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SIDEWALKING: Paris Is Burning

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Keren Ann, The Philly-Paris Lockdown, PIFA, Kimmel Center, 8:12 PM last night by JEFF FUSCO

PREVIOUSLY: Back in 2010, ?uestlove was commissioned by PIFA to assemble a collaborative performance piece with the French musicians of his choice that honored the festival’s somewhat amorphous and esoteric premise, i.e. channeling the modernist cultural vibe of Paris circa 1910 to 1920 and connecting it somehow to the modern day cultural fabric of Philadelphia, the Roots drummer said during a hastily called press conference/sneak preview on Thursday. He said he then went down the wish list of present day French musos, including Air and Charlotte Gainsbourg and eventually settled on Parisian neo-torch singer Keren Ann. MORE

KEREN ANN: Chelsea Burns

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