Weekly wrap – commencing Thursday 24 September 2020


The last blast of September this weekend continues to offer a range of possibilities.  On Friday Bouchon presents a Khmer music night, Green Pepper offer their jazz treats with the Intan Andriana Quartet, there’s a Metallica tribute night at Hard Rock Café, and Three Country Dudes atSundance and the Antonio Trio at AlchemyRob Narciso takes his acoustic alt/indie to LF Social Club, Son Cubano continue their residency at Elephant Bar, and Gone Marshall with a guest are at Oscar’s on the Corner, followed by house band K’n’E.

Saturday night kicks off with the ska of Checkered Past at The Exchange, TheBlueSouls at The Box Office, and Joshua and Denver’s new outfit Baffled Shores at BotanicoColin Grafton hosts a blues jam at Good Times X and 17 Crush are at AlchemyOscar Acoustic takes a trip to Saturday with Scott Bywater at Oscar’s on the Corner, followed by house band K’n’EEge Bar hosts the Latin dance of Aguita de Coco, and Funan Beat Empire, supported by new instrumental band Face-Slap, take the stage at Boran House.

On Sunday morning at Odom Gardens, Three Country Dudes (Clay, Joe and Greg of the Cambodia Country Band) will play a series of sets while special beef BBQ is on sale.   As ever, the open mic Sunday Sundowner Sessions at Tacos Kokopelli will dish up a variety of performers from 5 – 8 pm, then from 9 pm at Oscar’s on the Corner The Big Baaad Jam brings jammers together.

Next Friday, October 2nd,. Bandcamp will be having another waiving of revenue share, so that the whole of your purchase will got to the band in question.  Check out One Night in Phnom Penh by Channthy Cha Cha, Golden Age: The Sequel by Hypnotic Fist Technique, It Never Left by Reign in Slumber, or works by The Schkoots, Scott Bywater, Vibratone, The Goldilocks Zone or Doch Chkae.  Or search the tags for Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Leng Pleng is experiencing some issues with its email: please use lengplenggigs@gmail.com for contact for the time being.


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

Thomas Hommeyer.  After establishing the sitar and tabla duo PRERNA last year with Pervez Gulzar, Thomas returned to the guitar, joining ska band Checkered Past.  While we’ll have to wait for more PRERNA, Checkered Past play this Saturday sunset at The Exchange.

A pet musical hate:

A private musical indulgence:
Heavy metal.

The year you first came to Cambodia:
2007 to visit. 2017 to live.

An early music memory:
Jimi Hendrix lighting his guitar on fire while watching the Monterey Pop Festival on TV.

The last thing you had to eat:
Papaya w/yogurt.

What you do on a night off:
Dinner with friends, watch an old movie from the 1930s/40s or read a good (non-fiction) book.

A country you want to visit:

A book or movie you keep going back to:
Jacques Tati’s classic film Les ‘Vacances de Monsieur Hulot from 1953 (known as Mr. Hulot’s Holiday where I come from). He’s the most unappreciated film director in history. Seriously, check out his films.

Your primary instrument, and when you started playing it:
That’s a good question. My current primary instrument, and the one I play daily, is the sitar. I began playing in 2016. The guitar, however, has always been a big part of my life since I was 10. But it’s been usurped.

Something people might be surprised to know about you:
For over 20 years I worked at TV stations, production companies and Independently as a Director of Photography and Editor.  Documentaries, commercials, music videos, concerts, etc.  That’s what got me started traveling the world.  Still photography is an aspect that I only rediscovered after moving to Asia.

You have a time machine and a magic ticket to one gig or festival in the past. What do you choose?
Tommy Bolin’s final show on 3/12/76.

A question from last week’s participant, Anthony Armenti: if you had no choice and had to leave Cambodia tomorrow, where would you go?


Musician/s seeking Musician/s

Graham Kemish is an experienced and adventurous violinist keen to play with any individual or group in Cambodia.  For the full dossier contact him here.

Singer-songwriter Gone Marshall is seeking collaborators who would like to play existing originals and select covers: 1) a percussionist, who can play out either on a full kit or even a basic snare, cajon, portable kit, plastic tub or distended (*amplified) beer belly, depending on the situation and mobility needs for live events and happenings; 2) bass player or bass keyboardist to deliver the low end.  Contact him here.

Leng Pleng also recommends the Facebook page Phnom Penh Open Mic as a resource for finding fellow players.


Steve Porte Photo of the Week

Such a long time ago: Geography of the Moon at The Vine on 14 March 2020 with David Flack and a canine.

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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