Rodrigo Y Gabriela @ the Ford Amphitheatre, 6/26/07
There is a myth that Blues Legend Robert Johnson met the devil at a crossroads down south and traded his soul for ungodly skill with a guitar. A few dozen years later, the devil must have gotten fed up, took a trip to Mexico for some sun and margaritas and stumbled across Rodrigo Y Gabriela. That is the only way I can explain their other-worldly talent. Both members of the duo have such skill on a classical guitar that they must have sold their souls for fast fingers and a mind-blowing sense of rhythm. Last night, they taught a class on how to rock a classical guitar at the Ford Amphitheatre.
They're show was, in a word, amazing. They took a crowd of people, sitting comfortably in their chairs, and within 5 minutes had everyone on their feet, clapping along. Throughout the entire show, it felt like Rodrigo was invested in not only giving the audience a great show, but also a great time. It wasn't uncommon for him to rise to his feet, while Gabriela drummed out percussion on the body of her guitar, and start clapping, coaxing the crowd to join in. Add to that a "Wish You Were Here" sing-along and he had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand.