Rodrigo y Gabriela – Mexico’s Dueling Rhythmic Guitarists

May 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

Photo: Rodrigo y Gabriela website (www.rodgab.com)

Last night, the White House hosted it’s second State Dinner, this time for President Felipe Calderon of Mexico and his wife, first lady Margarita Zavalos.  Unlike the President’s first State Dinner, this one appears to have  gone off without incident (though I did read that the Salahis scheduled a drive-by, just as the invited guests were arriving, supposedly on their way to dinner at a nearby restaurant).

First lady Michelle Obama and her staff thoughtfully arranged all aspects of the dinner, including the entertainment, which featured the duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, rhythmic guitarists from Mexico City.  If you’ve never heard them play their acoustic guitars (although the word “play” does not quite live up to what they do with their instruments), then you need to have a listen.  Here are two of their songs that I particularly like:

Hanuman (from their 2009 album, 11:11 – scroll down to see them performing this song on The Tonight Show)

Tamacun (from their 2006 self-title album – sample the song on Pandora.com)

The pair is touring in the United States through May, then heading to Europe, before returning to the States for additional dates in August.  Visit their website for tour dates.   Quite simply, if you like acoustic guitar, then you’ll agree, this pair is fantastic.

And, I can’t help myself, I’ve got to mention this week’s Glee.  There were so many “moments.”  Neil Patrick Harris, guest-starring as Will Schuster’s high school nemesis, Bryan Ryan, belting out Aerosmith’s “Dream On” alongside Matthew Morrison.  A mall flash-mob version of Men Without Hats’ “Safety Dance,” headlined by Artie (Kevin McHale).  Then there was “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables, sung by Idina Menzel (rival glee club leader, Shelby Cororan) and Lea Michele (Rachel Berry) – this week we learned that Shelby is Rachel’s mother.   I’ve yet to manage to get through Les Mis without crying, and, I have to admit, I didn’t make it through this performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” either.  If you missed the episode, you can catch it online.

So much entertainment, so little time…

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