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Gipsy Kings at Metropolis

Posted by MP / March 18, 2008

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Do you ever wonder where you’ll spend Monday nights when you’re in your forties? Well, judging by the crowd at the Gipsy Kings concert last night, it would be safe to say you’d be salsa dancing across the floor of the Metropolis, likely with your spouse. There will be women in floral dresses accompanied by grey-haired men in suits. There will be audience clap-alongs to syncopated Andalusian rhythms. And, of course, there will be the inevitable glancing at the watch once the concert hits the two-hour mark.

All of these were in attendance last night. And the Gipsy Kings didn’t disappoint. The ten-man group (and it is very much a man group, with all the Latin machismo that that entails) played without an opener, aided by a fifteen minute intermission. Having achieved international prominence with their self-titled debut in 1989, they cycled through the hits off that album with exuberance and energy – prompting one to wonder whether such breakneck flamenco could result in irreparable wrist damage.

Also on show was the great Metropolis theatre, a venue far too many Montrealers take for granted. Originally built in 1884, it served as a dramatic theatre, a skating rink and an erotic movie theatre, until finally being transformed into a stage for the young concert-going crowd in 1997. The bowl along the upper balcony provides an incredible – though vertiginous – view of the stage, and has retained the peeling remnants of its faded fin-de-siècle glory. A word of advice: use the washrooms on the third floor in order to catch a glimpse of the hall in its cavernous entirety.

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O / March 19, 2008 at 01:50 pm
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