proudest of the proud, the San Fernando Valley Marine Corps League Detachment 1277 and the San Fernando American Legion Post 176.

For more info: 818-361-4621 or check out their Facebook page.

The best music on the World Wide Web is still being heard 24/7 on www.eastLArevue.com and www.chicanoexpress.com. Frankie Firme will be making his return to Chicano Express Radio and QVO Radio this summer as well, for more of that great CHICANO music commercial radio stations just don't play anymore...coast to coast and around the World !

Until next time, my friends, keep a prayer in your hearts for our brave men women serving in uniform in Iraq & Afghanistan, and the Gente in Alabama, Arizona , and Georgia...bad weather and bad politics just don't make it right, know what I mean ?

Ay te watcho, from the Land of 1000 Dances !

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 www.eastLArevue.com and a regular contributor to this fine Latino web magazine.
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