After 2 years of health restrictions, the Fête de la Musique (Make Music Day) is back in service everywhere in France and also in the Bay Area. Created in 1982, the Fête de la Musique celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and is also happening in San Francisco!

“The Music Festival has been set for a unique and symbolic date, June 21, the day of the summer solstice. A major free popular event open to all musicians, amateurs of all levels or professionals, it celebrates living music and highlights the breadth and diversity of musical practices, as well as all musical genres.It is aimed at all audiences and helps to familiarize all musical expressions with young and old of all social conditions.”, to find out more, visit the dedicated website.

To celebrate music together on June 21, 2022, we have found three French events in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The group Dgiin will give two concerts in San Francisco in collaboration between the Consulate and the city of San Francisco

It all started in 2001 when Thierry Gabe Pirard and his sister Mimi arrived in California from France, bringing with them their love of music and song. After a few successful shows they added a violin (Magali Sanscartier), a saxophone (Jimi Inciardi), drums (Zach Morris), bass (Jomial Jones) and the mysterious spirit of Dgiin was born. Since then, the group has played hundreds of concerts from the Bay Area to Oregon. Dgiin’s music mixes French, English, Spanish, frenzied rhythms, improvisations tinged with influences from Django to New Orleans through hot jazz and French song. Dgiin has won  the title of best group in the North of the Bay by the magazine “The Bohemian” for two consecutive years.

6/21 at noon at Ferry Building
6/21 from 4pm to 6pm at Union Square
Free public event
Read more : https://sanfrancisco.consulfrance.org/fete-de-la-musique-dgiin-en-concert-s-a-san-francisco

The Alliance Française of San Francisco presents 2 bands:

Rue ’66 revives French yéyé music inspired by Serge Gainsbourg, France Gall, Jacques Dutronc, Françoise Hardy, Gillian Hills, Michel Polnareff… and the group Dernier Minute, focused on rock in French, is made up of 4 musicians with Virginie Marine (vocals), Sergio Ramirez (drums), Christian Iribarren (keyboard), Stéphane Blanchard (vocals, guitar) and James Ayres (bass).

Drinks and snacks will be on sale on site and the profits will help support the Alliance Française activities.

June 21st, 2002 from 5:30pm to 9pm
Address : 1345 Bush street, San Francisco
Free event, just sign up here

The Alliance Française of Berkeley resumes its musical picnic:

In the pure spirit of the Fête de la Musique, the Alliance Française de Berkeley invites you to meet at Temescal Park with your instruments for a musical picnic Outdoor event. Everyone is welcome !

June 21th from 5pm to 7pm
Addresse : Temescal Regional Recreation Area North Entrance – 6500 Broadway Oakland, CA 94618
Free event, just sign up here

With international awareness, the Fête de la Musique is  spreading in several countries and is called Make Music Day in the US  and includes several events, the official program here.

Thank you Jack Lang!

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