Rodrigo y Gabriela
Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m.
Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids
$50 for members, $52 for public
meijergardens.org, (888) 957-1580
Now, here’s a combination as peculiar as salt and pepper on top of chocolate ice cream: jazz, metal and world music fusion. But one particular ingredient serves to spice up this delectable array of oddly paired musical genres, and that’s the sweet sounds of an acoustic Spanish guitar. Even better than one guitar is two, because, unlike two scoops of salt, a double dose of ax-action only serves to intensify this already enticing, if unusual, mixture of exotic flavorings. Enter Rodrigo y Gabriela, who, for nearly two decades, have been bringing just such an innovative musical dish to fans the world over. Perhaps best known for contributing to the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Puss in Boots movie soundtracks, the terrific twanging twosome is also responsible for the 2012 album, Area 52, which incorporated no less than a 13-piece Cuban orchestra. Like those adventurous-eater foodies everybody has in their social circle, this duo will try anything once – almost always with mouthwatering results.