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Mitla Restaurant Brings Classic Live Music Back to Route 66

Mitla Restaurant

By Anthony Garcia

Live music on Route 66 at The Mitla, one of the most authentic Mexican restaurants in the Inland Empire going back to the “hey days” of Route 66, one of my favorite restaurant’s. Great food, great service, family oriented restaurants also something new is a great Sunday Brunch. Tom Penn, a local promoter has been promoting at the Mitla since 2007 along with co-owners of the restaurant Steve Oquindo and Michael Montano.

On Valentine’s Day, the feature artist was Dave Garfield, world class musician, keyboardist, music director for George Benson, Smokey Robinson, and Natalie Cole. Dave and I played in a group together called Caldera many years ago, which included local legend saxophone, Steve Tavaglione and Brazilian trombonist, Raul De Souza. I caught there second show, I had an early gig that night. To be quite honest they caught me off guard. Dave Garfield is one of the most creative musicians I’ve ever met or heard. I was expecting to hear a creative jazz performance, yet I was in no way disappointed. Dave Garfield and the Katz are one of the best dance bands I’ve heard in a very long time. Excellent repertoire, great band, high energy dance music, with a little help from some of the members of the Earth, Wind & Fire. Band Drummer John Perris, Horn Player, Gary Baez and vocalist Lamont Dozier whose father just got inducted to the Hollywood walk of fame.

Dave had great control of his band, great conducting by the master keyboardist. In the past they have promoted the e Banda Bros from the Poncho Sanchez Band bassist and drummer Ramon Banda and Tony Banda has their own Latin jazz band. Also on the show was the Delgado Bros Blues Band.

I’m impressed and proud of these three young business men and what they are planning for the future of live entertainment on Route 66. Speaking with Steve Oquindo and Michael Montano, I asked them how it felt to be co-owners of one the most popular successful authentic Mexican restaurants in the Inland Empire they both laughed and said that 50% of the time it’s cool. So if they both have 50% then it must be 100% cool. The two young men are cousins and are glad to keep the business in the family.

“Music is the Silence between notes, between rhythm and between the silences you’ll find music that tells a story, a musical story that never lies!!!! This is music that touches your heart!”

Janet Goeske Foundation Hosts Successful Black History Event

Summary and Photos by Jon Coleman

RIVERSIDE, CA- The Janet Goeske Foundation of Riverside held its 15th Annual Black History Program in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Legislation.  Sponsors included:  Fair Housing of Riverside County; Heart and Soul Line Dance; Riverside African American Historical Society; and the City of Riverside. In a dramatic performance, EMPOWER-U Productions presented the history of struggle that was necessary to bring about passage of that legislation.

FRIDAY FISH FRY… a Cultural Affair

Presented By WSSNEWS… Hosted By The IMPROVE Association… Produced By Empire Talks Back Radio

FOOD Directed By Jo-MaMa

FISH-FRY-13Every Friday beginning Friday March 20, Friday Fish Fry (FFF) will be available for your nutritional and cultural fulfillment! Jo-MaMa (Co-Publisher Westside Story Newspaper, Josephine M. Allen) has earned her cooking reputation and will monitor the preparation of the fish, coleslaw, beans and rice, and dessert. You will not be overwhelmed with choices; however, you will be overwhelmed by taste!

The FFF Variety Show will be just as tasteful with high entertainment, which will consist of music, dance, spoken word, recognition awards, and much more.  The dinners will be available for order and pick-up beginning at 4:30 p.m to 9: 30 pm. every Friday. The stage show begins at 5:30  p.m. with family friendly acts until 7 p.m. After a short interlude, Grown-up entertainment will take the stage with “Empire Talks Back” Radio Host, Wallace Allen performing MC duties. If you want to perform call Wallace at (909) 384-8131.

Friday Fish Fry will be taped for web and TV broadcast. All attendees to the taping of the show are required to become members of the FFF Association, which is covered by your dinner purchase. You will become eligible for a variety of member benefits. FFF will be taking place at 777 Allen Street in San Bernardino.