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In photos: Rodrigo y Gabriela at GLA

Rodrigo y Gabriela at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on June 23. (Tom Dorgan/MoonFrog Media)

WILMINGTON — It was one of the few concerts where surrounding sounds of nature blended seamlessly into the instrumentals of Mexican guitar virtousos Rodrigo y Gabriela.

As the cicadas buzzed, the frogs croaked and the birds chirped, the electric riffs of Rodrigo Sanchez and percussive knocks and strums of Gabriela Quintero on acoustic guitar permeated Greenfield Lake Amphitheater on Friday, June 23.

For two hours, fans were treated to the team’s vast string talent, as they played through their latest release, “Between Thoughts…A New World.” Sounds expanded into world music, nuevo flamenco, rock, electronic beats and noise rock, as well as heavy metal.

A backdrop of geometric and psychedelic visuals provided movement to the rhythms. Quintero, giddy by the crowd’s cheers and undivided attention, took the mic to thank fans for the love.

“We love you too,” she said halfway through the set before taking on a new track, “Monster,” from the 2023 record. “Though our music doesn’t have lyrics, it still tells a story. This one is about the monsters in your head.”

Rodrigo y Gabriela met as teenagers in Mexico City and joined forces in Ireland in the early aughts, opening for Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice, who helped put them on the map.

Opening the show was Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara. He hooked listeners with his stark guitar-playing and singing, easily conjuring the rich tapestry of Tracy Chapman.

Below is Rodrigo y Gabriela’s setlist and photos by Tom Dorgan of MoonFrog Media.

Astrum In Corpore
True Nature
The Eye That Catches The Dream
Seeking Unreality
The Ride Of The Mind
Broken Rage
Finding Myself Leads Me To You
In Between Thoughts…A New World

Gabriela Solo
Diablo rojo
Descending to Nowhere

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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