Rodrigo y Gabriela
JDH and DAVE P
Sunday, July 01, 2007
From 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Central Park SummerStage
Two acoustic guitarists kick up a noise and a rock foursome lay down the feedback frenzy as SummerStage welcomes July.
Something's Cooking at SummerStage, featuring Guest Chef Sue Torres of Los Dados.
Not since the White Stripes has a two member band created as much rock and roll noise as Rodrigo y Gabriela. What’s more, this Mexican-born, Dublin-based duo doesn’t even need electricity: they create an enormous amount of energy with just two acoustic guitars. Virtuosos Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero have created a sound that’s almost impossible to describe. While they use the super fast strumming, finger picking and rapid rhythmic tapping of flamenco, their biggest influence is the classic thrash metal of bands like Metallica--on their second album they not only reinterpret that band’s “Oracle,” they completely reinvent the king of all hard rock songs, Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway To Heaven.” The Boston Globe praised the duos "idiosyncratic dueling-guitar style that brims with rock 'n' roll energy," while Billboard called Rodrigo y Gabriela “one of the best guitar albums in ages; one of the best discs this year."
Don’t expect anything remotely Vietnamese from Brooklyn band VietNam. The quartet—whose long hair, beards and ‘70s sunglasses evoke Duane Allman sooner than Ho Chi Mihn—play a hazy, yet tough guitar rock equally influenced by Bob Dylan and Sonic Youth. Their eponymous debut is regarded by many as a shaggy masterpiece.
DJs JDH and Dave P are famed on the New York dance scene for their regular “FIXED” party, at which they somehow fuse everyone from AC/DC to Technotronic into a seamless club mix. FIXED has also featured a who’s-who of underground bands before they got famous, including Soulwax, Peaches, LCD Soundsytem, Hot Chip, Art Brut, The Rapture, Simian Mobile Disco, Scratch Massive and others.
Something's Cooking at SummerStage presents a lineup of premiere chefs from New York City's top restaurants during the 2007 season, giving SummerStage fans the opportunity to sample regional and foreign cuisine on select dates this summer. On July 1st, Chef/Owner Sue Torres of Los Dados will make a special appearance at the venue with a menu that offers a sneak peek of her soon-to-be-opened Mexican restaurant.