Monday, August 13
Gates 6:30 pm, Show 7:30 pm
The Gipsy Kings are a group consisting of two bands of brothers: The Reyes, and the Bailardos. Both bands of brothers are descendants of Spanish gypsy families that fled France during Spain’s Civil War. At the heart of the band lay these gypsy roots and so came the soulful Spanish Flamenco. Initially, the Reyes and Baliardos busked on the streets of Cannes, played weddings and parties, young men flavoring flamenco with Western pop and Latin rhythms. When an American admirer told the band their name Los Reyes meant “The Kings” in English they realized they were born to be Gipsy Kings. In 1987 the Gipsy Kings’ self-titled debut album introduced the world to “rumba Gitano” – the sound of South America’s rumba rhythm married to flamenco guitars – and with “Bamboleo” the Gipsy Kings scored a huge international hit. Since then the Kings have never stopped singing to the world.