Thursday, August 8, 2013

Gipsy Kings at Chastain Amphitheater: Friday, August 9, 2013

Gipsy Kings at Chastain Amphitheater: Friday, August 9, 2013

The Gipsy Kings take the stage at Chastain. And, it'll be a great show. The band members hail from the gypsy settlements in Arles and Montpelier in the south of France. They include singers and guitarists from the Reyes (Canut, Nicolas, Pablo and Patchai) and Baliardo families (Diego, Paco and Tonino). Lead singer Nicolas Reyes is the son of famed Flamenco singer José Reyes, who, with Manitas de Plata, sold millions of records in the 1960s and '70s. The band's vigorous guitar work and passionate vocals are the trademarks of an indigenous musical tradition known as "rumba flamenca." Treat yourself to a wonderful show. The show starts at 8:00 PM

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Gipsy Kings at Chastain Amphitheater

Enjoy!! The show starts at 8:00 PM

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