"An astounding autobiographical journey by someone whose spirit is not only unshakeable, but whose voice sounds like it has been waiting for just this -Â Bill Bentley, sonicboomers.com
WHO: Anti- Records artist Ersi Arvizu WHAT: CD release show for 'Friend For Life' WHERE: Bagramian Hall, 900 W. Lincoln Ave., Montebello, CA 90640 WHEN: Friday, June 27, 2008 TICKETS: Advance tickets $25 / $30 at the door, available at 877-546-4765
East LA legend Ersi Arvizu has confirmed a rare live performance for June 27 at Bagramian Hall in Montebello, CA, celebrating the release of her acclaimed debut solo album of original songs 'Friend For Life' (Anti- Records). Ersi will be backed by an all-star big band includes the Sisters, Ry Cooder, Mickey Lespron, Rene Camacho, and Francisco Torres. Cooder also produced 'Friend For Life.'
Arvizu grew up in East LA, learning ranchera and mariarchi music from an early age and playing with her family, which gradually evolved into the appropriately named band The Sisters. The act sang for fights at the Olympic Auditorium, El Monte Legion Stadium or the Paramount Ballroom in LA, eventually opening for Ike & Tina Turner, The Righteous Brothers and Caesar and Cleo (later known as Sonny and Cher). They signed with the legendary Del-Fi Records - home to Richie Valens - and scored a #3 hit with their 1964 single "Gee Baby Gee."
Following her time in The Sisters, Arvizu sang in a variety of groups, before finding a home with El Chicano. In the mid-70s, El Chicano gained a reputation as the premier ambassadors of East LA rock, and their songs "Sabor a Mi" and "I'm a Good Woman" became anthems.
Listen to music from the album here.