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Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Award-Winning Villalobos Brothers from Veracruz, Mexico

villalobos-brothersLa Bamba may be the best-known Jarocho song in America, but the Villalobos Brothers from Veracruz, Mexico will make New Yorkers fall in love with much more as the Cinco de Mayo celebration continues at Flushing Town Hall on Friday, May 6, 2016. Blending traditional Mexican folk with contemporary jazz and classical music, the award-winning ensemble will perform a captivating fusion of fast rhythms and smooth tones.

In addition to touring globally, the Villalobos Brothers have collaborated with prestigious artists — including Grammy winners — such as Dolly Parton, Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains, Dan Zanes, Jay Rodriguez, Pierre Boulez, and Eddie Palmieri.

The event is emblematic of Flushing Town Hall’s mission to provide global arts for a global community. One hour before the 8 PM show, audiences of all ages will be treated to a workshop featuring contemporary Mexican dance styles.

As winners of NPR’s 2013 “Battle of the Boroughs,” and the first Mexican band to ever play at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, the Villalobos Brothers not only are popular among local residents, but are acclaimed by musicians and the media for their unique melodies.


“I loved your style of music. The blend was amazing, the band was tight, it kept me going… I felt like I was part of the band, except I was sitting out here. I didn’t understand a word you were saying, but I felt it! where can I buy your CD? For real!” – Steve Pageot, Grammy Award Winner.


“They played with exuberant intensity for the appreciative audience…with their heads bowed…fingers jumping and feet tapping, they weren’t just playing music, they were living it…” – Devan Sipher, The Forward.

The Villalobos Brothers are renowned as one of the leading contemporary Mexican ensembles of today. Their compositions fuse and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the complex harmonies of jazz and classical music exquisitely. At every show, the Villalobos Brothers deliver a lively performance that mesmerizes the audience.

Born and raised in Veracruz, Mexico, the Villalobos Brothers – Ernesto, Alberto and Luis – spent their childhood listening to their grandmother sing and play the guitar after a long day’s work, which inspired them to take up the violin as children. Soon, the brothers learned to sing and play other instruments, including the guitar and piano.

The Villalobos Brothers consist of the three brothers on lead vocals and violin, Humberto Flores on back-up vocals and guitar, Rosa Avila on drums, and lastly, Leo Sherman on bass.


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Dance lessons at 7 PM, Performance at 8 PM

$16/$10 Members & Students

The Villalobos Brothers (Ernesto, Alberto, and Luis) use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music. They masterfully blend elements of jazz, rock, classical and Mexican folk to deliver a powerful message of love, brotherhood and social justice. Masks, poems, and theatrical sketches are interwoven with powerful lyrics and high-energy compositions in their performances.

Just before the show, join Mazarte Dance Company for a dance lesson. The Villalobos Brothers provide live musical accompaniment with tunes such as El San Lorenzo and La Veracruzana as you learn basic moves from Vera Cruz.

For Tickets & More info: or call (718) 463-7700 x222. Address: 137-35 Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11354


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