|Azteca Theater, 1:30 a.m., September, 2011|
By David Owens
Every weekend finds an atmosphere of festivity at the Azteca Theater. Friday and Saturday nights remind one of the vibrant life at the Azteca in the 1950's. The whole country was exuberant, fresh from the ending of WWII, and exploding with activity. Chinatown was buzzing 24-hours a day.
Now, from sundown until 2 a.m., that atmosphere continues for a few festive weekend nights.
Next door the La Fiesta draws a crowd with live Spanish-language music and cold beers. Under new management for about a year, there is a different atmosphere around the club. Out on the street are a mixture of people out for the night.
Along with the animated crowds, festive sounds fill the air. Sub-sonic bass lines from the live band at La Fiesta underscore the K-Jewel Radio Classics from the Azteca ticket booth followed by a quadrasonic Latin beat when you reach over for your taco and hear the Spanish music from the taco trailer.
It's been a long time since Chinatown had this much buzz in the air. Walk a block and see the crowd outside Chris's Meats serving up famous burritos, or the other direction to the Full Circle Brewery. A better vibe in Chinatown. Finally!