LA’s Best Latin Music Bands

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Looking for some of the best Latin music bands in Los Angeles? Look no further! Here are our top picks for the best of the best.

Banda El Recodo

Hailing from Sinaloa, Banda El Recodo was formed in 1937 byDon Cruz Lizárraga, who is considered the father of modern Mexican banda music. The group has been led by his son, Cruz Lizárraga Jr., since the late 1970s. With a lineup that includes multiple trumpet players, trombone players, a bassist, a drummer, and a singer, Banda el Recodo’s sound is unmistakable. The band has won multiple Grammy Awards and is beloved by fans of Mexican music around the world.


Banda el Recodo was founded in 1938 by Cruz Lizarraga. The early years of the band were spent playing a mixture of regional Mexican styles including Mariachi, Norteño and Banda. The band’s sound began to evolve in the 1950s with the addition of new instruments and the influence of other genres such as jazz and swing. By the 1960s, Banda el Recodo had developed its own unique style which blended elements of all the genres it had been influenced by.

The band’s popularity increased in the 1970s with the release of several successful albums including ‘Recoditos’ (1970), ‘La Banda del Carro Rojo’ (1972) and ‘La Gran Señora de la Banda’ (1977). The 1980s saw the band consolidate its reputation as one of Mexico’s leading bands with a series of hits including ‘La Que Se Fue’, ‘De paisano a paisano’ and ‘Mi vicio mas grande’.

Banda el Recodo has continued to enjoy success in the 1990s and 2000s with popular albums such as ‘Romances del Cielo y del Infierno’ (1997), ‘Los Hijos de Juan’ (2000) and ‘Que bendición’ (2007). The band has also been honoured with a number of prestigious awards including two Latin Grammy Awards, three Grammy Awards and four Premios Lo Nuestro.

Music style

Banda el Recodo is considered a Norteño band, which is a type of Mexican folk music that originated in the country’s northern regions. The band’s musical style is characterized by the use of a button accordion and a bajo sexto (a type of 12-string guitar), as well as by the polka-influenced rhythm that is typical of Norteño music. Banda el Recodo has been credited with helping to popularize Norteño music in Mexico and beyond, and their success has helped to elevate the status of the genre within the Mexican music industry.

Notable songs

Banda el Recodo has been nominated for a Grammy Award and a Latin Grammy Award, and has won three Premio Lo Nuestro Awards, three Billboards Mexican Music Awards, five Latin American Music Awards and six Mexico MSI awards.

The band has released thirty-six studio albums, five live albums and four compilation albums. They have also released sixty-seven singles, including seventeen as featured artists.

Notable songs include:

– Mi Vicio Más Grande
– Dime Que No
– Las Malas Lenguas
– No Me Conviene
– Te Metiste

Mariachi Sol de Mexico

Mariachi Sol de Mexico is a renowned Latin music band that offers an exciting and authentic Mariachi experience. Founded in 1986, the band has performed at a variety of prestigious events, including the Grammy Awards and the Latin Grammy Awards. They have also been featured in a number of popular films and TV shows. If you’re looking for a truly unique and memorable Latin music experience, Mariachi Sol de Mexico is the band for you.


Mariachi Sol de Mexico is a Grammy-winning Mariachi band based in Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 1989 by Mexican-American musician Juan Pablo Gomez and has released thirteen albums to date. Mariachi Sol de Mexico has been described as “the premier mariachi band in the United States” and has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center.

Mariachi Sol de Mexico’s musical style is rooted in traditional Mexican mariachi music, but the band also incorporates elements of jazz, rock, and pop into their sound. The band’s songs are sung in Spanish and English, and their lyrics often deal with themes of love, loss, and nostalgia.

Over the years, Mariachi Sol de Mexico has garnered critical acclaim for their music. In 2010, they won a Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album for their album Alive! Alive! Alive!. In 2012, the band was nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards: Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album and Best Long Form Music Video.

Music style

Mariachi music is a distinctive Mexican musical style that dates back to the 18th century. It is usually performed by a small band of musicians wearing traditional Mexican clothing. The music is lively and often celebratory, often played at weddings and other special occasions.

Mariachi Sol de Mexico is one of the best-known Mariachi bands in the world. Based in Los Angeles, the group has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the city, including the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Notable songs

“La Bamba”
“Cielito Lindo”
A popular Mexican folk song typically played on the guitar and fiddle, “La Bamba” has been covered by a number of artists including Ritchie Valens, who helped make it famous in the United States with his 1959 rendition.

“Cielito Lindo” is another well-known Mexican folk song. Its lyrics praise the beauty of Mexico and its people, and it too has been covered by many artists over the years.

Banda MS

From Sinaloa, Mexico, Banda MS is a regional Mexican group that formed in 2003. The group is best known for its romantic Spanish-language songs. Their music has been popular in Mexico and the United States, and they have won several awards, including a Latin Grammy.


Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, commonly known as Banda MS, is a Mexican Banda formed in Mazatlán, Sinaloa. The band was founded in 2003 by friends Alfonso Lizárraga and Sergio Lizárraga.

The band’s musical style is often based on stories about love, friendship, happiness, and heartbreak. Their songs often deal with topics such as love (amor), rejection, friendship, and drinking. Banda MS’ lyrical content is often based on traditional Mexican ranchera music and popular Norteño music. The band’s musical influences include Mexican folk music, Norteño music, corridos, cumbia music, and banda music.

The band has released eleven studio albums, two live albums, and one compilation album. They have also released thirty-six singles. The band’s 2010 album En Vivo Desde Monterrey became their breakthrough album in the United States Latin market. The album peaked at number two on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and number one on the Billboard Regional Mexican Albums chart. The album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of two million copies in the United States.

Music style

Banda MS is a Mexican Regional music band formed in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico in 2003. The band’s musical style includes various genres such as Norteño, Duranguense, Banda, and Cumbia.

The band is currently composed of seven members, including lead vocalists Alan Ramírez and Oswaldo Silvas. They have released eleven studio albums, four live albums, and thirty-six singles. Their debut album, En Vivo (2006), was certified Platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). They have also received several awards and nominations, including three Latin Grammy Awards and two Premio Lo Nuestro Awards.

Notable songs

“Tengo Que Colgar”
“Hermosa Experiencia”
“Mi Olvido”
“Imposible Olvidarte”
“Tu Postura”
“Marihuana Cigarro y alcohol”
“Me Va a Pesar”
“Terco Corazón””Que Bendición””Si No Te Tengo””Te Esperé””Háblame de Ti””Todo Cambió””En Vivo Desde el Pepsi CenterWTC de México 2018 (Live)

La Sonora Santanera


La Sonora Santanera is a Mexican orchestra established in the early 1950s in Mexico City. The band’s style combines bolero, cumbia, and other Caribbean rhythms with experimental sounds and electronic arrangements, making it one of the best Latin music bands around.

The orchestra was founded by Carlos Colorado and Felipe Bermejo, two musicians who were looking to create a new kind of Latin music that would appeal to a wider audience. They recruited some of Mexico’s best musicians and singers, and together they created an unforgettable sound that has been thrilling audiences for more than 60 years.

La Sonora Santanera has always been at the forefront of Latin music innovation, incorporating new sounds and styles into their ever-evolving sound. They were one of the first bands to experiment with electronic instruments, and their use of synthesizers and other electronic effects gives their music a unique edge.

Over the years, La Sonora Santanera has undergone several lineup changes, but the one constant is their commitment to creating exciting, original Latin music. Today, the band is led by singer/songwriter/producer Memo Mendez Guiu, who has helped to keep the band’s sound fresh and relevant while staying true to their roots.

If you’re looking for a Latin music band that knows how to get a party started, look no further than La Sonora Santanera. With their infectious melodies, danceable rhythms, and catchy lyrics, this legendary orchestra is sure to get your feet moving and your heart pounding.

Music style

La Sonora Santanera is a Mexican orchestra playing a wide variety of Latin American genres, including cumbia, bolero, pasillo, tango, and ranchera. They have been influential in the spread of these musical styles in Mexico and beyond. The band was formed in the early 1940s by a former member of the Mexico City Symphony Orchestra, and has been led by several different conductors over the years. They have toured extensively throughout Mexico and Latin America, and have also played in the United States and Europe. La Sonora Santanera is one of the most popular Latin bands in Mexico, and has been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards.

Notable songs

“La Cumbia del Sol”
“La Boa”
“Como Te Voy a Olvidar”
“El Hoyo de Monterrey”
“Señora Tentación”
“Baila mi Sonora”
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Los Tigres del Norte

Los Tigres del Norte is a Mexican norteño band from Sinaloa. The group was started by Jorge Hernández, his brothers, and his cousins. The family has been making music for over 50 years. They are considered one of the most influential Latin bands of all time.


Los Tigres del Norte (English: The Tigers of the North) is a Mexican Norteño band founded in 1965 in San Jose, California. The group reached international fame during the 1970s and 1980s. It currently consists of Raúl Hernández, Eduardo Hernández, Jorge Hernández, Oscar Lara and Luis Enrique Loco Argüelles.

Los Tigres del Norte has been called “the best norteño band in the world” and is one of the best-selling regional Mexican groups of all time, with over 37 million records sold worldwide. The band members are originally from Rosario, Sinaloa. They sing about many topics including love, patriotism, friendship, poverty, immigration, social issues and injustice. They also have songs dedicated to Narcos and different drug lords such as Pablo Escobar. The band’s success began when they signed with FAMA Records in 1974 and released their first album “Contrabando y Traición” which contained the hit song “Contrabando y Traición”. In 1987 they released an album titled “Al Rojo Vivo” which included their hit song “La Jaula de Oro”. In 1992 they collaborated with Selena on her song “Como La Flor” which became one of her signature hits. In 2001 they released an album titled “Uniendo Fronteras” which won them a Grammy award for Best Mexican/American Album.

The band was started by three brothers: Jorge Hernández (bajo sexto and lead vocals), Raúl Hernández (drums), and Eduardo Hernández (accordion). Their first single was “La Banda del Carro Rojo” under the independent label Discos Tapatíos in 1968.[6] The song describes a shabby Chevrolet carrying musical instruments and amplifiers owned by the trio; this car was lent to them byProducer Leo Masliah so that los Tigres could travel to Tijuana to record their first single.[6] At that time Mauricio Durán served as bass player but he soon left to Crosbey Garza leaving room for Héctor Hurtado who would soon after leave due to personal problems being temporarily replaced by Miguel Pérez Montealvo before returning to participate on Tigres’ second album “Jaula de Oro”.

In 1975 Lupillo Rivera joined the group replacing Miguel Pérez Montealvo as second vocalist while [ Carbajal “El Patrón”], joined them officially as their new bass player.[10] Los Tigres del Norte has been together for over 50 years and has released 42 albums.[11]

Music style

Los Tigres del Norte is a Mexican Norteño band. Their music style is based on the traditional Mexican folk music of the Norteño style, with sounds of polka, ranchera, Mariachi and corridos.

The group was started in the early 1970s by two brothers, Jorge and Raúl Hernández, who were born in San Francisco, California, and later moved to SanJobanico nte de Sinaloa, Mexico.

Notable songs

Los Tigres del Norte is a Mexican Norteño band founded in 1967. The group has been together for over 50 years and according to Billboard, they are the most successful band in the history of Mexican music. They have recorded and performed over 3700 songs, including their most famous hits “Contrabando y Traición” and “La Mesa del Rincón.”

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