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Welcome to East LA Revue

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; Slauson
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.

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Steve and Janie 2004


 

 

Steve graduated 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.

 
 

After attending 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.

On August 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

In 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 and entertainment.


The East LA Revue Band 2005


Mr. Duran and Gilbert Esquivel


Frankie Firme 2004

In January 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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STEVEN CHAVEZ
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