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Thursday, December 5, 2013

KEEPIN' THE MUSIC ALIVE - MARK GUERRERO IN CONCERT


Cal State Los Angeles
CSULA State Playhouse
December 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Mark Guerrero in concert at his alma mater, Cal State Los Angeles!  CSULA State Playhouse, December 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Mark will perform an acoustic set of his music, some of which will be backed vocally by Ernie Hernandez and the legendary Geree Gonzalez, and an electric set, backed by a five-piece band consisting of Ron Reyes (guitar), Jimi Seville (keyboard), Louis Ruiz (bass), Manny Lizardo (drums), and Marco Palos (sax).  The electric set will feature Mark's music, but also three of his father's (Lalo Guerrero) songs, "Los Chucos Suaves," "Muy Sabroso Blues," and "Tin Marin de do Pingue."  Some of Mark's songs he'll perform during the electric set include "On the Boulevard," "I'm Brown," "The Streets of East L.A.," and "Zoot Suit."  He will also perform "Get Your Baby," an instrumental he recorded with his teenage band Mark & the Escorts in the '60s.  "Get You Baby" has became an "Eastside Sound" and garage rock classic, appearing on at least six compilation albums.  THE CONCERT IS FREE THE PUBLIC!  The concert is one of the events surrounding the exhibit, "American Sabor- Latinos In U.S. Popular Music," which is now in the Fine Arts Gallery located in the Fine Arts building on the campus of Cal State L.A.  The exhibit will run through February 9, 2014.  Cal State L.A. is located at 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032, phone: (323) 343-3000.  The campus is just North of the 10 freeway where it crosses the 710 freeway. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT MARK'S WEBSITE:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

KEEPIN' THE MUSIC ALIVE - CHICANO SOUL LEGENDS IN CONCERT


The 4th annual Chicano Soul Legends in concert takes place this Saturday night, December 7th, 2013. The venue has moved from the Gibson over to the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.
  Once again Willie G & Thee Midniters headline the show. Check out this poster for list of performers & show details.

Monday, September 2, 2013

VINYL CLASSICS - THEE MIDNITERS - WHITTIER BLVD.

Thee Midniters first album was titled "Thee Midniters" but is has become better known as the "Whittier Blvd" album. It was released in 1965 on the Chattahoochee label (CH-1001) and (CH-666).














The album was re-released on Eddie Torres' Whittier label in 1966. (Whittier W-1001)














TRACK LIST:


Side A:

01. Whittier Blvd
02. Stubborn Kind Of Fellow
03. That's All
04. Come Back Baby
05. Empty Heart
06. I Need Someone


Side B:

01. Land Of 1000 Dances
02. To Be With You
03. Slow Down
04. Giving Up On Love
05. Money
06. Johnny B Goode

The band's debut album was a combination of stomping rockers & soulful ballads. Right from the word go, Thee Midniters showed their musical versatility instrumentally and vocally. With Willie Garcia on lead, Thee Midniters recorded instant Eastside classics covering Nat King Cole's "That's All", Lenny Welch's "I Need Someone" and Jerry Butler's "Giving Up On Love"

The album also features a studio version of their first single "Land Of 100 Dances" written by Chris Kenner. Rocking cover versions include "Slow Down", "Money" and Johnny B Goode"

Thee Midniters showed their British invasion influence by covering the obscure Rolling Stones tune "Empty Heart. "Whittier Blvd" (East LA's cruising anthem) was influenced by the Rolling Stones "2120 South Michigan Avenue" and one of the band's signature tunes.

Add to all this a fine cover of Marvin Gaye's "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow", the beautiful romantic ballad "To Be With You" and the mid-tempo blue-eyed soul "Come Back Baby" and you have a real winner on your hands.

Vinyl versions of these albums are hard to find but certainly worth seeking out.




KEEPIN' THE MUSIC ALIVE - ERSI & ROSELLA ARVIZU



Former singers with the legendary Eastside female group, The Sisters (see my post EASTSIDE LEGENDS) will be performing at Steven's Steak House in the city of Commerce, California on October 19,2013. This proves to be a wonderful evening of music and dining with proceeds going to fellow musician, Aaron Ballesteros. You can bet Ersi will be singing her signature tune "Sabor A Mi". Doors open at 6:00 PM and the dinner show starts at 7:00 PM.

For more information call King Solomon Productions (323) 725-7741 or Steven's Steak House (323) 723-9856.

Friday, July 26, 2013

KEEPIN' THE MUSIC ALIVE - MARK GUERRERO


"THE EASTSIDE SOUND"

This is a special DJ set surveying the “Eastside Sound” of 1960′s Los Angeles by a man who was in the midst of it all. Mark Guerrero is the son of the late legendary singer/songwriter, Lalo Guerrero who is widely considered the “Father of Chicano Music.”

 Mark began performing at age 13 with his rock band Mark & The Escorts, and often shared the bill with storied groups such as Cannibal & The Headhunters, The Premiers, The Blendells, and Thee Midniters.

Later he formed the group, The Men From S.O.U.N.D.. who were also popular in the Eastside scene.

 Mark is an accomplished historian who posts various insightful music writing on his website. I trust you will enjoy his thirty song retrospective of some of the tunes that made LA’s Eastside rock scene of the 60′s such a remarkable movement. Mark was joined in the studio by Ganas of Mas Exitos for an enlightening conversation to accompany the music.

The show is archived on dublab.com
You may access it here:

http://dublab.com/mark-guerrero-eastside-sound-the-1960s-07-15-13/#.UfBrkNKIF-0.facebook

Sunday, June 16, 2013

KEEPIN' THE MUSIC ALIVE - FATHER'S DAY WITH LITTLE WILLIE G


HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!

Talk about keepin' the music & faith alive, a special celebration of music & prayer with the one & only Little Willie G. Held at the Faith Center of Las Palmas Park in San Fernando, California .

Friday, May 17, 2013

KEEPIN' THE MUSIC ALIVE - NICK'S TASTE OF TEXAS


What I believe to be a sizzling summer of upcoming concerts kicks off with the band Cold Duck appearing at Nick's Taste Of Texas tomorrow night at 8 PM.

Cold Duck will be joined on stage by the incomparable voice of Little Willie G (original voice of Thee Midniters).

Sunday, May 12, 2013

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY



Today is a day of celebration honoring mothers around the world. Traditionally it is a day to let someone else do the cooking and entertaining. I am taking my mother out for some fine food & refreshments.

I have put together a compilation of female cover versions to play in the car as we drive to our destination. They are mostly by female artists of the Eastside Sound and are the best of the best.

Enjoy this day of celebration in honoring the memories of mothers past & present.


EAST LA GUY.


Track List:


01. Yolanda & The Naturals - My Memories Of You
02. Irma 'Cui Cui' Ramgel - Baby I'm For Real
03. Bertha Oropeza & The Chico Band - Working On A Groovy Thing
04. Valtierra Latin Orchestra - Betcha By Golly Wow
05. Odyssey - Two Lovers
06. C.C. Latin Connection Band - I Love You For All Seasons
07. Jessica Dominguez & The Liberty Band - Angel Baby
08. Concita & The East LA Revue Band - You'll Lose A Good Thing
09. Rosie Hamlin & The Originals - Confessin' A Feeling
10. Lori Rose & The Seguia Band - Suavecito
11. Marilyn Ramos & The Ramos Band - Oh My Angel
12. Stefani Montiel & The Bob Gallarza Band - It's Gonna Take A Miracle
13. Frances Rueda - Giving Up On Love
14. Jessica Dominguez & The Liberty Band - There Is Something On Your Mind
15. Gerre - Sabor A Mi
16. Becky Cordova & The Company Band - I Really Love You
17. Leslie Paula - Until You Come Back To Me
18. Valentina Estrada - Tell Him
19. Davina - Somebody Please
20. Veronica - Hypnotized
21. Rachel Armenta & The Spice Band - At Last
22. Susie Garcia - Natural High
23. Frances Rueda & The Sangria Band - Ribbon In The Sky


NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED!!!

Soley for historical & Educational purposes & for listening pleasure.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

CINCO DE MAYO 2013


A happy Cinco De Mayo to all my family, friends and followers of YOU FOUND THAT EASTSIDE SOUND. As is my yearly custom I put together a homemade compilation in honor of this day of celebration.
This time around I feature some of my favorite cover versions of some classic oldies by Eastside/Westside artists.

Have a great day & please drink responsibilly.

EAST LA GUY

Track List:

01. Arroyo Band - Suavecito
02. Sedillo Band - Sabor A Mi
03. Blue Satins - Truly Tryly Yours
04. Jessica Dominguez & The Liberty Band - Angel Baby
05. Ramos Band - Oh My Angel
06. Steve Salas (Featuring Rudy Salas) - Once Upon A Time
07. Big Manny Gonzalez - Somebody Please
08. Thee Midniters - Sad Girl
09. Blvd Knights Band - Giving Up On Love
10. Hank Castro & The Recessions - Dreaming Casually
11. Willie G & The East LA Philharmonic Orchestra - Makin' Ends Meet
12. Los Lobos - It'll Never Be Over For Me
13. Mantrap - To Be With You
14. Sensemaya - The Town I Live In
15. Tierra - La La Means I Love You
16. Pepe Marquez - Working On A Groovy Thing
17. Rudy Palacios - I'm Your Puppet
18. Bertha Oropeza & Hohnny Hernandez - The Bells
19. Sal Rodriguez - So
20, Angel Sabroso & Mike Jimenez - You're Still A Young Man
21. El Chicano - Brown Eyed Girl
22. Rico Del Barrio - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED!!! Soley for historical & educational purposes & listening pleasure

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

KEEPIN' THE MUSIC ALIVE - THEE MIDNITERS AT NICK'S TASTE OF TEXAS


If you haven't made any plans for Valentine's Day yet here is a great way to treat that special someone in your life. Greg Esparza & his band Thee Midniters will be performing in Covina, California at Nick's Taste Of Texas. Also on the bill are special guests, Yesterday's Dream.
  Great food, adult beverages and a night of romantic love songs await your listening & dancing pleasure. Doors open at 7 PM and showtime is at 8PM. A great time is guaranteed for all.