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Faites De La Musique – Make Music 2015

June 22nd, 2015 · 2 Comments

Patrick looking around above the crowd.

Last evening, Patrick and I danced in the streets of Paris until 1 a.m. We headed over to the Palais Royal to hear a concert, but it wasn’t really our cup of tea. The weather, however, was perfect and the evening turned out to be a great success. Fête De La Musique had a slow start in Paris in 1981, now it’s celebrated in more than 700 cities in over 120 countries around the world.

Not just one or two people in the streets any longer.

The first couple of years kids barely learning how to play an instrument took to the streets of Paris to perform as well as the regular street buskers. People brought out their boomboxes and played them as well. Now, over thirty years later, there are actual concerts and professional musicians taking to the streets, but you can still enjoy the simplicity of kids playing their hearts out.

All ages, all music, that’s the Fête de la Musique. These were some of the older kids.

We received a text from one of my exes that there was a great jazz ensemble at the Place de Furstenberg, so we hopped on our scooter and made our way over to Saint-Germain-des-Prés. There were a number of different groups playing around Buci. You could hear Dixie Land Jazz to Pink Floyd to Piaf to Bebop.

Even the little dog couldn’t help but dance. (He’s the third one over from the two girls in pink pants.)

We walked to the Place Saint-Michel and watched people taking turns dancing to the beat of African drums. We were ready to head to the Marais, but decided for some reason to walk over to the Rue Saint-Jacques. We’re so glad we did.

Dancing to an African beat.

Someone with an amazing voice was singing a Brazilian jazz tune. What a troupe they were and what a repertoire. There were nine singers in all, each one as good as the next. They were backed up by a small quartet that played everything from Jazz to Blues to Pop. This is where we decided to stay and dance. They even had two dancers who did everything from go-go to belly dancing. It was insane and non-stop. When you get a group who can sing Besame Mucho, Comme d’Habitude, then Fame and Barry White’s You’re The First, The Last, My Everything, you know you’re not looking at any ordinary band.

From the nine singers, she had the most energy. She reminded us of Zaz.

Maya Muses:  The ambiance in the Latin Quarter was electric and the mood convivial. People of all ages were singing and dancing together. Patrick and I finally decided to call it a night while the group we were listening to continued to perform. Walking back to our scooter we stopped to enjoy a few more groups, then headed home. Another Fête de la Musique celebrated to bring in the start of summer.

We passed this group in the early evening. Going back to our scooter at 1 a.m., they were still playing. The kids though had surely gone to bed.

Photo Credits: Personal Photos

Tags: Entertainment · Music Muses · Paris - Paname

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 patrick // Jun 24, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I really love la Fete de la Musique. People are relaxed, friendly and ready to dance in the street.

    This year was especially great with the group you mentioned, cherie. I think the name is Les Trois Voyelles.

  • 2 Lynn // Jun 24, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    They were fantastic. We definitely have to see where they perform around Paris.

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