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Gipsy Kings

Group reigns with modern Spanish sound

The Gipsy Kings are more than a typical group of strumming guitarists. Its sound draws from a rich past but also embraces a modern sound that rises above a simplistic flamenco label.

The Gipsy Kings are seven guitarists from the Reyes and Bailiardo families, both hailing from the gypsy communities of southern France, Arles and Montpelier. The group released its first single, "Bamboleo" in 1987, and has since been floating high on critical acclaim.

The group's energized members pour their hearts out into their music and have impressed critics with their originality, flamenco background and flair for the music they create. Their music is mesmerizing and beautiful, with an intensity not heard in many bands today. Nicolas Reyes' voice is strong and powerful, evoking an intensity that makes you want to dance. The group's vocals are passionate, giving the feeling that each song can be touched.

The guitarists create a sound that is powerful and confident. The Gipsy King's songs are either slow or fast, with no middle tempo. The strumming guitars on their slow songs are a delicate affair, while the rapid picking of the faster songs is a display of perfection.

The combination of vocals and guitars gives the band an unprecedented energy, producing a sound that is more dangerous and rustic than flamenco.

Each Gipsy Kings song has its own style and emotion - from soft, touching ballads to the wild flair of salsa and flamenco. The guitarists stir rarely heard, powerful sounds from their instruments that are almost indescribable. This power proves that they are masters of their craft, keeping in beat with fluid transitions between chords.

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Even their rendition of the popular Eagles song "Hotel California," sung in both English and Gitane, their native language, induces sound so crisp that it is much more beautiful than the original.

The Gipsy Kings will be playing in the Duke City tomorrow at the Journal Pavilion.

Tickets range in price from $20 to $65, and I recommend you check out the group's colorful sounds.

For more information, contact Journal Pavilion at or any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets can be purchased at the Journal Pavilion the day of the show for an additional $2.

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