The Summer Concert Guide
It’s summer, and while there are still serious symphonies and operas on cultural calendars everywhere, we like to spend the hotter months focused on the straight-up fun stuff, like festivals, one-off concerts, and full-on throwback tours.
Andrew Bird and Matthew E. White at Days OffJuly 2 | 221 Ave. Jean-Jaurès | +220.127.116.11.44.84
The Days Off festival always brings together a good mix of indie and pop acts, placing them in some of the city's best concert halls. These two folk-y acts make a perfect pairing at the Philarmonie de Paris. Though Andrew Bird has years on Matthew E. White, whose debut album came out in 2012, there's a nice kinship between the two, evidenced by their simple, melodic songs and wonderfully quirky instrumentals. It promises to be a mellow night with some amazing acoustics.
Jurassic 5 at Jazz a la VilletteSeptember 4 | 221 Ave. Jean-Jaurès | +18.104.22.168.44.84
Though technically a jazz festival, Jazz a la Villette always features a good mix of cutting-edge music and well-loved classics in many genres. Jurassic 5, who haven't released an album in almost 8 years, now form part of the latter. With songs that rely heavily on jazz and old-school funk samples, they're a perfect addition.
Wu-Tang ClanJuly 5 | 211 Ave. Jean Jaurès | +22.214.171.124.56
Herding the nine members of this notoriously fractured hip-hop crew together on stage is reason enough to make it to their tour this summer. They'll be playing their hits from the last 20 years—everything from "Chessboxin" to "Bring Da Ruckus"—and if we're lucky, we'll be hearing a few preview tracks from GZA's science-themed album, which is set to come out later this year.
The Who at Le ZenithJune 28-30 | 211 Ave. Jean Jaurès | +126.96.36.199.54.56
"The Who Hits 50!" pretty much sums it up as a title for the band's 50th reunion tour, which is also said to be their last. They'll be playing nothing but the hits and few surprises in one of Paris' largest and best venues for big name concerts. From what we hear of the tour so far, it sounds as though Roger Daltrey, Pete Townsend, and the rest of the band—now in their 70's—are playing a little more subdued than they used to, but without disappointing their fans, taking on stadium venues with classics like "Who Are You," "My Generation" and "Love, Reign o'er Me."