The proper order of nightlife on ‘Golden Street’ will be restored this Friday when Tusk re-opens its doors. The remodelled and renovated venue will be inaugurated with a performance by Complicated Business – who have themselves recently taken a brief sabbatical to recharge their batteries and come up with some new original songs! The super-energetic acoustic trio are hyped and ready to take the new Tusk stage by storm this Friday.
The Cambodian Space Project will be squeezing in an appearance at FCC on Friday night. It is sometimes hard to keep track of the extensive intergalactic wanderings of these Cambo-space-rockers, whose recent travels have included gigs in Darwin, Australia and Geneva, Switzerland. The FCC show, whether it takes place in the evocative environs of the colonial Mansion (no rain) or the more up-close-and-personal space of the FCC Rooftop Bar (in the event of rain), will be the last CSP show in Cambodia for a while and the last before the band takes a plane ride to Washington D.C. for an appearance at the Kennedy Center. Oh yes, and you will also be pleased to note that space commander Julien Poulson’s IndieGoGo campaign to fund a new Cambodian musical, Yesterday Once More was successfully completed this week… phew guys, nothing like keeping busy!
Seventeen business years on the Phnom Penh hospitality scene is a strong achievement. This Saturday, Top Banana will be marking the milestone with an all-day, all-night music party – kicking off in the afternoon with some Khmer rock from a special Top Banana locals band and an evening appearance from extreme party animals The Riverside Raybans. Scott Bywater’s groove based, JJ Cale-inspired musical project features Chuck Villar on cajon, Adrien Gayraud on bass and the inimitable performance style of James Speck – who somehow combines fluid lead lines on the ukulele with spiky synth interventions on his ‘Kaossilator’ and even some between-song spoken word comedy! Later on, top Phnom Penh reggae, drum’n’bass and hip-hop DJs Kaztet D & Dubbas, Sequence and Bree will ensure an absolutely roaring night. Venue mainman Laurent Pons told Leng Pleng:
“We’re proud that Top Banana has been a party central for an incredible 17 years, particularly in this fast-changing Phnom Penh and to celebrate, we wanted to have the party of all parties!”
This Sunday in Phnom Penh offers not one but two exceptional chances to experience some fantastic classical music. Gifted Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Huy Thanh will be visiting Cambodia for an early recital at Meta House, while the Musica Felice Choir will be giving their annual concert at Sofitel on Sunday night. The Felice program comprises a mix of classical works and traditional Khmer music, with all proceeds from the ticketed event going to support traditional Khmer music school Khursar.
If you were not able to catch talented jazz trumpeter Marco Vessozo at Jazz Club Phnom Penh recently, check out this Youtube video posted by club owner Sébastien Adnot, capturing an intimate piano-and-trumpet duet:
Whatever you’re up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and… see you around the traps!