If youâ€™ve never heard of Paco PeÃ±a, or youâ€™ve never seen him perform, you owe it to yourself to do a few YouTube searches for the world-renowned flamenco guitarist. Itâ€™s amazing just to watch this guyâ€™s fingers dart across the fret board all while strumming in that traditional flamenco style.
But a couple of online videos wonâ€™t cut it. For a truly authentic â€“ and vastly superior â€“ performance, you can check him out at the Kimmel Center on Saturday, Oct. 3. The show â€“ titled, A CompÃ¡s! â€” In The Rhythm â€“ will feature much more than just PeÃ±aâ€™s guitar work. Additional musicians, vocalists and dancers will join him onstage for a spontaneous performance that captures flamencoâ€™s raw energy.
PeÃ±aâ€™s been playing professionally since he was 12. With more than 40 years under his belt, he can easily be considered a virtuoso. And with so many other artists joining him onstage, this show will surely be a unique and energetic performance.
The concert is the first in the Kimmel Centerâ€™s World and Pop series, and thereâ€™s no better way to kick the set of concerts off than with a chance to see one of the worldâ€™s premier flamenco guitarists â€“ only at the Kimmel Center.
Paco PeÃ±a, A CompÃ¡s! â€” In The Rhythm @ the Kimmel
Saturday, October 3, 2009, 3 p.m.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19103