With their new album, 9 Dead Alive, just a week old, the Mexico City-born Rodrigo Y Gabriela worked through a healthy set of new and old nylon-plucked crowd-pleasers at L.A.’s Orpheum Theatre Tuesday night. And as riotous as the show could seem (Rodrigo noted the abnormality of playing a seated venue and urged more standing, to a lukewarm response), the concert also gave both the chance to address the crowd face-to-face. Gabriela ran down the concept of the new album, with each song inspired by a less-sung hero of humanity or the world. Each picked four, ranging from Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky to Spanish nun/poet Sor Juana Ines da la Cruz. And the ninth? Animals and nature, fitting the classical-acoustic wizards’ senses of humor and general playfulness.
Rodrigo Y Gabriela @ The Orpheum Theatre, May 6, 2014
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