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Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Terminal 5 in Sept. (more by Paul Bachmann)
Rodrigo y Gabriela

For Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero the story begins with all the key ingredients for that quintessential rags-to-riches story - humble beginnings and of course, undeniable odds stacked against them - but that's not what makes this story so damned interesting. Growing up in Mexico City, that country's pinnacle metropolis of culture and arts, Rodrigo and Gabriela were exposed to music from an early age. As teenagers the two developed a keen love of music and eventually met when Gabriela joined Rodrigo's thrash metal band, Tierra Acida (Acid Earth). With ambitions of becoming serious musicians, they applied to a music conservatory, but having had almost no proper musical training both were denied entry. And so they continued their affair with Mexico City's rock scene. Yet opportunities were scarce, and success even scarcer. Years of unrequited pursuit left them frustrated and disheartened with their home city's music industry. So with about $1000 and no English skills whatsoever, the duo picked up and moved to Dublin, Ireland. Though it may have been by choice, the odds were certainly stacked against them, but Rodrigo y Gabriela weren't in music to play the odds.

It was all about the adventure. "We didn't actually want to be part of a record label anymore, especially when we first went to Europe. We were in a backpacking situation but we were happy," says Rodrigo of their early excursion to Europe, with a much improved English vocabulary now. "We were young and totally irresponsible; we weren't really worried about anything." [Jambase]

Rodrigo y Gabriela will headline Radio City Music Hall in NYC on April 29th. Tickets ($49.50, $39.50, $34.50) go AmEx presale Wednesday (1/13), "Internet Presale" Thursday (1/14), and then general sale on Friday (1/15).

As the above article points out, Rodrigo y Gabriela, though originally from Mexico, now reside in Ireland, home of Glen Hansard of The Frames and Swell Season. The Swell Season's 2nd headlining show at Radio City is coming up soon - January 19th to be exact (tickets). Josh Ritter opens. The Swell Season show is one day before Lady Gaga kicks off her four-night run at the historical venue, and it was recently leaked that Spoon will be playing there in March.

On New Years Eve, Rod and Gab participated in UK TV host Jools Holland's annual Hootenanny on BBC Two. Check out the videos and all dates below...

Hanuman - Rodrigo y Gabriela (JAH 2009)

Buster Voodoo - Rodrigo y Gabriela (JAH 2009)

Rodrigo y Gabriela - 2010 Tour Dates
Jan 11 - Aotea Center Auckland, New Zealand
Jan 14 - ZEPP Tokyo, Japan
Jan 15 - CLUB Diamond Hall Nagoya, Japan
Jan 16 - IMP HALL Osaka, Japan
Jan 18 - TOKYO Tokyo, Japan
Feb 28 - 9:30 Washington
Mar 20 - The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater Miami Beach, FL
Apr 8 - X-Tra Zurich, Switzerland
Apr 10 -Olympia Theatre Paris, France
Apr 11 -Olympia Theatre Paris, France
Apr 13 -Docks Des Suds Marseilles, France
Apr 14 - Bikini Toulouse, France
Apr 16 - The Phoenix (Bourges Festival) Bourges, France
Apr 17 - The Zenith (Artefact Festival) Strasbourg, France
Apr 21 - Forest National Club Brussels, Belgium
Apr 29 - Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
Nov 2 - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London, United Kingdom
Nov 3 - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London, United Kingdom
Nov 5 - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London, United Kingdom
Nov 6 - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London, United Kingdom
Nov 7 - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire London, United Kingdom

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Comments (25)

this press release story is some seriously melodramatic NPR bullshit.

They had enough money to backpack across Europe? That's not exactly struggling, but ok, fine, nothing wrong with being upper class Mexicans... but don't claim to be poor third world victims in order to make your folk band sound more "authentic." This is enormously insulting to the 80% of Mexicans who are actually poor and actually have barriers thrown up against the realization of their hopes and dreams every day.

first of all there is a HUGE music scene in Mexico City and lots of money, hardly "scarce opportunities."

so they couldn't get into conservatory? boo hoo! they probably just didn't have the chops. they certainly had the money and the class status.

they're really digging to come up with a story of of struggle here. Tacky!

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2010 12:26 AM

quintessential riches to more and more riches story

Tickets ($49.50, $39.50, $34.50)

fucking ridiculous!

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2010 12:29 AM

watch that video... those are some seriously WHITE Mexicans.

When you're that white and that tall in Mexico it pretty much means you're rich people.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2010 12:32 AM

greedy motherfuckers! hope you get NOTHING!

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2010 1:53 AM

Funny how everyone who has commented in here so far is a cunt.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2010 4:47 AM

It sounds pretty ok. Alot of people don't have a open mind to certain things so they just basically blur out anything that comes into their mind

Posted by avari | January 10, 2010 6:54 AM

i bought a Mexican rug for 19.50

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2010 9:00 AM

447am, know your audience

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2010 11:39 AM

contrary to popular belief, low median height in some regions of mexico isn't due to malnutrition. it's from phosphates in stone aquifer water sources that absorb in the skeleton before it's fully developed, stunting growth.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2010 12:28 PM

The more you Know!!!!
(cue shooting star with rainbow....)

Posted by The Mighty KC | January 10, 2010 2:01 PM

Rodrigo y GabriMEHla

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2010 2:32 PM

this is the cheapest form of "latin" music specifically designed for dumb white people.

Posted by rick | January 10, 2010 3:39 PM

"this press release story"

It's not a press release, or maybe the information comes from a press release, but it's an article on Jambase.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2010 4:27 PM

I was not able to read brooklynvegan through december. I forgot how the comment board is filled with negative nit picky creeps.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2010 10:54 PM

pardon me, but it's flatly insulting to their audience and to actually poor Mexicans / latinos tat the milk a bs "third world" sob story to promote their band.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2010 11:42 PM

a lot of gringos are hugely ignorant of Mexico and Latin America. They tend to believe that the whole Hispanic world is some mud filled 3rd world ghetto.

It's unfortunate that rich Latino kids like these guys would exploit that ignorance and misguided gringo sympathy to make their band seem more interesting. Clearly it's working, it got them into Radio City Music Hall! Really insulting, these guys are textbook Mexico DF ruling class rich kids. If you actually know anything about Mexico, you know that the rich there enjoy privileges more egregious and shameless than anyone gets away with in the States.

Seriously, these guys' cousins are soap opera stars and investment bankers and high government officials. Them spinning a yarn about "struggle" is disgusting.

Posted by Anonymous | January 10, 2010 11:56 PM

funny,

i love what every fucking commenter on this board has released/sold out/played

shut the fuck up crackers

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2010 12:50 AM

"crackers" would aptly describe where Roderigo y Gabriela fit into Mexican society.

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2010 2:36 AM

They were able to backpack across europe using the money they made from busking in each city. they raised the $1000 for the flights from selling their musical equipement.

Posted by Michelle | January 11, 2010 6:27 AM

6:27... yes if you believe in fairy tales

Posted by Anonymous | January 11, 2010 11:47 AM

12:28 is fucking insane. people are short in Mexico because of they are genetically predisposed to be short. It is a race, they are short, brown people native American people.

when you come across tall, white skinned people like Roderigo and Gabriella in Mexico... you are coming across a different race. They are of European ancestry and 99% of the time they are wealthy and in the ruling class.

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Posted by Erektionsprobleme | February 27, 2010 3:18 PM

Most of the people are stupid and jealouse because they cab play like them together. And stop being racist because I don't look like majority of my race because of history. So it doesn't matter.

Posted by Jocelyn | April 11, 2010 9:12 AM

I was going to send someone these videos, but then started reading the comments here and was too ashamed to do so. What's wrong with you people? I mean, really, where do you people come from? Who or what gave you these horrible, sarcastic, nasty, condescending ways? Did your parents raise you all to be elitist little race/money obsesses nutbags? I've never seen anything as bad this. Who cares where these musicians come from...Who cares if they're truly European or Mexican or rich or poor? Can you listen to the music? Can you discuss something outside of your little plastic bubbles of smug stupidity? Open your minds. Even if these guys came from money and their great great great great grandfather landed here from Mars, it is quite possible that they went to Europe with 1,000 dollars on them...I can't even believe I'm engaging in this discussion. I just can't believe what horrible comments these are. All of you trying to brand and categorize two people who happen to make some excellent music. When will people evolve? When will race and all this shit just shut the f*ck up? If this Brooklyn Vegan guy had some decency, he'd stop comments on this website. What has happened to the youth of today? is this an example of your general mentality? Then we truly are fu*cked here on this planet.

That said, I saw Rodrigo y Gabriela last night at Radio City Music hall and their music and guitar prowess rocked. I loved the show...True talents.

Posted by Lisette Vega | April 30, 2010 10:55 AM

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