News From the Brown side of Town

Chismes & happenings for the big kids in the Land of 1000 Dances

By Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: September 2, 2011

News From the Brown side of Town

?íOrale, Mi Gente!

It's still hot enough to warm leftover tamales & burritos on the hoods of your car, while back east they're trying not to drown in their own front yards, people are running from fire storms in Texas as their homes burn down, we looking at possible military action in Libya, and now Communist China is trying to buy the L.A. Dodgers!

No lie! Government owned business conglomerates from China have offered up to $1 billion for L.A.'s boys in blue, stadium and all....

...and YOU KNOW the old saying in L.A. : " money talks, bullshit walks"...this should be interesting...

And sadly, East L.A.'s "Golden Boy" Olympic and professional boxing champ Oscar De La Hoya, recently announced on Spanish language media rumors have it that FOX news wasn't interested in the story) that he almost committed suicide after a long bout with booze, cocaine, and a string of wild women...hopefully home-boy isn't broke yet, as he leaves rehab headed for divorce court, where he's gonna need some bucks !

And also as disheartening, comedian George Lopez, still pouting and licking his wounds after having his TV show cancelled for lack of ratings, cancelled his appearance at the San Fernando American Legion Hall last weekend, where he was to present his home-town high school baseball team, the San Fernando High School Tigers, with Championship rings he purchased after they won the 2011 L.A. City-wide High School Baseball League championship, but the school couldn't afford them ... would have been a nice gesture & program, as a large crowd was expected ... orale, George ... ??que paso?

And another thing...I'm NOT going to mention names, but I've noticed quite a few original and knockoff music groups from the 1960's & 70's, in different genres, putting up "comeback" and "tribute" concerts ... some of them not bad ... but NOTHING looks more pathetic than seeing an almost 60-year old man prancing around the stage like he was in his early 20's, making a total fool out of himself trying to be a comedian,and downgrading the music he once helped make popular.

Some of you "rockers": ... pon cuidado con la eye make-up, dudes! Music shows shouldn't turn into spoof or comedy shows! ...'nuff said about that! ...not everybody can be a Keith Richards or Mick Jagger.

Rumors have it that the Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet is starting to lose a little steam as the outdoor music gladiator pit of L.A. ... hmmm .... $1.50 admission and $7.00 beers ....s ame 10 or 12 groups ... hmmm....but the weather and shopping deals are great!

Anyways, despite good old George letting some young homies down in San Fernando by not keeping his word, the San Fernando American Legion still made it good for the community, hosting its first successful Annual Golf Tournament at the Fairways Country Club in Pacoima, helping raise much needed funds for a new roof on the historic building.

With over 70 participants involved, many from out of tow, CARRILLO's Restaurant of San Fernando provided a scrumptious luncheon, and a generous offering of raffle prizes followed. Next year's Tournament promises to be bigger and better, and a new tradition has just been born.

The following night, not to be outdone at the American Legion Hall, the San Fernando Valley Marine Corps League held another "Saturday Night at the Legion" concert / dance, featuring the electrifying SOUL PURSUIT Band. With delicious food, great music, dancing, a large party crowd, and the talents of DJ BIG GIBBY in the house, the Gente partied till past midnight.

Next party is September 10th, featuring The COMPANY BAND. Tickets on sale now at the San Fernando American Legion Hall at 818-361-4621.

Also kicking it up for the Gente this past weekend, the BROTHERS n' BLUES made a cool stop into L.A.'s newest Blues Music venue, the Arcadia Blues Club on Huntington Drive in Arcadia, just 20 minutes east of downtown L.A. in the San Gabriel Valley. Also performing was the BOBBY BLUEHOUSE Band. This place is gonna start kicking it up, and you'll be seeing me there in the near future! If you're a Blues Music fan, you'll want to join me! For more info, check out: www.arcadiabluesclub.com.

And speaking of Blues, my current radio show on www.eastLArevue.com features a recent live concert recorded at the San Fernando American Legion Hall featuring BLUES STRAIGHT UP & the marvelous voice of LAVA GONZALEZ....only for you !

In other spots around the Land of 1000 Dances, the BANDA BROTHERS LATIN JAZZ Quartet will be performing for a cool brunch at Marquee 15 in Corona this Sunday, with a live music performance from 12noon to 3 pm. Reservations are highly suggested, for more info, call: 888-811-6303.

Friday night, September 2nd, sees the IMPULSE Band pulling into CALLAHAN'S in Azusa for a night of music, dancing, and partying, then, the next night, Saturday September 3rd sees them pull into one of my favorite spots, STEVE'S Bar-B-Que in uptown Whittier. NO cover charge for both gigs, for more info: www.theimpulseband.webs.com.

Guitarist RAY CARRION, best known for his work with such top names as EL CHICANO, the COMPANY BAND, and JOE BATAAN, among many others, brings his new Latin Jazz band to Hollywood as he performs a Tribute to TITO PUENTE , at the EL FLORIDITA RESTAURANT on Vine Street, on the corner of Vine and Fountain Avenue in Hollywood, on Thursday, September 29th. Show starts at 9pm, for more info: 323-871-8612.

LOUIE PARRA & The MAD LATINS also rocked the Southland this past weekend at CITY LIGHTS in Hacienda Heights, then a next night gig at BRUCE'S in Santa Fe Springs. These guys are groovin' on up, and they're a great show to catch, party, and dance to. For more info on future appearances: 562-686-4952.

The Summer Salsa season got underway heavy duty at the WHITTIER RADISSON HOTEL, as SALSA SUNDAYS packed 'em in and [promises to do so till further word, or when Summer cools down. CLUB 201 is also happening with some of the hottest DJ's and bands in L.A. For more info: text www.jegrp.com .

And if SALSA is YOUR thing....check out text www.vidasalsera.com .

My good friends, The SATISFACTION Band has not been slowing down either. September sees them coming to Maggie's Pub in Santa Fe Springs on Friday, September 16th, then the next night at the San Fernando American Legion's "Saturday night at the Legion" event on September 17th. For info on other future gigs: www.satisfactionband.com.

After a hard banging 3 day gig at the Pechanga Casino last weekend, SOTO returns to L.A. with live performances at the Antiga Latin Bistro in Montebello, then at Bruce's in Santa Fe Springs this weekend. For more info: www.sotoband.com.

Also this Saturday, September 3rd, from 2 to 5pm, BOB DeSENA and his Latin Jazz band perform at the FISHERMAN'S VILLAGE in Marina Del Rey. Admission is FREE! For more info: www.bobdesena.com ~ these guys are HOT stuff in the West Coast Latin Jazz scene, and come to the San Fernando American Legion in November 2011.

More stuff happening...check out the calendario page here on LatinoLA.com!

As always, i wish you the best for you & your familias, the best of health, luck, and safety for our brave troops serving overseas, GOD bless them and protect them till they come home, and may the light shine on us all during these tuff, economic times...and may we ALL keep the music alive forever!

Ay te watcho, from the Land of 1000 Dances & the City of Angels,
~ Frankie Firme

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
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