Thursday, September 13, 2018

Gipsy Kings

Concert Series, Ordway Music Theater

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 in their very own, blistering tradition — taking audiences back to the south of France with flamenco guitars and booming Spanish vocals.

Uniting the family Reyes and the family Baliardo, the Gipsy Kings continues a tradition that has drawn famous fans such as Picasso, Cocteau, Dali, and Chaplin. From playing on the streets of Cannes and the hedonistic heights of St. Tropez, breaking world music barriers as one of the rare groups to climb the US and World music charts. 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 work, Grammy Award-winning album Savor Flamenco and a new project Experience — giving audiences the “deep shout at the heart of our community.”


Featuring a performance by PARK88


Based in Park City, Utah, PARK88 is the musical marriage of award-winning, gritty-voiced piano player Rich Wyman and singer-songwriter-storyteller Lisa Needham. Working as solo artists, Lisa earned the keys to the city as founder of the Park City Divas and put her New York City-trained method acting (and Emerson College BFA) to work, performing her acclaimed one-woman show. Rich toured and recorded as a front man for various incarnations of the Rich Wyman Band. His music has topped international charts; he’s worked in the studio with Eddie Van Halen, and shared the stage with artists including Alanis Morrisette, Goo Goo Dolls, and more.

PARK88, a nod to the duo’s home and the exact number of piano keys, is ready to launch. Their harmonies will soothe and break your heart at the same time.