Back in June 21, 1982, the French started the tradition of free outdoor concerts called Fête de la Musique to celebrate the summer solstice. Now in its 32nd year, the event is hosted in 700+ cities in over 100 countries around the world, including cities like Berlin and Barcelona.
I was a very lucky girl this Saturday to have seen the rock artist, -M- (aka Mathieu Chedid), and Émilie Simon at Central Park SummerStage, which participates yearly in the Fête de la Musique. -M- is like a rock star demi-god in France. Not only can he play the electrical guitar like no one else but he also has an amazing way to get the audience engaged in his performance, coaxing us to sing along and move with him. He also did something I’ve never seen any performers do — he came down from the stage with his guitar and walked among the audience as he played. Twice, he passed by in front of us with his two bodyguards. I read somewhere that -M-‘s concert debut in New York was greatly inspired by a concert that Prince performed in Paris. I am not surprised given the energy level that I witnessed from both -M- and his band as well as that of the crowd.
I was afraid I was going to feel old going to this concert. I haven’t gone to SummerStage since my twenties when the Gipsy Kings came. I know, I know, I am really dating myself. But you know what, I actually left feeling a bit energized and pumped up from the concert. It helped that the crowd wasn’t just young kids too, I guess. Have you gone to any really good concerts lately?