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27 July 2006 @ 12:41 pm
Gipsy Kings!  
The Gipsy Kings concert was fantastic. The Mountain Winery is a beautiful venue – it’s a small concert bowl surrounded by trees, and the stage backs up onto the old winery, which is a chateau-style stone building covered in ivy. The weather was gorgeous – the heat wave broke yesterday, so it was warm but not hot, just perfect. We got there about twenty minutes late due to horrendous traffic, and when we arrived we discovered that there was no opening act, so we had missed part of the main show. But never mind. Our seats were excellent. The band itself was great – for those who don’t know (and those who do, please correct me if I’m wrong) – they are family members from a gypsy clan hailing from France. Their music, however, is mostly Spanish-influenced and the language they sing in is a gitano dialect that is closely related to Spanish. They had an 11-piece band: six Spanish guitars (the guitar players all also sang), three percussionists, a bassist and a keyboardist. A couple of the musicians (the bassist, the keyboardist, and one of the drummers) seemed like they were studio musicians rather than regular members of the band, but they were all great. They played two sets, with an intermission in between. The first set, as the sun was going down and twilight was falling, was mostly mellow and laid-back. Then they took a break and came back on just as it got fully dark. The second set was much more lively and energetic, and they got the entire audience on their feet, dancing. Anyway, it was a tight show, and overall a sublime experience. Now I have to pimp them to my f-list – if you haven’t heard them, go out and do so forthwith! Start with their “Best of” album and go from there. You won’t regret it.
 
 
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Omphale: braindryadwoman on July 28th, 2006 08:11 am (UTC)
Ooh, thanks for the info! I've been meaning to listen to some of their music for a while.

Any chance of uploads for the skint?!
Skyskyblue_reverie on July 28th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
Yay - glad I got you re-interested! As to uploads, I'd be happy to, if I had any idea how. Tell you what, drop me an email (email address in my profile) and we'll figure something out. I know my Comcast account comes with some kind of ftp capability, but I've never used it. Maybe I can figure it out. Or if you know of any easy way to do it, let me know that. Or maybe I could email you a zip file? Hmm...
Chief Acolyte of Teh Pudge: Fry - Pinkserpenatrix on August 12th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
The Gipsy Kings in the States?! Oh my, what a surprise! ^__^ I'm Spanish and they are quite known and beloved here, they know how to make you move your feet!
Sky: [stephen] top hatskyblue_reverie on August 12th, 2006 08:15 pm (UTC)
Oh, another fan! Wonderful! Yeah, they're not super-well-known here, but they do have a following. Have you seen them live?