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Gig Guide - Thursday the 12th of April, 2012


A quick look at this week's gig guide will tell you that is is a holiday this weekend. By Monday next week the land of the Khmer's would have welcomed in the year of the Dragon and local people will be filtering back to their homes from their extended provincial celebrations.

For those of us still in the capital for the weekend, there are only two live music events scheduled this week. The first is the Lazy Drunks at the Velkommen Backpackers. It will be another totally full and friendly, beer swigging night of classic British and U.S. rock & roll from one of the longest running local bands. Definitely worth a look in if you are in town. Cheap beer and good food can be consumed as you enjoy the nights' entertainment. They are located about 200m from the riverfront on Street 144. Also on Friday night, Paddy Rice are featuring The Divas playing soul and R&B apparently.

When I say there are only 2 live music gigs - that is, of course, if you don't count the regular weekly gigs. Tonight's Paddy Rice Electric Eclectic Limelight Jukebox Jam should be something quite special as it will be a huge send-off for one of the local expat music scene's best loved guitar players. I speak of Stevie 'Sweet Licks' Goodman and he will be in action at the venue's weekly open-mic tonight (Thursday). Steve has played with a number of bands around town and you will know him from several locally famous ensembles, such as the Taxi Guys, The Mekong Messengers, The Hellhounds, The Beer O'Clock Boys, and The Stone Daddies. Steve has been playing around the traps in Phnom Penh for many years and his totally sweet licks and booming vocals will be sorely missed. The Paddy Rice open-mic is probably the most well attended event of it's type in the capital. So get down there tonight.

The most auspicious Khmer New Year event will occur in Sihanoukville this weekend. It is being put on by the so called Sihanoukville Party People (see https://www.facebook.com/groups/238338909577870/), runs for 3 days and involves some of the country's best known DJs - Rob Little, Dr House, DJ El Kay,  DJ Flo Trallala, DJ Achaya, Lefty Stryker, DJ Papa K and Marcus Mikus. Cool! CLICK HERE for a map to the event.

Other events touted for the new year celebrations also happen at the Riverhouse Lounge tonight and with DJ Illest at Pontoon on Saturday night.

I have a few videos and MP3 downloads this week. The first is selection of traditional songs that are always heard on the streets and around the parties and Karaoke machines at Khmer New year.

Next is video clip from a HUGE Australian band called Short Stack. The video was shot in and around Kampot early last year.

The next is a video of a person whom you might recognize from the local music scene and was taken at a recent gig in Paris:

Lastly a new set of tracks released by KlapYaHandz featuring the great work of Dolla, Peanut, Gobeshite, Prolifyk, Aping and Lisha

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 week's gig guide.

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Thursday 12-Apr-2012
  • 6:00 PM ~ DJ Dr House, DJ Bob Revo and DJ Maverick at The RiverHouse Lounge
Friday 13-Apr-2012
  • 7:30 PM ~ The Lazy Drunks at The Velkommen Backpackers
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Divas at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rob Little, DJ Dr House and DJ El Kay at Phnom Sroel in Sihanoukville
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Blue and DJ Gang at Pontoon
Saturday 14-Apr-2012
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Flo Trallala, DJ Achaya, Lefty Stryker, DJ Papa K and Marcu Mikus at Phnom Sroel in Sihanoukville
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
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 
  • Joeki 4Play * and Danny Rampling * at The RiverHouse Lounge 
  • L'Enfant et les Sortileges at Chenla Theater

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