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Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 7th January 2016

Gregory Marino – pic : Wayward Collective
Gregory Marino will start the weekend at Farm to Table with an early evening solo acoustic slot. The talented Canadian is a singer-songwriter in the indie-alternative-folk style of Sam Roberts or Neil Young. The former Marsyas guitarist has once again become a very active part of the music scene in Phnom Penh, with recent performances at Chinese House and the Raggamuffin Boathouse – in addition to hosting a regular Thursday night open mic at Top Banana. Someone at Farm to Table clearly has very good taste, as the venue continues to book high-quality acoustic acts each Friday night. 

Check out Greg Marino's Soundcloud page to hear a great acoustic track from a couple of years ago entitled 'Delay'.

Black Pearl Pub, on Street 172 in Phnom Penh, will this Friday night become a live music venue. The inaugural evening will indeed be a special one - featuring one of the most talented arrivals to hit Cambodia in recent years alongside two of Phnom Penh's most celebrated expat musicians. Clay George (vocals/guitar) will lead a band comprising of Phil Javelle (keys/multi-instrumentalist), Lewis Pragasam (drums/percussion) and two unnamed 'mystery guests'. The repertoire of choice will be cuts from Clay George's multi-album catalogue (check out the bandcamp page), together with all-time country music classics.

Itinerant trap-walkers (for the uninitiated, a 'trap-walker' is a gadfly-like Phnom Penh gig-goer who takes advantage of the close proximity and easy access to live shows in the city by taking in at least three different acts in one night – often for only a few songs at a time) should note that the $5 cover charge at Black Pearl includes not only a free cocktail but 'a permanent 10% discount on the food and beverages menu' (Facebook event page). Phil Javelle and Lewis Pragasam will also play as a trio with Ritchy Boisson at Bassac Lanes on Saturday night.

'Kiss The Funky Monkey' rocked Meta House in 2014 – pic: kissthefunkymonkey.com
Meta House will be celebrating their 9th Anniversary this Saturday with a DJ party featuring Mixed Nutts, DSN, Kaztet D and Weng Wei. Nico and his team at Meta have been hosting exhibitions, film screenings, live music and arts events of all descriptions on a daily basis in Phnom Penh over the last decade. Best wishes and happy birthday to Meta House from all at Leng Pleng. For all the latest happenings on the Cambodian art scene, be sure to check out our sister publication, Kumnooh.

Blowin' the Blues: Colin Grafton 
pic: Steve Porte
est. bar will be 'feeling the blues' on Monday night as they continue their weekly live music slot with Jeffro Sills (vocals/guitar), featuring Colin Grafton (harmonica). Jeffro is a bona fide Chicago bluesman with years of experience on the stages of 'The Windy City'.

Whatever you're up to over the next few days... stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!


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