Buck Naked and the Chapped Cheeks play the Fete de la Musique in downtown Laguna. (Courtesy Chic McDaniel / June 23, 2011)

If the Fête de la Musique had been held in an arena, it would have sold out.

The Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. stationed entertainers at about 30 locations downtown. Crowds gathered to listen, clap in time to the music, even dance and applaud, much as audiences will, or have done, this year around the world.

Music ranged from arias sung by Jenny Wang at Peppertree Lane Mall to the Grey Hill Gospel String Band by Tuvalu on Forest Avenue.

"Fête de la Musique was officially recognized in France in 1976 and is now celebrated in 110 countries, 250 cities," said Karen Philippsen, association president.

Opening ceremonies for the fourth annual Laguna installment included the national anthems of the United States and France, in honor of Laguna's sister city, Menton, France.

Early birds had been entertained by the Swing Society, a sub-set of the Laguna Concert Band.

The crowd included association members Carol Reynolds, a founder of the concert band; Fred and Jennifer Karam; Herb and Mary Rabe; and Odile Dewar, who teaches French at Laguna Beach High School,

Dewar, who has been recognized for her contributions to education, enthusiastically accompanied "The Marseilles" with voice and gestures.

Also in the opening ceremonies crowd: Joan Bushman.

"I was in Menton two weeks ago," Bushman said. "The hills are steeper, but the foliage is similar, and it is on a beach with a curve similar to Laguna's. Menton is also a smallish town, with a contained city center."

Performances started before the official opening. No Square Theatre singers and members of the cast of "Lagunatots," led by No Square founder Bree Burgess Rosen, entertained at Madison Square and Garden Café.

Maps of performer's locations were available at the Cobblestones. Right next door, Birdsong and Eco-Wonders performed near Greeter's Corner. Just up the street by the Hotel Laguna, the McQueen Acoustic Band entertained. Across the street, H Charton, son of No Square President Lloyd Charton, was at Planno Plaza. Gary Adams was at 550 S. Coast Hwy. Chic Daniels, who orchestrated the event, so to speak, performed with April and Denis at the Collections Alcove.

Further afield, Barbara and Randy Hawthorne entertained on Glenneyre Street, north of Park Avenue, and Morea Arthur played in front of Sorrento Grille on the corner of Mermaid Street and Glenneyre. Anne Likes Red was set for the library.

Just across the highway from the Cobblestones on the north side of Forest Avenue, Carolin' Bells belted out their music in the Fingerhut Alcove. The Budrows were scheduled for the El Chico Alcove.

Eric Alcouloumre strummed his guitar by Tangible Assets. Madison Logan was at Spacialorder. Guitar Noir, which included Tommy Davy, son of Pageant of the Masters Director Diane Challis-Davy, played Jango Jazz at the breezeway between Bushard's Pharmacy and Fresh Produce.

Polly Leung was posted at Rose's in the lane between the post office and Coffee Pub. Ginger Hatfield sang and played the keyboard in the Laguna Colony courtyard.

Seven accordion students and a drummer from Martin Music Center in Fullerton performed in the Lumberyard Mall, conducted by Randy Martin.

On the other side of Forest: Mike de Bellis soloed on the saxophone in front of Quiksilver. Buck Naked and the Chapped Cheeks, with Jorg Dubin on drums, drew a crowd to the Sundried Tomato Café courtyard. The Blues Offenders played in the Laguna Presbyterian Church Rose Garden.

Ocean Avenue featured singer April Walsh, performing on the corner of Beach, Laguna Beach High School teacher Gary Shapiro on guitar at Zinc Café & Market, and a last minute addition, In Tempo, at the Laguna Art Supply.

The Peppertree parking lot was the venue set aside for Terry Keller.