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Cal State Los Angeles
CSULA State Playhouse
December 7, 2013

Mark Guerrero in concert- Mark performed an acoustic set of his music, some backed vocally by Ernie Hernandez and the legendary Geree Gonzalez, and an electric set, backed by a five-piece band consisting of Ron Reyes (guitar), Jimi Seville (keyboard), Louis Ruiz (bass), Manny Lizardo (drums), and Marco Palos (sax).  The electric set featured Mark's music, but also three of his father's (Lalo Guerrero) songs, "Los Chucos Suaves," "Muy Sabroso Blues," and "Tin Marin de do Pingue."  Mark's songs he performed during the electric set included "On the Boulevard," "I'm Brown," "The Streets of East L.A.," "The Great Mango," "Oh Maria," "Zoot Suit," and" Orale."  He also performed "Get Your Baby," an instrumental he recorded with his teenage band Mark & the Escorts in the '60s.  "Get You Baby" has became an "Eastside Sound" and garage rock classic, appearing on at least six compilation albums.  The concert was one of the events surrounding the exhibit, "American Sabor- Latinos In U.S. Popular Music," which was in the Fine Arts Gallery located in the Fine Arts building on the campus of Cal State L.A.  The exhibit ran from December 2013 through February 9, 2014.  See photos and videos below:
 


Mark Guerrero Band
(left to right- Marco Palos, Jimi Seville, Mark, Manny Lizardo, Louis Ruiz, and Ron Reyes)

 

"The Streets of East L.A." / "The Great Mango"
words & music by Mark Guerrero
"Los Chucos Suaves"
words & music by Lalo Guerrero


 


Ernie Hernandez, Geree Gonzalez, and Mark


 


Ernie Hernandez and Mark



"Ay Yi Yi Yi (Nobody Told Me)"
words & music by Mark Guerrero
(Geree Gonzalez and Ernie Hernandez on backing vocals)

 

 


 


Mark Interview on KUNM radio Albuquerque, NM

Mark Guerrero KUNM Interview- "Raices" with Adam Aguirre, Albuquerque, New Mexico- telephone interview recorded on October 28, 2013.  The interview covers many periods of Mark's career including Mark & the Escorts and the 1960s, his recordings of the '90s, and working with his father on Ry Cooder's "Chavez Ravine" album. Mark Guerrero 2013 KUNM Interview (79 minutes 25 seconds)

Mark Guerrero KUNM Interview- "Raices" with Adam Aguirre, Albuquerque, New Mexico- telephone interview recorded on November 4, 2013.  The interview covers the East L.A. music scene of the 1960s.  Mark Guerrero 2013 KUNM Interview #2 (35 minutes 25 seconds)


 


 


College of the Desert
Palm Desert, California
October 14, 2013

Mark Guerrero lecture/performance- Mark spoke about the play and movie "Zoot Suit," which had been screened for the students. The class was Gary Walker's English Composition and Literature class.  Mark also spoke about Lalo Guerrero and his own career and performed Lalo's "Los Chucos Suaves" and "Nunca Jamas," as well as his own pachuco songs "Zoot Suit" and "Orale."
 


Gary Walker & Mark


 



 


 
 
 
American Legion Hall - Palm Springs
Labor Day Show - On Monday, September 2, 2013, Tabu Band with special guest Mark Guerrero performed at the American Legion Hall in Palm Springs, CA.

 




 


 

Mark Guerrero on DubLab.com

Mark does a two hour internet radio show on the "Eastside Sound" of the '60s in East Los Angeles!

On Monday, July 15, 2013, Mark played 30 "Eastside Sound" recordings at DubLab studios in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles.  He was interviewed throughout by Ganas.  It was broadcast "live" and is now archived on dublab.com.  Click here to hear the show!
 





 


Mark & Ganas (on right)


 


 

4 Versions of "Get Your Baby"
East L.A. Classic Instrumental

"Get Your Baby"- Four versions of the East L.A. garage rock classic song posted on the website, EastLARevue.com.  The website is primarily an internet radio station that plays "Eastside Sound" recordings, as well as Latin, Latin jazz, r&b, and Chicano music.  On the link below they have put the following versions you can hear consecutively in this order:  Mark & the Escorts, The Premiers, Cannibal & the Headhunters, and The Blendells.  To the best of my knowledge all four versions were recorded in the period of 1965-66.  I know my band (Mark & the Escorts) recorded it in March of 1965.  I believe The Blendells did it previously and The Premiers and Cannibal & the Headhunters recorded it after us.  The Premiers recorded it in 1966 according to the liner notes of the Varese Sarabande compilation on which their version was included.  I'm playing lead guitar on the Mark & the Escorts version, Lawrence Perez on The Premiers', and Rudy Valona on The Blendells'.  I don't know who played lead guitar on the Cannibal & the Headhunters version.  If someone out there knows, let me know.   It's interesting to listen to all of them side by side to hear the similarities and differences of the versions.  Check 'em out at the link below:

Click here to hear 4 versions of "Get Your Baby"
 


 
 


 

Mark & the Escorts
Benefit for Norton Records
The Echo
Echo Park District, Los Angeles
April 13, 2013

Benefit for Norton Records- On Saturday, April 13, 2013, my teenage band of the 1960s, Mark & the Escorts, reunited to benefit Norton Records who suffered losses in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy back east.  The benefit concert took place at The Echo nightclub on Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles, in the Echo Park district.  Legendary East L.A. band, Thee Midniters, also were part of the lineup.  With Mark & the Escorts, that made two East L.A. "Eastside Sound" bands of the 1960s on the bill, which included twelve other bands.  See flyer below.  The show went from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The venue was packed with hundreds of people, who were totally into the music.  I was pleased that the mostly young, white audience showed great appreciation and reacted enthusiastically to my band, as well as Thee Midniters. 


Earlier Flyer

 


 


 

Mark & the Escorts
Viva Cantina
Burbank, California
March 31, 2013

Blow Out 2013- On Sunday, March 31, 2013, my teenage band of the 1960s, Mark & the Escorts, reunited to perform at the 10th anniversary of Real Boss Hoss and his garage rock promotions.  Jorge a.k.a. Real Boss Hoss is the one who first got Mark & the Escorts to reunite for the first time since 1966!  It was for his "Blow Out 2009" in Van Nuys.  We performed a set of songs from the mid-sixties era, songs from our set lists from back then.  The lineup also included The Chuckleberries, Jimmy Angel, Satan's Cheerleaders, and Thee Tee Pees.  See flyer for the 3 night garage punk weekend below:
 


Earlier Flyer


 


 


Alex Del Zoppo, Trini Basulto, Ernie Hernandez & Mark


 


Trini Basulto, Ernie Hernandez, Mark & Robert Warren


 


Trini Basulto, Ernie Hernandez, Mark, Richard Magaña & Robert Warren

(Richard Magaña was our baritone sax player in the mid-60s)


 


Trini Basulto & Mark



 


 

American Legion Hall- Palm Springs

Benefit Concert- On Saturday, March 30, 2013, Mark Guerrero performed a four song set on the bill with Billy Erickson, Darci Daniels, Pat Rizzo, Rebecca Clark, Mikole Kaar, and others.  Proceeds went to Operation Comfort Warriors.  See flyer below:


 


 

The Nile Nightclub
Bakersfield, California

"Tribute to Lalo Guerrero"- On Saturday, February 9, 2013 at The Nile Nightclub in Bakersfield, California, Mark Guerrero presented an evening of video and music on the life of his late father, Lalo Guerrero.  The event was put on by the Latina Leaders of Kern County.  Local musician Luis Valadez and his trio performed on their own and with Mark during the presentation.  Valadez and his trio performed the Lalo compositions; "Cancion Mexicana," "Barrio Viejo," and "There's No Tortillas."  Mark performed 4 Lalo songs: "Los Chucos Suaves," "Tacos For Two," "No Chicanos On TV," and "Muy Sabroso Blues."  Mark then performed his tribute song to his father, "The Ballad of Lalo Guerrero."  For a finale Mark and the trio performed three Lalo compositions; "La Minifalda de Reynalda," "Nunca Jamas," and "El Chicano."  Dolores Huerta, the legendary UFW leader Arturo Rodriguez, president of the UFW, attended the event.
 


 


 


Dolores Huerta & Mark


 


Mark & trio
(left to right- Luis Valadez, Mark, Andrew Garcia, and Marco Hernandez Delgado)


 


 

Santa Fe Springs Swap Meet Grounds

"Tribute to Ritchie Valens"- On Saturday afternoon, February 2, 2013, Mark Guerrero performed a five song set which included Chuck Berry's "Rock & Roll Music," Lalo Guerrero's "Los Chucos Suaves," Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally," and his own compositions "On the Boulevard" and "I'm Brown."  Also on the bill were Chan Romero, Bobby Figueroa of The Beach Boys, Ernie Valens, The Storytellers, and Gilbert Stokes & the Innerforce Band.  Mark was backed by Ron Reyes (guitar), Jimi Seville (keyboard), Leo Valenzuela (bass), Manny Lizardo (drums), Bobby Figueroa (drums on "Long Tall Sally").
 


Mark, Manny Lizardo, and Leo Valenzuela


 


Chan Romero (Bobby Figueroa on drums)


 


Gil Rocha & Mark
(Gil Rocha was a member of Ritchie Valens' band The Silhouettes.)

 

Video of Mark Guerrero performing "Los Chucos Suaves" at the Ritchie Valens Tribute
words & music by Lalo Guerrero
 



 


 

Arte Americas (Casa de la Cultura)

"Sabor de la Musica Chicana: A Tribute to Lalo Guerrero"- On Friday, January 11, 2013, Mark Guerrero presented a tribute to his father, which included a screening of a short video documentary and still images of Lalo's life and career, video clips of Mark & Lalo performing together, and "live" performances by Mark of Lalo's music. Mark performed "Los Chucos Suaves," "Tacos For Two," "Muy Sabroso Blues," and "No Chicanos on TV."  Singer/songwriter Carmencristina Moreno three Lalo Guerrero songs; "El Guero Aventao," "There's No Tortillas," and "Cancion Mexicana."  For the finale, Mark & Carmencristina performed three Lalo compositions together; "La Minifalda de Reynalda," "Nunca Jamas," and "El Chicano."  The presentation took place in the Galeria de la Comunidad at Arte Americas.  Click here to visit Arte America's official website.
 

Arte Americas- Casa de la Cultura
Fresno, California


 



 





 


Mark & Carmencristina Moreno



 


 

Mark Guerrero Video on Latinopia.com!

"The Ballad of Carlos Almaraz"- Mark Guerrero performs his song "The Ballad of Carlos Almaraz," a tribute to the life and career of his friend and late legendary Chicano visual artist.  This video was videotaped and edited by Chicano filmmaker/activist Jesus Treviño for his website, Latinopia.com.  See video below:
 



 

 


 

Liz Torrez Sings Lalo Guerrero Song

1997 Hispanic Heritage Awards- Liz Torrez sings Lalo Guerrero's "No Chicano's on TV." See Video below:



 


 

American Legion Hall- Palm Springs

Annual New Year's Veteran's Benefit Concert- Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at the American Legion Hall in Palm Springs.  Performers included Mark Guerrero, Darci Daniels, Lola Rossi, Johnny Meza, Mikole Karr, and The Gand Band.  See flyer below:


 


 

Mark Guerrero Video #2 on Latinopia.com!

"Ay Yi Yi Yi (Nobody Told Me)"- Mark Guerrero performs his song "Ay Yi Yi Yi (Nobody Told Me)," about the injustices faced by immigrants and undocumented workers from Mexico when they come to the U.S.  This video was videotaped and edited by Chicano filmmaker/activist Jesus Treviño for his website, Latinopia.com.  See video below:
 


 

 


 

Salvador Santana and Mark Guerrero perform in East L.A.!

     On October 19, 2012, Mark Guerrero performed on the bill with Salvador Santana, son of Carlos Santans at Rudy's Baja Grill in East L.A.  For the show, Mark put together a small combo to back him which included Dale Villavicencio of Tierra on percussion, Steve Alaniz on sax, John Valenzuela on guitar, and Leo Valenzuela on bass.  Mark's set included his songs "The Streets of East L.A.," "On the Boulevard," "Zoot Suit," "Orale!," "Oh Maria," "and "I'm Brown," along with his father's songs, "Los Chucos Suaves," "Muy Sabroso Blues," and "Tin Marin de do Pingue."  Salvador Santana, who's an excellent rapper and awesome keyboardist, led his great band through a set of funky grooves.  I recomment you check him out when you get the chance.  See flyer below:
 

 




Mark Guerrero & Salvador Santana





Mark & band at Rudy's Baja Grill

(left to right-
Steve Alaniz, Mark Guerrero, John Valenzuela, Leo Valenzuela, and Dale Villavicencio)





Mark & band at Rudy's Baja Grill

(left to right-
John Valenzuela, Steve Alaniz, Mark Guerrero, Leo Valenzuela, and Dale Villavicencio)



Video of Mark performing "The Streets of East L.A." at Rudy's Baja Grill

words & music by Mark Guerrero


 


 

Mark Guerrero Video #3 on Latinopia.com!

"Whitewash"- Mark Guerrero performs his song "Whitewash," about the whitewashing of the "America Tropical" mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros in 1932.  The mural was unveiled in 2012 after 80 years!  This video was videotaped and edited by Chicano filmmaker/activist Jesus Treviño for his website, Latinopia.com.  See video below:

 

 

 


image of center section of Siqueiros mural


 




East Los Angeles College (Vincent Price Art Museum)

"Carlos Almaraz: A Life Recalled"- On Saturday, September 8, 2012, Mark Guerrero performed his song "The Ballad of Carlos Almaraz" at an exhibit of Almaraz' work.  Carlos Almaraz was a lifelong friend of Mark's until Carlos' passing in 1989.



Video of Mark performing "The Ballad of Carlos Almaraz" at the Vincent Price Art Museum
words & music by Mark Guerrero

 

 




"60s Pop, Rock & Soul"

"60s Pop, Rock & Soul"- Seven DVD set of "live" performances for a PBS pledge drive special aired in 2012, featuring performances by Davy Jones, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Herman's Hermits, The Kingsmen, Percy Sledge, The Miracles, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, The Ventures, Question Mark & the Mysterians, Mytch Ryder, Eddie Floyd, Chad & Jeremy, Jefferson Starship, Mason Williams, Eric Burdon, Cannibal & the Headhunters (Mark Guerrero on guitar and backing vocal), and others.




Video of the Cannibal & the Headhunters Band on the "60s Pop, Rock & Soul" DVD
 



 




"Wild Tongues (Transnational Mexican Popular Culture)"

"Wild Tongues (Transnational Mexican Popular Culture)"-  a scholarly new book examining the social order in Mexican and Chicano cultural productions in literature, theater, film, music, and performance art.  The book contains a large section on Lalo Guerrero and his pachuco music, with many of his lyrics included.  Also, a section about my brother Dan and the social impact of his on-man show, "Gaytino."


 

 




American Legion Hall- Palm Springs

Fundraiser for musician Billy Erickson- On Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the American Legion Hall in Palm Springs the fundraiser featured performances by Mark Guerrero, Darci Daniels, Pat Rizzo, Jann Brown, Patrick Evans, Ricky Z, Rick Noyce, and others.

 

 

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