If you had any doubts about Montparnasse being stuck in the past, you would have changed your mind last night during the Fete de la Musique with a mere 10,000 gathered at Place Denfert Rochereau for a free concert with Stuck in the Sound.
I’ll be perfectly honest here – big crowds are not my thing – no matter how much I like the music. For me, just hiking over to the stuckinthesound website is much nicer than being jammed elbow to elbow, thigh to thigh, been there done that.
Jammed in the Metro is enough to get the full picture. Nevertheless, I’m glad that Stuck in the Sound chose Denfert Rochereau for their venue. If you missed them this time in Paris, you’ll get a second chance in July for ‘Solidays’ (July 6,7, 8) (You can check out their site for the details)http://www.solidays.org/#infos
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In the aftermath of the Fete de la Musique, the morning Metro traffic was at the lowest levels that I’ve EVER seen (even on the #1 line where the usual foot traffic was close to non- existent) Even the gypsies were strolling in late for their work day on the popular Metro route.
Some people were still singing today. A woman stopped to sing to one of the local panhandlers. The panhandler looked slightly disgusted. Guess the Fete de la Musique is officially over.