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Grammy®-winning duo Rodrigo y Gabriela grew up on an eclectic mix of classic rock, heavy metal, and flamenco, a rare alchemy of influences that still informs their work today. Not long after the dissolution of their first band, the two musicians set off with their acoustic guitars and ended up in Ireland, where they soon ran out of money and began busking on Dublin’s Grafton Street—a turn of events that led to their crossing paths with Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice, who then asked them to open for him at an early headline show.  

As they developed their distinct breed of guitar music, Rodrigo y Gabriela quickly gained recognition for their extraordinary live show and made their full-length debut with 2002’s re-Foc. Along with turning out eight additional acclaimed and kaleidoscopic albums over the years—including Area 52 (a 2012 effort made with a Cuban orchestra), 9 Dead Alive (a 2014 release that spotlighted their more rock-leaning sensibilities), and the 2020 Grammy®-winning Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Mettavolution—the duo has cemented its status as a globally renowned live act.  

Their many successes include performing at the White House for the president and first lady of Mexico at a 2010 event hosted by Barack Obama; headlining the Jazz World stage at Glastonbury; selling out major venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Radio City Music Hall, and the Sydney Opera House; and performing to massive crowds in such far-flung cities as Tokyo and Paris. This year sees the release of their most ambitious project yet, the Advaita Vedanta-inspired In Between Thoughts…A New World, which features their signature dual guitar attack, augmented by a full orchestra. Rodrigo y Gabriela will celebrate the album with a corresponding world tour. 


Krooked Kings come from humble beginnings. In 2019, a group of five college friends from the University of Utah came together to write music and play shows in backyards and basements. Over the course of the last few years, the band has proven time and again their ability to write heartfelt indie rock gems. In 2021, Krooked Kings released their debut project, The Comedown.  

Following a sold-out show at Baby’s All Right in New York City and a recent acclaimed collaboration with Day Wave Carbon Monoxide, Krooked Kings revealed a relatable new single, “Sick Of Being Young.” The new track, taken from an upcoming project, showcases the driving guitars and soaring vocals that have seen the Salt Lake City quintet build a fervent grassroots following. 


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts | Virginia G. Piper Theater
7380 E 2nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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