The Gipsy Kings
Featuring Nicolas Reyes
with Special Guest Matt Kirk
Saturday, February 24, 2024
LAREDO, TEXAS – The Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes with special guest Matt Kirk are coming to the Sames Auto Arena on Saturday, February 24, 2024
“After 10 years, the Gipsy Kings return to deliver another unforgettable concert,” said Juan C. Mendiola, General Manager of the ASM Global - managed Sames Auto Arena. “It is an honor to host these Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winners in Laredo.”
$142.50 | $102.50 | $82.50 | $62.50 | $42.50
(Facility Fees Included)
Tickets available at the Sames Auto Arena Box Office or Ticketmaster.com
It has been many decades since the Gipsy Kings captured the world’s imagination with their self-titled debut album—a record that became a genuine phenomenon, certified gold and platinum around the globe, introducing millions of listeners to a unique, irresistible blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and Latin rhythms.
Nicolas Reyes has been the leader and co-founder of the Gipsy Kings for well over 30 years. In the past three decades, they have dominated the World Music charts and sold more than 14 million albums worldwide. Their platinum compilation, The Best of the Gipsy Kings, was charting for over a year upon its release and their ninth studio album, Savor Flamenco, was awarded the Grammy for Best World Music Album in 2013.
This iconic legacy began when Nicolas’ father, Jose Reyes, formed a celebrated flamenco duo with Manitas de Plata which boasted fans as famed as Miles Davis and Pablo Picass. When the pair parted ways, the elder Reyes became even more popular upon starting his own band, backed by his son, called Los Reyes. In later years, Nicolas headed out on his own and began playing in the town of Arles in the south of France. He traveled throughout the country, busking on the streets of Saint-Tropez, playing wherever he could. Having adopted the perpetual motion of the gypsy lifestyle, his band eventually translated “Los Reyes” and became the Gipsy Kings.
The band’s music went on to fuse with popular culture. In addition to the accolades above, the traveling Gipsy Kings have played some of the world’s greatest stages, from the Hollywood Bowl to Royal Albert Hall as well as hitting the big screen. Their rendition of “Hotel California” was included in the film The Big Lebowski and the HBO series Entourage. The 2010 film Toy Story 3 featured a Gipsy Kings version of the movie’s popular, Randy Newman-penned theme, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”. The Gipsy Kings recently featured in a Big Lebowski spinoff The Jesus Rolls with Reyes appearing in person with the director and star, John Turturro, for some of the promotion.
As active as these remarkable collective remains, they are also confident in the future of their legacy. “Even though it’s been 30 years, we want to keep on making new music because it’s our life. It’s who we are,” says Nicolas Reyes. “But I think there will be a time when we pass down the Gipsy Kings to our sons”.
Thirty years is an eternity in pop music but the story of the Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes has the depth to endure. Theirs is a music that extends through generations, to the sounds of their ancestors—Spanish Romani people who fled the Catalonia region during the Spanish Civil War—and reflects the vibrantly eclectic and peripatetic history of the gitanos.
About Matt Kirk
Matt Kirk was born and raised in the Texas hill country. His mother a revered regional singer and his father had a vast musical palate. Matt was a sponge to many musical influences consistent to the area. He has honed his craft for the last two decades and in the fall of 2023, released his first full length album with some of the best musicians that Texas has to offer. The album has been well received and shines with diversity.
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