The best resource to find out who’s playing when, and where, is here the SalsaFrance site. However, because it’s frequently updated, we don’t have a translated version available for you, but because the information is fairly straightforward, feel free to ask (by mail at : email@example.com) and we’ll get back to you.
Some keys to understanding the Concerts (Prochains concerts) subject : The window that will open when you click on the link above will take you to a subject on the SalsaFrance forum, of which the first message contains all the most recent concert info.
First, the date is listed, then the concerts on that day, and the location.
The names of the musicians/groups are hopefully self-explanatory.
For directions to the venues, please consult the Addresses section, or the second message of the Forum subject.
Paris has several great clubs for listening to music, and in some, there is the additional advantage of danceability. For that reason, it is to be hoped that the Paris salsa concert scene continues to attract an enthusiastic public : do your part, go see a show. Some of our favorite spots to listen/watch/dance to live artists are : the Bataclan - a retro feel, with a large stage, high ceilings, and better yet, a great wood dancefloor, and a slightly-elevated bar that lets you sip a mojito while watching the scene unfold in front of you. If you get a chance, check out the New Morning - not only a famous jazz club and worthy of a visit for that reason alone, but generally good acoustics and an ’intimate’ concert experience. The Elysée Montmartre welcomed Ray Barretto in October 2004, and the Galleria, with its curving layered balconies and amber lights feels like you’re in a baroque wedding cake : Issac Delgado played a smoking four-hour, brassy set here in July 2004. La Coupole brought us Jimmy Sabater and José Mangual in November 2004, in a packed, danceable show underneath the neon gazebo. The Barrio Latino has also hosted few, great shows by local musicians. In short, when in doubt, go to a show - each venue has a different feel and experiencing live salsa is the best way to feel the music - and also, to keep it alive.