After struggling to make it big in Mexico, the pair moved to Dublin, Ireland in 1999 where they heard street musicians were popular and pretty successful. With the help of some already famous stars (Damien Rice, David Gray…others) they were opening up for big names and soon found themselves mega famous. Their situation is pretty unique as not too many Mexican stars make it big around the entire world like they have.
Anyways, their show was absolutely incredible. With Gabriela playing a mix of guitar AND percussion with her hand (seriously, how does she do it?) all while energetically jumping up and down and Rodrigo usually playing the melody, the show was nonstop energy the entire night.
Oh, and they played for over 90 minutes. 90 minutes of nonstop, lightning-speed guitar picking. They also used a few accessories to create even more unique sounds like a glass bottle on the guitar streets. Here is a video I took:
They are also pretty cool people. For example, they did this in Dublin last week to pay homage to their beginnings as street musicians (and to pump up the city for their show that night!):
Check out another song from their impromptu concert in the plaza (you can see Gabriela using her hand for percussion really well in this one):
Anyways, if you ever get a chance to see these guys perform, I HIGHLY recommend it. Here are their upcoming shows – and OJO (look!) – they will be performing at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island coming up in a few weeks!!
Check of their site for other tour dates: http://www.rodgab.com/
And NPR really likes them too: http://www.npr.org/artists/15397659/rodrigo-y-gabriela