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Bring on the music

The Cavern Club in Liverpool is a living shrine today, thanks to a quartet that made it their home in the early ’60s. Girija Duggal explores some of the taverns there...

music Updated: Mar 13, 2009 20:08 IST
Tavern talk | Girija Duggal

The Cavern Club in Liverpool is a living shrine today, thanks to a quartet that made it their home in the early ’60s. The Beatles gave over three hundred performances in that place, and it was there that music mogul Brian Epstein ‘discovered’ them. Both the group and the club went on to achieve cult status.

Taverns and music have long enjoyed a symbiotic relationship, each growing with and benefiting from the other. For a band, a pub gig means getting to play to a select crowd without running the exorbitant bills required for stage shows. For pubs or clubs, hosting them becomes a way of drawing in a target audience and building themselves an ‘image’.

In Delhi, this relationship is still quite young, having picked up only in the late ’90s when regulations against live bands in bars were relaxed. But what a pick-up it has been — the Capital now boasts of a formidable pub rock and alternative music culture. Spots like Turquoise Cottage (TC), Café Morisson, Shalom and Haze have been frontrunners in bringing great live sounds to the music-crazy crowds. Today there’re places that host regular rock, metal, jazz and blues nights.

The list is long, but here’re some of the more popular ones:

Chinese and Thai Café, Gurgaon: Rock and noodles under one roof! Pub-crawlers are already calling it Gurgaon's ‘TC’, thanks to charming retro interiors and recent rock gigs by the likes of Crimson and Half Step Down.

Café Morrison, South Extension: With the king of hard rock as their muse, this dark pulsating rock lover’s adda transforms into an air-riffing, head banging scene as a rock act takes over once a week.

@Live, CP: No cheesy covers here; the three-member band that goes by the name At Live croons classic pop and soft rock numbers in style daily.

Haze Blues Bar, Vasant Vihar: Blues, jazz and cheap booze get the crowds in here. Soulmate, Lou Majaw and The Saturday Night Blues Band are regulars here.