WHO ARE THEY: The Gipsy Kings emerged from France with their self-titled album of flamenco music in 1988 and were a huge success right away. The album was a Top 10 hit in more than a dozen countries worldwide and established the group as a powerhouse in Latin and world music. The Gipsy Kings followed up their success with more hit albums including “Mosaique,” “Allegria,” “Este Mundo,” and “Love & Liberte.” The 1993 film “Fearless” featured the group’s song “Sin Ella” and in 1995 “The Best of the Gipsy Kings” provided new fans with a glimpse into what has made the group so successful. “The Best of the Gipsy Kings” also featured the hit song “A tu Vera.” Over the course of an incredible career, the Gipsy Kings have managed to sell more than 18 million albums.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Hailing from Arles, France, The Gipsy Kings helped to bring a brand of pop-oriented flamenco music known as Sevillana to the masses. From humble beginnings as a group of musicians playing in the streets, at festivals and at weddings, the Gipsy Kings paid their dues and were more than ready when the big time came calling. All of the years playing for pocket change allowed them to never become complacent and it is reflected in their live performances. It doesn’t matter that the band has now sold more than 18 million albums worldwide because they still play with the same determination to win over audiences. On the current tour, The Gipsy Kings are celebrating 25 years as a recording act. At the show on Friday, Jan. 17, fans can expect to hear songs from throughout their career as well as tracks from the new album “Savor Flamenco.”
WHAT’S NEW: The Gipsy Kings’ latest album “Savor Flamenco” is the group’s first release in six years. It’s a significant album in that it’s the first to be produced and written entirely by the Gipsy Kings.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39, $49 and $59, and the show begins 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Revel’s Ovation Hall.