With over a hundred different music events and concerts, hundreds of bars and cafes offering live music, this is a night (like Museum Night) when you’ll want to do a little advance planning. Planning – I hate this word, especially when it comes to music. You could just wander around Paris on the night of June 21st and stumble into some music on the street corner (which is what we did last year) but then you may have missed out on all sorts of possibilities. Every arrondissement in Paris will be offering a variety of music, ranging from gospel music to indie rock, from classical to electonic.
The official Fetes de la Musique website lists events by arrondissement.
Here are some of the concerts Parisgirl will be considering for this year’s Fete de la Musique (June 21, 2008):
Last year we stayed in the Montparnasse neighborhood. If you’re in Montparnasse this year, there’ll be two big concerts: Place Denfert Rochereau (at the Belfort Lion) 8 pm will be another night of indie rock including Deportivo and Beat Assailant. This event is sponsored by Ricard Live and FAIR.
If you’re looking for a bar to finish off the concert at Denfert Rochereau, take a stroll down to Le Quinze, just off of Rue Daguere where you can enjoy reggae, blues, world, brazilian music, etc until 2 am.
Le Quinze, 15 rue Roger, Métro Denfert Rochereau, Gaité
If you’re not into indie rock, head for the main hall of Gare Montparnasse for a more traditional concert sponsored by La Poste:
6 m to 8:30 PM The Symphonic and Choral group of the Poste and France Telecom will sing Poulenc, Bizet, Berlioz and Debussy.
Luxembourg Gardens (in front of the Senate) will stage the Radio France choral singers. Starting at 4 pm.
Parisgirl will be heading over to the Right Bank for this year’s Fete de la Musique. If you want to get a good headstart on the Fete, a good place to begin the day is St. Eustache church which will be featuring 36 Hours of Sacred Music. Don’t let the title fool you – the kinds of music you’re likely to hear during this concert will run the gamut beginning with Antilles new wave noise.
36 heures de Saint Eustache et Nuit des Nouveaux Arts Sacrés : 1h : Antilles (noise new wave), 2h30 : Koko von Napoo & Chateau Marmont (pop), 4h15 : Matthys & guest -Nabie- (électro), 5h30 : performance musicale, 10h30 : Mamia Chériff (variété), 11h30 : conférence sur le réanchentement du monde par les nouvelles tribus musicales, 12h : Quatuor Fé, 12h30 : JLS, Neb & Friends (slam). (Note here – if I’m not mistaken this event begins at 1 am, not 1 pm (that’s a little early but maybe for insomniacs this is a good thing!)
Eglise Saint Eustache, Rue du jour, Métro Les Halles
Several Right Bank gardens including the Tuileries and the Palais Royal gardens will be the site for concerts.
At 6 pm, the Cantadour singers will sing in front of the Tuileries main bassin (on the Carrousel side) Metro: Palais Royal-musee du Louvre.
At 8 pm the Ministry of Culture and Communication will sponsor a concert at the Palais Royal gardens. The theme will be movie music scores including « Rendez-vous chez Nino Rota » de Mauro Gioia, with Catherine Ringer. At 9:30 pm Goran Bregovic and his Big Band: Mariages et des Enterrements.
Place Trocadero will be the site of a huge concert starting at 6:30 pm to 12:30 am for ‘100 percent young talent’.
Trocadéro – Place Hussein 1er de Jordanie, Métro Trocadéro
Xylone, John Merrick Experiment, Minivan, Loic Painaye, Krystel Adams, Asa, Dan Kamit, Stanislas. This event is sponsored by the City of Paris’s Dept of Youth along with France Bleu Ile-de-France.
18h30 – 00h30 genres musicaux multiples
100% jeunes talents, 100% purs talents : De Berlin : Xyloone (rock), de Paris : Sir no Sir (rock), E-M (hip hop), Kedsen (chanson française), lauréats des prix Paris Jeunes Talents 2007 : John Merrick Experiment (pop rock), Minivan (électro, jazz, rock), Mon (rock orchestral), présentés par RFO : Loïc Painaye (reggae, ragga, maloya), Krystel Adams (blues) et pour finir : Asa (chanson world), Dan Kamit (pop, soul, r’n’b), Stanislas (pop). Evénement organisé par la Direction de la Jeunesse de la Maire de Paris en partenariat avec France Bleu Ile-de-France et RFO.
7:30 pm, Concert at Notre Dame Cathedral
Children’s choir sings Vierne Poulenc, Castagnet, Bacri, Marcot, Ohana.
8:30 pm. Organ concert by Paris CNSM students.
Fete de la Musique is not only an opportunity to enjoy your music favorites but also to discover new avenues of music. For instance, if you stop in at the Egyptian Cultural Center (111 Boulevard Saint Michel, Metro: Cluny-la-Sorbonne), at 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm you can listen to world music including the Opera du Caire (Cairo Opera group), starring Nisma, the biggest Egyptian Marimba soloist. Experience a mix of classical western music and popular, traditional Egyptian music.
This is just a small sampling of events happening in Paris for Fete de la Musique. You’ll never be able to see everything – but there’s always next year!
Be sure to visit the official Fete de la Musique for a complete listing of events in Paris (just key in Paris under the heading Ville).