Marc Scibilia, Rodrigo y Gabriela @The Gaillard 11/21/2017

Hosting Tuesday night's performers was the recently renovated Charleston Gaillard, named after former mayor John Palmer Gaillard Jr. This was the absolute place to experience acoustic and a cappella performances and what better way to word it than the venue itself:

"The Martha and John M. Performance Hall is specifically sized to 1,800 seats to create an intimate experience for performers and patrons. With a design echoing the tradition of Europe’s great opera houses, the Performance Hall features superb acoustics, meticulously integrated in the design, construction, and furnishing of every component. Elegant décor and design inspired by local elements provide a patrons with a true Lowcountry experience".

One of the best thrills of attending a performance is the discovery of unknown talents that have been blessed with the opportunity to be introduced, gain connections, and hopefully for the first time, be themselves. Marc Scibilia IS the presence of songwriting. His soulful stark lyrics transcended the audience into his struggles (and imaginary girlfriends). The thunder in his voice bounced off the palmetto columns and into our eardrums. Interchangeably, his voice was hypnotic; so much, that I could not gather the courage to break my trance to snap a photo. His solo performance forever left an impressive impression within my musical repertoire. Whilst his album is absolutely worth a listen, it simply does no justice to Scibilia live.







The Holy City welcomed the Holy Ghosts of guitar performers, Rodrigo y Gabriela. The equilateral balance these two share is the ying and yan of water and fire coming together. Reincarnated souls whose energy flows down to their fingertips, which could easily set the stage on fire. You don't know music until you've witnessed their orgasmic chemistry. As if they become something else entirely and use each other to come back down to Earth again. Their mastery of minimalism is what so many of us lack; zoning in on bringing out the essential qualities that guitars truly have to offer. Stemming from metal backgrounds helped to transcend them to the most polished and influential flamenco performers of our lifetime. From the string slashing sounds of Metallica to the hand-guitar percussion originals, the guitar trickery was crystal clear within the natural surround sound.








It's always a blessing to come across aggressive artists who have an equal partnership with their humble personas. Rodrigo opened up a break with a little Q&A; mentioning the strenuous production process, their tour in Japan, and their twenty plus custom guitars. The triple A adorable Gabriela gave a tentative yet comedic greeting about the tour and their upcoming album. Their gratuitous smiles said it all in the end replicating the abruption of applause. Son el alma de México.







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