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Weekly Wrap - Week Commencing Thursday 12th June 2014

Globe-trotting tenor saxophonist Martin Jacobsen returns to Phnom Penh tonight with his trio that also encompasses pianist Vinh Lê and bassist Duylinh Nguyen. The jazz group are playing a special one-off gig at Raffles Le Royale an appropriately plush setting for this high-calibre ensemble. More information here.
Ramone Blitzkrieg, Sangvar Day and Psychotic Reactions join together at Slur Bar on Saturday night for the second Punk's Not Dead festival. All three of these hugely energetic acts bring the kind of ear-splitting, pogo-inducing sound that should ensure a healthy flow of passers-by wandering over from Street 51 to find out just what the hell is going on over there... if punk is your thing then this will be a very entertaining and cool triple-header.

Phnom Penh musicians have a great choice of open mic sessions to visit on the quieter days of the week. Many a Phnom Penh band has been formed at these informal gatherings. Some of the hosts have recently changed but the concept remains the same: turn up with your instrument and get involved - either playing solo or with whoever is around. Newcomers to the city music scene will especially benefit from a musical tour of these nights. Most of the venues also offer a free beer or two to performers. Smokin' Kenny Smith continues to organise the Sundance Inn & Saloon open jam on Tuesday nights. Sundance is usually bustling with guests and tourists due to it's location on 'Pub Street' 172 and Kenny is a local legend when it comes to blues guitar. Sophie Rose is currently hosting the Wednesday sessions at Show Box, where a very cool and arty crowd are always happy to hear something original and out-of-the-ordinary.

Jet Odrerir oversaw his final open mic at Paddy Rice last Thursday but the night he and Melanie Brew named The Electric Eclectic Limelight Jukebox Jam will continue under the weekly supervision of Joe Wrigley. Paddy Rice has a drum kit and a steady flow of riverside passers-by. Joe also hosts the more intimate and acoustic-based Sunday Sundowner Sessions at Alleycat Cafe on Sunday afternoon. Sharky Bar is well-furnished for jamming on Sunday evening when Pavel Ramirez hosts the session. Pavel is one of the best guitarists playing around Phnom Penh at the moment and he seems happy to share his laid-back and sympathetic musical style with anyone wishing to take the stage. Slur Bar also open their stage to all musicians every other Monday at Bring Your Skillz, while Equinox do likewise on the last Wednesday of every month.

Until next time, here's a video of the Martin Jacobsen Trio performing last year at Sofitel Phnom Penh.

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




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