So what does the solstice d'été have to do with music? In Paris and many parts of France the summer solstice is accompanied by a grand celebration of music, with all genres and forms. You can visit the churches for special concerts, listen to street musicians in the squares and gardens. The cafés have jazz quartets and pop music and everything in between. The music begins early and extends to the wee hours of the morning.
"The musicians are asked to perform for free, and all the concerts are free for the public. It’s the reason why they are used to play in open air areas as streets and parks or in public buildings like museums, train stations, castles… Furthermore, the Fête de la Musique is a way to encourage the major music institutions (orchestra, operas, choirs, etc.) to perform outside their usual locations." (official site here)
This photo was taken of the "piano man" on June 21, 2010, Fête de la Musique, a wonderful day spent with friends soaking up beautiful weather and a variety of music.
Wish I was there today.