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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Viva Chicano Soul with Art Laboe and El Chicano!


Late in the night during the Art Laboe Connection Show on HOT 92.3 Los Angeles, a listener dedicates "Tell Her She's Lovely" by El Chicano to his lady. The legendary radio host says in his unmistakable velvety voice that the band is one of many they'll hear at his upcoming concert in Anaheim. After cueing the track, its Latin funk, thumping bass and deft guitar licks beam over the airwaves. The sounds of Chicano Soul summon whimsical feelings of LA barrio love, whether a heartfelt memory from Whittier Boulevard in decades past or a young couple laying out on the grass near Echo Park Lake today.

The timeless music travels from terrestrial frequencies onto the concert stage when Laboe presents the Chicano Soul Legends concert Saturday at the Theatre at Honda Center. His legion of listeners will fill arena seats for a lineup stacked with the genre's iconic acts from the early '60s to the '70s, including Malo, Tierra, Thee Midniters, the Heartbreakers and El Chicano.

Read more on my latest OC Weekly music feature out on newsstands today! If outside the distribution area, click the link below:

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