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Banda El Recodo

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The information below is from the 2019 Fair, and it will give you an idea of what to expect in 2020. Please check back soon!

Banda el Recodo — the group’s full name is Banda Sinaloense el Recodo de Don Cruz Lizarraga — celebrated their 75th anniversary in 2013, and the Mexican Banda group hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. During the landmark year, the ever-evolving band — believed to be the first Banda act to release a commercial recording — was awarded with the Musical Legacy Award at the Billboard Mexican Music Awards.

Banda el Recodo was founded by clarinetist Cruz Lizarraga in 1938, and he remained the bandleader until he died of cancer in 1995. The group is still in the Lizarraga family, however, and counts four of his sons among its members. Banda el Recodo still tours regularly — often playing in the United States — with a huge lineup of musicians playing clarinets, trombones, trumpets, tuba, and various percussion instruments, along with vocalists. Fans who buy tickets to a Banda el Recodo concert can expect a wide range of styles representing the massive swaths of musical ground — including Latin, big band, jazz and classical — they’ve covered over their hundreds of recordings.

Ticket Types

Floor

$48

Standing area; General Admission; ticket required.
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Terrace

$54

Reserved; tickets are seat-specific. The view is level with the stage. Center-section terrace seats are at four-person tables with wait service for food and beverages.
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2nd and 4th levels

$44

Reserved; tickets are seat-specific. 2nd level seats are slightly behind and higher than the Terrace seats; 4th level seats are at the front of the Grandstand balcony. Both areas have unobstructed views.
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3rd and 5th levels

Unreserved; General Admission. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 3rd level seats are behind the 2nd level; 5th level seats are behind the 4th level, all under a roof supported by pillars (some seats have obstructed views).
Free with Fair Admission

If you have Fair admission

From $25

If you already have Fair admission (examples: Best Pass Ever season pass, Exhibit entrant), you can buy this concert ticket type, which does not include Fair admission. These tickets are sold exclusively through the Fair's Box Office.
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Seating Policies

  • All concert tickets include Fair admission.
  • Ticket prices do not include Ticketmaster fees. Tickets may be purchased without booking fees at the Fairgrounds Box Office.
  • Infants may be held on an adult’s lap. In ticketed areas, anyone who occupies a seat must have a ticket.
  • No unauthorized solicitation of business of any kind
  • No standing in aisles or corridors to watch the show.
  • No standing on seats
  • Saving more than two seats is prohibited.

Camera Policies

Any photography activities that may be deemed a nuisance to the enjoyment of others is prohibited. Personal “point and shoot” cameras are permitted but do not block the view of people around you.

The following photography items are strictly prohibited, and may not be used during concerts:

  • No flash photography
  • No video or audio recording
  • No tablets
  • No cameras with removable lenses
  • No selfie sticks

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I get into the concert area?

Doors to the Grandstand typically open 90 minutes before the show begins. This is an approximate time and may vary depending on crowd size and other factors.

If you are in a general admission area where it is first-come seating, a line-up area will be designated with signage in the Plaza de Mexico area. If you have a ticket with a specific seat, enjoy the Fair activities until you’d like to come to your seat.

My tickets are at Will Call. How do I pick them up?

Tickets ordered through Ticketmaster for pickup at Will Call will be available the day of the concert starting at 10:00AM. The Will Call booth is at the O’Brien Gate, informally known as the “front gate.” At the booth, present your Ticketmaster confirmation number, along with a valid ID (state-issued driver’s license or ID card, passport or military identification).

Can I get something to eat or drink during the concert?

Yes. The stage area has many food-and-beverage locations, or you can buy something from a Fair food vendor and bring it into the concert area.

Can I use my camera?

Any photography activities that may be deemed a nuisance to the enjoyment of others is prohibited. Personal “point and shoot” cameras are permitted, but do not block the view of people around you.

The following photography items are strictly prohibited, and may not be used during concerts:

  • No flash photography
  • No video or audio recording
  • No tablets
  • No cameras with removable lenses
  • No selfie sticks

What are the authorized ticket sellers for Fair concert tickets?

There are only two authorized ticket sellers: Ticketmaster and the Fairgrounds Box Office. We strongly recommend you never purchase Fair concert or festival tickets from any other source. Tickets purchased from non-authorized sources could be counterfeit or stolen, which means the ticket will not be honored, and you will lose the money you paid.

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