A fixture of the Phnom Penh music scene, Ritchy & Phil play nearly everything, including material from artists such as Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. On Saturday July 9, the pair will tune their instruments for a U.S. regional dialect known River Street blues, so named for the waterfront boulevard in New Orleans that faces the Mississippi river. "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." Both shows start at 8:30 p.m. No cover. See Jazz Crooners.
British artist Ben Powles will perform a special Sunday brunch session at The FCC Phnom Penh. "A bit of covers, a bit of jazz, a load of original music, a whole lot of grove," he says. Starts at noon. No cover.
Join DJ Jimmy and other experienced dancers and learn the moves of the salsa. Beginner classes open at 10 a.m. and cover basic salsa footwork. Intermediate classes start at 1 p.m. and cover moves like the inside and outside turn, cross-body-lead turn and others. The day culminates in Salsa Revolution, see below, an open night of salsa dancing where students get to show off their new moves. Tickets available at The FCC and Cafe Fresco outlets. $12 and $5.
Spawned by the 1920s folkloric Son Cubano, which fuses Spanish guitar with African rhythm and translates literally as 'Sound of Cuba', Salsa dancing swept the globe within a decade. And, like the sauce from which it derives its name, it remains one of the spiciest today. "Salsa is quite an intimidating dance," says Jimmy Campbell, the Salsa Explosion host. "It's very sensual; very exciting. There's a lot of energy around it. It's not like modern dance, where people don't even look at each other and there's no passion." Dancing starts at 8:30 p.m. No cover.