logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Autism Spectrum Disorders: 4:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g French Culture Site

BellaOnline's French Culture Editor

g

Chorus, A Festival for the Suits


A skyline of mirrored high-rises surround the Chorus Festival tent and junkyard circus animals fashioned from recycled Barbie dolls and toy cars greet the white-collar workers. Lunchtime finds them sitting in velvet banquettes, eating sandwiches on French bread and drinking draft beer, assembled for the free afternoon concerts. I kick myself for having to work.






As Scratch Bandits Crew opens their set awkwardly dancing to the machine generated beats, the bald headed singer’s voice soars through the tent -- one part circus, the other saloon, as cherry-colored wood, bevelled mirrors and stained glass windows meet red and yellow stripes. She moves from trip-hop to jazz between the shakes of her husband’s long dreadlocks. He communicates in raps and in the silence between songs doses of poetry are administered.

At night the round-headed sculptures of African tribeswomen emit cricket chirps, white noise that transforms the sober plaza below the Arch de la Defence into a prairie. Evening concerts in the Magic Mirror bring out better-known French performers like pop-rock darlings B.B. Brunes. With several songs on the radio to their credit they’ve brought out children riding on parents’ shoulders. Packs of adolescent girls who can barely lift their eyes from endless streams of text messaging are chaperoned by cool moms who suffer from the same ailment. Young couples in leather jackets trade wet kisses; they wear their stocking caps indoors. The boys, young dandies in slim jeans, incessantly toss their heads to see out from beneath bangs combed forward.

The band appears in a cloud of smoke with lead singer in Ray bans, a derby hat and a Joy Division t-shirt, all black, looking like a young Pete Doherty before heroin sunk its teeth in. The other band members, guitar, base and drummer wear their shirts skin tight. The songs all make me want to dance so I do, but most remain glued in place stiff as statues. The crowd of girls growl when the guitarist peels off his shirt only to shout, “Dégueulasse!” deeming the flesh colored tank underneath disgusting. They save the radio tubes for near the end.

Everything about the festival is unexpected: the location in the concrete jungle of the Paris business and shopping district, the timing with concerts that begin at noon on weekdays for a two week span, the accessibility of the free afternoon shows and low-priced evening tickets and the line-up of popular singers and groups that participate. Chorus is a well-executed festival to welcome spring that gains momentum with each year.
Add Chorus%2C+A+Festival+for+the+Suits to Twitter Add Chorus%2C+A+Festival+for+the+Suits to Facebook Add Chorus%2C+A+Festival+for+the+Suits to MySpace Add Chorus%2C+A+Festival+for+the+Suits to Del.icio.us Digg Chorus%2C+A+Festival+for+the+Suits Add Chorus%2C+A+Festival+for+the+Suits to Yahoo My Web Add Chorus%2C+A+Festival+for+the+Suits to Google Bookmarks Add Chorus%2C+A+Festival+for+the+Suits to Stumbleupon Add Chorus%2C+A+Festival+for+the+Suits to Reddit




Visit the Chorus Festival site
Listen to B.B. Brunes
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the French Culture Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Melissa Demiguel. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Melissa Demiguel. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Melissa Demiguel for details.

g


g features
Where the Buffalo Roam the Alps

Madeleine Vionnet – French Couture in the 1920's

On the Perfume Trail in Grasse

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor