The Gipsy Kings, from left, Patchai Reyes, Tonino Baliardos, Paco Baliardos, Nicolas Reyes, Diego Baliardos, Andre Reyes and Pablo Reyes.
ST. PETERSBURG - Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Grammy Award winning Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo when they play The Mahaffey Theater May 14, 7:30 p.m. Opening the night is Ole Noyes, the sons of the Gipsy Kings' Tonino Baliardo and Nicolas Reyes.
Celebrate this anniversary with The Kings, too. Everyone who purchases concert tickets online will receive a free digital download of the band's latest album, Savor Flamenco, released last fall. The download will be emailed to the email address provided during the purchase transaction.
The Gipsy Kings burst into the U.S. music scene in 1987 with their self-titled album and the single, "Bamboleo" performed in their native Gipsy language. The Kings are known for their style of music called "Rumba Flamenca" or "Rumba Gitano" which combines traditional flamenco styles with Western Pop and Latin rhythms, Latin and Cuban styles, Arabic, reggae, jazz and gypsy styles. The band speaks French and performs in the Spanish dialect of Gitane, a mixture of Spanish, French and Catalan. Their songs are filled with gratifying words of living life with happiness and hopeless romance.
The group is made up of two sets of brothers - the Reyes (Nicolas, Canut, Paul, Patchai and Andre) and the Baliardos (Tonino, Paco and Diego) - who shared family histories as children of Spanish gypsy families that escaped into France during the 1930's Spanish Civil War and grew up roaming the south, working harvests and making music. The brothers busked on the streets of Cannes playing weddings and parties as "Los Reyes" and became the "Gipsy Kings" when told their name translated in English to "The Kings."
Their 1987 self-titled debut album scored a huge international hit, remaining on the music charts for 40 weeks, and certified gold and platinum in 15 countries. The single “Bamboleo” has been used for a Burger King commercial and recently was sung by the young cast of Glee. The song “You've Got a Friend in Me” was featured on Dancing with the Stars and also in the animated movie Toy Story 3.
The Gipsy Kings have sold more than 25 million records worldwide and have set a record for the most nominations for the World Music Grammy. They received a Grammy for Best World Music Album for Savor Flamenco and have certainly earned their title as Kings!
Tickets are $52.50, $62.50, $72.50 and $92.50. For tickets or more information, call 727-892-5767 or visit www.themahaffey.com.
The Mahaffey Theater is at 400 First St. S. St. Petersburg.