I caught one of Brazilian guitar genius Yamandu Costa's shows in New York this weekend after a tip from a friend, and it was not disappointing, even though I rarely spring for purely instrumental shows. Though Costa's been a big deal in Brazil and abroad for years, I was glad I was able to see him live. For those unfamiliar with his work, Costa is a 32 year-old classic guitarist who hails from Rio Grande do Sul and plays a number of Brazilian and Latin American styles.
I was worried I might be bored, but at just over an hour run time with occasional bits of entertaining commentary and quick breaks for him to sip his cup of chimarrão, it was great. Plus, there were times when I tried to follow his hands because I couldn't figure out how he was producing two very different sounds at once. I've really never seen anything quite like it.
Costa is currently on tour in the United States before he heads to Africa, Europe, and Brazil. If he is heading to your neck of the woods, I highly recommend checking him out. (See his tour schedule here)