In April I was given an opportunity (and a photo pass) to shoot one of my favorite musical acts.
I still remember the first time I heard Rodrigo y Gabriela on the radio. I was driving to U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago to cover the White Sox game and a few blocks from my apartment the one song ended on the radio and then Tamacun came on. I nearly drove off the road listening to Rodrigo y Gabriela rock and roll with their guitars. It reminded me of the first time I heard the Rolling Stones.
It was my high school years and I was cleaning my portion of my parents’ basement. We had satellite TV at the time, and it was on the classic rock music channel as I cursed my way through the pile of my own debris. Suddenly I found myself focusing on a soft singing choir going on about “you can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need.” It’s probably one of the softer Rolling Stones hits, but the song introduced me to Mick Jagger and the gang.
Many years later when I heard Rodrigo y Gabriela, it was the second time I had ever stopped what I was doing to focus on the music. I was driving at the time and was lucky to get stopped by a red light, but after purchasing several albums and seeing them perform live, Rodrigo y Gabriela throw quite a show and I was honored to be invited to photograph it.