France celebrates summer solstice (June 21) with an annual festival of music, where bands officially and unofficially set up on the streets and music of every genre imaginable plays on every corner. As I walked around the Marais and Bastille neighborhoods, I tried to keep track of the genres that I was hearing, but I lost count around fourteen as I was swept along by the crowds:
Death metal was one of the more surprising genres I encountered at a pizza store
Silly folk music
Laptop DJ in the window
The first of many Rock bands
Québécois crooners with a teenage following
Acoustic Beatles covers
Horns getting ready
More heavy metal
This Indie band sounded really good, but the bar was too packed
Another laptop DJ, setting up
Another rock band, getting ready
I think this is where I lost track...
Another crooner hearthrob
French version of Vampire Weekend
Drunk French people like to eat McDonald's, too
A more official act at Place de la Bastille
Crazy techno with crazy techno dancers!
Another rock band?
Moving towards the Marais, things got a bit more civilized...
Some more singing
Outside Place des Vosges, things were still raucus.
Hotel des Invalides
This was the second time I heard, "If you're going to San Francisco..." by Scott McKenzie
Drumming at Centre Pompidou
Always a crowd