ST. PETERSBURG, FL (March 3, 2014) –The Gipsy Kings burst into the U.S. music scene with their self-titled album and the single, “Bamboleo” performed in their native Gipsy language. This multi-Grammy™-winning group celebrates the 25th anniversary of their debut with a performance at The Mahaffey Theater Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $52.50, $62.50, $72.50, $92.50 and go on sale Friday, March 7 at noon
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. 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.
Initially, the Reyes and Baliardos busked on the streets of Cannes playing weddings and parties. When an American admirer told the band their name Los Reyes meant “The Kings” in English, they realized they were born to be The Gipsy Kings.
In 1987 The Gipsy Kings’ self-titled debut album scored a huge international hit with “Bamboleo.” The album remained on the music charts for 40 weeks and certified gold and platinum in 15 countries.
Their biggest hits, “Bamboleo,” “Volare” and “Djobi Djoba,” are examples of traditional Latin folk music. “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. Savor Flamenco, released in the U.S. last September, received a Grammy award for Best World Music Album. They have certainly earned their title as Kings.
Tickets for the Gipsy Kings are $52.50, $62.50, $72.50, $92.50 and may be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, the mobile app My Mahaffey, the theater’s Social Ticketing Facebook app, charge by phone at 727.893.7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The Box Office is open 11 a.m.-5p.m Monday-Saturday or at least 90 minutes to any ticketed event. There are no added charges ever on tickets purchased directly from The Mahaffey Theater.
About The Mahaffey Theater
The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, The Mahaffey Theater hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions.
Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.
About The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts
Founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2009, The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is dedicated to the success and future of The Mahaffey Theater and to the notion that through diverse programing and patron membership support, performing arts should be enjoyed by all of St. Petersburg’s citizens. It’s your theater!
The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is committed to supporting and presenting all genres of the performing arts at The Mahaffey Theater, funding arts education for school children through the Class Acts performance series and providing its member patrons with unequaled services, entertainment and cultural experiences.