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Gig Guide - Thursday the 7th of June, 2012


Amazing how the live music and DJ scene in Cambodia has expanded so much over the past 3 years. Our regular gigs section now has just under 30 regular gigs that happen around the country on various days every week. Certainly a lot different to early 2009 when there was only a handful of gigs occurring each month.

This, of course, is not withstanding the live music that occurs in all the Karaoke restaurants and such around the country which has always been exceptionally vibrant and the source of a good of creativity. Although we have made several forays into being able to present to you the when and where of this local Karaoke scene - we have found it exceptionally difficult to find out exactly where the major artists perform on a week to week basis. If you feel that you would like to know more about this then please feel free to email us here at Leng Pleng.

This weeks guide adds 3 new venues to the list. The first is The Warehouse in Siem Reap who now host a weekly open-mic night on Fridays. Looks like a great regular line-up of exceptionally talented local musicians that  includes one of the guitarists whom I personally have great respect for - being guitar god Kenny Smith. He is a man who totally lives his music - totally worth getting there and seeing Kenny perform his classic Americana riffs.

The second is a Phnom Penh late-night venue called the Love Bar. On Fridays and Saturdays this venue hosts some of the better known DJs for your dancing pleasure late into the night.

I must point you in the direction of a totally great gig that will happen slightly earlier than usual (8:00PM) on Friday night - it is Euan Gray with the GTS Trio playing at Le Moon (on top of K-West on the riverfront) this Friday. A veritable treat for a totally kicked-back, laid out session jazz classics.

Also, this week all the Brits will be at Sharkys as the Stiff Little Punks will help celebrate the Queen of England's 60th year since her ascension to the throne. The night will be filled with Punk classics - including some of the Queen's personal favorites - together with members of various other local Punk ensembles regularly seen at Sharkys. The celebrations will continue on Saturday night when Indie Rock / Alice Cooper cover band Muscle of Love take to the stage at 9:00PM. This band features members from two of the leading bands in Sharky's poll on their web site where they are asking local pundits to vote for their favorite Penhstock band. You can place your vote at http://www.sharkybarblog.com/.

Another show not to miss on Friday will be Kheltica's return to Paddy Rice. This one-of-a-kind band for the local music scene plays a great mix of Britagny and Celtic music and are a good night out. See this the video below for a taste of what to expect. Also don't miss the Electric Eclectic Limelight Jukebox Jam that is on tonioght and every Thursday night at the venue - all musicians welcome to come and play.

One genre that has grown extensively in the local music scene recently has been the rise of the Khmer Heavy Metal society. Two of the better bands from the 10 or so ensembles that have emanated from this movement are The AntiFate and Sliten6ix. These two bands will feature in Equinox's music weekend this week. Expect loud and heavy rock interspersed with the occasional rock ballad. Here's a taste of what you might expect on the lighter side and heavier side of the AntiFate menu.


In Siem Reap you can catch CamboJam as they play at the third new venue to this gig guide - In Touch in Siem Reap. If you would like to get ba taste of this eclectic mix of Siem Reap musicians then you can watch the latest video by the Tuk Tuk Sessions guys. It is Chapter 40 of this great web site and fetaures CamboJam in their recent trip to Phnom Penh.

Finally, Pontoon continue their great run of international DJ artists on Saturday night with the presentation of Golden Crew. Cool!

Keep your eyes on a great selection of gigs coming your way from Equinox this month, plus a great gig by Australian blues legend Phil Manning  at the FCC Phnom Penh.

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 7-Jun-2012
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Rude Boy at MetaHouse
Friday 8-Jun-2012
  • 8:00 PM ~ GTS Jazz and Euan Gray at Le Moon
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Bobby-D and DJ Wes-T at Pontoon Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Bassbender, DJ Strike, Stryker Lefty, DJ Hey Zeus and DJ Ian G at Mao's
  • 9:00 PM ~ Kheltica at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Edwardowski at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Stiff Little Punks at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ Open Mic Night at The Warehouse in Siem Reap
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Bassbender at The Love Bar
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ DTonn at The Cotton Club
Saturday 9-Jun-2012
  • 7:00 PM ~ Ritchy & Phil at The Red Apron
  • 8:30 PM ~ Musikero at Tabu Velvet Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ CamboJam at In Touch in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sliten6ix and Anti-Fate at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Muscle of Love at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Bobby-D and DJ Wes-T at Pontoon Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ Warapo at The Latin Quarter
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Chase, DJ Matoo and DJ Island at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 11:30 PM ~ DJ Hey Zeus at The Love Bar
  • 1:00 AM ~ The Golden Crew * at Pontoon
Tuesday 12-Jun-2012
  • 8:00 PM ~ The Ensemble TRIOthlon at MetaHouse
Coming Up
  • Phil Manning * at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • Holliday in Cambodia at Equinox 
  • Dub Addiction at Equinox 
  • Durian at Equinox 
  • The Grass Snake Union at Equinox 
  • DJ Jimmy Salsa at The FCC Phnom Penh 
  • DJ Vajra * at Pontoon 
  • GhettoBlasters at Pontoon 

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