Special Events | Bastille Day Party 2012

Bastille Day Party 2012

Event Information

Friday, Jul 13, 2012
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Marlborough Street (between Berkeley & Clarendon)
Boston, MA 02116

For information, contact us at 617.912.0400

Tickets: Call us at 617.912.0400 until 9pm tonight  (7/12) and from 9am - noon tomorrow (7/13) to purchase tickets at $28.
$28 in advance
$35 at the door (subject to availability)
Free for children under 10 years old

This is a popular event – tickets go quickly!

Gates open at 6:00pm. Cash bar only. Music ends at 10:00 pm. This is a rain or shine event. Tickets are non-refundable.

Activities for children from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.

Event Description

The  French Cultural Center's 37th Bastille Day Party returns to Marlborough Street for what promises to be the celebration of the summer! This year’s line-up, programmed by World Music/CRASHarts, Inc., will feature two incredible francophone acts: Diblo Dibala, whose “magic fingers” and incredible guitar-playing speed have distinguished him as one of the top instrumentalists in modern Franco-African music and Sarazino, whose music echoes with influences of roots reggae, West African grooves and catchy Canadian and French pop.

Back Bay's beautiful Marlborough Street will be blocked off between Berkeley and Clarendon Streets to accommodate 2,000 revelers dancing in the street. 

Delicious French food and drinks, including beer & wine, will be available for sale.

The French Cultural Center Bastille Day will be a party in true French style with live music and dancing in celebration of freedom, community, cultural diversity, and friendship between nations.


About Diblo Dibala

Diblo Dibala began playing the guitar at the age of fourteen, during the heyday of Luambo Makiadi’s musical reign in Kinshasa. Within two years, Mikiadi, alias "Le maitre Franco" noticed Diblo's rumba skills and offered him the opportunity to play in his band, L'orchestre OK Jazz, and to record in the studio. Diblo excelled and quickly became Zaire's top sessions musician, playing and composing music for over sixty albums. In the early 80s, Diblo moved to Paris and joined forces with singer Kanda Bongo Man to pioneer a new soukous style that was a stripped-down style of the rumba. In 1986, Diblo broke away to form his own group, Loketo, creating a new sound that appealed to a sophisticated, urban and youthful audience. Showcasing his dexterity on the guitar, Diblo earned his moniker "Magic Fingers," assigned by a New York Times journalist. Through the years, Diblo has recorded with such legends as Dominican singer Juan Luis Guerra and David Byrne. In 1992 Diblo formed another group, Matchatcha, and in 1993 released the song "Laissez Passez," which won Best Soukous Album in Europe and in Africa and sold over one million albums.


About Sarazino

Sarazino is more than a franco-based funk band; it's the culmination of singer/songwriter/producer Lamine Fellah's adventures crisscrossing the globe. Having taken to the drums at age 14, Fellah has kept driving beats the basis of his dance-friendly grooves ever since. Such a unique brew of influences -- ranging from flamenco to reggae, Arab to Parisian pop -- could only have been distilled from a truly extraordinary life. As a diplomat's son, Fellah fused the artistic tastes of his adopted childhood homes in Spain, Switzerland, Burundi, and Burkina Faso. In 1988, Fellah moved to Montréal to study economics and political science, yet music remained his primary passion. Montréal’s active nightclub and festival scene gave Fellah plenty of opportunities to explore new sounds and in 1995, he launched the original line-up of Sarazino in this culturally vibrant francophone city. The band went on to collaborate with remarkable poets, producers, and musicians including reggae legend Toots Hibbert (Toots & the Maytals) and Latin sensation Blanquito Man (King Chango), as well as release three acclaimed full-length albums -- each of them multilingual, multicultural, and multi-genre records that get people together and up on their feet.


About Bastille Day

Bastille Day, France's national holiday, is celebrated on July 14th, commemorating the storming of the Bastille prison on that day in 1789.  The holiday celebrates the people's uprising against the monarchy and espouses the three pillars of the French republic: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity.

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