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Paris December 2011 Restaurant with good accordion music?

errheaed Dec 11, 2011 11:07 PM

Will be in Paris for dinner Wednesday, December 14th 2011. I love the accordion. There are some creative musicians reviving this instrument and playing it in anew ways... Anybody enjoyed this instrument somewhere in Paris...am thinking in a Restaurant but am open to any suggestions. Thank you

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    Steve RE: errheaed Dec 12, 2011 07:46 AM

    If you are completely stuck, you can always contact this store that sells and repairs accordions:

    Boutiques - Musique
    Paris Accordéon
    80 rue Daguerre
    75014 Paris
    01 43 22 13 48

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      errheaed RE: Steve Dec 12, 2011 07:57 AM

      Steve, thank you for your advice. Great minds think alike. I wrote them last week and so far, have not had a reply. (Je parle francais).

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        Parigi RE: errheaed Dec 12, 2011 09:49 AM

        With all due respect for our musical taste, may I suggest that you check out music clubs, instead of restaurants, in websites that have more to do with travel and tourism than with food.

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          errheaed RE: Parigi Dec 12, 2011 10:10 AM

          Parigi, thank you for your advice. I have done that as well. I have written two specific accordion organizations in France and one sopcialized shop. I have also scanned the easily accessible concert listings ...to no avail. Often there are excellent musicians who play in venues such as restaurants to help ends meet. I am aware of the annual accordion festivals in Europe and checked out the myspace postings for some of the artists who have performed at these events. Folks who love food usually love music as well. I think my friends at chowhound are a great place to expand the search. Let's see what comes up.

          1. re: errheaed
            Parigi RE: errheaed Dec 12, 2011 10:15 AM

            " Folks who love food usually love music as well."

            I love both food and music but I hate them at the same time. I mean hate. And it seems all the good restaurants which are the focus of chowhound agree on this incompatibility.

            1. re: Parigi
              Steve RE: Parigi Dec 12, 2011 12:34 PM

              Good food meets good music? I'd say the twain has left the station.

            2. re: errheaed
              sunshine842 RE: errheaed Dec 12, 2011 12:48 PM

              Not being a huge fan of the accordian, I have a feeling that the restaurants that will have accordian music are going to be horribly, horribly touristy, as it will exist primarily to feed the stereotype of the pencil-thin mustache, red neckerchief, beret, and striped shirt with a string of garlic round one's neck that the tour-bus visitor thinks exists in Paris.

              I hope I'm wrong.

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                jock RE: sunshine842 Dec 12, 2011 12:58 PM

                I think your are absolutely right. I also think that in those places the accordianista is likely to be mediocre at best.

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                  Parnassien RE: sunshine842 Dec 12, 2011 01:30 PM

                  i went to one of those places years ago (as an invité, not by choice i hasten to add) ... an auvergnat restaurant in the suburbs ... accordions, vielle à roue (dunno English name)... only thing missing was the garland of garlic.... but the place was full of folks from the Auvergne so, surprisingly, there is some authenticity to the image ... unfortunately the name and even the location have been erased from my memory

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                    PhilD RE: sunshine842 Dec 12, 2011 02:33 PM

                    I would agree. At thebest of times good food and good music never co-exist in he same place. If a restaurant needs music as a attraction to bring in punters it I am fairly certain tht the food isn't a big draw. And the same is true of music if you are good and creative why play for disinterested audience. And Paris is no different to other cities maybe even more focused on food so my guess if a place does have music hounds won't rate the food (the same holds true for restaurants that float, rotate or move in any other way).

                    My recommendation is to find the folk club scene (free sheets, or web) they are probably best placed to know where new Accordianist play be they clubs pub or cafes.

          2. The Chowhound Team RE: errheaed Dec 12, 2011 12:57 PM

            Just a quick request, folks, that we keep the replies focused on restaurants that offer music -- non-food venues with live music are really off-topic for our site. Thanks.

            1. mangeur RE: errheaed Dec 12, 2011 02:00 PM

              Do any of the dinner cruises provide this? Are the ganguettes open in December?

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                sunshine842 RE: mangeur Dec 12, 2011 02:08 PM

                I'm pretty sure the guinguettes are only open in the summer time.

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