- Shortened form of café concert, a type of venuethat presented variety entertainment in late 19th-centuryand early 20th-century Paris. It replaced the café chantantin the 1860s, offering romantic ballads and nonsensical choruses knownas scies. The typical venue was a long room with a high stage.The two most popular, the Eldorado and the Alcazar, presented suchstars as Thérésa, Polin, and Mayol. In the mid 1860ssome caf' conc' houses became cafs spectacles, adding farces and operettas to the bill; by the turn of the century the largest had assumed the English designation of 'music halls'. They died out in the 1920s.