Villalobos Brothers

Masterfully blending the indigenous rhythms and melodies of their native Veracruz, Mexico with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music, the Villalobos Brothers deliver an intoxicating brew of musical brilliance, cadence and virtuosity that awakens the senses as it redefines the notions behind Latin music. The Villalobos Brothers have been acclaimed as one of today’s leading World Music and Classical Fusion ensembles. A trio of virtuoso violinists, singer-songwriters, composers, and arrangers, they have performed at 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, and Teatro Amadeo Roldán in Havana among other historic venues.

They have collaborated and recorded with legendary musicians, including Grammy winners Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains, Dolly Parton, Pierre Boulez, Eddie Palmieri, Morley, Graciela, Leni Stern, Lila Downs, and Dan Zanes. In 2005 award-winning guitarist Beto Flores joined the band permanently and they debuted together at Carnegie Hall. In recognition of their artistic contribution, in late 2012 the Villalobos Brothers were granted a Proclamation by the Council of the City of New York and a Diploma by the President of the Borough of Brooklyn.

The Villalobos Brothers were born and raised in Xalapa, Mexico. They spent their childhood listening to their grandmother Cristina Vásquez play music for enjoyment 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. They eventually moved on to specialize in classical violin and composition, and developed their own style of playing, called “Fast-Chatting Violin” consisting in a rapid succession of notes and percussive sounds.

After more than two years of work, in 2012 they completed their second studio album, titled: Aliens of Extraordinary Ability. The album’s name makes reference to the Artist Visas that the three brothers received before coming to the States. This is the actual status given by the U.S. government to foreign-born artists and athletes. Every arrangement and composition was ripened through multiple shows at the Marble Hill Summer Concert Series, a yearly event curated by the Villalobos Brothers. Then the whole program was taken live to the world-class Carriage House Studios, and engineered by Brendan Muldowney.

Victor V. Gurbo & Co.

"Roots revivalist Victor V. Gurbo and his four-piece backing band create original folk ballads infused with an Americana spirit. Recently voted the 2013 Brooklyn Borough Champion at WNYC & WQXR's Battle of the Boroughs, Gurbo & Co. pay homage to the canon of American song and poetry with a raw, bluesy, foot-stomping sound that’s both classic and contemporary."
- Brooklyn Academy of Music

The Bliss Jockeys

The Bliss Jockeys are a dynamic folk/rock/jam band led by
singer/songwriter Phil Robinson. A popular fixture on the NYC performance circuit, the band also regularly plays festivals & special events throughout the larger NY/NJ area.

The Bliss Jockeys deliver a big, delirious experience that energizes, inspires and gets audiences singing along every time. Taking their name from Joseph Campbell's phrase, "Follow Your Bliss," the band draws from a deep well of mythic inspiration-- its repertoire includes Phil’s fun, upbeat originals such as ‘Transcendental Cowboy’ and ‘Through The Middle' as well as playful covers drawing from bar-band classics to Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin.



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