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Kansas SDA Church Celebrates Caribbean Flag Day, Black History

Photos by John Coleman

To celebrate Black History Month at Riverside’s Kansas Ave SDA Church, members and guests were invited to march into the church’s regular Sabbath service on February 18 with an Island twist. The church celebrated Black History in conjunction with giving recognition to the national Caribbean flag which symbolizes their birth and cultural identity. Participating members also wore Island colors, clothing, or something else symbolizing their cultural identity. It was a comfortable, joyful, and proud ceremony of recognition.

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.