Slowly we’re seeing an re-opening of many of the live music venues around Phnom Penh, although not yet for music. LF Social Club, Cloud, Bouchon, Hard Rock Café, Sharky and Oscar’s on the Corner are open but no gigs have yet been scheduled.
Farm to Table continue their virtual Acoustic Friday series with a Facebook Live performance from Khmer artist Wren from 6.30 pm. Tune in from your living room.
Mimi & the Merrymakers – music for the young and the young at heart – continue live streaming shows every Wednesday at 5 pm. They also have a special show planned for the afternoon of Sunday 17 May at Farm to Table that will be live streamed, with a small live audience – bookings essential.
Sssessionsss at Botanico, brought to you by Botanico in collaboration with Leng Pleng, pops up on Saturday evenings: keep an eye open here. A late show send up format, a lighthearted response to these times, with music and special guests. Botanico has remained open throughout the slowdown, and has been assisting gigless musicians with their two-for-one gift certificate programme – if you buy a $20 certificate for a hungry musician you get one free for yourself.
Mee Cha Records continue to add new acts to their Wood House concept – live in the studio performances in high quality video. Songwriter RJ Marshall is the most recent show – and there’s plenty more to come.
One to keep an eye out for: a new album by Bob Passion & The Schkoots recorded right here in Phnom Penh. Here’s the first single surprise released this week!
Former Phnom Penh resident Sam Harmet recently wrote in from quarantined New York City to tell fans of the late Grass Snake Union about a new record just released by his experimental bluegrass trio Astroturf Noise.
And there’s always Kampot Radio – on air 24/7 with a range of programming for Kampot, Phnom Penh and beyond, with specialty shows for the 1980s, the 1990s, dub reggae and heavy metal. Leng Pleng recommends in particular The Nightfly with Scott Bywater (Tuesdays 10 pm, repeat Sunday 8 pm) and Kuiper Belters with our Australian friend Justin Frew (Sunday 10 pm) – see the website for full daily schedules.
Steve Porte Photo of the Week
Guitarist and videographer Nara Tsitra.
Hang in there, it won’t be long now – live music will be back across Phnom Penh and Cambodia soon.
Let us know about any interesting activities: email@example.com.
Stay safe out there, and see you not so much around the traps.