The Gipsy Kings Wow St Augustine

 

Gipsy Kings Play St Augustine 2016. photo: 2016

Gipsy Kings Play St Augustine 2016. photo: 2016

The sun went down on the Amphitheater  Sunday night, as the sounds of Rumba-Latin music filled the air. The world renowned band, The Gipsy Kings, made St Augustine a stop in their 2016 World Tour. Starting off in Liege, Belgium, the band will visit over 35 cites worldwide, wrapping it up in Aspen, Colorado in September.

Playing a blend of traditional flamenco styles with Western pop and

The smooth sound of Nicholas Reyes. photo: 2016

The smooth sound of Nicholas Reyes. photo: 2016

Latin rhythms, known as “Rumba Flamenco,” The Gipsy Kings had the audience on their feet and dancing in the isle the whole night long. The soothing voice of Nicholas Reyes was a gift to the soul. His immense vocal range and high falsetto on “Baila Me” and “Un Amor” had everyone reeling and swaying along. Originally born in Arles, France, the boys were brought up in the Spanish culture. The Reyes’ father, Jose Reyes, was a renowned Flamenco vocals. These guys have been playing together since they were kids singing around the camp fire.

The percussion section ROCKED! photo: 2016

The percussion section ROCKED! photo: 2016

Six  acoustic guitarist graced the stage on the hit “Bamboleo.” The quick flamenco guitar leads and rhythmic strumming had every guitarist taking notice of …what can be! The percussion section was out of sight, with more than one intense percussion solo during the evening to spotlight the talent.

Cuban hats were the head gear of the evening for both ladies and men and many ladies wore the native Flamenco dress, adorned with ruffles, silk and lace. The audience was a mix of both the young and older music lovers. Parents were there with their children, who, according to some parents, “Have “grown up on The Gipsy Kings music.”

After the intermission, The Gipsy Kings came on stage once again to wow the audience. As the sun dipped deeper in the sky, turning the sky a softer shade of orange, blues and grays, two spotlights hit the stage. There, sat two amazing musicians, Nicholas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo, strumming and picking and singing along. They were doing what they loved, doing what they were meant to do..sharing their talents with the world.

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