Its Mother’s Day on Sunday. Aside from taking her out for Sunday brunch and pampering her with flowers and chocolate, consider escorting her to Avila Beach Resort to hear one of Spain’s most internationally accomplished acts, The Gipsy Kings, play beneath the palm trees with the scent of ocean air all around you. If you’ve been to Spain, you know its our sister-country from terrain, agriculture and zest for life. This show should be a magical spectacle. There are still seats available, but we are giving you a chance to win a pair of tickets. Scroll on down, and best of luck.
The Gipsy Kings are largely responsible for bringing the joyful sounds of progressive pop-oriented flamenco, called Sevillana in Spain, to the world. The band started out in Arles, a village in southern France, during the ’70s when brothers Nicolas and Andre Reyes, the sons of renowned flamenco artist Jose Reyes, teamed up with their cousins Jacques, Maurice and Tonino Baliardo, whose father is Manitas de Plata. They originally called themselves Los Reyes and started out as a gypsy band traveling about playing weddings, festivals, and in the streets. Because they lived so much like gypsies, the band adopted the name the Gipsy Kings. Later, they were hired to add color to posh parties in St. Tropez. Popularity did not come to Los Reyes right away and their first two albums attracted little notice. At this point the Gipsies played traditional, albeit passionate flamenco music punctuated by Tonino’s precise guitar playing and Nicolas’ exceptional voice. Though they had devoted fans, they still had yet to gain wider recognition until 1986 when they hooked up with visionary producer Claude Martinez who could see that the Kings had the makings of a world-class band.
Tickets are still available at all Vallitix Outlets, on-line at http://vallitix.rdln.com/ or by phone at 888.825.5484. We will pick a winner on Friday, May 7th.