Not Rhythm and Blues, but Rock & Blues, as it’s often called in Spain. Sometimes the two are separate and sometimes it’s a lively fusion. Either way, it’s a great time and offers a lot of variety. Alicante, Spain, is a great place to hear some in an atmospheric club or bar, where the night begins in the earliest hours of the mornings and keeps going hard until just before sunrise.
Most of the major cities in Spain are busy every night, but the weekends see special attention, and if you want live music on the beach, look towards the Game Café Avda. de Niza Local, 8 & 9. Starting at 5 p.m. and stretching to 7 p.m., very early by their books, enjoy the sounds of seasoned performers and local newcomers here. No cover means you can spend your money on something to sip while you enjoy the show.
Rusty’s Bar and Grill in Benitachell plays great live Rock & Blues on Monday nights with some of the popular local bands, such as the Brink. Delicious food is available to indulge in as you groove along to great music and old favorites.
The Jambo Live Music Club at San José 10 offers open jam sessions with established local musicians after 10:30 p.m. Of course, you don’t have to play an instrument to enjoy the live music, just bring your appreciation for rock, blues and jazz. Free admission and a variety of drinks of available, so sit and relax before the local dance clubs open at 2 a.m. and get into the mood!
Thursday nights, starting at 10:30 p.m., move your body to the sounds of Rock and Blues at the appropriately named Rock & Blues Cafe in Cuatro de Agosto. The café itself opens from 3 p.m. and goes until 2:30 a.m. on weekends, sporting rock and blues paraphernalia inside for an immersion into your favorite genre.
Desden Jazz, located at Alicante 94 – Centro Comercial San Vicente, is a very popular spot for a big mix of sounds. It caters to lovers of jazz, rock and blues, fusion, and even flamenco. Established in the 1990s, live music is what it’s known for, and for good reason. Indulge your senses and hop sounds, if you’re so inclined. With so many choices, there’s no reason not to sample other styles.
Steinways Jazz and Blues Club, on Calle La Mar 16, in Denia is a newer venue that features jazz, blues, soul, and funk, and offers a different sound daily. Sundays are an open jam session from 10pm, Fridays from midnight on, Charlie’s Blues Band takes the stage. Saturday after 11:30 p.m., enjoy the stylings of Dave Lewis and Friends. Other days see other events, and there’s something for everyone at some time. Free entry.
As music moves through generations and cultures, it alters, adding new sounds and possibly subtracting old. As a consequence, some rock and blues is pure to the source and some has picked up its own sound, depending on not just the venue, but also the artist. That’s not a bad thing, as it lends to individuality, vision, and freshness of style. Sample all that Alicante has to offer and find the sound you love best.