welcome to ché's news journal!
this will be updated regularly by ME!
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august 1

last night's gig at the viper room was a blast. we were down in the acoustic lounge and could run upstairs to see the full bands there, or stay downstairs for the solo acoustic music. lot's of great music on sunday nights there! thanks to dennis for taking some pics...

i had a blast!

hope to see some of you tonight at the brass elephant in monrovia! woo hoo!

august 11

just got it together to post these pics from monday nights gig at universal bar and grill with the fabulous kellie ann behind (and on) the bar!!!! :D what a fun time. i will be back there solo on tuesday august 23rd at 8:30 and then the duo will be there again on september 26th, but this is all pending on monday night football.... so we shall see. stay tuned for any changes and all updates!

kellie ann!

august 17

just heard that esther wong from madame wong's passed away:

Punk Promoter Esther Wong Dies at 88
August 17, 2005

Esther Wong, who booked a who's who of punk rock and new wave bands at her popular Madame Wong's clubs in the 1970s and '80s, has died. She was 88.
She died Sunday at her Los Angeles home, her daughter, Melinda Braun, said Wednesday. She had suffered from emphysema and cancer.

Wong, who earned the nickname the "godmother of punk," showcased such popular groups as the Police, X, the Go-Gos, Oingo Boingo, the Motels, the Knack, the Textones and Plane English early in their careers, giving many groups their first major break.

The native of China originally booked Polynesian bands to play at her restaurant, but when hardly anyone showed up to hear them she decided to take a chance on rock acts. Almost overnight in 1978, hundreds of people began showing up at her Chinatown restaurant to hear the new sounds, and she opened a Madame Wong's West in Santa Monica that same year.

"Before, I didn't think I'd ever like rock music," she told the Los Angeles Times in 1979. "Now I can turn it on, and it doesn't bother me."

As her clubs flourished, Wong quickly became known as a no-nonsense proprietor. She once halted a performance by the Ramones until the band members left the stage and cleaned up the graffiti they had put on a bathroom wall. She rarely booked female singers, calling them "no good, always trouble," and she was known to go into the audience to try to sniff out marijuana smokers.

"She would always take any problem or situation head-on, she was not afraid of anyone," her daughter told The Associated Press.

Wong auditioned performers by listening to their tapes, often while driving in her car, until she said her habit of flinging bad music out the window nearly got her in trouble.

"One day I almost hit the highway patrol car that was right next to me," she told the Times in 1980.

Born and educated in Shanghai, Wong traveled the world as a child with her father, who was an importer.

She moved to Los Angeles in 1949 when the Chinese government fell to the communists, working for two decades at a shipping company before opening her restaurant.

She closed the original Madame Wong's in 1985 and Madame Wong's West in 1991.

Wong is survived by her second husband, Harry Wong; a son, Frank Wong; her daughter, Braun; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

now all of the stories from all of the old timers are coming in about those days.... amazing. i just had to find and scan and post a pic from back then - here i am with my friend eric ambel at wongs in chinatown, where we (my band backstage pass) were performing along with the strangers (with michael anderson and jeff rollings) and the motels!

august 20

had fun last night at kava dume!!! thanks david, for sitting in with us and bringing such a nice big crowd, and also to jeff for taking this pic!!!

august 23

the tehachapi mountain fest was wonderful! saw alot of peeps from previous festivals and also met some new friends. it was great, the weather was gorgeous and it was a successful day!!!! hank z took this great pic of tisa and me performing!!! (THANKS!)

august 24

wow, universal bar and grill is just a FUN place! thanks to you all who showed up to support indie music and ME!!!! and cheers to kellie ann and carol for having me!! and to dennis for always taking pics there for me!

one more show (tonight at brennan's), and then i am OUT OF HERE! xoxo

august 29

yesterday's kermesh was alot of fun - it's a gathering of the mostly lemko-rusyn descendants of people who settled in the pricedale area, but has branched out and brought in people from all over the USA and sometimes the world! it was a successful and fun picnic once again!!! here are some pics from the day (sunday)

i think the ZURO clan had the biggest turnout... here are my parents, aunts and cousins!!!

here i am with my cousin janice who lives in the area, and nicole who flew up from florida to baltimore and then drove in with her mum!

gail and her husband and her mum virginia, during the chinese auction.... i won a beautiful wool weaving that was made by virginia, and she won my cds!!!!

these were taken during the group photo that is an annual thing!

audrey and me! she is one of the organizers of this main event and one of my distant cousins! (we are all family at this picnic, one way or another....)

another cousin, rox, the official photographer, and me!