October 23, 2017
Writer: Don Sparhawk
The Villalobos Brothers, one of today's leading contemporary Mexican bands, will perform Friday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.
Their original compositions and arrangements masterfully blend and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music.
In 2013 they performed at Cumbre Tajin, one of the most important music festivals in Latin America. Later that year they became the Ultimate winners of the "2013 Battle of the Boroughs," one of National Public Radio's flagship competitions in New York City. They were the first Mexican band ever to play at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
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's in New York City.
The Villalobos Brothers were born and raised in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. They 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.
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.
Tickets are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. Tickets may be purchased at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office, by calling 208-496-3170 or online at www.byui.edu/tickets.