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.
Swackhammer perform rock 'n' roll and R&B classics from the 50s, 60s and 70s. "For me, there's no greater feeling than when I'm singing, and I look out into the audience, and the audience is either singing along, or dancing along, or in some way we are having this connection," says lead singer P Jae Stanley. "We are together, enjoying the music and the moment. That's what I love."
Golfers will converge in Siem Reap on May-8-9 in a friendly battle for pride and country. It all begins Saturday, May 8 at the Angkor Golf resort. Players will be grouped into teams of four based on their home countries, and each team will play 18 holes on Saturday and another 18 on Sunday. Players are handicapped, which allows lesser experienced players to compete with more advanced players. "It's still a professional golf course, and there are some serious players," says Ben Janclose, general manager of The FCC Angkor. "But even if you are not a great golfer, you can come and play and have a great time." For reservations phone Visal Eng at 012 279 092, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. See FCC Nations Cup.
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. See Sunset Sessions.
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.
A fixture of the Saigon music scene, Latin rock act Bad Neighbours return to Phnom Penh. "We try to destroy the song and put in reggae, rap, Latin, some house," band founder Claudio Duek told Asia Life recently. "We try to do the exact opposite of cover bands who try to perform as much like the original." Show starts at 8:30 p.m. No cover.
The traditional bi-monthly 7-Eleven party kicks off with a fashion show downstairs at Chow before moving up for the party on the roof. See above for more details.
Supabad, the James Brown-inspired funk band from Bangkok that likes it 'loud, hard and dirty,' returns to The FCC Phnom Penh for two shows in March. A big band for a big man, the touring ten-piece's horn-rich homage to a musical and cultural revolutionary cuts it with the best of them. "James Brown completely revolutionized the world of modern music," says Supabad guitarist, percussionist and vocalist David "DJ Kermie" Cameron, adding that the "sequined suits, jump suits, hairy chest, big hair -- JB's time in the '70s, when he was truly becoming the Number One Soul Brother, that seems to work best for us."