Bandwagon series presents Villalobos Brothers on July 13

PUTNEY-The Next Stage Bandwagon Summer Series presents the Villalobos Brothers on Saturday, July 13, at 6 p.m., in the field behind the Putney Inn, 57 Putney Landing Rd.

The Villalobos Brothers are a Grammy Award-winning family band, a contemporary Mexican ensemble. With their fusion of Mexican folk, jazz, and classical music, they have performed for audiences across the United States, Mexico, India, Russia, and Canada.

"Virtuosic violinists from Mexico showcasing how traditional music can get reborn into modern culture, these brothers are making an indelible mark on modern American music," Keith Marks, executive director of Next Stage Arts, said in a news release. "The Villalobos Brothers are a family band worthy of attention, praise, and adulation."

Their music is deeply rooted in the traditions of Veracruz, showcasing a vibrant blend of Son Jarocho, Son Huasteco, and Latin Jazz. The Villalobos Brothers's original compositions and arrangements pay homage to the richness of Mexican folklore and "push the boundaries of musical exploration," say organizers in a news release.

Notably, the Villalobos Brothers recently earned acclaim for their collaboration with Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, resulting in the Grammy-winning album Fandango At The Wall in New York, which was awarded the Best Latin Jazz Album of 2022. This project brought together international musicians for a concert at the border, "serving as a testament to the power of music to bridge divides."

The Villalobos Brothers have performed around the world, including at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Davies Symphony Hall, the Latin Grammy Awards, Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Ford Theatre in Hollywood. Their performances have garnered widespread praise for their musicianship, energy, and messages of love, brotherhood, and social justice.

In 2022, Ernesto, Alberto, and Luis Villalobos embarked on their Symphonic Project, collaborating with orchestras such as the San Francisco Symphony, Sun Valley Symphony, and Walla Walla Symphony.

Throughout their journey, the Villalobos Brothers have collaborated with legendary musicians, including Grammy winners Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Antonio Sánchez, and Regina Carter. The band says these collaborations have further enriched their musical palette and expanded their artistic horizons.

Following their 2023 appearance at the World Trade Center's opening season of the Perelman Performing Arts Center in New York City, they were invited to showcase at International Society for the Performing Arts' 75th Anniversary and globalFEST 2024 at Lincoln Center.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Kids under 12 always get in for free, and a dedicated play area will be available at all shows. Refreshments are sold onsite. The audience is invited to bring a picnic and a blanket or folding chair to enjoy the concerts. Advance tickets are available online at For more information, call 802-387-0102.

This Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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