For the uninitiated, a Rodrigo y Gabriela show is pretty dangerous. Their performance is a two-guitar aural assault with fingers flying and palms slapping. Such was the case at their most recent show at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater. It was a typical, funky fall-ish night where a flash of rain leaves an uncomfortable mugginess. By the time Rod-Gab took the stage, a sweet breeze came in to relieve the approximately 1,800 waiting fans. “You guys rock, we love you people,” Gabriela told the crowd about 20 minutes into the show.
The Mexican-born, Dublin, Ireland-based Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero kept the crowd enthralled with selections from their latest album, 11:11, a tribute to the artists who’ve inspired them. Under their capable hands, they put a rocking twist to styles that define artists such as Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Michel Camilo and Pink Floyd. Under minimalist stage lighting, Rodrigo y Gabriela proves that all you need are four guitars and hands to completely stun an audience as to how hard an acoustic show can rock.
Photos by Mari Hernandez for Austin Vida.