We love music from all parts of the world, so, when we moved to Turkey, we made a big effort to get to know the different types of Turkish music. And if that music's live, even better. We're no experts on this subject but we know what we like. This summer, we've managed to make it to the tents at Çalış Beach to enjoy a night of saz music - there's something quite special about sitting by the sea in the open air, listening to the sound of the saz - but that's been our fill of live Turkish music for this year. Until now, that is...
Away from the tradition of saz, we're also fans of Anatolian Rock (click this link to listen to some quick samples of Anatolian Rock music). The stars of Anatolian Rock are the likes of Erkin Koray, Barış Manço and Cem Karaca and, although their heyday was back in the '60s and '70s (think floaty hair, flares and flowery shirts), they and their music are still held in high-esteem with both the older and younger generation of Turkish rock music fans.
We know the guitarist will be there on Thursday night, hence this photoThis is very much the case with one of our friends at Cafe Pazar in Çalış. He's a big Cem Karaca fan. Occasionally, his nephew's band, The Lounge Lizards will come to Cafe Pazar to do a gig. We've written about them a couple of times in the past - they do a good Duman cover - and they have different line-ups depending on which band members are around at the time.
So, on Thursday night (27th September 2012) at Cafe Pazar (from 8:30 pm), the Lounge Lizards, complete with different singer, will do an evening of live Anatolian rock music. Well, we're just going to have to go to that one. If you're in town next Thursday and are looking for something a bit different to do, get yourselves down there. It's free entry by the way, and all drinks are reasonably priced.
(Cafe Pazar is on Yerguzlar Caddesi, very close to the Sunday market in Çalış. View its location centred on our Fethiye map.)