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Fete de la Musique

Alors, it was a wonderful Fête de la Musique here in Paris last night, thanks to the rollicking sounds of the brass band ensemble known as the Monty Pistons, pictured below.  Fun for the kids and the whole family!   Covers of Dandy Livingston’s ska classic “Message to You Rudy” and Dr. Dre beats spiced up the playlist, and the neighborhood vibes made this music lover’s premiere fete one to remember.

Fête de la Musique is a national day in France and subsequently around the globe meant to celebrate the importance of music.  To honor the day, musicians of all calibers are encouraged to take to the streets, with many cafes and bars providing suds and other such libations to musicians to keep the music going through the night.

Bonne Fete!




Robert Nolan

Robert Nolan is Editor-in-Chief of New Media at the Foreign Policy Association and a writer and producer of the Great Decisions Television Series on PBS. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Zimbabwe and graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, he has interviewed numerous heads of state, Nobel Prize winners, artists and musicians, and policymakers.