Some people’s idea of rock can be very middle of the road (or autopista as we’re in Tenerife) but a Gary Moore inspired guitar riff was a reassuring welcome to the Sayeah Music Bar in Los Cristianos. I’m partial to some classic rock and had heard good things about the late night, live music venue on the first floor of the CC Passarella shopping centre.
Posters and memorabilia from Pink Floyd, Kiss, and Led Zeppelin adorned the walls and further encouraged me. I was a bit apprehensive of the bar because the Hard Rock Café in Playa de Las Americas hits the high notes on drink prices. But the charges here were reasonable for a late night, live music bar. My pint of Amstel was €2.50, wine €3 a glass, brand spirits €3.50/4, shots €2 euros and cocktails €5.
The strains of Gary Moore were from the guitar of Dimitris, tuning up for this Monday night’s duo Black and White. Owner Andrea ran me through the week’s line up; Rock Rose in duo form on Tuesday; Hard and Heavy night on Wednesday; Rock Rose in their full band line up on Thursday and Saturday, with Roba Pollo on Friday and Hard Rock Night on Sunday. Sayeah is open every night from 8 pm until the early hours.
Before the 11.30 pm set started I had a little look around. It’s more like a lounge with room for around 100 people, mainly tall tables with swivel chairs and a couple of comfy sofas at one side. Outside there is a cooling terrace and tables but inside my focus was on the decent sized stage with large video screen behind the acts.
Easing us in with Pink Floyd’s Comfortable Numb, the duo hit their stride with Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water, Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, and Whitesnake’s Here I Go Again. Vocals came from Vincenzo. This particular play list was a new one for them and he had a few stumbles on some of the lyrics but pulled out a plum with a soaring rendition of Judas Priest’s Breaking The Law, a particular favourite of mine. Dimitris was a master of his guitar and did justice to some of the most well known solos. There was just a handful of fans in this night but they played as if it was a full house at Knebworth. Even Angus Young strutting on the video behind couldn’t phase them.
After the briefest of breaks they finished off with more classics from Joan Jett, Bon Jovi, and even German metal band Accept.
The weekend is when they turn the dial up to 11 with barbecue food also on the menu to boost those hungry for more music. The sound system at the bar was loud and proud, two large speakers suspended half way between the stage and outside terrace made sure that all the seats had a good reception.
Sayeah – CC Passarella, Avenida San Francisco; free entry; open 8 pm to late; www.facebook.com/Sayeah-Tenerife
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