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The East L.A.
Revue is dedicated to the preservation and awareness of
the“eastside sound” and it’s origins
in Los Angeles, California.
The ELA Revue Band is drawn from 1960s garage bands and
they perform in public concerts in the area. From “Huggies
Bunnies” to “Land of 1000 Dances” to
“Ooh Pooh Pah Do”, they remain “true
to the eastside sound”.
Janie and Steve
grew up in Los Angeles during the '60's and met at a
Dance-and-Show at the Saint Nicholas Hall in July 1966.
The Premiers and Blendells were on the playbill.
They went to
various venues to listen to the bands. Places like the
Big Union and Little Union; Kennedy Hall; Montebello
and Huntington Park Ballrooms; and the Lincoln Hts.
Boys Club, to see Cannibal and the Headhunters; Midniters;
Mark and the Escorts; The Sisters; Jaguars; Heartbreakers;
Romancers; Lil Ray's Revue; The Ambertones; Atlantics;
Blue Satins; Ronnie and the Pomona Casuals; Salas Brothers;
Brothers; and many more.
The local clubs
were featuring music legends like Willie Bobo, Cal Tjader,
Joe Cuba, Wes Montgomery, and Ike & Tina. Clubs
like the Pasta House, Old Virginias, Aquarius Room,
Monterey West, Palladium, Plush Bunny, Kabuki's, The
Mardi Gras, and the Carolina Lanes were hot spots.
Steve and Janie
from Cathedral HS, joined the military and left for
Vietnam and Siam.
In 1969, Janie graduated from Belmont HS and
started her professional career in business administration.
They married in 1974.
a Tribute Concert in 2000 for the legendary promoter
Billy Cardenas, which featured members of the original
Cannibal and the Headhunters, original members of the
Premiers; the legendary Lalo Guerrero, Andy Tesso and
many more eastside sound musicians, Janie suggested
that someone should promote a similar event in Riverside.
5, 2001, Cannibal and the Headhunters with Richard "Scar"
Lopez and Robert "Rabbit" Jaramillo; The Premiers with
Johnny and Lawrence Perez; and Thee Montclairs band
played at the first concert in Riverside. Since then,
Steve and Janie have been promoting Dance-and-Shows
in the Los Angeles and surrounding areas, including
the Inland Empire.
Janie and the
Headhunters at Route 66
Lalo Gurrereo and Steve
2002, Steven organized the East LA Revue All-Star Band
in the effort to preserve and promote awareness of "the
West Coast Eastside Sound" and it's influence on the
American Rock and Roll culture. It is the foundation
of Chicano Rock.
The East LA Revue Band was drawn from musicians, who played
in the bands of the 1960s era (The Montclairs, The Jaguars,
Thee Counts, Thee Atlantics, The In-Crowd, and the Viscounts).
Jimmie Meza, Art Hernandez, Tony Carroll, Rene Flores,
Robert De Anda, Ray Ybarra, Dan Cressey, Robert Garcia,
Albert Barron, and vocalists Maria Conchita Sandoval and
Terrie Speed performed throughout Southern California
and public and private events. Performances, including:
The Japanese American National Museum in LA; The Comedy
Store in Hollywood; BB Kings at Universal City Walk; The
City of La Habra Concert Series 2005; The National Orange
Show 2004 and The Latin Music Festival 2004 in San Bernardino;
Bonelli Family Music Festival 2003 in San Dimas; Dia De
La Familia and Radio Aztlan Music Festivals in Riverside;
Long Beach Car Show 2002 and 2003; The Santa Fe Swap Meet;
The Hop; and for our military personnel at March Air Force
Base and Camp Pendleton. The band performed on local internet
and cable radio and television.
East LA Revue Band at BB Kings
The East LA
Revue Band supported many featured guest artists,
and added "All-Star" into the group's name. We
featured Mark Guerrero, Hank Castro, Steve Salas,
Andy Tesso (The Mixtures), Mike Rincon (The Blendells),
Judith Muro, Bertha Oropeza (Chico), Lawrence
and Johnny Perez (The Premiers), Mickey Lespron
(El Chicano), Pepe Marquez, Gilbert Esquivel (comic),
Robert Jaramillo and Richard Lopez (Cannibal and
the Headhunters). During our tour, we have been
fortunate to meet and work with many talented
and good people in the community, including Richard
Duran (internet TV host); Robert Tijerina, Estella
Acuna, and staff at UC Riverside "Radio Aztlan";
Frankie Firme (internet radio host and contributing
writer); and Abelardo De La Pena (LatinoLA.com).
The band recorded two "live" CDs. In late 2005,
The East LA Revue Band parted ways after a fun
and successful run. We thank you for the memories
The East LA Revue Band 2005
Mr. Duran and Gilbert Esquivel
2006, Steven joined the Rampart Records Division of
Gordo Enterprises, which is based in East Los Angeles.
Hector and Miroslava Gonzalez, owners, have appointed
Steven Chavez to a position in their enterprise. Now
the President of Rampart Latino and Golden Treasures
Divisions of Rampart Records, we are "Bringin' it Back
and Keepin' it Alive". Please contact us for comments,
information, and/or inclusion. And stay in touch. Check
out our music store and radio broadcast pages.
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