Rodrigo y Gabriella tomorrow at Pantages
Last time the Irish-dwelling classical guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela were in town they played First Ave, guitars equipped with onboard cameras that projected their incredible technique onto giant screens. Half the show I spent gaping at a nearby screen, watching the blurs of their hands. The rest of the show I spent wiggling to their infectious beats (as a lanky white guy, I can't claim to properly dance, but I do wiggle occasionally).
The pair's death metal background is carefully blended into classical and flamenco styles to produce their unique sound. Their new album, 11:11, shows experimentation with new instrumentation (beyond their previous standard guitar-only rule) including some exceptional electric guitar solos and piano; it'll be interesting to see if they bring this to the Pantages or remain acoustic-only.
All ages. 8:00 P.M. $32 advance/$36.00 door. Pantages Theater, 710 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis.