Date: 21 Jun 2020, 6:00pm - 9:30pm (GMT-12:00) International Date Line West


We want to keep our tradition of hosting La Fête de la Musique in Denver. COVID-19 cannot stop us from enjoying an evening of French music with a little glass of Ricard or rosé, a slice of saucisson or some smelly cheese on a piece of REAL French baguette! Yes, we are making FRENCH APERO BASKETS for you to enjoy during our FREE live concert series on ZOOM. They are available for purchase on for pick-up at AFD, 571 Galapago St, Denver CO 80204.

What is in the basket?

We've partnered with the Truffle Cheese Shop,  La Belle French Bakery and Little's Fine Wines & Spirits to offer you an authentic French experience. You will find two cheeses from France (Loire Valley goat and a Bourgogne creamy sheep), a local French-style salami, a baguette, olives from Provence, a little bottle of Ricard or rosé, some nuts, crudités... Perfect for two!  

Price: $45 (Price does NOT include alcohol. The rosé or Ricard is complimentary!)
Order from now to June 17th. Pick up on Friday, June 19th from 9am to 6pm. 
Baskets are optional: you can enjoy the FREE concerts without purchasing a basket! We just thought it would be a nice little extra :) 



Nicolas Busquet 
Originally from Normandy, Nicolas Busquet came to the US for his job as a scientist, but carried on a lifelong passion for music by forming a band that toured the Denver scene for a few years. As a songwriter, Nicolas's music is inspired by folk, rock and blues, often with a dark twist. In parallel, Nicolas also performs classic French songs by Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel and others that may strike a nostalgic chord for le pays de son enfance. 

Bel Canto Legacy - La Carmencita inspired by Bizet'sCarmen
Bel Canto Legacy is a nonprofit production company with the mission of dedicated support to the arts in Colorado, by creating original shows, cultural events, and performances with local artists. 

Karoline Guerin - MEZZO SOPRANO;  Pablo Romero - TENOR;  Malcolm Ulbrick - BARITONE

La Grande Orquesta Navarre
They combine the heartbeat of an old cabaret orchestra with the modern feel of cutting edge new music, classical remixes and nuevo tango. Their unique style is both a throwback and a revelation. The ensemble is comprised of: Sara Parkinson, Piano; Susan Cahill, Basse; Evan Orman, Bandoneòn; Tom Hagerman (of Devotchka), Accordeon and Violon. 

Gaëlle Boudier
Gaëlle Boudier is an accomplished French singer in the Bay Area who performs jazzy lounge standards and delightful French songs to deliver a suave vibe and relaxing moment for your special occasion.
Booking/Info at :
www.gaelleboudier.com / gaelle.boudier@gmail.com / (408) 505 9907

Alex Heffron
Alex Heffron is a jazz guitarist located in Denver, CO.  Alex received his BM in Jazz Guitar at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a member of multiple bands around the area and has performed with many of the local legends. He has also performed with Kenwood Dennard, John Reily, Matt Wilson, Melvin Butler, Corey Christiansen, John Von Ohlen, Marvin Stamm, Cody Moffet, Howard Levy, Donald Harrison, Chuck Lamb, Dave Roitstein, Brad Goode, and many others.  He has been playing guitar since he was 9 years old and studied with the best in Denver and around the world. He is now composing his own music and leading his own band which has been gaining momentum around the Denver and Boulder area. Alex was also selected as one of 89.3 KUVO's 30 musicians under 30 initiative, which highlighted young and upcoming musicians around the Denver area. He was also KUVO's artist of the month, for December 2019. Alex continues to learn and study from the incredible tradition of jazz and classical music while trying to refine his own voice in jazz guitar.

Alicia Jo Straka
Alicia Jo Straka (previously Baker) is a professional accordionist, singer, pianist, and composer from Portland, OR, currently residing in Denver, CO. Alicia earned 3 bachelor of arts degrees from Oregon State University; piano performance, vocal performance, and choral music education, in addition to a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from University of Colorado Boulder - all of which were funded by full-ride scholarships. Throughout her career, Alicia has won multiple International accordion competitions, worked as an artist for the prestigious Roland Corporation, sung leading operatic roles, and has performed at many notable venues including Carnegie Weill Hall and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.  Versatility has always been a point of pride for Alicia, which is highlighted through her diverse repertoire; jazz, parisienne, pop, funk, opera, polka, and techno to name a few. Alicia currently spends her time teaching private students, performing, composing, and arranging. You can visit her website for recordings and more information: www.aliciajostraka.com.

Maria Diedrichs Lopez
Maria Diedrichs Lopez is a passionate singer with many years of stage and screen experience. Her passion is to weave together the mind, heart, and spirit of her audience through music. Her voice is captivating and compelling. Her Swiss-American-Ecuadorian background allows her to perform an impressive variety of styles in multicultural and multilingual contexts. Maria’s audiences have proven to be most fond of her Edith Piaf repertoire, her strong salsa voice & moves, and surely her personal favorite, a romantic combination of styles including of jazz ballads in French, Spanish, English & Portuguese: Maria’s “International Piano Bar”. Maria’s voice and presence are life changing. You must hear her to know.


Nathalie Defferard et Dan Merwin
Nathalie a débuté sa carrière musicale dans les années 80 lorsqu’elle vivait en Suisse. Elle a chanté dans plusieurs groupes de rock en tant que chanteuse principale mais aussi celle de choriste. Le timbre de sa voix était prisé et Jeff Faccin lui a demandé d’enregistrer les cœurs sur son album ‘Star Lore’. Depuis qu’elle s’est installée à Denver à la fin des années 80, Nathalie a chanté dans de nombreux groupes de rock, country et variété. Elle chante présentement avec le groupe rock Relic. Nathalie est ravie de revisiter les tubes de la chanson française d’hier et aujourd’hui pour son public francophone. “Danlerockeur” grew up in New York and San Francisco as an avid Rolling Stones fan, after which he moved to Colorado and studied music at CU Denver. Dan has graced many stages around Colorado and beyond, in various bands and duos, also as a solo performer. He has also toured Europe playing for American military personnel. At home (when not running scales for a few minutes a month :-) Dan likes to play, sing, and record rock, folk, blues, and reggae tunes, both covers and originals. His soulful, melodic guitar style and powerful emotive vocals never fail to move audiences and put smiles on their faces.

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Lir M.

I'd like to start this off by thanking you for teaching me so much French. You were a great teacher and you helped me learn so many new things. I'd also like to apologize for missing a lot of lessons, although I'm sure that I would've rather gone to them. Again, you are the best teacher I've ever had, and it's sad to say goodbye to you.

Lir M.

Stephen G.

Alliance Française de Denver created a wonderful virtual environment where I spent my Summer vacation; visiting the winemaking area of Bouzy; celebrating Bastille Day; learning how to cook with flowers; touring historic châteaux and beautiful villages; all in the safety and comfort of my home.

A real treat for any Francophone person; especially having a daily place for French chat to try out and maintain colloquial skills.

Stephen G.

Sue T.

Anne is fantastic! The material is fast paced for this "old dog" to learn new tricks, but we could not go slower. It has been very helpful to prepare me for my trip to France.

Sue T.

Cristina G.

A great place to learn and practice French while getting acquainted with French culture and interesting people. I definitely recommend AFD and their events. Je parle français! Et vous?

Cristina G.


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