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Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 10th November 2016

Raw Blues Power: The inimitable Vantinn (l) and RJ (r)
Pic: Steve Porte/RJ Marshall Facebook

R.J. Marshall is back in town and wasting no time in firing up a portfolio of musical projects. The singer-songwriter from the U.K. will be visiting new venue Tusk tonight on Street 278 - with duo Simmer. Tusk is a guesthouse/bar/restaurant with a large poolside area and great potential for gigs and parties. While Tusk awaits the delivery of their brand new sound-system, they will be rolling out a series of smaller gigs and DJ nights. Simmer is an acoustic act - comprising of R.J. and singer Cristina - with a wide-ranging repertoire of blues, soul and other genres.

Friday night sees the return of the self-styled ‘dirty blues’ band Phnom Skor to Oscar’s On The Corner. The band take classic blues and folk-blues forms and throw them into a boiling pot of spicy Cambodian stew. The mixture is forcibly stirred up by the unpredictable frontman Vanntin ‘Tin’ Houern - who sings original songs and cover versions in both English and Khmer. Tin also covers a lot of ground on the stage - one never knows if he is about to cavort into the drum kit, leap into the audience or simply deliver the next song whilst taking a well-earned lie down next to the bass amp. Either way, the result is always exciting and entertaining. The emphasis of Phnom Skor is on raw, passionate performance above a slick and polished product - a perfect fit for the king of rock’n’roll venues in Phnom Penh: Oscar’s On The Corner.

Pearly whites: Richy Pearl entertains The Blue Room on Saturday - pic: Steve Porte

At sixteen years and counting, Shanghai Bar is not quite the longest-running expat hangout in Phnom Penh - but in a town with a notoriously high turnover of beer joints they are doing pretty well. Not previously known as a regular live music venue, the bar recently refurbished their first-floor lounge as The Blue Room, featuring acoustic concerts each Wednesday. Shanghai will be celebrating their 16th anniversary with a show by The Blueberry Moonboys this Saturday night. Band leader Richard ‘Banjoman’ Pearl has decades of experience touring the U.S.A. - singing upbeat versions of old time jazz and country tunes.

Bob Passion will be holding his monthly get-together of musicians this Tuesday night at The Venue (formerly Bhor Moto Garage) in Sihanoukville. The performance will be the culmination of a weekend-long musical workshop collaboration between Channty (Cambodian Space Project), Professor Kinski (Dub Addiction), The Schkoots and other talented individuals. Sounds intriguing, and certainly a good option for a Water Festival party!

Cambodian videographer NiCh Se7en continues to post interesting movies to his YouTube channel on a weekly basis. Check out his work below - documenting the recent Yab Moung Records metal-tastic gig at Showbox.

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


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