PARC LA GRANGE – ELLA FITZGERALD STAGE
by Vivian Holding
I shouldn’t be sharing this with you, as it’s been a secret of mine for some time now. Some of the best free concerts this summer take place at the Ella Fitzgerald Stage in the Parc la Grange, as part of the Musiques en Éte. This year we even have music from different planets! No, aliens are not on the playlist this year, just a band called L’Orage & L’Éclair, who claim to be from outer space!
Every Wednesday & Friday from 2nd July to the 18th August (plus one Thursday concert – see below), this secret stage set between the trees in the Parc la Grange is the location for a collection of concerts, showcasing a diverse range of musical talent from around the World – Brazil, Egypt, France, the Ivory Coast, Mali, Peru, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Swiss, the UK and the USA.
Last year’s highlight for me – the six piece Alabama soul group St. Paul and the Broken Bones, playing some amazing Otis Redding inspired tunes. So take your pick of the following, grab a picnic and soak up the atmosphere – you’ll love it I’m sure!
PROGRAMME SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK 2017
Wednesday 5th July – Justin Townes Earle (Folk)
Friday 7th July – Bnegâo & Seletores de Frequência (Brazilian funk/hiphop/hardcore/ragga)
Wednesday 12th July – Oumou Sangaré (World Music)
Friday 14th July – Stiller Has (Rock)
Wednesday 19th July – Naçao Zumbi ft. Franz Treichler (World Music – rock/hiphop/funk/electronic)
Friday 21st July – Lee Fields & the Expressions (Soul)
Wednesday 26th July – Serge Beynaud (Afro-Pop)
Friday 28th July – Residente (Hiphop/New World Music)
Wednesday 2nd August – Cumbia All Stars (World Music)
Friday 4th August – The Comet is Coming (Psychedelic Jazz)
Wednesday 9th August – Hindi Zahra & Fatoumata Diawara (World Music)
Thursday 10th August – L’orchestre de Chambre de Genève & Muzsikás (Classical)
Friday 11th August – Lau (Folk Music)
Wednesday 16th August – L’orage & L’éclair (Groove/Trance Dance)
Friday 18th August – Dina El Wedidi (New Folk)
Where & When?
Parc de la Grange, Avenue William-Favre, Genève every Wednesday & Friday from 2nd July 2017-18th August 2017 and Thursday 10th August 2017. All concerts start at 8.30pm.
Check their Facebook page: SceneEllaFitzgerald for any unscheduled changes.