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Gipsy Kings @ The Beacon Theater & NJPAC :Will Friedwald’s New York Nite Life

Gipsy Kings @ The Beacon Theater & NJPAC :Will Friedwald's New York Nite Life
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September 13, 2019

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By Will Friedwald 
 


Gipsy Kings
Featuring Nicolas Reyes & Tonino Baliardo
With special guest Vilray 

Beacon Theatre  
2124 Broadway
Saturday, September 14

NJPAC 
1 Center St, Newark
Sunday, September 15

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You can say what you like about the 1980s, which was never my favorite decade of pop music until it dawned on me that that this was the period in which the Gipsy Kings conquered the world - and it’s remained theirs ever since. Like the late Bob Marley and the Wailers, they are that great rarity, an authentic world music act that has achieved the extreme mass-marketability of a pop music act, and sustained it for over 30 years. Born of authentic Romany musical traditions and a combination of French and Spanish roots, the Gipsys embrace a wide range of musical styles and Pan-Global rhythms, including flamenco, salsas, rhumbas, pasodobles, and tangos. They’re equally loved for their big original hits, like “ "Bamboléo" as well as their interpretations of classic pop songs well known in the USA, like the Italian “Volare,” the French “My Way” (as a Sinatra fan, I much prefer their version, titled “A Mi Manera”) and “Hotel California,” which, again, is vastly preferable to the original by the Eagles. Wear something comfortable when you come to the Beacon on Saturday or to NJPAC on Sunday, I suspect you’re going to be on your feet and cheering and dancing most of the night.
 

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Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.


New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)


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