Big Fresno Fair announces upcoming concerts

El Flaco vs. El Mimoso and Calibre 50 with Banda Carnaval join the 2024 Big Fresno Fair Table Mountain Concert series; Tickets go on sale June 20 as part of an exclusive Big Fair Fan Club Presale

(Via the Big Fresno Fair website.)
Mid Valley Times Staff
Published June 21, 2024  • 
10:00 am

FRESNO – The Big Fresno Fair has announced its line-up for both Sundays of the 2024 Big Fresno Fair with El Flaco vs. El Mimoso on Oct. 6, then Calibre 50 with Banda Carnaval on Oct. 13 – all part of the Table Mountain Concert Series in the Paul Paul Theater presented by Modelo Especial and Toyota. 

This show joins a line-up that already consists of Walker Hayes, Sugar Ray, the Righteous Brothers, G-Eazy and Dwight Yoakam.

Tickets for these two concerts will go on sale first to Big Fair Fan Club members, the fair’s free email newsletter, as part of an online-only pre-sale starting on June 20 at 10 a.m. and going until Sunday, June 23 at 11:59 p.m. During this time, any BFF Club member who purchases a fair concert ticket can also purchase a fair admission ticket for 50% off; discounted admission and concert tickets must be purchased in the same transaction. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public (online only) beginning Monday, June 24 at 10 a.m.  

BFF Club Members will receive a special password via email the day before the pre-sale. If someone isn’t a part of the BFF Club, but wants to purchase their concert tickets and receive 50% off fair admission ahead of time, they can sign up for free at www.FresnoFair.com/BFFClub.

The El Flaco vs. El Mimoso concert on Oct. 6 has ticket prices ranging from $25 to $95. Luis Angel, aka “El Flaco,” is a Banda singer who was formerly the frontman for Banda Los Recoditos. El Flaco has amassed a catalog of live and studio albums, and dozens of singles and EPS since going solo. Possessed of a lilting baritone, El Flaco weaves románticas, rancheras and other styles into emotional and lyrical essences. His first solo offerings were the live albums “Desde Casa” and “Pa’ Las Viejos,” while “Viva Mexico” was recorded in concert with other artists. “La Textilera” was a collaboration with El Mimoso and registered more than 60 million streams. Later that year, his solo set “La Ley de la Vida” landed inside the Top Ten at Mexican Regional streaming and stayed there for 14 weeks. In 2022, he and Luis Alfonso Partida “El Yako” issued the charting duo set “La Gran Fiesta.” Following several more live recordings and a covers album, El Flaco returned with “Yo Te Extrañaré” in 2024 on Sony Music.

Luis Antonio López Flores, better known as “El Mimoso,” was once vocalist for Don Cruz Lizárraga’s widely-adored Banda El Recodo. He sings his own songs and renditions of the classics of banda and any of the various interrelated Mexican musical styles. Lopez has incorporated elements of the regional styles Norteño, Ranchera and Cumbia in his solo career. The crooner from Concordia, Sinaloa, recently toured the U.S. to support their current single “Tú Que La Tienes” and multiple album releases from recent years.

The Calibre 50 with Banda Carnaval showing will be on Oct. 13 and will have ticket prices ranging from $25 to $75. Calibre 50 are an award-winning Norteño quartet from Mazatlan, Sinaloa founded in 2010 by Eden Muñoz, Armando Ramos, Martín López and Augusto. Their name, meaning “armor-piercing bullet,” was chosen as a symbol for their music, whose strength they hoped would carry them across the border from Mexico north to the U.S. and south across Latin America. Founded in 2010, the band started on the stages of small restaurants and local parties, where their theme song, “El Infiernito,” opened the doors to airplay. Two other tracks, “Culiacan vs. Mazatlan” and “Callejero y Mujeriego,” helped propel their 2010 debut album, “Renovar o Morir,” to a strong chart showing and also the Lo Nuestro Award for Regional Mexican New Artist of the Year. Each album has charted since then, including three that placed in the Top 200 and topped the Mexican Regional Albums chart. Their stage show is known for its musical intensity and engaging crowd interaction.

In 2012, the band released, “El Buen Ejemplo,” which delivered no less than four hit singles: “Mujer de Todos, Mujer de Nadie,” “Bohemio Loco,” “El Buen Ejemplo,” and “Gente Batallosa.” A duet with the band Carnivale, “Gente Batallosa,” became the most played song of the year in Mexico and netted the band a Billboard Award for Song of the Year Vocal Collaboration. They then issued “La Recompensa” in Feb. 2013. Its first single, “Aquí Estoy,” hit the top of the Regional Mexican Music airplay charts in both Mexico and the U.S, followed in similar fashion by “Ni Que Estuvieras Tan Buena,” which was also radio’s most played song in the genre that year. Calibre 50 struck again in October with “Corridos de Alto Calibre.” This collection featured the single “El Immigrante,” which not only topped the radio charts, but remained in the number one spot for over ten weeks in Mexico. In 2014, the band replaced Lopez and Augusto with Alejandro Gaxiola on tuba and Erick Garcia on drums for that year’s “Contigo” album. Later that year, Calibre 50 signed with Sony and in January the following year, premiered on Univision’s telenovela ”Que te Perdone Dios”. Over the years, Calibre 50 went on to release multiple albums and were nominated for Best Dance Song, and have landed at No. 3 on the Top Latin Albums chart. 

Banda Carnaval are a regional Mexican band from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, whose teen-oriented banda style is heavy on cumbias and románticas. Founded in 2001 by executive producer Jesús Tirado Castañeda, the band has well over a dozen members, most notably Rafael Becerra (aka Rafa) on lead vocals. Banda Carnaval made their full-length album debut with “Entre Suspiro y Suspiro.” Later albums such as “Aqui Estamos,” “El Número 1” and “Maximo Nivel” spun off a multitude of hit singles, among them “Pídeme,” “Olvidarte No Será Sencillo” and “El Mentiroso.” The band has released multiple albums the following years, with their album, “Las Vuelta de la Vida” landing their two singles “Y Te Vas” and “La Doble Cara,” at the top of various airplay charts in Mexico and the U.S. In 2014, “El Que Se Enamora Pierde” placed high on airplay charts, and the title track from “La Historia de Mis Manos” placed in the top spot on the Mexican Regional Songs chart, remaining there for several weeks.

The Big Fresno Fair, founded in 1884, is the fifth largest fair in the state of California and represents the 21st District Agricultural Association. Over 500,000 people from throughout the state visit The Big Fresno Fair each year, making it the largest annual event in the Central Valley. Members of the Board of Directors include President Terry Gonsalves, Vice President Gary Chahil, Secretary/Treasurer Frank Flores, Linda Mae Balakian Hunsucker, Jerry Pacheco, Annalisa Perea, Chuck Riojas and Lawrence Salinas. Christina Estrada heads the daily operations in her role as Interim CEO. The 2024 Big Fresno Fair will run Oct. 2 – 14. For more details, you can visit www.FresnoFair.com

Mid Valley Times Staff