On an August evening at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre; Rodrigo y Gabriela further blurred the defining line between Rock, Latin, and Instrumental Acoustic bands. Composed of Rodrigo Sánchez, lead guitar, and Gabriela Quintero, rhythm guitar: They took the stage in an eerie red light, with little but the moniker for their latest album 11:11, draped at the back of the stage.
The duo began their set with slow and melodic strumming; taking seats mid-stage in what looked like it could be a good-yet-ordinary show. This was nothing compared to what was in store for the audience that night. Picking up steam from their intro, the two rolled seamlessly into such acoustic anthems as "Hanuman", "Triveni" and "Diablo Rojo". Their melodic strumming building into faster and more intense fret-work, complemented by the rhythmic beats resonating from their hollow bodied guitars.
Highlights from the night included the audience of the Greek clapping-along in-time to some of the duo's best loved tunes; "Tanacun" and "Satori" especially resonated. Later in the show brought even more of an unexpected treat, in the form of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo; who joined in for an illustrious version of "Orion".
Rodrigo y Gabriela continued the evening of energetic and eclectic sounds; oscillating between their highly technical fret-work and make-you-want-to-clap-along-and-dance sounds. Every strum of the evening reverberating; further showcasing the Rod y Gab's embrace of teir hybrid sound that sets them apart from others, and gives a considerable edge to their sound. While their recordings are enjoyable; live, Rodrigo y Gabriela are truly epic...
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