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One NY Artist: Villalobos Brothers

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Villalobos Brothers with guitarist Humberto Flores (Stephanie Black)

There are thousands of artists in New York City. Some are famous internationally. Others are scratching out a living while perfecting their craft. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight in their own voices. Here, the Villalobos Brothers. They are a trio of violinists and singer-songwriters from Veracruz, Mexico, now based in Marble Hill, in Upper Manhattan.

Ernesto Villalobos is the oldest of the brothers, and in this interview he said they all started as infants, when they were 3 or 4 years old. "My earliest memory is of me being on a stage, holding a tiny violin," he said. "And having my mom kneeling down next to me and helping me with the bow, and seeing this group of people looking at me, which was my first audience I guess and I was wearing a diaper."

The Villalobos Brothers are playing at the Mercury Lounge on Jan. 15.

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