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September 21, 2009
The story usually goes something like this: with romance on the wane, a love interest starts bugging for a trip to the Old World for romps down the Champs-Elysées. Strapped for cash, you ignore the innuendos and soon everything falls apart. After all, if you could afford two seats on an Air France flight, you'd have been there when Alberto Contador hoisted the Tour de France's trophy cup atop the podium last week. Well, if you're still on speaking terms with that spurned hottie, get Southwest on the phone tres rapide and reserve two tickets to LAX because The OohLaLA Festival is bringing a bit of la France to Los Angeles this week.

The inaugural edition of this three-day French music showcase will take at LA's Henry Fonda Theatre from September 23rd to the 25th. Presented by Goldenvoice, the creators of the lauded Coachella Music and Arts Festival and its East Coast counterpart All Points West, the festival "will bridge two continents, highlighting the current French music scene in the U.S. with a series of performances running the gamut from hard-hitting electro to more traditional fare."

Nights one and two of the event will center on more underground indie and folk artists, with the CulturesFrance and the France Los Angeles Exchange promising a more high-profile and "serious collection of intercontinental, premiere party-starters manning the decks" on the third.

The opening evening's program includes sets from the very French-sounding Sébastien Tellier, piano-based Gonzales, and Cocoon, "a male/female folk duet from the Auvergne mountains." The event's hump night will see the equally French-sounding Nouvelle Vague presenting "Hollywood, Mon Amour," described as a tribute to 1980s film soundtracks, as well as performances by March of the Penguins soundtrack composer Emilie Simon and "a Finnish girl/French boy duo with panoramic cultures" known as The Dø. The petit fest closes on Friday with an Electronic "French Party" along with Brodinski, The Shoes, and Jamaica, the latter being the Parisian pair formerly known as Poney Poney." Haiti is more French, but whatever--the French Consulate General assures us that all of the acts scheduled for the event are certified baguette lovers.

SEE ALSO: www.oohlalafestival.com

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Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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