For many years Paris was a hotbed for American Jazz and Blues musicians making their world tours. Parisians embraced this music from the very start, much of it originating from the formerly French-owned Louisiana /American South. Whether that’s the link that provided the bridge for performers like Josephine Baker and Louis Armstrong to make such big waves over here, is a subject that can be debated long into the smoke-filled, whiskey-induced late night hours of a hot and sweaty Parisian jazz club. What’s important here, is that these jazz clubs are thriving still and are as cultural an experience of Paris as is visiting the Tour Eiffel.
The French love their music and arts. This can be a real bonanza for lovers of classical music. Throughout the city you’ll find regal venues offering violin concertos, operas and operettas, classical orchestra concerts for simply the price of admission. The long-awaited Philharmonie de Paris, just opened in January 2015, is a stunning feat of acoustic architecture and a must-visit.
For those who crave a good rock or contemporary music concert there are plenty of places to catch those as well. The Olympia is one of the favored venues for these types of big-name concerts and smaller venues like the Flêche d’Or host the edgier, underground live music scene. The Stade de France is where the world-famous performers like Johnny Hallyday and the Black Eyed Peas play to a sold-out stadium of 50,000 and more.