Special Chinese buffet. 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. $15 net.
Singing in three languages -- English, French and Spanish -- Monsieur Nû's repertoire spans a lifetime of musical influences. In addition to his own music, Monsieur Nû plays the classics of nearly every genre, including "Hotel California," "The Sound of Silence," "Redemption Song" and "La Bamba." Show starts at 8 p.m. No cover. See Guitar Gypsy.
A fixture of the Phnom Penh music scene, Phil & Ritchy take their jazz and rhythm-and-blues show to Siem Reap. The duo from France plays nearly everything, including material from artists such as Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. They cover pop/rock artists such as Prince, U2 and Peter Gabriel. "That is the power of the duet," says Phil Javelle. "[Ritchie] takes care of the rhythm, and I take care of the harmonies. With that we can go anywhere." Show starts at 12 p.m. No cover. Jazz Crooners.
The idea, in a nutshell, is an early hours party, or a "before" party in Mediterranean club parlance — live deejays, fresh music and a trig venue. In a town where bars stay open till daybreak, DJ Marco's before party is the antithesis to the over-amped, all-night dance scene. The "7-Eleven" Party, as the name borrowed from the 24-hour convenience store implies, occupies the early hours. The music is ambient, not overpowering, and the whole evening works as a warm-up to the hours after midnight. The party starts at 7 p.m., and by 11:30 or so, the crowds have all filtered on to other venues. Sunset Sessions.
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Well-known salsa deejay Jimmy Campbell and professional salsa instructor Ariel Reyes host a weekend of salsa coaching and dancing. On Friday, DJ Jimmy will teach the beginners class. On Saturday, Ariel Reyes will teach the intermediate and advanced classes, with a huge dance open to all on Saturday night. See Strictly Salsa.
With his iPod and a library of Latin jazz, DJ Jimmy Campbell brings the spirits of 1950s Havana to The FCC Phnom Penh, where salsa partners will turn The FCC's upstairs dining room into a dance floor. Dancing starts at 8:30 p.m., and the more experienced dancers are always happy to dip and twirl with new followers of the craze. Part of Salsa Extravaganza, see above.
Warapo is the house band at the famous Caraville Hotel in Saigon. Founded in 1998 in Santa Clara, Cuba, the four-man, two-women Cuban fusion band play radio-friendly Latin rhythms steeped in the Cuban tradition. Warapo won the title "Best Amateur Band" in November 1998 at the 14th Artist College Festival in Holguín, and with their second album, "Tengo Nada," the band garnered four nominations at the 2008 Cuban Disco Awards, Cuba's most prestigious music awards. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. No cover.
Since 2009, California-based The Like Me's have been promoting the sounds of Cambodia's oft forgotten 1960s-era music scene in an attempt to rekindle the Kingdom's "Golden Era" of music. And while it's foreign audiences who are usually most mesmerized, the music, says the band, is aimed squarely at homeland hearts and minds. "I really want to show Cambodians that we have so much that we have forgotten, and if we were just to remember it through music then we could have a good time while also becoming self-conscious in a way," band front-woman Laura Mam told National Public Radio in the US. See The Like Me's.