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Up close and personal

By D.K. Ross

“He plays. She sings. Well, sometimes she plays too. And truth be told, he also sings. At least he does during the guitar solos. Something you can only see if you are…Up close and personal.”

On Saturday, December 7, Fowler & Gotés will present a concert that will be a decided departure from their previous concerts. You could call it Fowler & Gotés Unplugged. Or Fowler & Gotés Solo (if you can call a duo ‘solo’). Unlike their previous concerts, which have included other musicians and focused on a theme, this performance will spotlight the unique and integrated sound of the duo.

Fowler & Gotés in Concert
Acoustic Rock and Blues
Sat, Dec 7, 7:30pm
Shelter Theater
Vincent Guerrero 4
Phone: 154-7524
120 pesos/80 pesos balcony
Tickets available in advance at La Biblioteca, La Brasserie and Shelter

Although they are only two, they are known for their full sound, perfectly complementing and enhancing each other for a symbiotic, seemingly effortless exchange of musical energy and creativity. “It’s hard to believe just two people with guitars had us all up dancing,” said one guest at a recent event.

The concert will be presented by Kate Fowler (voice and guitar) and Rolando Gotés (guitar) and will include some of their favorite music as well as the songs best-loved and most requested by listeners. From Eric Clapton to Neil Young, Taj Mahal and James Taylor to Canned Heat, the range of the duo has prompted fans to say ‘these two can do anything.’

Fowler’s voice has been called sultry and when she sings the blues her voice is powerful and earthy. She is known for her unique phrasing, diction and timing.

Gotés is a lifelong career guitarist, starting his professional musical journey as a classical guitarist and later discovering his love of improvisation. Gotés has won several awards for compositions and was musical director for the renowned musical school Instituto de Música Santa Cecilia in Torreon in northern Mexico.

The two are personable, skilled musicians who rely on themselves, not electronic gadgetry or sound tracks, to entertain audiences. Following one concert, an audience member said ‘Kate is so warm and welcoming on stage, it’s like hearing a concert in someone’s living room.’

“We like to create atmospheres,” said Fowler, “that’s the main reason we’ve chosen the Shelter Theatre for this event. It’s the most intimate of available performance spaces in San Miguel and truly one of a kind. In this space, you can be up close and personal and be a part of what we do.”

Following Fowler and Gotés’ sold-out concert in March, ‘Wild Women Do Get the Blues,’ one audience member said, “The concert was amazing. If talent is an indicator, you should be sold out again and again. Thank you for the history lesson and the great music.”

Having just returned from a week-long tour in Coahuila, Fowler & Gotés are thrilled to be returning to the Shelter for the ‘Up Close and Personal’ concert on December 7. Don’t miss the duo that has been called ‘San Miguel’s best kept secret.’


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