Inspired by the gypsy rhythms made famous by Django Reinhardt, the jazz trio Balgass is fronted by the vocals of Déborah de Blasi and backed by Seb Adnot on strings and Laurant on bass. Both de Blasi and Abnot have spent years playing authentic gypsy music in France. The trio has played around the world. They are currently in Cambodia until December, when the group is scheduled to return to France for recording. Balgass plays Sunday brunch Nov 7. Show starts at noon. No cover.
Supabad formed in Bangkok two years ago when a group of players dedicated to the low-down funk sound of Mr. James Brown came together to celebrate the legacy of the Godfather of Soul. The band has grown in size to its current ten members and includes a slammin' horn section. Craig Chambers on lead vocals might not have the hair and the teeth of our man Mr. Brown, but he's sure got the chops and his vocals keep all the booties shakin' on top of a supah tight rhythm section. By staying true to the sound of the one and only, the dance floor is sure to stay packed for two sets of funk badassness. Show starts at 9 p.m. No cover.
The Mekong Pirates are among Phnom Penh's greatest party bands, mixing rock, funk and reggae with a touch of Latino. The Pirates boast two female vocalists, an accordion player, a horn section and bongos, in addition to half a dozen other musicians. Show starts at 9 p.m. No cover.
Watch the crowds and the boat racing from the best seat in the house: The FCC Phnom Penh Rooftop.
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, with free appetizers and the occasional drink special thrown in. 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. Read More
Australian blues legend Phil Manning returns to Phnom Penh for three shows. Manning has been a fixture on the Australian music scene since the late 1960s. In 1969, he co-founded the band Chain, arguably the greatest blues band Australia has ever produced. Manning and Chain are often credited for exposing Australia to blues music, the roots of which come from America's black communities in the country's deep south. Critics praise Manning for his sensational technical abilities, silky vocals and insightful songwriting. A finger-picker and slide guitar player, he points to the six-string style of the early delta masters as the foundation of his music. He has shared the stage with many of the genre's greatest names, including Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, Albert Collins, Freddie King and even Bo Diddley. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8:30 p.m. Sunday brunch show begins at 12:30. No cover.
Phil Manning will also play The FCC Angkor on Saturday Dec 4, which is the weekend of the the Angkor half Marathon.