WSU Performing Arts

Humanitas ~ A Festival Celebrating World Arts

Villalobos Brothers


Contemporary high-octane Mexican fiddling

Saturday, September 24, 2016
7:30 p.m. @ Jones Theatre


Adults $15 • Seniors $12 • Group rate (8 or more) $10/person
Tickets may be purchased in advance at, 800-325-SEAT, and the Beasley Coliseum ticket office (open M-F 10-2). Free student/youth tickets available in advance only at Beasley Coliseum.

Presented by WSU Performing Arts

Acclaimed as one of today's leading contemporary Mexican ensembles, the Villalobos Brothers masterfully blend and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. Their original compositions and arrangements deliver an intoxicating brew of brilliance, cadence, and virtuosity that awaken the senses and mesmerize the listener. 

"...a crazy ball of sound: Mexican coastal traditions meet Sam Cooke in the Bronx!" —Dan Zanes in USA TODAY

Born and raised in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, the Villalobos Brothers spent their childhood listening to their grandmother Cristina Vásquez sing and play guitar and accordion after a day's work. They took up the violin as children and soon learned to sing and play other instruments, including guitar and piano. 

In 2013 they performed at Cumbre Tajin, one of the most important music festivals in Latin America, where they shared the stage with Regina Spector, Pet Shop Boys, and Los Tigres del Norte.

Later that year, they became the ultimate winners of the 2013 Battle of the Boroughs, one of National Public Radio's flagship competitions sponsored by the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, WNYC, and WQXR in New York City.

They were the first Mexican band ever to play at the Apollo Theater in Harlem as featured guest artists, adding this historic venue to an already impressive list of credits that includes the Latin Grammy Awards, Carnegie Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations, Rockefeller Center, the New York Mets field at Shea Stadium, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New Victory Theatre, the Miller Stage in Milwaukee, the Ford Theatres in Hollywood, and Teatro Amadeo Roldán in Havana.

They have collaborated and recorded with legendary musicians, including Grammy winners Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains, Dan Zanes, Arturo O’Farrill, Pierre Boulez, Dolly Parton, and Eddie Palmieri.

The Villalobos Brothers are Ernesto Villalobos, lead vocals and violin; Alberto Villalobos, lead vocals and violin; Luis Villalobos, lead vocals and violin; Humberto Flores, back-up vocals and guitar; Rosa Avila, drums; and Leo Sherman, bass.

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This performance is presented with support from:

Residence Inn by Marriott Pullman

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