Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Part I: 10 Ways To Hear Great Music On a Budget in Paris

By Jacquelin Carnegie
(Artist: Felipe Ferrer Ceroni)

In Paris, no matter what your taste in music--jazz, rock, world or classical--you can find a place to hear it on a budget. In certain cafes and bars, there’s often no cover and just a one- or two-drink minimum. Then, there are other affordable alternatives that include a meet-&-greet reception with the musicians. Check out these delightful options:
MEET THE MUSICIANS
Classical Cool

Sinfonietta Paris - Music by the Glass 
sinfoniettaparis.org (Concerts: €25)
Sinfonietta presents talented young musicians performing lesser-known works by famous, classical composers. The Music by the Glass concerts are in lovely, intimate settings followed by a wine-and-hors-d'oeuvre reception where you can chat with fellow music-lovers and meet the musicians; an absolutely delightful way to spend an evening in Paris.
Much More Than Tango
Espace Tango Negro

71 rue Rochechouart; 9th arrondissement, Metro: Anvers, Barbés, Cadet; Reservations required: Tel: 01/73 75 05 42;
hugodiazcardenas@me.com
(Concerts: €12)
Started by the late-great, Argentine musician Juan Carlos CaceresTango Negro invites Argentine musicians living in Paris--and those passing through on tour--to give lively, intimate concerts in this private, ground-floor loft. The music is fantastic, though usually not tango. Afterwards, hang out with the musicians over wine & cheese. (Currently, they're on hiatus & don't do social media, so send an email re: upcoming concerts.)
Give Beats a Chance
Fresh Dixie


Sofar Sounds www.sofarsounds.com/paris (Concerts: around €5) This is a way-cool concept: Talented young musicians perform in unique, intimate settings such as a beautiful private home or hip art gallery. On the bill for each concert are three acts, selected by a panel of music experts. Sofar (Songs From A Room) concerts take place all over the world; the Paris ones are run by dynamic Brit expat DJ Alexander Morley. This is a great way to discover terrific new musicians such as Wednesday, Harley Young, or Fresh Dixie.

DISCOVER NEW VENUES
Jazz & More
Tiphenn Fauchois

Bab-Ilo
9 Rue du Baigneur; Tel: +33 1 42 23 99 19; babilo.lautre.net
18th arrondissement, Metro: Jules Joffrin (Cost: From "pass the hat" to €10-20, depending on the show)

This funky, little downstairs club features an eclectic mix of African, Caribbean and Brazilian jazz groups. If you're lucky, you'll hear the fantastic Tiphenn Fauchois singing world-music infused jazz accompanied by terrific musicians such as Georges-Ed Nouel on piano, Tommie Lee Mckenzie on bass, Didier Haboyan on saxophone, and Armando Assouline on percussion. 

Bab-Ilo's Sunday Night Jam (7:30pm-10pm): For just 5 euros, hear great Brazilian bossa, samba & jazz and the lovely voice of Isabelle Ferraz de Oliveria.

Floating Entertainment

Peniche Anako
Bassin de la Villette, in front of 61 Quai de la Seine; penicheanako.org; 19th arrondissement, Metro: Riquet, Stalingrad, Jaurès 
(Cost: Free to €5-10, depending on the show)
A truly unique and wonderful place to hear music in Paris is on a barge (peniche). There are several to choose from, but the Peniche Anako presents a fantastic lineup of international musicians in this delightful setting several nights a week. (Be sure to arrive early to ensure a good seat.) Drinks served on the deck, music down below!


Bars With Benefits
Naomi Greene
 
Le Truskel
12 Rue Feydeau, www.truskel.com
2nd arrondissement, Metro: Grands Blvds or Bourse; Live music, 8:30pm; DJ, 10pm (Cost: Free, buy drinks)

This is a dive bar in a nice neighborhood, with good live music, followed by a DJ, and lots of beer. If you're looking to hang with twentysomethings, this is your spot and you might get to hear the lovely Naomi Greene.


O'Mok@Bar
43 rue de la Chapelle, https://bit.ly/2KxSk3U  
18th arrondissement, Metro: Marx Domy (Cost: "Pass the hat" & buy a drink)

Take a walk on the wild side! Music every weekend and jam sessions during the week. On Wednesdays (7-11:30pm): D'Jam Orchestra - Rock & African rhythms with Ameth Sissokho and his Sora Yaa band, along with Tiphenn Fauchois' world-music infused jazz, plus Anna Morse. On Thursdays (8:30-11:30pm): JAM Caribeenne & Open Mic - jazz, rock, & blues.

MORE FREE CONCERTS
There are many ways to hear great music on a budget all year long:
Kiosques en Musique - Music Kiosk Concerts (May-Sept)
In Parisian parks and gardens, kiosks, dating from 1890 to 1920, have recently been restored and upgraded. Enjoy free concerts featuring all kinds of music from classical to electronic.
Fête de la Musique (June 21)

Each year, the summer solstice--the longest day of the year--is celebrated worldwide with music. It started in France; in Paris, it's a daylong musical fest. Hear musicians for free in the streets and parks, and at low-cost in bars and concert halls.
Parc Floral de Paris - Bois de Vincennes
Esplanade du Château de Vincennes, route de la Pyramide, 12th arrondissement - During the summer and fall, several music festivals take place in this park:
Paris Jazz Festival  (June-July) - Features concerts by major, international jazz musicians (Entrance fee: around €5)
Festival Classique au Vert  (Aug-Sept) - Free classical music concerts every weekend at 4pm. Pestacles (June-Sept) - On Wednesdays, family-friendly entertainment and concerts.
For a list of free (gratuit) concerts year-round, try these two sites (in French): Lylo & Paris Concert Gratuit.

Where To Stay: To get the most out of Paris, stay in a variety of places all around town http://bit.ly/17XRTrg

Getting There: Norwegian Air (norwegian.com) - Norwegian is a low-cost carrier that has several routes to Paris from New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), & Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL). Coach is quite comfy but, with these great fares, go for extra legroom in Premium. It's also worth getting the package (about $45) for: an assigned Seat, Luggage & a Meal--which can be pre-ordered online. And, since new routes are added all the time (to the Caribbean and other US & European destinations), you'll have lots of ways to use your Reward CashPoints.

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