Staff Report

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 its greatest hits at the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23.

The band, 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 its 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.

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.

The group has won 10 Latin Grammys and has been nominated for six Grammy Awards throughout its history.

Tickets for the show are $55, $65 & $75, available at the casino or at