When East met West, there was an explosion of music that brought people to their feet. That is what happened yesterday in the Luxembourg Garden when British rocker Justin Adams and Gambian griot Juldeh Camara performed at the kiosk with bassist William Fuller and drummer David Smith.
Exhorting the audience to “get up and dance,” Adams belted out acid rock and rhythm and blues on his guitar, while Camara responded with his single-string spike fiddle called a ritti. There was improvised call and response throughout the concert, which was a spectacular production of pulse-pounding sounds and rhythms.
The concert is part of a summer program entitled “Paris Quartier d’Ete,” sponsored by the City of Paris.
Adams and Camara will give three more free concerts: this evening at Bercy Village at 7:00 p.m., tomorrow at Jardin d’Eole at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday at Parc de la Butte du Chapeau-Rouge at 6:00 p.m.
Be prepared to get up and dance!
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