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151 Star Starred
Ravinia Pavilion
200 Ravinia Park Road Highland Park, IL 60035
847-266-5100
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Beautiful picnic park w great sound system. But-- picnic means lots and lots of schlepping! Restaurants are either expensive, have long lines, or awkward/no seating. We either eat before and carry wine in and enjoy it on a bench before show or we eat at restaurant in Highland Oark and carry wine in to enjoy on a bench before show. There are also picnic tables in NECorner if we bring food- then enjoy wine on a bench before the show. No schlepping required to enjoy the lovely place.
Singer-Songwriter Lyle Lovett & His Large Band dining Aug 04 2014 star this tip starred
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Park has excellent sound system but you can't see stage from lawn. And you can bring food or drink into pavilion. Not a single bad seat in the pavilion. Big stage and 2 huge screens.
Singer-Songwriter Lyle Lovett & His Large Band info Aug 04 2014 star this tip starred
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laura Red Velvet
20 events
8 reviews
0 stars
attended Aug 25 2011

Music was good- venue and traffic horrible, missed half of the concert. Would not attend a show at Ravinia again

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6 reviews
9 stars
attended Aug 25 2011

I had to give my two tickets to a friend because I was sick. He told me it was wonderful---but then how can anything at Ravinia be bad????

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49 reviews
18 stars
attended Aug 25 2011

This was our first time seeing them, and we were very disappointed. We thought the lead singers are all sung out! The music all sounded alike to us. But the crowd seemed to love them, so I guess we are not good judges!

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Description

Over the years, the Gipsy Kings — who hail from the gypsy settlements in Arles and Montpelier in the south of France — have included singers and guitarists from the Reyes and Baliardo families. Lead singer Nicolas Reyes is the son of famed Flamenco singer José Reyes. As a result, the band’s vigorous guitar work and passionate vocals are highly influenced by the indigenous musical tradition known as rumba flamenca.

The Gipsy Kings have won a global audience over purely by the music and the big, welcoming soulfulness of its creators. Since the 1987 release of the international hit single “Bamboleo,” the Gipsy Kings have sold more than 14 million albums worldwide with more than four million in the United States alone. They are one of the most popular non-English performing groups in the States, where their recordings and live performances continue to earn critical and popular praise.

More than two decades into their career, the Gipsy Kings’ sound continues to evolve and remains vital. The group has released 15 albums with Pasajero as their most recent. The Gipsy Kings continue to showcase how they make music as communion with artistry rooted in the past yet focused on the future.

There are no other examples of a non-English speaking band (the group’s language is the Gypsy dialect of gitane) with such a consistent winning streak in the US, where the group is the biggest-selling French act ever. Since the 1987 release of the international hit single “Bamboleo,” from their platinum-selling eponymous debut album, the Gipsy Kings have dominated the World Music charts, and sold more than 14 million albums worldwide – more than 4 million in the United States alone. The platinum compilation The Best of the Gipsy Kings charted for more than a year. Their music has also been used in numerous motion pictures, including Peter Weir’s “Fearless” and Joel and Ethan Coen’s “The Big Lebowski”.

Two PBS-TV specials contributed to the Gipsy Kings’ ongoing success story. A documentary, “Tierra Gitana” – which aired on hundreds of public television stations in 1996 – explores the band’s roots in gypsy culture and their rich family heritage in flamenco music. Filmed in concert and in the Gypsy camps of Arles, “Tierra Gitana” provides a glimpse at the vanishing lifestyle of a vibrant and traditional people. A second program, filmed in performance at Washington, DC’s Wolf Trap, captures the band’s live show in a 60-minute special, and aired on many PBS stations the following year.

About the Ticket Supplier: Ravinia Festival

There's more to Ravinia than merely the world's greatest music. For as many people who walk through Ravinia's gate each summer, there are just as many ways to enjoy what they call "The Ravinia Experience."

For some, it all starts with a picnic picked up along the way, followed by a hop on the train and greeting your friends at your favorite spot on the lawn. Gradually, day turns into evening, and from the comfort of your perfect lawn spot, it culminates in a great concert by candlelight as you gaze at the stars above.

For others, it's a dinner reservation at one of Ravinia's popular on-site restaurants followed by a casual stroll to the Pavilion, where you go to see and hear the stars on the stage.

Bring your own lavish picnic, treat yourself to an ice cream cone at intermission, or just come as you are and leave the details to them.

Since 1904, Ravinia has been Chicago's "sound of summer," a place where you can meet up with your friends, have a wonderful time and hear some of the greatest music in the world. They've got stars on the stage and stars in the sky, and it's all within your reach. Enjoy!