Weekly wrap – Commencing Thursday 18 July 2019


The week kicks off tonight with a night called Connection: Sad Songs and Spoken Word at Cloud – such performers as Vantinn Hoeurn, Shira Kaliski and Ronan Sheehan will be holding up the musical end. Then Sundance Inn & Saloon presents Vince & the Bassman, and The Extraordinary Chambers do their regular gig at Oscar’s on the Corner.

On Friday evening, Hard Rock Café Phnom Penh again hosts this year’s Soundwave concert, a musical showcase for young Cambodian performers graduating from The Sound Initiative’s vocational training programme. Among the performers will be Small World Small Band, Kanhchana Chet, Vuthea Srok and Sang Sok Serey.

Meanwhile on Friday around the traps, Farm to Table features Nepali duo Samsara with Pavel Ramirez on guitar, Phil O’Flaherty is at Botanico, Friday Fizz features Antonio at The Bodleian, Randy Cataluna is at Good Times Bar, Saska Chewan is at Red Bar, and The Sock Essentials are at Bona’s Pub. For something louder, The Uncomfortably White Brothers take on Duplex, Fawlty Powers do their thing at Alchemy, and ImpromptuElectro at LF Social Club promises an electronic jam with Mexican producer and record label owner Cesar Capistran, aka W.O.L.F..

On Saturday night Alchemy presents San Diego-based singer songwriter Wes Chester (see our weekly features below), in partnership with the Euan Gray Quartet and Carrie Herbert, launching his new mini-album, Travelogue that was recorded by Euan at his Phnom Penh studio.

Elsewhere on Saturday evening Austin from the band Rizer plays at Java Tuol Kork continuing their Café Concert series, you can find Ronan Sheehan at LF Garden, Lisa Concepcion at Botanico and The 99 Boyz at Bassac Lane, the Alli Gecikarana Duo at Duplex and Samsara at Sharky Bar, and Arome Khmer play Hard Rock Café Phnom Penh. And it’s an all house band weekend at Oscar’s on the Corner, but you never know what special guests may show up.

Heads up: next weekend look out for the Kampot Playboys playing LF Social Club on their way to Darwin Festival, and a special early metal show on Sunday 28 July at Oscar’s on the Corner featuring two visiting bands from Indonesia, as well as local act Reign in Slumber ahead of their tour to Malaysia.

And The Goldilocks Zone are at it again: a new video for the song Inspired
. You can assist the band in its efforts by purchasing and downloading Last Scream and Inspired Days from bandcamp.com.

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The Leng Pleng Weekly Feature

Born and raised in North Carolina, but rarely sitting still, singer-songwriter Wes Chester came to Cambodia to record a mini-album, which he will launch with the Euan Gray Quartet and Carrie Herbert on Saturday night at Alchemy.

“My songs tend to ‘end in the middle’ lyrically.  They describe states of becoming that aren’t aimed at the achievement of enlightenment.  They speak about a life that is happening, becoming and passing away constantly.”

Read the whole feature here.

Passing chords: a few things you might not know about…

Photo: Anne from Mindbridge Media

Jesse Ricketson. Drummer of note. You may have seen him behind the kit with The Goldilocks Zone, Vartey Ganiva, The Uncomfortably White Brothers, the Cham Ticks, or the LF Social Club Wednesday night jam band.

Your pet musical hate:
I have an exaggerated and irrational fear of children’s choirs. Potentially they have their place in horror film soundtracks but otherwise really should not exist.

A private musical indulgence:
When I want to be really rhythmically inspired I listen to breakcore music like Venetian Snares and Bong Ra. The sheer density of rhythmic ideas and variety in this music you don’t find anywhere else.

The year you came to Cambodia:
June 2017.

An early music memory:
My mother took me to see Michael Jackson when I was maybe 9 years old. We had back stage passes and I got to see the sets and costumes close up. It was one of those epic over the top shows. I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

Your favourite food:
I seem to order Chicken Cordon Bleu whenever it is on the menu. Also a big fan of French toast.

What you do on a night off:
These days either I’m working on music on the computer or watching movies on the couch with the cats.

The country you want to visit:
Colombia. I adore South American people, culture and music.

A stage superstition you have:
Playing Superstition by Stevie Wonder will add seven extra years of rolling in the grave to his afterlife when he dies.

Something people might be surprised to know about you:
I’m obsessed with chess.

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Steve Porte photo of the week   

Rhiannon Johnson: super smooth vocals and infectious spirit


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Stay safe out there, and see you around the traps.

your correspondent,

Guillermo Wheremount




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