Our Laguna: More music, crowds at fourth Fête

June 23, 2011|By Barbara Diamond
  • Buck Naked and the Chapped Cheeks play the Fete de la Musique in downtown Laguna.
Buck Naked and the Chapped Cheeks play the Fete de la Musique… (Courtesy Chic McDaniel )

If the Fête de la Musique had been held in an arena, it would have sold out.

The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. stationed entertainers at about 30 locations downtown. Crowds gathered to listen, clap in time to the music, even dance and applaud, much as audiences will, or have done, this year around the world.

Music ranged from arias sung by Jenny Wang at Peppertree Lane Mall to the Grey Hill Gospel String Band by Tuvalu on Forest Avenue.

"Fête de la Musique was officially recognized in France in 1976 and is now celebrated in 110 countries, 250 cities," said Karen Philippsen, association president.

Opening ceremonies for the fourth annual Laguna installment included the national anthems of the United States and France, in honor of Laguna's sister city, Menton, France.


Early birds had been entertained by the Swing Society, a sub-set of the Laguna Concert Band.

The crowd included association members Carol Reynolds, a founder of the concert band; Fred and Jennifer Karam; Herb and Mary Rabe; and Odile Dewar, who teaches French at Laguna Beach High School,

Dewar, who has been recognized for her contributions to education, enthusiastically accompanied "The Marseilles" with voice and gestures.

Also in the opening ceremonies crowd: Joan Bushman.

"I was in Menton two weeks ago," Bushman said. "The hills are steeper, but the foliage is similar, and it is on a beach with a curve similar to Laguna's. Menton is also a smallish town, with a contained city center."

Performances started before the official opening. No Square Theatre singers and members of the cast of "Lagunatots," led by No Square founder Bree Burgess Rosen, entertained at Madison Square and Garden Café.

Maps of performer's locations were available at the Cobblestones. Right next door, Birdsong and Eco-Wonders performed near Greeter's Corner. Just up the street by the Hotel Laguna, the McQueen Acoustic Band entertained. Across the street, H Charton, son of No Square President Lloyd Charton, was at Planno Plaza. Gary Adams was at 550 S. Coast Hwy. Chic Daniels, who orchestrated the event, so to speak, performed with April and Denis at the Collections Alcove.

Further afield, Barbara and Randy Hawthorne entertained on Glenneyre Street, north of Park Avenue, and Morea Arthur played in front of Sorrento Grille on the corner of Mermaid Street and Glenneyre. Anne Likes Red was set for the library.

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