By Nina Derham in Madrid—
Madrid’s live music scene is alive and kicking with both local and international artists setting the bar high. One of the most wonderful things about live music in Madrid is that you can enjoy it without breaking the bank! The cheapest way to catch a concert is to frequent one of the many jam sessions going on around town on any given night.
Whether you wish to partake or just join the audience, the jams listed below boast free entry, high quality music and a great atmosphere – what more could you ask for?
C/Caños Viejos 3, 28005
Metro: La Latina & Opera
This La Latina treasure is one of Madrid’s best-kept secrets. Tucked below the Viaducto de Segovia, Marula is a small, funky bar that has live music throughout the week. Monday is Jam Night led by American drummer Noah Shaye and is an unmissable weekly event for all you jazz and soul fans. The music kicks off at midnight and goes on into the small hours.
C/Alberto Alcocer 32, 28036
Metro: Cuzco & Colombia
Just off the Paseo de la Castellana, Moe is a friendly bar that showcases the best in jazz, blues and Latin music. There are two jam sessions each week at Moe, so you can catch the Blues Jam on a Tuesday and the Jazz Jam on a Wednesday. Things start heating up from 10:30 p.m.
La Boca del Lobo
C/Echegaray 11, 28014
If you like funk music, then this is definitely the place for you! Get down to this Huertas favorite on a Wednesday for the Roots and Grooves Jam Session. Music starts at 11 p.m. and makes for an excellent midweek choice.
Plaza Santa Barbara 10, 28004
Metro: Alonso Martinez
Dark and atmospheric, El Junco makes a great change from the bars and clubs of Chueca and Malasaña. Stop by on a Sunday for Norman Hogue’s legendary Blues Jam, or wind down on a Tuesday as Ruben Andreu and his band lead the Jazz Jam. It all gets going at 11:30 p.m. and goes on until late.
C/Barco 34, 28004
You may well have already danced the night away at this infamous Malasaña haunt on a Friday or Saturday, but did you know about the Sunday Jam? Led by the incredible Cuban saxophonist, Inoidel Gonzalez, this Jazz Jam starts at 11:30 p.m. and is the perfect place to end your weekend on a high note.