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From the Mediterranean coast of Southern France to the gates of La Alhambra which tower above La Vega in Granada, there is perhaps no other collection of music that so well embodies the culture of southern Europe than The Gipsy Kings.
Chill the wine, season the Padrón peppers, slice off some Jamón Ibérico and prepare to be transported this Wednesday, August 19, as the sounds of Andalusia come alive in Beaver Creek with the The Gipsy Kings, featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo, at the Vilar Performing Arts Center starting at 8 p.m.
Melding deep-heated flamenco, rumba, salsa and pop to the tune of 20 million albums sold, the Grammy Award-winning hit-makers behind ‘Bamboléo’ celebrate over 25 years of salsa, and pop fusion perfection taking audiences back to Andulusia with flamenco guitars and booming Spanish vocals. Tickets to The Gipsy Kings start at $105 and are on sale now at the VPAC Box Office (970.845.8497/www.vilarpac.org). The VPAC is located under the ice rink in Beaver Creek Village (68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek, Colorado).
Uniting the Reyes family and the Baliardo family, the The Gipsy Kings continue a tradition of music that has drawn famous fans such as Picasso, Cocteau, Dali and Chaplin. From playing on the streets of Cannes to the hedonistic heights of St. Tropez, The Gipsy Kings have broken music barriers to become one of the rare groups that has climbed charts in both the US and the World. Featured in the likes of The Big Lebowski, Toy Story 3 and Glee, the band has embraced western classics by Bob Marley, the Doobie Brothers and The Eagles with globe-hopping grace, whilst also incorporating dramatic cues from Brazilian and Caribbean culture.
Now bringing the party back to the United States this summer, The Gipsy Kings will raise the roof with dance-ready furor, returning to their groundbreaking eponymous album and the nomadic spirit that has led them to their latest, Savor Flamenco giving audiences the ‘deep shout at the heart of our community’.