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Gig Guide - Thursday the 5th of July, 2012


Another great weekend of music coming our way this weekend. Considering we are well into the low season we can possibly say the music scene is alive and well in Cambodia.

A brand new manifestation will rock the airwaves at Equinox with new band The Schkoots (pronounced chik-hoo-its - meaning 'crazy' in Khmer) hitting the stage on Friday night. The band is a mix of musicians from other vwell known local bands (including members of Dub Addicition) and play a collection of classic/alternative rock-punk. "It is a sort of Chuck Berry meets the Sex Pistols type of thing" according to Anthony Mrugacz - manager of the venue. This debut is preceded by two well known, full-on Khmer rock ensembles - being Anti-Fate and Sliten6ix. All in all a totally great night of heavy and alternative rock.

A HUGE party happening at the Memphis Pub this Friday night as they celebrate their 8th birthday. It will be a night filled with the venues "usual suspects" that includes the Rock X-Press band (Bona, Danny, Tep, Pov and Sambath) together with Sokha on sax, and singers Maia, Frankie and others. This is, without doubt, one of Phnom Penh's best live music venues and will be a truly auspicious occasion. A full congratulations and happy celebrations to Bona, Mel and all the guys at Memphis Bar.

The totally classic Chicago blues will again hit Sharkys this week in part 1 of their 3-part celebration of the U.S. independence day. This will, of course, be in the form of the local totally professional outfit of Little Duke and the Mekong Blues Messengers. A great night and great atmosphere at this venue with this band - totally worth getting there. Part two of the weekend, on Saturday night, will present the Kampot Peppers. Rounding off the weekend on Sunday evening will be Smokin' Kenny Smith who will be your host for a new regular open-mic that will happen at the venue. Smokin' Kenny is definitely a the real thing when it comes to classic Americana guitar. He totally lives his music and all musicians are welcome to get up on stage with Kenny this Sunday.

Metahouse is definitely ramping things up now with 3 DJ gigs on this weekend. The biggest of which is probably the Kimchi Collective show on Saturday night. It will feature four DJs and be preceded by a skateboarding workshop and film at the venue. Cool!

For all true live music aficionados out there I must point you in the direction of La Bodega on Street 5. It is a totally great late night music venue which features founding Gypsy Kings member Diego "El Gipsy" Dimarqués and friends every night of the week. The ambiance of this venue is really superb and, with a great late night menu available from La Potate straight across the road, I feel sure it is soon to become one of the capitals most well liked and popular haunts for musicians and for those people in the know.

This week also news that the long awaited release of Krom's first album Songs from the Noir has now been made available. This is a totally wonderful melancholy album of dark love songs is a unique and elusive treasure from this reclusive band. A totally great collection of poetry and story telling told through the feminine Khmer vocals of Sophea Chamroeun and rasping Minko English lyrics punctuated with love-filled, haunting acoustic finger-picking and slide guitar. It is definitely another great piece of work to add to your collection of local album releases that encapsulates definitive aspects of the life and times of Cambodia and surrounds today and yesterday. You can get the album HERE.

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.

Latest Gigs

Thursday 5-Jul-2012
  • 6:00 PM ~ DJ Tilman B. at MetaHouse
Friday 6-Jul-2012
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ The Dude * at MetaHouse
  • 8:30 PM ~ DJ Wez-T at Elyxir
  • 9:00 PM ~ Memphis 8th Birthday Party at The Memphis Pub
  • 9:00 PM ~ Philippe Javelle, Rihannon Johnson and Stéphane Routtier at The Bouchon Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sliten6ix, Anti-Fate The and Schkoots at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Little Duke and the Mekong Blues Messengers at Sharkys
  • 10:00 PM ~ Dr. Wah Wah, DJ Bobby-D and DJ Wez-T at Pontoon
Saturday 7-Jul-2012
  • 7:00 PM ~ Euan Gray, Philippe Javelle and Rihannon Johnson at The Red Apron
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Cyncity, DJ Dan Beck, DJ Peanut and DJ Balaton & BFox at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Bassbender, Anti-Fate, DJ Dr House, DJ Hey Zeus, DJ Ian G and PI-Sand at Mao's
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Jimmy Salsa at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Kampot Peppers at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Edwardowski, DJ Tom Tom, Steve Cadd, DJ Sakura Boom and Alexandre Scarpati at The Under Construction Bar & Restaurant in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Bob Revo and DJ Cool Sam at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Solo * at Pontoon
Sunday 8-Jul-2012
  • 8:00 PM ~ Smokin’ Kenny Smith at Sharkys
  • 8:30 PM ~ GTS Jazz and Euan Gray at The RiverHouse Bar & Bistro
Wednesday 11-Jul-2012
  • 6:00 PM ~ Music Arts School 1st Year Anniversary Party at The Music Arts School
  • 8:00 PM ~ Euan Gray, Rihannon Johnson, Charlie Corrie and DJ Trix at The RiverHouse Bar & Bistro
Coming Up
  • The Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra at Sharkys 
  • Warapo at The FCC Phnom Penh 

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