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Fête de la Musique

The Embassy of France

Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EDT)

Fête de la Musique

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at the Embassy of France

4101 Reservoir Road, NW - Washington, DC


Free admission - Reservations required


Parking available on Reservoir Road and across the street at Georgetown University Hospital's pay lot


 The Embassy of France opens its doors to music lovers for Fête de la Musique, capturing the true spirit of the summer solstice celebration founded in 1982.  This free event will be dedicated to live music, with performances by David Lewin and Magnetix, two groups who will offer a unique mix of acoustic guitar and French rock garage.  An outdoor Ciné-Concert, Sherlock Jr. will be screened and will be accompanied by the music group Magnetix.


Simultaneously around the world on June 21, Fête de la Musique will be presented on five continents, 110 countries and over 430 cities.  On this day, we look forward to welcoming you at the Embassy of France for a festive four hours of music and dance!


Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Cash only.




In case of rain the event will take place inside


7:00pm - Acoustic guitar concert by David Lewin (France)

Interpretations of classic rock group pop and soul - Performing with a guitar solo, David Lewin invites you to travel through time by listening to classics of rock, pop and soul, from the 1960s to date.  His repertoire includes Pharrell, Daft Punk, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Marvin Gaye


9:00pm - Ciné-concert: Buster Keaton meets the French rock garage Magnetix

This Ciné-concert will be performed only at the  LA Film Fest and in Washington, Dc at the Embassy of France

Sherlock Jr.

USA - 1924 - 45min

Director and film editor: Buster Keaton

Scriptwriters: Clyde Bruckman, Jean Havez, Joseph Mitchell

Producers: Joseph M. Schenk, Buster Keaton

Head cameramen: Elgin Lessley, Byron Houck

Casting: Buster Keaton, Kethryn McGuire, Ward Crane, Joseph Keaton

The film screening will be accompanied live by Magnetix, followed by an additional 45 minutes live concert

Sherlock Jr. is a comedy, considered as a masterpiece of silent cinema. Buster Keaton plays the role of a movie projectionist who, framed by a romantic rival for a crime, falls asleep in his booth and in his rêverie walks into the movie he is projecting, where he encounters one cinematic peril after another.  Woody Allen borrowed the concept and reverse it in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985).  The film will be accompanied live by the French garage rockers Magnetix, who have composed an original score especially for this Sherlock Jr. outdoor screening


10:00pm - Magnetix (French rock garage)

French duo Magnetix (drums and guitar) tries to ride the wave being led by Cheveu from the beaches of Normandy to New York, which means another fuzzed out-by-the-numbers some-fi project with big ideas, small means and no hope. This particular take on "garage music" reaches beyond just the proto-punk, glam-rock concoction of Detroit then and now to revive a super-polluted surf feel in an attempt to remain "edgy".  Such a gimmicky sound gets real old real fast, which means a sudden and seemingly inexplicable shift into the fast lane that gets heavy metal out of nowhere, which also  fizzles out, leaving Magnetix at a loss and quickly returning to the familiar, overused and unmemorable garage-pop aesthetic so in vogue today.





Have questions about Fête de la Musique? Contact The Embassy of France

When & Where

4101 Reservoir Rd NW
4101 Reservoir Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EDT)

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