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Gig Guide of Cambodia - Thursday the 20th of May, 2010


Yep - well have to say that things are on the up-and-up. This coming week there are 13 different live music acts playing around town. This involves three international artists, including Michelle Manzo, who is playing a month-long series of gigs at Studio 182, and The G10s - who are playing at the Gasolina next Wednesday. Additionally next week there are already 13 acts slated to for the next couple of weeks. So, in a word - cooool!

A less than happy piece of news is that one of Phnom Penh's classic venues, Talkin to a Stranger, will be closing its doors on the 11th of June, 2010 after 8 great years of operation. The bar has been one of the biggest and best supporters of live music over this time and has hosted some of Phnom Penh's best ever live music gigs - including Dengue Fever, Betty Ford and the GT Falcons, The Happy Lucky Love You Long Time Band, Dimple World Music and many others. Not only did they have great taste in hosting a lot of good music, they also helped promote and engage with the live music scene in Phnom Penh for many years. I am sure the future will be bright for Derek and Wendy so all of us from the Phnom Penh music scene past and present wish them the best in their coming ventures.

Paddy & Rice are now a venue for regular live music gigs. They are located on the riverfront - the same place as where the Hope & Anchor used to be. They have a new performer this Friday in the form of TJ. TJ plays rhythm guitar, harmonica and sings - mostly Americana/bluegrass style. He is looking for others to play with - particularly any banjo or mandolin players. If you are looking for someone with whom to play then get down there this Friday, listen and have a chat. If you get together and can produce 4 or 5 songs then you could be one of the preliminary acts for Sharky Bar's multiple act formats as mentioned in last weeks gig guide.

TJ is not the only new act on the scene, the Phnom Penh Hot Strings Jazz Club will be making their debut at the Chinese House this Friday also. This ensemble will feature a variety of musicians on a variety of instruments and should be a enjoyable and relaxed way to spend a Friday night with a mojito in hand. Paul from the Chinese House is making as best use of the ivory keys they have there on a short-term basis. Also, Scoddy (from Following the Applause) is onto to a new thing in the form of a solo act and he will totally rock, roll and swoon you at Gasolina this Friday - so get down there.

Also, you might want to catch the Stiff Little Punks who will actually - and this might shock you..... - have a real live drummer this week. This might be due to the fact that they will be going up against Bum N Draze in a showdown of truly heavy-metal-punk proportions. It is on this Friday at Sharky Bar. Additionally, you may have received an email earlier this week from  Bum N Draze drummer Twilight Dzouns in regard to the passing of Ronnie James Dio (American heavy-metal vocalist and songwriter). If not then you can read his tribute here

Also, look out next week for the Bong Thom dot Com 10th Anniversary Party (yes, that's right the domain name was first registered on the 29th of May, 2000). The party will feature several local bands, including The Cambodian Space Project, The Hellhounds, and Bayon Blues. More details soon.

Here is this weeks guide:  
    Live Music Gigs
    1. Thursday 20-May-2010 - The Hellhounds at Sharky Bar [MORE INFO]
    2. Thursday 20-May-2010 -  Mark Hodgen at Studio 182
    3. Friday 21-May-2010 - Scoddy at Gasolina  [MORE INFO]
    4. Friday 21-May-2010 - Bum N Draze V The Stiff Little Punks at Sharky Bar [MORE INFO]
    5. Friday 21-May-2010 - Tree at the Velkommen Inn [MORE INFO]
    6. Friday  21-May-2010 - TJ at Paddy & Rice [MORE INFO]
    7. Friday 21-May-2010 - The Phnom Penh Hot Strings Jazz Club at the Chinese House  [MORE INFO]
    8. Friday and Saturday 21 & 22-May-2010 - Juram and Band at the FCC Phnom Penh [MORE INFO]
    9. Saturday 22-May-2010 - Kheltica at Paddy & Rice [MORE INFO]
    10. Saturday 22-May-2010 - D'Sco: The Geckos of Love at the Chinese House [MORE INFO]
    11. Wednesday 26-May-2010 - Bayon Blues at the Gym Bar [MORE INFO]
    12. Wednesday 26-May-2010 - The G10s at Gasolina [MORE INFO]
      DJ Gigs
      1. Thursday 20-May-2010 - DJ Yukie at the Riverhouse Lounge [MORE INFO]
      2. Saturday 22-May-2010 - DJ Blue at Pontoon  [MORE INFO]
      Coming Up
      • 4 bands at the Bong Thom dot Com 10th Anniversary Party at the Chinese House
      • Bayon Blues at the Velkommen Inn
      • Moulin Rouge party at the FCC Phnom Penh [MORE INFO]
      • Masters of "King's Musick" at the CJCC [MORE INFO]
      • DJ Roxy June at the Platinum Club [MORE INFO]
      • DJ Jedie at the Riverhouse Lounge [MORE INFO]
      • Lost Highway at Sharky Bar and Paddy & Rice 
      • Lazy Jazz Drunks at Sharky Bar
      • Mekong Pirates at the Chinese House [MORE INFO]
      • Eastern Jazz Brigade at Le Jardin
      • D'Sco: The Geckos of Love at Paddy & Rice
      • MC "Tubbs" Hydrophonics, DJ "Crockett" Tech 12 and  Dirty Disco Daryl at the Riverhouse Lounge [MORE INFO]
      • Wanted Posse at the Chenla Theatre [MORE INFO]
      • DJ Yukie at the Riverhouse Lounge  [MORE INFO]
      Cheers and see you around the traps !

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