Weekly Wrap – Commencing Thursday the 9th August 2018

Whether you’re a weekend planner or down for something random, Leng Pleng has got you covered for all the musical magic over the next few days. Take a look at what amazing things you will probably be doing this weekend.

one of my favorite tangos, "La Ultima Copa" by Francisco Canaro.

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It all starts tonight (Thursday) as Chinese House welcomes the foursome of Aymen Ghali, Metta Legita, Jedil Robelo and Kairon for Cuban Night & Live Cigar Rolling. Jose Miguel Lugo Gonzalez, one of Cuba’s Cigar rolling champions will be hand-rolling authentic cuban cigars while fabulous musicians create an authentic sonic journey of Latin sound. This is sure to be a night to remember for dancers, Latin music aficionados, and cigar smokers alike.

Friday starts with a bang as Bouchon Wine Bar goes “speakeasy” with prohibition era music set from the hot strings jazz age with snappy duo Wrigley & Pearl. Richard ‘Banjoman’ Pearl is back in Phnom Penh to knock your socks all the way back to 1920, with Joe Wrigley accompanying on acoustic guitar.

Walking American songbook: Richard Pearl. Pic: Steve Porte.

Meanwhile, multi-instrumentalist Arone Silverman showcases his many talents over at Botanico Wine & Beer Garden for a musical romp that pairs perfectly with well crafted cocktails and a serene patio vibe. U.S. born, Australia-based singer/songwriter Mimi Gilbert will be continuing her music tour as part of the Farm to TableAcoustic Friday” series (check out her music video below). The FCC Rooftop hosts the ever hungry rock and rollers The Fender Benders looking to blast some old school blues and funk across Riverside.

Meanwhile if dancing is on your mind, Duplex Belgian Taverne is bringing in the dub stylings of ‘Honey-voiced’ Randy Cataluna – leading his rockin’ reggae trio with Jedil Robelo and Chuck Erz for one last jam while Mr Roots ‘Vibratone’ Gorimaa spins the grooviest dub and reggae cuts this side of Kingston. Then there will be DJs galore at Sharky Bar with DJ Lyka,  Pontoon with DJ B-KUT all the way from France and supported by DJ Gang and DJ Funkii, and later at Pontoon Pulse with DJ Jasmine Li, DJ Nora Haidee and Sao Sopheak. Perfect for your late night movement cravings and party hardy appetites.

Playboy Mark Chattaway spoke to Leng Pleng in detail regarding album Garuda. Pic: Steve Porte.

However, if it’s your weekend to get some fresh air and river time, you can head to Kampot to see hometown heroes The Kampot Playboys doing what they do best at the 3rd Birthday celebration of Banyan Tree Guesthouse and Bar. Their new album Garuda will be on sale as well so pick up a copy on your visit.

Everybody knows that Saturday night is when the all magic happens! Lisa Concepcion brings her superb, sultry vocals and fingerstyle guitar play to enchant the evening over Botanico Wine Bar for their second night of music this weekend. Over at FCC Rooftop Bar, The Fender Benders return for their second night straight of rock and roll while Graham Cain of the GC Riders dives headfirst into his One Man Show at Sharky Bar.

Taking off: SEA Soul Revue play their first gig outside of their Oscar’s residency this Saturday at Duplex.

 

There’s plenty of live event options for the ardent music lover on Saturday in Phnom Penh, including the blues stylings of Chi Town at Oscars on the Corner. Led by Jeffro, his gang of ruffians seek to delve deep into the depths of blues music and emotion. Duplex Belgian Taverne will be live with The Get Down! – South East Asia Soul Revue filled with classic Motown and Southern 70’s groove as sung by the diva Mirasol Aguila.

Of course, what’s Saturday night without a killer collection of DJs?!  DJane Banzai-Aya starts the Japan DJ Party at Meta House, and is sure to bring a special brand of Japanese electronic dance, house, trance and more to the room all night long. Phnom Penh mainstays DJ Illest and Dilly Da Don bring the Saturday night bass to the music scene at Pontoon.

The Wrap Up

Cambodia has one of the most vibrant and rapidly growing music scenes in the world, and Phnom Penh seeks to prove that fact a little more every single weekend.

With all the chances to listen, dance, feel, and celebrate, it has never been a better time to go out and connect with all the amazing sounds and fantastic people who love them.

Here’s a video from traveling artist Mimi Gilbert playing at Farm to Table this Friday night:

 

And check out our guide to weekly, Regular Gigs here on Leng Pleng! We’ll see you out this weekend!

Whatever you’re up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and… see you around the traps!
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MICHAEL BRIDGETT

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