Weekly wrap – Commencing Thursday 15 August 2019


Get an early start to the weekend tonight, Thursday, with Ernie Buck at Sundance, the Boxchords at Sharky, a farewell show for Sid Syed at Botanico, as well as the regular shows such as Havana Kings at Sora Sky Bar, Arome Khmer at Hard Rock Café or Far East Society at The Bodleian.

On Friday there’s a choice of jazz: Marianna Hensley and James Atkinson at Farm to Table and then Metta Legitta and Intan Andriana at The Bodleian; while the Euan Grey Trio gets groovy at Botanico. Later and louder, there’s the Boxchords at Bassac Lane, Indica Indie at Cloud, blues with Chi-Town at Alchemy, Leo Curran is in town and at Good Times Bar, and the Uncomfortably White Brothers are at Oscar’s on the Corner.

On Saturday afternoon you can catch Joe Wrigley and Clay George at dog daycare centre House of Hounds, and Austin Rizer and Marie Thach at Java Tuol Kork.

On Saturday night LF Social Club are throwing a first anniversary party with the Latin vitality of Havana Kings (see the feature below), while Lisa Concepcion is on at Botanico and Scott Bywater strums at Tacos Kokopelli. Later in the evening Cat City plays Sharky, and K’n’E sees out the night at Oscar’s on the Corner.

On Sunday for something different, Chinese House hosts a concert featuring Argentinian music played by Pongpat Pongpradit on guitar and Anton Isselhardt on flute.

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The Leng Pleng Weekly Feature

This weekend sees the first birthday of LF Social Club on St 308, a venue that quickly became one of the preferred rooms for many performers in Phnom Penh. One year ago they opened with a party that was the first proper outing for a new band, Havana Kings – and they’ll be back again on Saturday night to celebrate their own first anniversary. Leng Pleng sat down with guitarist and bandleader Aymen Ghali.

“There’s lot of Cuban music, but the repertoire is quite mixed. We are doing old traditional Cuban folky stuff and Afro-Latin, and then also we get into some modern pop songs for the people that want to have fun. Everyone in the band is quite talented, but there was some learning curve for sure, so it has been quite interesting to dig in.”

Read the whole feature here.

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

Initial G. Rapper and poet, out in front of Hypnotic Fist Technique and Funan Beat Empire.

Your pet musical hate:
Club tracks that sample Indian music.

A private musical indulgence:
When I’m going through a triumphant moment in life, I turn on some big band music like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

The year you came to Cambodia:

An early music memory:
The family putting on Don’t stop till you get enough by Michael Jackson to which I would happily wiggle around as a baby.

Your favourite food:
Biryani as prepared by my aunts, any kind except vegetarian.

What you do on a night off:
Movie watching and ordering food delivery.

The country you want to visit:
Iceland. I’ve always loved this progressive nation but never had the opportunity to visit.

A stage superstition you have:
Haha – this is a bit embarrassing, but I always feel like I will have a terrible gig if I forget to bring one of my gig caps by mistake.

Something people might be surprised to know about you:
I was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes 14 years ago due to having a defective pancreas owing to a hereditary passing of the affliction. I deal with it every day with medication and insulin injections.

Steve Porte photo of the week   

Clay George: country gentleman and head cowboy.

Let us know about your gigs: send information to gigs@lengpleng.com.

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

your correspondent,

Guillermo Wheremount




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