Once Bars and nightclubs used to be the only place you could listen to live music and the hottest sounds but trendy cafes – where you can watch local bands while you sip a cup of coffee – are becoming increasingly popular. These impromptu music venues play a wide range of genres, including the latest musical styles you might not have heard about. Here are some of the most popular types of live music found in trendy cafes.
Still one of the most popular genres today, rock music dominated the latter half of the 20th century. From the rock n roll of the 1950s to the heavy metal invasion of the 1970s and 1980s, rock music is loud, brash and amazing to see at a live venue. Although the biggest rock bands frequent soccer stadiums and arenas around the world, a cafe is the best place to see local bands before they hit the big time. Most cafes will advertise live music ahead of time so you can grab a ticket and attend the event. However, some bands are completely free, meaning you can listen to the latest live music as long as you purchase a beverage.
Jazz is all about emotion and what better way to listen to the genre than in an intimate setting where you can drink a coffee or ice soda? This type of music originated in the United States in the late 19th century and fuses a number of different styles. Jazz music is known for its use of syncopation and improvisation and quickly became one of America’s most popular genres. Nowadays you can watch jazz in trendy cafes from Pittsburgh to Paris, including various sub-genres such as neo-bop, big band and swing.
Famous for its catchy Latin beats, salsa has made something of a comeback in recent years. Part of its appeal is being able to dance to the rhythms and melodies, something that has been popularized by shows like Dancing with the Stars. At trendy cafes, you can listen to salsa music or take dancing lessons with a partner. You will be able to watch salsa bands while eating a snack or drinking a beverage and even have the chance to meet the band at the end of the show. Salsa is fun, hip and sounds great!
Funk is another genre that is played in trendy cafes. This genre dates back to the 1960s and is known for fusing rhythm and blues, soul and jazz. Emphasis is placed of bringing the drums and electric bass to the foreground, creating a funky, danceable style that is still popular today. Unlike a theater or arena venue, cafes allow you to watch genres like jazz in an informal, relaxed setting where you can talk to your friends and family over a cup of coffee. Some cafes might dedicate a particular night of the week to a musical genre (for example, Thursday might be “Funk Night” or “Jazz Night”), and put on a showcase where you will be able to watch several bands at once as local groups before short sets in front of an audience.