Change your heartbeats with live music in Rome
Besides the endless great concerts of world-wide famous artists in the stadiums or in the Auditorium, we know some stable points on the map of Rome, where live music is an everyday phenomenon. Discover the Italian music era without wasting too much money. The BlackMarket of Monti and San Lorenzo, and also Le Mura at the edge of San Lorenzo take care of our musical education.
The first market where we deal with music
Basically the neighborhood of Monti has been always supporting ambitious artists, so we can enjoy the products of this inspiring city in many tiny galleries, showrooms and bars around. In the crowd of cultural offers, there is a special one. I would also say it is a partially altruistic one. There is a cave of good wines, nostalgic chewing gum machine, creative decoration, incredibly sweet and welcoming service, but above all free live music. This kindness isn’t occassional, we deserve, so we receive the latest Roman musical coolness at BlackMarket in Monti every given day. The bar let the bands play freely in the rythm and duration, what they wish. It happens often that visiting BlackMarket we feel like being in a theater, because many bands hold breaks between half an hour or an hour long sessions. Regarding the genre of music, you can’t put in boxes this place and their guests. Almost every week once, but sometimes even more, you can listen jazz or bossanova here. Sax, chello, and contrabass are instruments, which are always welcome here. Many times indie or British pop bands make you dance, but also undefinable styled bands amaze me, when we spend our evenings in the company of the mates of this fantastic market. The other unique characteristic of this place is that the artists are in the same level with the audition. This way the familiar atmosphere is fully guaranteed.
Beats by the wall
There is a corner at Via Porta Labicana, where a cult bar is located at the border of San Lorenzo. It is often mentioned as the “live music bar”, although it’s called Le Mura, which means the walls. You can easily find this treasure, if you follow the ancient city wall from Via Tiburtina. It was one of the firsts in the alternative era of Rome, which set as an image the importance of live music. The bar has a quite spacious dancefloor and professionally equipped stage on the left as you enter. Le Mura emphasize how significant is the quality, so for every show there is a sound and light engineer for the invited musicians. In the back of the pub, you can sit down and enjoy in a standby mode. It’s also possible to combine different ways of consuming culture, since at the other corner you can sweap books and theories with the people around you. It’s a spot, what you shouldn’t miss, though you have to pay the price of the proficiency. Besides the annual membership, which is only one euro, the concerts cost between three and ten euros generally. There are some negative and positive exceptions, too. The best is to be prepared with cash.
The competitor of Le Mura
It seems that dealing with music is an extended network, and TheBlackMarket spirit has aimed the students of Sapienza as well. Few blocks away from Le Mura, at Via dei Sardi you will find the second edition of it. The conception is the same: daily live music is a must. Keep it available and familiar is also must, though the drink prices are talking about something else. The style of the place is different from the first bar of them, and also different from the average in San Lorenzo. It looks like an Irish pub with its dark wooden furniture. Somehow it makes you feel that you need to behave because it’s a fancy place, although it’s just a subjective impression. There isn’t an universal reputation of the new version, but one thing is sure, the more bands playing in the city night by night the better.