Beat the January Blues with Paris Combo at City Winery-Chicago
The post-holiday weeks can be a challenge to even the hardiest of Chicagoans. Readjusting back into your “normal” schedule, somehow hampered by a few extra pounds that appeared from nowhere can be a challenge. Add in the chill of the January wind and it makes you want to stay home and hibernate until the annual call for the pitchers and catchers.
Cruel as Chicago’s winters can be, the City offers surprise treats to those who dare to search for them. How about City Winery, the unique and intimate facility in the West Loop that pairs delicious foods and wines with fantastic live music. There are few better pairings to City Winery’s gastronomical offerings than Paris Combo, an eclectic musical group based in Paris France. The musically devious Parisians will be showcasing songs from their latest studio release, Tako Tsubo, as well as favorites from their previous six albums. Paris Combo brings their 2019 U.S. Tour to City Winery for one night only, on Thursday, January 17, 2019. The show will begin at 8:00 pm.
Paris Combo was formed in 1995 in Paris. The group is known for its eclectic style, blending elements from traditional French chanson and pop, American Jazz and swing, Roma music, and North African music. They named the band after the name of the jazz bands of the 1930’s (combo) and the French capital.
Six albums and two decades crossing the globe playing to enthusiastic audiences from Sydney to San Francisco, and Berlin to Beijing, have enabled Paris Combo to create a unique, cosmopolitan sound, establishing the band as one of the most piquant, intriguing groups on the international music scene. Fronted by the chanteuse vocals of Belle du Berry, the combo has struck a chord with critics and audiences alike with their fun-loving mix of musical styles. The 2019 U.S. tour line up also includes founder-members the Django-influenced guitarist Potzi, Australian-born trumpeter & pianist David Lewis, drummer-crooner Francois Jeannin, as well as virtuoso bassist, Benoit Dunoyer de Segonzac.
With hints of Django Reinhardt, Dixieland Jazz, and French pop songs from the 1930’s, mixed together with World Beat and Tropical Fusion, Paris Combo has a knack for making the old new again. The Boston Herald described the group music “Paris Combo has fired the imagination of anyone ho likes their music cool, itty, and more than a little mysterious.”