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Gig Guide - Week Starting Thursday the 6th of December, 2012


Another packed week of music coming our way as we cruise into December.

Scott Bywater (aka Scoddy) will kick off the weekend and a month of Thursday gigs that he will host at the Riverhouse Bar & Bistro. Scoddy tell us to also watch this space for the return of the totally beautiful acoustic Khmer classics from Expresso Thmei - totally looking forward to that. DJ Afro also kicks off the weekend tonight (Thursday) in the first of a series of three DJ events at the Metahouse.

Friday sees the Cambodian Space Project celebrating their 3rd anniversary at the FCC Phnom Penh. This is the first time the band has played at this venue and they will be joined by Chugge Khan. Chugge Khan is a total unique individual an amazing array of musical skills and a totally talented improvisational vocalist. This gig could be a totally great night and a not to be missed unique opportunity. A couple of weeks ago I featured one of his promotional videos (see here) which showcases his talent and connection to an amazing musical vibe. The video below shows his musical roots. Expect something very special when he teams up with the Khmer vocals of Srey Chanthy with the backing of the rest of the band.

On the same night Sharkys present you with a great musical smörgåsbord with three bands - including the return of Squishy. Should be totally grungy, loud and danceable.

If you are in Kampot then you have got to get to the Bodhi Villa on Friday as there is a great double bill with both the Kampot Playboys and Auric Eyes. Totally special.

The huuuuuuge news on Saturday is the much anticipated return of total funk band Durian. The band is now featuring the gorgeous Rhiannon Johnson on funkadelic vocals. Expect a packed house and dance floor. A taste of what to expect can be seen on Chapter 45 of the Tuk-Tuk Sessions web site. The video features the old line-up of the band but it will give you an idea of the total quality you can expect on Saturday night (remember this was all done live in one tuk-tuk).

Also, two anniversaries on this week. On Sunday don't miss the new ensemble Jet and the Alley Cat Strays at the 7th anniversary of the opening of the Alley Cat Cafe. Next Wednesday catch Euan Grey and GTS Jazz as they help celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Riverhouse.

Other gigs to look for are a series of gigs with DJ Martic Dinsdale in Siem Reap where he teams up with the sax players on a couple of occasions. Also, Balgass, early on Friday at Le Jardin as well as gigs at two new music venues - the K'nyay Bar and The Blitz. Also in Siem Reap you can catch the continuation of the tour of Cambodia by Play Like Jimi - the Jimi Hendrix Tribute band. The totally great guitar work and a great set of songs can be heard at Paddy Rice on Friday with Sugar Daddy.

News in also that a moviecalled Bangkok Jam has been selected for the 3rd edition of the Cambodia International Film Festival. The movie will be screened for free at the Platinum Cineplex (5th floor of the Soirya Shopping mall) on Monday, December 10th at 5pm. The film features French punk legend Didier Wampas the lead male role and the female Cambodian bass player Nalen plays the lead actress. The shooting of new scenes for a sequel is planned on the same night at the Sharkys.

The film festival will be opened by music from the Cambodian Space Project at the Legend Cinema on the third floor of City Mall (next to the Olympic Statium on Monireth Blvd) on this Friday at 4:00PM. They will play a fifteen minute rendition of an original soundtrack to the classic Une Voyage Dans La Lune. Cool!

I will leave you this week with another Rajasthani style video. Get into it!

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 6-Dec-2012
  • 8:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at The RiverHouse Bar & Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Afro at MetaHouse
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Martin Dinsdale at Tuk-Tuk Bar in Siem Reap
Friday 7-Dec-2012
  • 7:30 PM ~ Balgass at Le Jardin
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Bassbender, Dub Addiction and DJ BBoy Peanut at The Eighty8
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Moodydann at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project and Chugge Khan * at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • 9:00 PM ~ Steve Cadd and DJ Martin Dinsdale at The Mezze Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sugar Daddy at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ Bum N Draze, Tango & Snatch and Squishy at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Kampot Playboys and Auric Eyes at The Bodhi Villa in Kampot
  • 10:00 PM ~ The Underdogs at The K’nyay Bar
Saturday 8-Dec-2012
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ DTonn, DJ Matoo and DJ Nicko at The Silk Garden in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Durian at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Open Mic Night at The Blitz
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jaworski 7 at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Martin Dinsdale and Graham Taylor at The DogHouse in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Play Like Jimi * at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Musikero at The Place
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Dan Beck and DJ Balaton & BFox at MetaHouse
Sunday 9-Dec-2012
  • 6:00 PM ~ Jet and the Alley Cat Strays at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Tom Tom at The Mezze Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Play Like Jimi * at The Warehouse in Siem Reap
Wednesday 12-Dec-2012
  • 8:00 PM ~ GTS Jazz and Euan Gray at The RiverHouse Lounge
Coming Up
  • Balgass at The FCC Phnom Penh , Equinox 
  • Play Like Jimi * at The Led Zephyr in Sihanoukville
  • Sapbai Hanukkah Klezmer Band at Equinox 
  • The Grass Snake Union at Equinox , The Memphis Pub 
  • Dub Addiction at Equinox 
  • The Fumes at Equinox 
  • The Mincers * at Equinox 
  • Curtis King at Sharkys 
  • BigTime and Roger De La Paz at The Led Zephyr in Sihanoukville
  • DJ Dan Beck and DJ Moodydann at MetaHouse 
  • Dr. Wah Wah, Warren Daly, Chris Bradbury and DJ Wez-T at MetaHouse 
  • Fusion Party at MetaHouse 
  • DJ Wez-T and DJ Funk Elastiks at Raingsey Bungalow Resort in Kep 
  • DJ Flo Trallala, DJ Wez-T and Greg Lavander at MetaHouse 
  • Stephane Routier and DJ Funk Elastiks at MetaHouse 
  • VJ Schkouty, DJ Tonle Dub and Amplifire at MetaHouse 

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