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Sunday, September 30, 2012


If you buy one book related to The Eastside Sound, this is it. I first reviewed this book back in April of 2011 when I owned the first edition. I recently purchased the revised second edition and felt that because it is the most important written document of this genre of music that it was worth a second look.

I have used this book as a chronological guideline in putting this site together and find myself fascinated every time I read and re-read it.

"Land Of A Thousand Dances" was first published in 1998 and the revised second edition was published in March 2009. The revised edition has an expanded introduction and discography and features more photographs as well as a new cover.

Authors David Reyes and Tom Waldman took their love of this music and the interviews and stories told by the artists, managers & producers who made this musical history and turned it into a masterful lierary work. From the pre-rock era in Southern California through East L.A.'s very own Los Lobos, the stories of this magical and historical genre of rock & roll are here for you to read.

The book is available through Amazon and other fine book retailers. Please pick up a copy. You won't be disappointed.


Soley for historical & educational purposes.


If you are looking for some shows/concerts with great live entertainment, here are a few to put on your concert calendar before the new year:

My good friends at the East L.A Revue have put together a fabulous show at my favorite venue, Nick's Taste Of Texas in Covina, California. Not only will you get a great show with a large dance floor but the food they serve is to die for. Do I need to mention the "killer" adult beverages.

On October 20, 2012 you will be treated to some of the finest in Latin rhythms, soul, salsa, rhythm & blues, funk, jazz & oldies but goodies. Performing that night are Tracy, CA's very own Kool Katz Band. Also on the bill are The Recessions Band from Los Angeles. You will also enjoy the "old school" sound of Freddie G & The Smooth Response Band. Special guest musician Dale Villavicencio from Tierra will also be on stage.

The show is hosted by "The Al Capone Of The Microphone" Frankie Firme and my main man "The Suave Grooves" dee jay Chico Manqueros, both from the East LA Revue.

Please support The East LA Revue and have yourself a wonderful night.

On Saturday night November 24,2012, Nicks Taste Of Texas brings back a band that mixes the Eastside Sound and the Westside Sound, Los Fabulocos. Also on the bill are The Blazers and special guest, Moonlight Trio..

On December 1, 2012 Radio station Hot 92.3 presents their Winter Wonder Jam Concert. It is the 3rd annual Chicano Soul Legends Live In Concert show at the Gibson Ampitheater in Los Angeles, CA. This years line-up includes:

THEE MIDNITERS With Special Guest

Little Willie G

El Chicano

Joe Bataan

Malo with Jorge Santana

Rene Y Rene

Ralfi Pagan Tribute

The Latino's

Big Jay McNeely

Joe Bravo


I have attended the previous two shows and I can tell you that you won't want to miss this one. The set performed by Little Willie G alone is woth the price of admission. Added to this years show are Big Jay McNeely and The Latinos. Get your tickets early!!


Soley for historical & educational purposes.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Here's an event you won't want to miss!! Come & celebrate the music of  Etta James, James Brown, Brenton Wood, The Chi-Lites, Curtis Mayfield, The Temptations, Billy Stewart, Mary Wells, The Flamingos, Barbara Lewis and many more  this Sunday September 30, 2012.
ArtDontSleep & Mochilla present: East Side Story
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble:
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Kamasi Washington, Fanny Franklin, Jimetta Rose, I Ced, Allakoi Peete, Elizabeth Lea, Gabe Noel, Gene Coye, Katisse Buckingham, Marcel Carmago, Sam Gendel, Surya Botofasina & Will Artope.

Specia Guests:
Mayer Hawthorne
Coco O. of Quadron
James Gadson
Myron & E

Hosted By: Abraham Beltran

DJ Sets by: Ruben Molina & Soulera5150
The Mayan Theater: 1038 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA., 90015
 (213) 746-4674