Weekly wrap – commencing Thursday 13 August 2020


For Jazz and the City at Green Pepper this Friday, Clay George joins Intan & Metta to bust out his best Sinatra, while across town the trio Major/Minor returns to Alchemy, and Simmer play a farewell gig at Ege BarBand@Work at the Hard Rock Café pay tribute to Pink, Maroon 5 and Lady Gaga, while Antonio & Jannete are at Red Bar.  Music Arts School have a special teacher concert in the evening from 6 pm, seating seriously limited, so book through the Facebook pageK’n’E take it late at Oscar’s on the Corner.

Up in Siem Reap on Friday night, Dean Wolf Bailey Band are at Laundry Bar, while Phnom Penh singer-songwriter Scott Bywater pays a visit to Star Bar (after the Howl Cambodia word jam on Thursday at Miss Wong’s).

On Saturday night there’s a night of Cambodian metal with Reign in Slumber and the welcome return of Doch Chkae at Cloud, contrasting with an evening of cinema, poetry and song with Frisco Tony and RJ Marshall at Meta House, and the debut of the Antonio Trio at Alchemy.    Intan & Metta are at Botanico, and for an early show (9 pm), Greg Beshers celebrates his birthday with The Extraordinary Chambers at Oscar’s on the Corner, followed by K’n’E.

Unfortunately due to weather concerns the Osmose Music Festival in Kampot on Saturday, which was to feature Funan Beat Empire, DJ Sequence and The Schkoots, has been cancelled.  However, the Sunday event High and Dry, presented by Mee Cha Records at Blue Dragon Kampot has added both Funan Beat Empire and Hypnotic Fist Technique to an already full show of live acts and DJs.

Remember Kampot Radio is now on Patreon in an attempt to get some financial support.   For $5 a month you have access to several late night weekly shows in podcast form that you can listen to at your leisure, as well as bonus interviews and other content.  Check it all out here – there are some free taster shows for you to sample.

Some regular gigs through the week may be not happening due to the holiday – if in doubt check with the venue.  Oscar’s on the Corner gigs continue as normal.

Posted by Hard Rock Cafe Phnom Penh on Wednesday, 29 July 2020


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

Clay George.   Best known these days for running Garage Bar on 110 Street and as the leader of the Cambodia Country Band, he’s an accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right.  This weekend he’s returning to the jazz gigs he used to do a few years ago.  He’ll be joining Intan & Metta at Green Pepper to go Sinatra-style.  And catch him every Monday at Oscar’s on the Corner for country night.

A pet musical hate:
People getting on stage and reading the lyrics off a phone or something like that.  If you’re doing that you haven’t learned the song; don’t play it until you’ve learned it.

A private musical indulgence:
50 Cent.  That usually ends up happening if I’m out in a bar somewhere, but I’ve put stuff like that on at home.  Or Khmer pop songs that people really get sick of hearing, I actually listen to them, I kind of like them.

The year you first came to Cambodia:
2015, 11 November, Remembrance Day.

An early music memory:
Jim Croce and Meatloaf.  I used to listen to those albums over and over and over.

The last thing you ate:
Indian, a chicken thali, from the riverside.

What you do on a night off:
What’s that?  I’ve got the bar every night, but once in a while I’ll take a night off, and it’s pretty boring.  I’ll watch a miniseries, or play a video game.  Or sleep.

A country you want to visit:
There’s so many.  If I had to choose one, maybe somewhere in Africa, like Morocco.  I’m trying to think of where would have the most beautiful women, but I think I’m already here.  Who’s number two?  Let’s say Thailand, I haven’t been to Thailand.

A book or movie you keep going back to:
What comes to mind – even though I haven’t gone back to it in a long time – it’s a series of TV interviews, The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers.  It’s fantastic, it changed my life.

Something people might be surprised to know about you:
My answer to the previous question.

Your primary instrument, and when you started playing it:
Vocals.  I don’t remember ever not singing.

A question from last week’s participant, Keiko Kitamura:  Do you play, or have you ever played a wind instrument?
Yes, the trumpet.  A couple of years ago I practiced for six months, and I was really very determined, practicing my scales every day, and I was on course.  I wanted to be able to play a little for the jazz gigs I was doing.  When I bought it I set myself a goal: one year, I am going to learn this well enough that I can gig with it, not blazing fantastic solos, but at least at a level where I can fake my way through it.  But then I got the bar, and the trumpet went in its case and it’s been there ever since.  I wish I stuck with it.  Maybe sometime I’ll get back to it.  

Steve Porte Photo of the Week

Hypnotic Fist Technique back in full force at Boran House, Saturday 8 August, 2020

Let us know about any musical activities we haven’t captured:  gigs@lengpleng.com.

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

your correspondent,

Guillermo Wheremount









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