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Gig Guide - Thursday the 21st of June, 2012


Some people might be surprised by the totally huge night of music on in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh tonight. The reason is that today is the annual FĂȘte de la Musique or World Music Day - an annual event that happens every year on this day, the 21st of June. It is billed as a day when everyone around the world hits the streets to play sing and dance. Cambodia is not exception with at least five events happening this evening and tonight. Siem Reap is celebrating the festival in a famous street there known as The Lane. There are at least 7 bands and DJs on the bill.  

Memphis Bar are championing this special music day in Phnom Penh again this year as they present a huge line-up that includes some of the countries best Khmer rock bands. The venue usually goes late into the night on this auspicious occasion and is one of the best places to enjoy the FĂȘte de la Musique.

Tomorrow (Friday) at Pontoon is also a great place to be with a special fund-raising event for Kosal Kiev in order for him to participate in the Cultural Olympiad in London later this year - see more details in the link below. The line-up for the event is totally huge with some of the country's best hip-hop and dub artists performing together with smokin' DJs and dance performers. Should be huge.

The Lazy Drunks return to Sharkys this Friday evening, featuring no other than local legendary rock/blues guitarist 'Smoking Kenny Smith' ! The ex-Lost Highway/Route 66 guitarist is now playing his trade in Phnom Penh, so don't miss him and his electricfying blues style playing ! Just Smokin' ! Saturday night also sees Oscars Band return to Sharkys, after their successful performance at Penhstock 3. A very underated khmer rock band, who are fine muscians in their own right !Both shows are from 9pm - 11.30pm.

Another huge event will be one of the final performances of the Cambodian Space Project before they also head to London for the Olympic Games preludes. Friday will see the band officially release their new album Not Easy Rock & Roll. The band will also play Saturday at La Croisette. Also don't miss the band's fund-raising event on the streets of Buck Hunger on Sunday. Should be a huge weekend of music. I have embedded this video before in the Leng Pleng blurb, but it is so good I will include it again here:

Another totally excellent band playing on Friday is Holliday in Cambodia playing at Equinox. Definitely a very professional band with a great array of well performed songs. Saturday night at the same venue was to see another performance by Dub Addiction. Unfortunately this gig has had to be postponed due to the illness of one of the band members. We will let you know the rescheduled date as soon as we get the info.

Just down the road from Equinox on Saturday night you will be able to catch a trio of performers at the Red Orchid. The trio features Kenny Smith together with two guitar/vocalists -  Martin the Martian and Brentus JP. Worth a look. Also look for a regular open-mic that will happen at the Red Orchid very soon.

I will leave you with a song from the Grass Snake Union that was recorded at Equinox last week.

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 21-Jun-2012
  • 5:30 PM ~ DJ Edwardowski, CamboJam, Milo & Friends, Snoop Salty Dog, Gang Barang, Babushka and ISSR School band at The Lane in Siem Reap
  • 6:00 PM ~ Syse Swing The , Grass Snake Union, GTS Jazz The , Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra The and BossaNovas at Phnom Penh Phokeethra
  • 6:30 PM ~ Fete de La Musiqueat Le Cafe Mith Samlanh
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Rude Boy at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ Cartoon Emo, Skip Sutherland, Kheltica, Rock X-Press, Maia, Thy Nata The and Schkoots at The Memphis Pub
Friday 22-Jun-2012
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Illest, DJ Gang, Pou Klaing, Emcee Dolla, Gobeshite *, Prolyfik *, Kosal Kiev, KlapYaHandz, Tiny Toones, Lisha and Khmer1Chivit at Pontoon
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Rob Bianchetti and Marcus Mikus at Elyxir
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project at Mao's
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Lazy Drunks and Kenny Smith at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ Holliday in Cambodia at Equinox
  • 10:00 PM ~ Lottie Dah * and Furor * at The Score
Saturday 23-Jun-2012
  • 9:00 PM ~ Martin The Martian, Kenny Smith and Brentus JP at The Red Orchid
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project at La Croisette
  • Dub Addiction at Equinox [POSTPONED]
  • 9:00 PM ~ Oscar's Band at Sharkys
  • 11:30 PM ~ Lottie Dah * and Furor * at The Heart of Darkness
  • 1:00 AM ~ GhettoBlasters at Pontoon
Sunday 24-Jun-2012
  • 5:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project at The Buck Hunger
Coming Up
  • Phil Manning * at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • The Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra at Sharkys 
  • Musikero at The Score 
  • DJ Octo * at Pontoon 
  • DJ Edwardowski, DJ Tom Tom, Steve Cadd, DJ Sakura Boom and Alexandre Scarpati at The Under Construction Bar & Restaurant in Siem Reap 

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