Address: 2124 Broadway - 212-465-6225
Description: Since its inception in 1985, in the historic French coastal town of La Rochelle, Francofolies has grown to be one of the country's -- and indeed, one of Europe's -- most popular and acclaimed music festivals. In addition to drawing audiences of approximately 100,000 to concerts spread over five days in La Rochelle, the festival has expanded internationally to include editions in Belgium and Quebec. September 19 will mark the debut of Francofolies New York, a star-studded concert at the Beacon Theatre that will celebrate the music of Edith Piaf on the 50th anniversary of her passing. Lineup to include Duffy, Marianne Faithfull, Madeleine Peyroux, Patricia Kaas, Angelique Kidjo, Alex Hepburn, Beth Ditto, Julien Clerc, Olivia Ruiz, Charles Dumont, Camelia Jordana, Jean-Louis Aubert, Zaz, Coeur de Pirate, Nolwenn Leroy and many more to be announced! Charles Aznavour will preside over the evening.
Venue Description: Located on the Upper West Side, the 2,894-seat Beacon Theatre is considered to be Radio City Music Hall?s "older sister." The art deco-designed Beacon opened in 1929 as a venue for vaudeville acts, drama, opera and movies and is well regarded for its superior acoustics. In 2006, former President Bill Clinton celebrated his birthday with a private Rolling Stones concert. Past performers there include Queen, Jerry Garcia, Allman Brothers (they have performed there 173 times), Radiohead, Bryan Ferry, and many more. Beacon Theatre is accessible by subway; get the 1/2 train to 72nd Street station.