Ontario concert, rodeo celebrate culture, traditions

Banda El Recodo. (The Enterprise/Angelina Katsanis) See more photos on our instagram @malheurenterprise

ONTARIO – As a child, Eddy Ibarra of Nampa remembers waking up to Mexican banda music on Saturdays as his parents got ready to clean the house. His love of the genre, he said, dates to those memories with his family. 

“It’s our culture,” he said. “It’s who we are.” 

That’s why it was such a big milestone for Ibarra and his band, Clave 19, to be one of the openers for the “mother of all bands” - Banda El Recodo - on Sunday at the Malheur County Fairgrounds in Ontario. The other opener was La Única del Valle.

Throughout the event, the host and the band members continually underscored the importance of Mexican music and traditions – “the two things we . . .