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Mark & Lalo Guerrero Lecture/Concert
May 22, 2001

by Mark Guerrero

     Tom Waldman and David Reyes, co-authors of the book “Land of a Thousand Dances” (1998), University of New Mexico Press, organized a lecture/concert series showcasing East L.A. Chicano musical artists.  The Mark & Lalo Guerrero event, which took place May 22, 2001, was the first in the series. Events that followed featured Cannibal & the Headhunters (June), Little Willie G. and Jimmy Espinoza discussing their careers with the Midniters (July), Rudy Salas & Tierra (August), and a panel discussion with radio personalities Art Laboe and Sancho (September).  The venue was Self Help Graphics in East Los Angeles on the corner of Cesar Chavez Blvd. and Gage St.  The events were held upstairs in what used to be the CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) Hall.  Coincidentally, or cosmically, the first official gig of my first band, “The Escorts,” was in the same room on November 22, 1963.  We played there several times between ‘63 and ‘65.  What is amazing is that it looks exactly the same as it did way back then.  It has the same wooden stage, but the top has been redone.  The stage and the hall itself were old in 1963!

     The Lalo & Mark event started with Tom and David asking us questions on microphone while we were seated with microphones at a table facing the audience.  They played excerpts from our recordings as the interview progressed; my dad’s “Pancho Lopez,” “Mickey Mouse Mambo,” and Marijuana Boogie, and my “Dance with Me” (Mark & the Escorts), “I’m Brown,” and “On the Boulevard.”  We told stories about what inspired some of these songs and related events.  This was followed by a question and answer session. In attendance were many people I’d known throughout the years including, Jesus “Xuiy” Velo of the rock group Los
IIlegals, artists Wayne Healy Alaniz and Serge Hernandez, Mark & the Escorts original members Ernie Hernandez, Robert Warren and Trini Basulto, three members of Cannibal & the Headhunters, including founding member, Robert “Rabbit” Jaramillo, and many others.  My girlfriend, Janie Hughes, sold CDs and mixed with the crowd which also included a girl I hadn’t seen since high school, the daughter of Mike Carcano, who owned and operated the Record Inn in the golden age of East L.A., and some old timers who used to go to my dad’s night club in the 60s.  It was quite a mix and everyone, including my dad and I, had a great time..


Flyer and Two Photos Below
 


 


Lalo & Mark Guerrero

 


Mark & the Escorts 2001

(left to right- Mark Guerrero, Ernie Hernandez, Robert Warren, and Trini Basulto)



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