June 21st is Fête de la Musique. It’s by far one of my favorite days in Paris and ranks right up there globally with Oktoberfest for me. I never seem to have the time to fully take it all in but I do get out and see something, which saves the day. Denfert-Rochereau it’s the closest RER station to me. For those outside Paris, RER is like the train that’s right in the sweet spot between the metro/subway/L and the regional/Amtrak train. It takes you just outside Paris to the edge suburbs. Denfert-Rochereau is also a large roundabout with a complex. Off the top of my head I count 7 streets that connect into the large area called Denfert-Rochereau. Anyway, this is the home, every June 21st, of one of the largest stages erected for Fête de la Musique. But that’s not where we went this year. This year we branched out and, by a great suggestion, hit up Jardin du Palais Royal. What a great idea. There was a great stage setup with Buridane, Barbara Carlotti, Bertrand Burgalat, 77 Bombay Street, and Archimède. I enjoyed the opening instrumental for Buridane and they weren’t so bad with vocals but I’d have to hear their studio stuff first.
Then we moved on throughout the jardin and surrounding neighborhood and it just became more magical. 27 pianos surrounding the fountain space that anyone could play. Not far from the Palais Royal we stumbled on Adele’s Family which had American bagel sandwiches and it was situated between two DJs (one more prominent, better stage than the other) delivering beats that just kept you going.
It was a good fête. Thank you Paris…what your government offices and banks provide in stress, you counter with a stellar relief of cool events throughout the year.