Friday is Fete de la Musique, or Music Day, a French tradition dating back to the early 1980s, dedicated to musical events, and Phnom Penh is celebrating in style. At the French Institute on Friday, Cambodian Women of Song, a tribute to the life of Channthy, featuring the former Cambodian Space Project and guest singers. Bona’s Pub is hosting an all-comers jam, and Sofitel is presenting Miwako Fujiwara and Alexandre Scarpati at lunchtime and in the evening. Also in the same spirit, Rush Pub will celebrate their fourth anniversary with a party featuring Aymen, Stan and Andrey, while Malaysian singer and guitarist Alli Gecikarana, now settled in Siem Reap, is at Farm to Table with percussionist Gunter Hofmans.
At Cloud, one can witness the debut of Psykic Elektric, a new all-original band led by Joshua of the Boxchords and Mia of Nightmare AD, followed by the second outing for the electro-hip hop project Funan Beat Empire.
The Uncomfortably White Brothers play Duplex, Ch-Town are at Alchemy, Into the Gold do 50s and 60s at The Bodleian, Hard Rock Café Phnom Penh offer a Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin tribute night with their house band, Lisa Concepcion is at Botanico, Pavel Ramirez is at LF Garden, and Peter Doyle is at Good Times Bar.
On Saturday the choice is just as wide. Long-running and still standing Kheltica bring their Breton and Celtic nine-player barnstorm to LF Social Club, and there’s indie rock band Fawlty Powers at Alchemy. You’re got the Latin of Poca de Feo at LF Garden, Antonio at Good Times Bar, the Scoddy Acoustic Trio at Sundance Inn & Saloon, Metta Legita Project at Botanico and Pavel Ramirez hosts an open mic at Coin Cafe. Then late it’s a blues summit at Oscar’s on the Corner with Simon Wong opening for Chi-Town – and a jam in the offing.
For more details and more gigs check out lengpleng.com.