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Banda el Recodo

Banda el Recodo de Don Cruz Lizárraga will perform at the Chumash Casino Resort on Friday, Feb. 23.

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It’s called the “Mother of all Bands” and the 17-member ensemble is bringing its exciting Latin music blend to the Santa Ynez Valley.

Banda el Recodo de Don Cruz Lizárraga, one of the most popular and longest-running groups in the history of the Mexican Regional genre, will perform their greatest hits at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. Tickets for the show are $55, $65 and $75.

Banda el Recodo, which was formed by self-taught clarinetist Don Cruz Lizárraga in 1938, has released more than 200 records and earned the nickname “Mother of all Bands” with their eclectic blend of Latin dance tunes, jazz swing and classical music. The 17-member ensemble features four clarinets, three trumpets, a tambora (bass drum with a cymbal on top), a tarola (snare drum), a tuba (Sousaphone style), three trombones, two alto horns and a pair of singers.

Cruz Lizárraga remained the band leader until he died in 1995. His clarinet-playing sons, Luis Alfonso Lizárraga and Joel David Lizárraga, have carried on the family legacy and helped introduce Banda el Recodo to a new generation of fans.

At the 18th annual Latin Grammy Awards in November, Banda el Recodo’s hit “Vale La Pena” was nominated for Best Regional Song, and their album “Ayer Y Hoy” won Best Banda Album. The group has won 10 Latin Grammys and has been nominated for six Grammy Awards throughout its history.

In 2013, Banda el Recodo, believed to be the first Banda act to release a commercial recording, was given the Musical Legacy Award at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards. 

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Last year, the group performed before a record-breaking audience of 75,557 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

On Feb. 23, fans will have the chance to see this legendary band perform in the intimate, 1,400-seat Samala Showroom. Located on Highway 246 in Santa Ynez, the Chumash Casino Resort is an age 21-and-older venue. Tickets for all events are available at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Club Indulge or online at