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 restaurant's upstairs dining room into a dance floor. Dancing typically starts about 8 p.m., and the more experienced dancers are always happy to dip and twirl with new followers of the craze.
Having experimented with several lineups over the last year, Lost Highway, the Sihanoukville-based classic rock quartet, has finally settled down to become a two-guitar outfit. All four members are veteran rockers with genuine pedigree. "The band has never been tighter," drummer Tommy Nick says. Fans are taking notice, too. And as a result, Lost Highway has been making the trip from the coast to the capital with increasing regularity. "Playing in Cambodia is an adventure," Nick says. "It can go either way, but it's always raw and in the moment and cool -- and that's what makes it exciting." Read More.
Phnom Penh's DJ Marco sets the pace with an early hours shindig five stories up. The music is ambient, not overpowering, and the "main goal is for people to have a nice talk and enjoy music," Marco says. The party starts at 7 p.m., and it's over by 11:30. Read More
"Celtic music means fun, lively, diversified music," says Kheltica's founder, Jean-Claude Dhuez. "But it's principally means sharing good time together." That sentence captures the spirit of Kheltica, who came together in 2009 for a St. Patrick's Day gig and, fueled by the show's surprising success, kept on playing. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. No cover.