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Gig Guide - Thursday the 5th of April, 2012


Another huuuuuuuuuge weekend of music coming your way this weekend - with no less than 26 gigs stretching from tonight (Thursday) all the way until the Open Mic of The Cavern on Monday night.

Live Music Wrap
Tonight at the Alley Cat Cafe, the latest production from the wonderfully creative mind of Marc Eberle will be released in the form of the Cambodian Space Project's latest video. Shot at various locations around Phnom Penh earlier this year, including the Alley Cat Cafe, the clip features members from various other local bands from around the traps - including Bum N Draze, El DealBreakers and the Bayon Blues. Should be a very cool gathering so get down there, get yourself a burger and enjoy the latest creative piece from this very unique band of local artistes.

The great annual fair which is the PSE Charity Party is on again this weekend. It happens on both Friday and Saturday evening and night this year. PSE (or Pour un Sourire L'Enfant) is a local NGO which helps poor and underprivileged children gain access to a proper education and a chance to contribute successfully to the community. They have hosted many huge performances in the past - including At Robieb, Los Poporks and the Cambodian Space Project. This year they focus mainly on local bands as they host Meas Soksophear, The Permis Team and Sokea. It is a good night out for the kids and is an organization and an event well worth supporting.

The pick for Friday night will be the return of the Cambodian Space Project to the capital after their recent tour of south-eastern Australia. The band has just gone from strength to strength and Srey Thy and her natural performance has become even more professional and has really shone a light far and wide for Cambodia. The band will be introducing another member to their show for this gig. He is Gareth Rivers. His Bio goes something like this:
Gareth began playing guitar and writing songs at age 6. His first recording (aged 11) titled; "I don't like this game Uncle Phil", earned Gareth his first Golden Guitar nomination and set him on the course for a successful country music career that would see him rise to the top of Australia's Country Music charts before his descent into the depths of personal despair and musical oblivion.

"I was a Big Star, many years ago............. I did some bad things in my time, I lost a lot of friends, and I broke an Angel's heart. I wanted a fresh start, so I changed my name. My old fans will probably recognize my voice, and maybe some of them will even forgive me and welcome me back into their hearts. I'm not a bad person, but, I did some stupid things when I was a younger man. Everyone deserves a second chance.............even a scoundrel like me."

Gareth is a new man. He is a decent man. He is a haunted man. Gareth's journey has only just begun...
Kheltica make a much welcomed return to Paddy Rice this Friday night also and, if you are in Siem Reap, then you can catch Cambojam at the Banana Leaf. Cool!

There are no less than 13 gigs on this Saturday night - so punters may be faced with some difficult decisions. One of the best shows has got to be on at Equinox. They will host one of the countries best live music bands - Dub Addiction. For those who may not be aware, the band consists of a live band (keyboards, guitar, drums and bass) which then incorporates the electronic mix, and occasional howling vocals, of Professor Kinski together with the awesome rhythmical Khmer dub vocals of MC Curley. The thumping vibe and dance-able reggae rhythms exonerated by this band have got to be seen live. They are a totally great band. What makes this gig very special indeed, is that this weekend they will be joined by Naby. See more below.

Naby is a internationally renowned reggae artist. He was born in Dakar and grew up in Mbour, Senegal. His style is a combination of hip-hop and ragga, soul, funk and blues. Naby will bring to the audiences a reggae vibe with a combination of African melodies - totally cool. Naby was brought to Cambodia by the French Cultural Center and they will present him and his band at a huge concert on Saturday starting around 7:00PM at the Chenla Theatre. PLEASE NOTE that this concert is free BUT you must pick up tickets at the French Cultural Center to be afforded admission.

Congratulations to CCF and the guys at Equinox for, once again, offering local music lovers the best in musical events here in Cambodia.

Also on Saturday night don't miss the Bayon Blues as they play the Velkommen Backpackers on Street 144 starting at 8:00PM. Great set of songs from the Blues genre of the early 1920s to the 1950s. The fourth Cambodian Headbangers Ball will be on at Sharkys this Saturday night also. This gig is featuring the cream of Khmer heavy metal bands and included in the 7 band line-up is Sliten6ix and Anti-Fate. Adding to Saturday nights smörgåsbord of music is the Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra playing at the FCC Phnom Penh. Cool!

DJ Scene Wrap

So on the dance music scene this weekend we have Australian DJ, DJ Mitchell, kicking it off tonight (Thursday) down at the Art Café, Meta-House, spinning his very own “Art Core” music with an electronic twist from 8pm.

Tomorrow night Friday begins with ‘’A Night At The Playboy Mansion’’
Come dressed in your playboy best, enjoy a night of decadence as The Lounge transforms into The Playboy Mansion, complete with sexy bunnies to help you enjoy Easter Friday. Dj’s Maverick, Cool Sam and Bob Revo spinning sexy house, dance and chart tunes to put you in the mood. Dance performance by The Charlie’s Angels and their famous cage will again inspire the crowd! Doors open 8.30PM.

Later that night from 10pm at Pontoon, UK Duo Digital Punks tear up the turntables .The Digital Punks are a unique DJ duo from the UK, specializing in all aspects of house music. Both DJ's enjoy different styles of house music and incorporate these into their live sets to create a unique blend of electrifying beats. On occasion at special eve he duo have played live, back to back on up to 4 decks and introduced live percussion to their sets, provided by the DJs themselves. So tomorrow night get in and let the Digital Punks take you on - "A journey from House, Electro, Breaks, Drum & Bass and  Dubstep". Admission is $3 before 12am.

If you want to see the Digital Punks and can’t get to Pontoon tomorrow (Friday) night then fear not!!, Again on Saturday night they do their thing from 9pm down at the Heart of Darkness along with residents DJ Black and DJ Kdeb.

And for all you Original Raggamuffin, Rudeboyz n girlz out there, Saturday night sees The Do It All Club hosting ‘’Soundsystem Carribeean Night’’ with DJ Baptist all the way from France and Khmer, Dj Alcohol. Spinning the best in Dancehall and Raggeton from 11:30pm till late.

Later on Saturday night Pontoon sees the Launch party for ‘’Sabay Music’’ from 1am with DJ’s Redeye and Soulflower supplying the tunes along with a performance from popular Khmer hip hop artist Pou Khlaing and the legendary Tiny Toones crew doing their thing. Admission is $5 or free before 11pm

Last this week, but certainly not least, we go down the coast to the beautiful beaches of Sihanoukville. For all you lovers of Heavy Beats, Breaks, and Basslines ‘’Drum-Fu” at Oocha Music bar, Otres beach never fails to deliver. With resident, Dj Filth from Ireland, plus guest DJs and MCs banging out the best in non-commercial Drum and Bass, Dubstep, Jungle and Breakz from 11pm till sunrise every Tuesday and Saturday.

So all in all a big weekend ahead for music lovers, get your dancin’ shoes on  and tear up the floor, no excuses!!

May the beats be with you

Dr. A

We will leave you this week with a video from Amanda Bloom. It is an original song called "Leave Me Lightly" from her debut album "The History of Things to Come". Amanda is currently working on her second album here in Cambodia. Enjoy.

From Ted, Dr. A and myself here in the back streets of Phnom Penh and the beaches of Sihanoukville, 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
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Mitchell at MetaHouse
  • 7:00 PM ~ Cambodian Space Project Video Launch at The Alley Cat Cafe
Friday 6-Apr-2012
  • 5:00 PM ~ Meas Soksophear, The Permis Team and Sokea at Pour un Sourire d'Enfant (PSE)
  • 8:30 PM ~ DJ Bob Revo, DJ Cool Sam and DJ Maverick at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Lazy Drunks at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project and Gareth Rivers at Mao's
  • 9:00 PM ~ Kheltica at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ CamboJam at Banana Leaf in Siem Reap
  • 10:00 PM ~ Digital Punks at Pontoon
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Chase and DJ Edwardowski at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
Saturday 7-Apr-2012
  • 5:00 PM ~ Cambodian Space Project, Meas Soksophear, The Permis Team and Sokea at Pour un Sourire d'Enfant (PSE)
  • 7:00 PM ~ Ritchy & Phil at The Red Apron
  • 7:00 PM ~ Naby * at The Chenla Theater
  • 8:00 PM ~ Sliten6ix, Animation, Anti-Fate, Shooting Star, Varaman, Violentine and Six String at Sharkys
  • 8:00 PM ~ The Bayon Blues at The Velkommen Backpackers
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Lazy Drunks at The Cavern
  • 9:00 PM ~ Digital Punks, DJ Black and DJ Kdeb at The Heart of Darkness
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jimmy James Caporn at The Red Orchid
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Bob Revo, DJ Cool Sam and DJ Maverick at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dub Addiction and Naby * at Equinox
  • 10:30 PM ~ The Engerla Cabaret Show at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 11:30 PM ~ DJ Alcohol and Deejay Baptist at The Do It All Club
  • 1:00 AM ~ Red-I * and Soulflower * at Pontoon
Sunday 8-Apr-2012
  • 6:30 PM ~ CamboJam at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Euan Gray Band at The RiverHouse Bar & Bistro
Monday 9-Apr-2012
  • 9:00 PM ~ Palindrome at The Cavern
Tuesday 10-Apr-2012
  • 9:00 PM ~ At Robiep at The Led Zephyr in Sihanoukville
Coming Up
  • Holliday in Cambodia at Equinox 
  • The Teaner Terners at Equinox , Sharkys 
  • The Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra at Equinox 
  • CamboJam at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • Rock X-Press at The Memphis Pub 
  • Grandmaster Flash * at Pontoon 
  • DJ Jimmy Salsa at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • DJ Blue and DJ Gang at Pontoon 
  • DJ Illest at Pontoon 
  • Rob Little, DJ Dr House and DJ El Kay at Phnom Sroel in Sihanoukville 
  • DJ Flo Trallala, DJ Achaya, Lefty Stryker, DJ Papa K and Marcu Mikus at Phnom Sroel in Sihanoukville 

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