Weekly Wrap – Commencing Thursday the 4th August 2016

Crooner George:Clay, with Larry, Lewis and Phil, in ‘Rat Pack’ mode. pic: Jim Heston
Clay Georgewill be taking off hiscowboy hat and donning histrilby for a session ofSinatra-stylesongs tonight (Thursday)at Governor’s House inPhnomPenh.Accompanists PhilJavelle andLewis Pragasamwill be deployingtheir estimable musical skills inthe usual octopus-like fashion: producingmanylayers of rhythm, melody, harmony and bass with justone keyboard,a set of drums and two pairs of hands! Clay’srobust baritone is the hallmark of his threealbums of folky, Nashville outlaw-style original songs. His vocalrange and repertoire extend much further than that,however, when he sets down the six-string andtakes the stage Vegas style: microphone in one hand,scotch-on-the-rocks in the other. ClayGeorgewill be breaking out ‘New York, New York’, ‘The Lady is a Tramp’ andmany other smooth classics with Lewis & Phil tonight atGovernor’s.You can also see him perform with esteemed pianist LarryMartinezmost Saturdays at RiverhouseAsian Bistro.
Theopening night was fairly eventful! Pic:Jazz Club Phnom Penh Facebook
Jahzad isa band name which has not been seen in the LengPlengGigGuidefor fartoo long! It has been one year since the sextet of ska-jazzfusionists last took to the Cambodian stage (at DoorsPhnom Penh– a city venue that has itself been removed from the live music scenefor along while).Jahzadis onename that, like DurianorGrass Snake Union,guarantees an evening of celebration, dancing and wild abandon. Theother Phnom Penh party bands may, alas,be nowhere to be seen, but Jahzadare coming back thisweekend– bigger and better than ever – for a brace of shows at the newJazz Club PhnomPenh.
Notcontent with having two of the hottest horn players in the countryhead up the band (EuanGray,AlexScarpati),the Jahzadsextet now becomes a septet withthe addition of NormanKing.NormanjoinsfellowJazzClubregulars SebAdnot(upright bass), TomaWillen(drums) and LarryMartinez(keys) in an awesome line-up of musicians that would grace any stagein the world. Theband are directly inspired by the music of the Skatalites, whichcomprises of high-powered, jazz-inspired horn arrangements married toirresistible, high-tempo Jamaican rhythms. JazzClub Phnom Penh willbeturningup thesub-woofers and preparing for aJahzadparty thisFriday and Saturday night.
The owners of theBassac Lanes bars have beenstaring the Cambodian rainyseason in the face andshouting ‘rock on!’. Live shows continue this Friday (thelane-ways may not be covered but the bandstand and the bars arerain-proof) with the new-look JADermeister.SingerSarah Geeis making the transformation from shy-girl-with-an-acoustic-guitar torocking frontwoman. ThePhnom Penh music scene needs all the rockingvenues(and all the rocking frontwomen) it can get at the moment – soTed, Timothy and all the LengPlengteamwill be down at BassacLanes tocheer them on. Iftheweather is bad,we have prepared akind-ofNewZealand rugby teamstyle, anti-raindance to get things going.
The Banyan Tree – pic: TripAdvisor
Banyan Tree Kampotcelebrates its first anniversary onFriday night. Owner SokChietis the lead singer of KampotPlayboys,who have been gracing the BanyanTree (aswell asthe MadiBar)with their uniqueand lively Khmer-rock fusion ona regular basis over the pasttwelve months. BanyanTree wasborn whenChiet took over ownership of thefamous Bodhi Villaand expanded the premises witha larger bar, stage and dancefloor area. BodhiVilla mainmanHuge Monroehas gone on to rebuild the landmark KampotFishmarket onthe other side of the river. Hugewill be back to support Chiet and the Playboys on Friday with hisrocking trio MrMammoth.DJ Moudyis also on side to guarantee a fantastic riverside party befittingsuch a great venue.
Norwegiansinger-songwriter HildeMarierecently released the music video below for her track ‘Traces’. Thevideo was filmed by Oyen Rodriguez and the music was entirelyrecorded and produced at 60RoadStudiosin Siem Reap. You will probably recognise many of the locations!



Whatever you’re up to over the next few days, stay safe out there and… see you around the traps!

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