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Gig Guide - Thursday the 21st of October, 2010


Plenty of stuff on again this week as we start to (rock & ) roll out of the Silly season and into the milder, holiday, high-season months - cool!

The big event this week is the launch of the Cambodian Space Project's single at the Chinese House on Saturday at 7:00PM. It will be the first 45RPM single to be released in Cambodia since 1975. The event is being supported by the Leng Pleng web site and, as such, we are inviting musicians, artists and all Khmer 60s rock & roll enthusiasts to join a special pre-performance  party at the venue starting at 6:00PM. Please feel welcome to join if you feel so inclined. Please be aware that there is a $2 cover charge.

This will most definitely be a auspicious event and will include special performances by Hem Sovann (who sang and released a single with Sin Sisomouth at the age of 18) plus Mr. Svay Saw and Mr. Ray (both keyboard players and song-writers for Ros Sereysothea, Pan Ron and Sin Sisomouth). There will be several other former songwriters and musicians who performed with the stars of Cambodian rock & roll's golden era of the 1960s and 70s.

In a recent interview conducted by Leng Pleng Mr. Svay Saw recalled how all the musicians at that time felt so good together. There was a wide range of good experience among the musicians and the level of technical expertise was very high. They felt that there was a special feeling among the musicians and it was acting as a basis for Cambodian music to flourish and grow. As such, the older and more experienced musicians regularly invited younger musicians to come and play. Mr Svay Saw was one of these lucky younger musicians to be able to have this opportunity. He regularly played with Sin Sisomouth and Ros Sereysothea at a place called the Bar Mekong (which is still open in Phnom Penh today). He fondly recalls how Ros Sereysothea would often come to bite him on the shoulder as a sign of friendly, joking affection.

In reference to today's music, Mr. Svay Saw believes the Khmer rock & roll from the 60s and 70s still has a lot to offer. Today he uses his own time and money to teach young Cambodians to music of the golden era to ensure that the feeling and power of his generation is not lost. He feels that it is important that young Cambodians become exposed to a wide variety of music and are able to play internationally with musicians from other countries. The full interview can be downloaded here (26MB).

There will also be a very special performance by Arn Chorn Pond (founder of Cambodian Living Arts and the subject of the documentary The Flute Player). This will be followed by the presentation of one of the last songs performed and recorded by Pan Ron, Ros Seryeysothea and Ho Meas and will be jointly performed by Ouch Savy, Srey Thy and Srey Ma. We will also be graced by the presence of the sister and former-manager of Ros SereysotheaPrince Sisowath (Khmer rock & roll historian and actor) will also probably be there as well as many other people in the media, music and arts field in Cambodia

Basically a stage is being set to allow a great mix of musicians get up and celebrate the golden vinyl era of Cambodian music. It will be the first time some of these musicians have been together since the 1970s. Please understand that these performances will start at 7:00PM sharp.

Here's this weeks gig guide.

Live Music Gigs 

  1. Thursday 21-Oct-2010 at 8:30PM ~ the Electric Eclectic Limelight Jukebox Jam at Paddy Rice  [MORE INFO]
  2. Thursday 21-Oct-2010 at 7:00PM That's Entertainment at Studio 182 [MORE INFO
  3. Thursday 21-Oct-2010 at 8:00PM ~ The Lazy Jazz Drunks at Bar 99 [MORE INFO
  4. Friday 22-Oct-2010 at 7:00PM Frenchies Take Hollywood at Studio 182 [MORE INFO]
  5. Friday 22-Oct-2010 at 7:30PM ~ Eastern Jazz Brigade at Le Jardin   [MORE INFO]  
  6. Friday 22-Oct-2010 at 8:00PM ~ Tree at the Velkommen Inn  [MORE INFO
  7. Friday 22-Oct-2010 at 8:30PM The Stiff Little Punks and The Fumes at Sharky Bar  [MORE INFO
  8. Friday 22-Oct-2010 at 8:30PM ~ Balgass at The Chinese House  [MORE INFO]  
  9. Friday 22-Oct-2010 at 9:00PM ~ Kheltica at the Memphis Pub  [MORE INFO]  
  10. Saturday 23-Oct-2010 at 7:00PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project 7" Single Launch at the Chinese House [MORE INFO
  11. Saturday 23-Oct-2010 at 8:00PM ~ Kok Thlok at Equinox  [MORE INFO
  12. Saturday 23-Oct-2010 at 8:00PM ~ The Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra at MetaHouse  [MORE INFO
  13. Saturday 23-Oct-2010 at 8:30PM ~ Those Guys at Sharky Bar [MORE INFO]
  14. Saturday 23-Oct-2010 ~ The Stiff Little Punks at the Hey Ho Let's Go 4 Punk Festival in Saigon, Vietnam  [MORE INFO
 DJ Gigs
  1. Thursday 21-Oct-2010 at 9:00PM ~ DJ Rob Bianchetti and live performances at the Saint Tropez [MORE INFO]  
  2. Friday 22-Oct-2010 at 7:00PM ~ Marco & DJ Illest at The Chow Rooftop [MORE INFO]
Coming Up
  • Bum N Draze at Sharky Bar Halloween [MORE INFO]
  • Phil Manning at the FCC Phnom Penh 
  • Lost Highway at the Sharky Bar 
  • The Teaner Terners at Edens 3 Rivers Bar   
  • The Cambodian Space Project and The Teaner Terners at Equinox [MORE INFO]    
  • Bayon Blues at the Chinese House [MORE INFO]   
  • The Teaner Terners at Sharky Bar
  • The Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra at Equinox and the Chinese House
  • Django Band at Le Lotus Blanc  [MORE INFO]   
Cheers and see you around the traps !

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