Every year, the French welcome summer with music. On June 21, the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere, amateur and professional musicians offer free performances in public places. This music day, known as la Fête de la Musique, allows the public to discover new styles of music, popularize obscure genres and even help young people from all social backgrounds enjoy a free concert by one of their favourite international band. I remember attending a free performance by Lenny Kravitz Place de la Republique back in 2002… Above all la Fête de la Musique is an opportunity for people to communicate and share a special moment through music. In Washington DC, the French community also celebrates music, though not necessarily on the 21st.
Cheeseland and I was thrilled to hear he would be performing in the big apple for la
Fête de la Musique. Also performing is Catherine Ringer of Rita Mitsouko fame, which I
think is I kinda cool. But since I can’t make it to New York that weekend, I guess you
can expect to see me at the French Embassy. And I’m looking forward to it. The fact
that we, as a country, appreciate the musical arts in all their incarnations, enough to
dedicate a full day to celebrating them, is one of the many, many reasons I am so proud
to be French.
The program for La Fete de la Musique 2011 at l’Alliance Francaise
** La Fête de la Musique @ SummerStage is located at Rumsey Playfield, in New York’s Central Park (enter park at East 72nd street) on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 7 pm (free). Ben L’Oncle Soul and Catherine Ringer will take the stage and there will also be a showing of “Gainsbourg and his Girls,” a documentary on (yes, him again) Serge Gainsbourg, seen through the eyes of his many muses.**
** La Fête de la Musique at L’alliance Francaiseis June 17th, 2011. 5:30-6:30PM is the children’s program, followed by an open stage and tribute to local musicians until 10PM (free) and then a DJ will close the night until 11:30PM. L’alliance Francaiseis located at 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW. **