Pink Martini From Paris to Madison

Pink Martini at the Grand Rex, Paris - April 2013

Pink Martini at the Grand Rex, Paris – April 2013

Nearly a year ago, I made my first trip to the City of Light with a few girlfriends. One of my favorite experiences was seeing Pink Martini at the Grand Rex. It was just so perfect for the evening, for the trip, and for Paris.

It’s hard to explain the unique sound of Pink Martini—the best I can come up with is a combination of jazz and swing. But it’s so much more than that—in a recent article bandleader Thomas Lauderdale described the music as “unusual and beautiful and almost ambassadorial in a way. It crosses generations and cultures and languages.” During the Paris concert, lead singer China Forbes performed songs in at least eight different languages, and invited on the the stage multiple collaborators from all over the world.

Pink Martini at the Capitol Theater, Madison - March 2014

Pink Martini at the Capitol Theater, Madison – March 2014

Last night, nearly a year since our trip, my Paris travel mates and I met up for Pink Martini at the Capitol Theater in Madison. It was the first time we’d all been together since our trip last spring. It seems like only yesterday we were in Paris, but clearly some time has passed—one of us is now married (me!) and another has a baby on the way.

We had dinner at Chez Nanou, a charming French crêperie and bistro on Williamson Street. It seemed fitting that we not only enjoy a French meal, but crêpes specifically. We all remembered devouring our favorite crêpes of our trip to Paris from a street vendor (Deli’s Café) immediately following the Pink Martini concert.

We were late for the concert last night (thankfully, we just missed a song or two), just as we had been late for the show in Paris. Pink Martini, crepes, and four fashionably late fun ladies—it was the perfect reunion.

Crêpes from Deli's Café in Paris.

Crêpes from Deli’s Café in Paris.

Crêpes from Chez Nanou in Madison.

Crêpes from Chez Nanou in Madison.

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