25 March 2006
You can see New York saxophonist Rick Margitza and his band every Tuesday night (for free) at La Fontaine (Rue Grange aux Belles, 10th, M° Colonel Fabien), a cute little wine bar near the Canal St-Martin.
The view from the corner (New Orleans native Jeff Boudreaux on drums).
Can you believe it? Non-smoking during the concerts...not bad.
13 February 2006
On February 8 the French rock group Astonvilla (not the soccer team) gave a surprise concert on the Esplanade of the Palais de Chaillot (Trocadéro).
It was recorded to be broadcast on the French TV channel France 4 on February 24 at 8:50pm. Look for me "stage right", wearing an olive hat and lavender scarf!
As the group started singing, a few curious tourists gathered around to listen, although they probably didn't guess that this is one of the most succesful rock bands in France! Fans who happened to catch the last-minute announcement on the band's website took photos and cheered (clapping and yelling also helped everyone stay warm...a frozen wind that day!)
As it got darker a chilly rain began to come down (see the crew in the back holding a tarp over the drummer), but the concert continue, even going 45 minutes over the scheduled time (the band had a concert later that night at the Trabendo). What troopers! (having the Eiffel Tower sparkling in the background doesn't hurt the mood, either)
Stay tuned for the location of the next "concert sauvage" by Louise Attaque scheduled to take place before the end of the month!
Nicolas Ullmann (in the police uniform) welcomes the crowd of Paris-Paris to the latest installment of the Ullmann Cabaret Soirées, with the Danish rock band Who Made Who. Here he introduces the opening act, Nervous Cabaret (from Brooklyn).
Who Made Who are a bit of a mix between Primus and David Byrne. And they rock!
The Paris-Paris is owned by the famous French grafitti artist who created Monsieur André. Alas, it seems Mr. A has retired from the walls of Paris, but here you can see him immortalized in neon on the right of the stage!
Forget the fact that they're wearing matching sweatpants and t-shirts with Ronnie Regan on them (must be all the rage in Denmark...aside from other rages), don't miss this band if they come through your town!