Benedum Center | Pittsburgh
Gipsy Kings, Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo comes to Benedum Center on Saturday 14th May 2016
The vibrant and passionate sound of pop-infused flamenco, reggae, Latin, Cuban, and jazz music that we enjoy today are largely due to the long-thriving career and influences of the Gipsy Kings.
Thanks to the fathers of ‘gypsy rhapsody and flamenco pop’, we now have a reason to be in a festive and celebratory mood. Along with a little help from their friends Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo, the Gipsy Kings are hitting the north American and Canadian trail for a series of performances.
Music lovers would not surely want to miss this for the world. Tickets are said to be flying off the shelves. Catch it while you can, get your tickets now!
"Music has always been a passion," says lead guitarist Tonino Baliardo. "Even after all this time, after all these years of touring and working. It has given us so much. We have matured, we have developed in music, and it has been so good for us."
It has been definitely great for the rest of the music-loving world as the Gipsy Kings has exposed us to their unique brand of traditional flamenco music infused with various elements of Latin, Western, Caribbean and Arabic rhythms. Though the band started way back in the 1970s in their native town of Aries in southern France, the world was not quite ready to listen. It was only in 1989 when the world began catching up. Their self-titled album spent a whopping 40 weeks on the charts. Since then, they became adopted sons of pop culture. Their international hit “Volare” could be heard in almost every festivity and street parties, and was featured on an episode of ‘Dancing With the Stars’. Their out-of-the-box rendition of The Eagles’ “Hotel California” was part of ‘The Big Lebowski’ movie soundtrack and the HBO series ‘Entourage’. In 2010, they also did their version of “You’ve Got A Friend In Me”, as featured on the animated film “Toy Story 3”.
Gipsy Kings music is a legacy that will live on from generation to generation. "Even though it's been 25 years, we want to keep on making new music because it's our life, it's who we are," says Nicolas Reyes. "But I think there will be a time when we pass down the Gipsy Kings to our sons."