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Gig Guide - Thursday the 29th of March, 2012


Huuuuuuge gig-guide a-commin' your way this week - with 23 gigs (and counting) so far listed.  

The weekend starts tonight as Musikero bring their infinite array of musical arrangements to the brand new Elyxir - located in the southern end of the city near Boeung Trabaek. Cool! Also the Memphis Bar has a special French Music Partytonight with local rock and legendary house band Rock XPress. Should be a great night for Francophones and lovers of said genre. MetaHouse continue their Expat Sound-System series tonight with the so-called Dr. Tom.

A very special gig happens on Friday night at
Ragamuffin House when this special NGO celebrates it's 10th year anniversary. It is also a fund-raising event and , as such, there is a $10 entry fee. Being that they support children and young people who suffer from trauma and psychological distress AND you will get to hear the wonderful sounds of Kit and Carrie followed by the totally dance-able Grass Snake Union - means that this will be a totally worthwhile venture ;o). WORD OF WARNING - if you decide to go to this gig then please please, please make sure to have a look at (and study) the map (click here) on how to get there ;o).

Friday also sees the wonderful voice of Tree return to the Velkommen Backpackers, as well as the re-emergence of The Fumes at Equinox. Sharkys introduce a new band this week - the Electric Yard Dogs - who will play both Friday and Saturday nights at the venue. The band constitutes a number of members that hail from Hanoi in Vietnam, but also others from the UK. The band plays a mix of rock & blues apparently and is also fronted by a guitar player from a 70s Punk band known as The Blitz. Cool!

Saturday has 11 gigs this weekend - with the DJ scene leading the way. It starts early at
Le Jardin and GTS Jazz who will include a couple of additional local jazz aficionados (Jimmy Baeck and Olivier Marcy) for this Miles Davis Tribute. Should be a great way to start a relaxing Saturday night. The Red Orchid also have a very special night this weekend when Jimmy James Caporn introduces us to a whole  new world of Electro Swing - see the gig guide for more details. People at the beach in Sihanoukville this weekend can catch the Lazy Drunks at the Led Zephyr on both Saturday and Sunday nights. There is plenty more too - so check it out below.

The music continues right through until Sunday when the
Euan Gray Band (together with members of GTS Jazz) play the RiverHouse Bistro (I am assuming this is downstairs from the RiverHouse Lounge). Euan Gray is a saxophonist, singer and songwriter who has recently settled in Phnom Penh. Prior to this he was an embedded member of the well known Australian band The Rooftops. In Siem Reap you can enjoy a Reggae BBQ at the Silk Garden on Sunday. Cool!

I will leave you today with a number of downloads. The first is the latest offering by local and elusive band
Krom. This latest video once again features the vocals of vocalist Sophea Chamroeun. The video version of "Don't Go Away" is the final pre-release from the forthcoming album "Krom -- Songs from the Noir".

The second is a few links to some SoundCloud MP3s and features a song from Srey Thy and the Cambodian Space Project's forthcoming album. The first song is a classic Khmer 60s pop song. This song is just so totally enjoyable and is a totally outstanding vocals performance by Srey Thy which does all manner of justice to this wonderful era. A great production too. The second is a new original composition from the band where they delve into a beautiful country Khmer feel. Totally great. Lastly check out Srey Thy's vocal's performance in a Khmer/English version of Peggy Lee's famous cover - Fever - outstanding. Look out for the band next week as they return to the capital together with the addition of of Australian country music star Gareth Rivers.

The 3rd of suggested download this week can be found at the Tuk Tuk Sessions web site. It is the latest offering from the site who puts local and international artists in a Tuk Tuk to drive around the streets of Cambodia to take a video. As they put it - one song, one take, one Tuk-Tuk. This video is a free-style, hip-hop performance from Pou Klaing and his entourage doing "Angkor What?".

 Lastly, a video to commemorate the sad passing this week of one of the legends of Bluegrass Earl Scruggs. Enjoy!

From Ted and I here in the back streets of Phnom Penh, have a great weekend, be cool with each other and see you around the traps. Here's this weeks gig guide.

Latest Gigs

Thursday 5-Apr-2012
  • 6:00 PM ~ Musikero at Elyxir [MORE INFO]
  • 8:00 PM ~ Dr. Tom at MetaHouse [MORE INFO]
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rock X-Press at The Memphis Pub [MORE INFO]
Friday 6-Apr-2012
  • 5:00 PM ~ The Grass Snake Union and Kit and Carrie at The Ragamuffin House [MORE INFO]
  • 8:00 PM ~ Tree at The Velkommen Backpackers [MORE INFO]
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Fumes at Equinox [MORE INFO]
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Electric Yard Dogs * at Sharkys [MORE INFO]
  • 9:00 PM ~ Holliday in Cambodia at Paddy Rice [MORE INFO]
  • 11:00 PM ~ Rob Little , DJ Illest , DJ Achaya and VJ Schkouty at Pontoon [MORE INFO]
Saturday 7-Apr-2012
  • 8:00 PM ~ GTS Jazz at Le Jardin [MORE INFO]
  • 8:30 PM ~ Ritchy & Phil and Diego "El Gipsy" Dimarqués at The Bouchon Bar [MORE INFO]
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Dr House , DJ El Kay , Weston and Ian G at Mao's [MORE INFO]
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Lazy Drunks at The Led Zephyr in Sihanoukville [MORE INFO]
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jimmy James Caporn at The Red Orchid [MORE INFO]
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Grass Snake Union at The Memphis Pub [MORE INFO]
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Electric Yard Dogs * at Sharkys [MORE INFO]
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Bassbender , Marco Anthony , Rob Little , DJ Flo Trallala , Lefty Stryker and DJ DSN at The Cotton Club [MORE INFO]
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Kalvakade , DJ Threebeard X-tream , DJ AfroWizard and DJ MentalFirewall at The Goa Pirates Production Party in Sihanoukville [MORE INFO]
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ DTonn , DJ Chase and DJ Matoo at The X-Bar in Siem Reap [MORE INFO]
  • 1:00 AM ~ DJ M1 * at Pontoon [MORE INFO]
Sunday 8-Apr-2012
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ DTonn at The Silk Garden in Siem Reap [MORE INFO]
  • 7:30 PM ~ The Euan Gray Band at The RiverHouse Bistro [MORE INFO]
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Lazy Drunks at The Led Zephyr in Sihanoukville [MORE INFO]

    Coming Up
    • The Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra at The FCC Phnom Penh [MORE INFO]
    • CamboJam at The FCC Phnom Penh [MORE INFO]
    • The Cambodian Space Project and Gareth Rivers at Mao's [MORE INFO]
    • Sliten6ix at Sharkys [MORE INFO]
    • Naby * at The Chenla Theater [MORE INFO]
    • Meas Soksophear, The Permis Team and Sokea at Pour un Sourire d'Enfant (PSE) [MORE INFO]
    • The Bayon Blues at The Velkommen Backpackers [MORE INFO]
    • Grandmaster Flash * at Pontoon [MORE INFO]
    • Red-I * and Soulflower * at Pontoon [MORE INFO]
    • DJ Bob Revo, DJ Cool Sam and DJ Maverick at The RiverHouse Lounge [MORE INFO]
    • Palindrome at The Cavern [MORE INFO]

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