It seems that my little town has a few unexpected treasures. This weekend there was a music festival. Think a little like SXSW, except much smaller obviously, where several bars in the area host shows and people change places throughout the night. I loved that the usually rather quiet streets of Niort were very much abuzz with the energy that only music can bring. Both nights the bars were packed with concert goers, though we somehow managed to squeeze into the front row for most of the shows even when some people were still hanging out on the street. It turns out, I enjoy a good dubstep session and can really break it down (which is really to say, it’s the perfect style of music for my lack of serious dance skills but love for a good dance party). I was also pleased to discover a native Niortais band that is wonderfully reminiscent of Phoenix, French accent and all. Here are some of my favorites from the weekend:
This is the band from Niort, Colours in the Street. Take note that when you’re a band from France you can have live music sessions in what appears to be a dungeon (and probably is because there is a dungeon that happens right in the center of Niort).
This is another from Colours in the Street. This song was my favorite from the show because it gave me another opportunity to break-it-down. Everyone knew it, and were singing along. Good crowd vibes.
Uke, trumpet, French guy rapping. What more could you ask for in a song.
This was one of the most fun sets with a really unique style. Something like electro-jazz.. They used the song “I Wanna Be Like You” from the Jungle Book for one song. Dancing to a remixed version of a song from the Jungle Book wasn’t on my bucket list, but it should have been.