June 17 – Gipsy Kings
June 17 – Gipsy Kings
Posted On: June 17, 2009
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THE GIPSY KINGS’ WORLD BEATS AND PROPULSIVE FLAMENCO
SET TO RAISE TEMPERATURES AT ARENA THEATRE
The best world tour you can take without a passport,
featuring sizzling hits “Bamboleo” and “Un Amor.”

Take a romantic, exotic trip around the globe with the well-traveled and rhythmically-gifted Gipsy Kings without ever leaving the comfort of Houston . The Gipsy Kings play the Arena Theatre – Houston ’s home for live music in-the-round – at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.arenahouston.com or by calling the box office ticket request line at 713-772-5900.
An evening with the Latin Grammy-winning Gipsy Kings performing live is a sound tour through the historic region of Southern France established by Greeks, vanquished by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago and now populated with the families of Spanish Gitano who fled there during the Spanish Civil War.  Its rich, mixed artistic heritage later became a muse for Vincent Van Gogh and is now home to the Gipsy Kings.

What emerged from the band’s upbringing was a modern take on up-tempo, percussion-heavy flamenco and rumba beats that have made the Gipsy Kings world music royalty for over 20 years.

Brother Nicolas, Canut, Patchai, Andre and Paul Reyes got started in music through their father, traditional flamenco artist Jose Reyes. The Gipsy Kings were born when the Reyes’ combined forces with guitar-strumming brothers Diego, Tonino and Paco Baliardo.  Just as the Reyes’ father popularized traditional flamenco with American artists like Miles Davis, The Gipsy Kings have distributed their world beat hybrid to all ends of the map.

In 1988 their self-titled first album contained the international hit Bamboleo, as well as romantic ballad Un Amor. The album spent 40 weeks on the U.S. Billboard charts, an almost unheard of feat before the mid-90s when pop artists like Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias took Spanish-language dance music into the U.S. mainstream.

Since then, the Gipsy Kings have become no less than the most well-known world act to emerge from the South-of-France in history, selling over 18 million albums worldwide. Its concerts are mixed with both playful covers of The Eagles’ classic Hotel California to classic originals from their Latin Grammy-winning album Love & Liberté and their most recent album, Pasajero.

Tickets for Gipsy Kings are $65, $75 and $90 and can be purchased online at www.arenahouston.com or by calling the Arena Theatre box office ticket request line at 713-772-5900.  Box office hours are 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday and 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. on day-of-show.

The Arena Theatre is located at 7326 Southwest Freeway (between Bellaire and Fondren), Houston , Texas 77074 . It is a non-smoking venue, but there is access to an outdoor smoking area. Parking is available for a fee (unless otherwise specified on event ticket) at the Arena Towers garage adjoining the theatre.

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