Thursday night continues to be open mic night – a choice of Ege Bar in Tuol Tom Pong or Good Times Bar on St 19, and then there’s The Extraordinary Chambers on late at Oscar’s on the Corner.
On Friday Alchemy returns to the live scene with a special night Juneteenth Social, hosted by Mike Dynamo and featuring dance, poetry and live music, including Dairon and Lis from The Havana Kings. There’s a more sedate evening with A Swing Thing, Intan and Anthony at Farm to Table. A double header at Oscar’s on the Corner with an early acoustic show from Peter Doyle to be followed later by house band K’n’E. Also Aguita de Coco are at Est Bar, and acoustic trio The Swabs are at Mini Banana.
Saturday sees The Box Office throw its hat back into the musical ring with Kirsty and Dave, while Poca de Feo is at Botanico and both salsa dancing and Aguita de Coco return to Duplex. Cloud presents a special open mic for International Music Day hosted by Sam Rocker of Sam & the Untouchables.
The Schkoots are on the road this weekend to promote their new album, the appropriately named Incorrigibles that was released this week on Bandcamp – enjoy a free download. They’ll be in Siem Reap at The Harbour on Friday night and Laundry on Saturday.
Also in Siem Reap on Saturday International Music Day is being celebrated on Saturday at The Harbour with no fewer than six local bands and a DJ. And in Kampot on Saturday The Longest Day Festival will feature the Kampot Playboys, DJs and more.
On Sunday at Music Arts School, Phnom Penh Soloists present Midsummer Music, featuring works by Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Ravel – limited seating, RSVP essential. Also the Sundowner Sessions continue at Tacos Kokopelli from 5 pm, and the open mic jam at Sharky Bar commences at 8 pm.
Hard Rock Café are offering a special on Khmer barbecue from Wednesday to Monday (and Taco Tuesdays), and they might even have some musical related activities on now or soon.
The Leng Pleng Weekly Feature
As Phnom Penh slowly reopens for gigs, one of the faces and voices making a big splash is Intan Andriana. Both of her Friday night Jazz and the City series concerts with co-collaborator Metta Legita at Green Pepper Italian restaurant, were sold out. This week she is at Farm to Table with Anthony Armenti on guitar, then she’ll be back at Green Pepper the following week for number three.
“I came up with the idea of Jazz and the City because I want to bring jazz music into the city of Phnom Penh. I thought let’s try out different kinds of jazz with different instrumentalists, a different set of stories and different vibe every time, a new guest is every time.”
Passing Chords: a few things you might not know about…
Ricky Haldemann. A relative newcomer to the scene, Ricky has been attending open mics and performing as a floating drummer for hire since last year. He can now be seen playing with The Conspiracy Theory every Wednesday night at Oscar’s on the Corner.
Your pet musical hate:
I really don’t like dark music from the seventies, like Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. It drags me down. Music must give me a good feel.
A private musical indulgence:
Old funky stuff, like James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, George Clinton, Jimmy Castor Bunch.
The year you first came to Cambodia:
I lived in Thailand for 12 years and came to Cambodia on holiday in 2017. Then I came back in 2018. Each time I went back to Thailand I wondered why I did – I want to go to Cambodia! The third time, in 2019, I stayed.
An early music memory:
German singer Nino de Angelo – his song Jenseits von Eden was my first love. A pop song, I was seven years old.
Your favourite food:
I am Swiss, so cheese fondue!
What you do on a night off:
I work on my business back in Switzerland.
The country you want to visit:
The Arctic, for diving. I came to Thailand as a dive instructor, and my dream is to dive with seals.
A stage habit or superstition you have:
I prefer to play on my own kit if possible – I know where everything is and that everything works.
How old you were when you started learning your instrument of choice:
Ten years old. I was in a school marching band.
Something people might be surprised to know about you:
I started out as an architect, but my business in Switzerland now is stone carving, mainly gravestones. I design the carvings and find the customers, but only in Switzerland.
A question from the last participant: you have one magic ticket to a gig. Travel back in time to see one artist at one event. Who, when and where?
Led Zeppelin, London, 1969
A question for next week’s participant: who would you most like to play with – living or dead, band or soloist?
Steve Porte Photo of the Week
Product placement fail by Clay George of the Cambodia Country Band, from their triumphant return to Oscar’s on the Corner last Saturday.
Let us know about any musical activities: email@example.com.
Stay safe out there, and see you around the traps.