It seems like there’s something for everyone this weekend in live music. On Friday at The Bodleian, Into the Gold – a musical journey through the 50s and 60s featuring Intan Andriana, Antti Siitonen and Philippe Javelle, while the soul funk of Pocket Change is at Bassac Lane and the reggae of Riddim at Alchemy. On the softer side, Euan Gray is on a Gentleman’s Journey at Farm to Table, Antonio Elchico is in the LF Garden, Saska Chewan is on at Red Bar, and Bob Oudemans makes a rare appearance at Botanico.
Batbangers play acoustic with Khmeng Somrae at Cloud, there is a Queen tribute night at Hard Rock Café Phnom Penh, Aram Khmer are at Bona’s, and Jeffro & Chi-Town hit Oscar’s on the Corner.
Also of note, on the site of the former Slur Bar on 172 Street, the relaunch of Riverking 1 Pub will feature Joe Wrigley and the Sarawan Sisters. Remember you can support the Miss Sarawan crowdfunding campaign here, or contact Leng Pleng for cash contributions.
On Saturday at Cloud, Wacken is Calling – an effort to assist local band death metal band Doch Chkae to attend the Wacken music festival in Germany this year, with support from Reign in Slumber and Silent. Our weekly feature below gives some extra background.
Meanwhile on Saturday night, The Uncomfortably White Brothers climb all over Sundance Inn & Saloon, Lisa Concepcion plays Botanico, Scoddy & Ernie get the ukuleles out at Bona’s Pub, the 99 Boyz take on Alchemy and Randy Cataluna is at LF Garden.
Also this weekend, to mark the official opening of its new Futures Factory, Friends International is throwing a two-day party this Saturday and Sunday, from 4 pm to 10 pm, with an astonishing array of happenings and possibilities: discussions and eating and music and play.
A concert headlined by Small World Small Band will also involve many young performers from The Sound Initiative alongside dance performances and DJs. The Talk Series features a range of panel conversations with young and upcoming designers, artists and innovators on topics ranging from sculpture to comics to upcycling furniture to social change. The makers market will be up and running, as will the beauty and barber shops, activities run by ChildSafe Academy, including an escape room game, and a fashion challenge. There will also be a series of performances, exhibitions and installation by artists of the Creative Generation programme and a treasure hunt.
The Leng Pleng Weekly Feature
Wacken is calling – Doch Chkae has again been invited to attend the Wacken music festival in Germany, and this time they are hopeful of getting over the visa barrier. Leng Pleng spoke to the band’s mentor, Timon Seibel.
“They were in our school, the guitarist and the singer, also the drummer, they were the most aggressive ones. […] Aggression problems, never really attending school. And then we brought them to one metal show, Sliten6ix, and when they saw that it was the first time they got really excited about something.”
Passing chords: a few things you might not know about…
For some years now a regular on the acoustic scene in Phnom Penh, Lisa Concepcion was born in Zamboanga City, and grew up in Puerto Princesa City Palawan, in a family of gospel singers. She picked up the guitar when she was 13 years old and has been playing ever since; she also plays tenor saxophone. In Phnom Penh she works for Pi Pay as a Social Media Community Specialist. Lisa will perform at Cloud on Friday as part of Jenny Pisani’s book launch and then on Saturday at Botanico.
Your pet musical hate:
It’s the day and age of novelty songs that do not make much sense. I especially dislike songs that have repetitive lyrics, most of them from back home [Philippines]. Songs with non-nonsensical titles like “Boom tarat-tarat”, or the more popular “Buduts” tune. Music is supposed to be God’s gift to mankind and is meant to be purposeful. I’d enjoy any loud, banging song any day, as long as the lyrics make sense.
A private musical indulgence:
I am guilty of listening to songs from Jason Mraz, especially from his Mr. A-Z album released in 2005. Honestly, I can listen to any song from Jason Mraz all day.
The year you came to Cambodia:
I arrived fresh off college, year 2011.
An early music memory:
It was when my parents were practicing a song for church, when I was around 3-4 years old. I remember listening to their harmonies at home before church and finding the page of the song in the mini songbook. My mom and dad were surprised that I could recognize which song it was enough to find the actual song in the book!
Your favourite food:
I feel like it depends on the season. If it is dry season, I usually crave for the popular Filipino Halo-halo or Wall’s coffee crumble ice cream. When it’s Christmas season, I’d usually think of my mom’s caramel glazed, cream custard. I have a bit of sweet tooth which I am trying to regulate at the moment. Hands down, Filipino food is the best!
What you do on a night off:
I’d usually spend it doing chores or just bingeing on Netflix shows. I do go out for a stroll by myself once in a while with a recent unfinished book in tow, searching for a new hangout around town.
The country you want to visit:
Definitely Maldives, before it sinks–just kidding!
Something people might be surprised to know about you:
Maybe that I can fold my tongue, literally and keep it that way for as long as I want it too. I’ll gladly show you if you ask nicely. I’m a pretty transparent person, I’ll tell you my life story within 15 minutes of talking to you if you ask the right questions and if I’m comfortable enough.
Steve Porte photo of the week
Steve’s comment: Sébastien Adnot. Jazz virtuoso, at the now closed Jazz Club.
Stay safe out there, and see you around the traps.