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Gig Guide - Week Starting Thursday the 11th of April, 2013


I guess it's that time to welcome people into year 2556 and wish everyone a happy new year. This weekend being a 5-day holiday marks the beginning of the more tempered local music scene where the 32-gigs a weekend tends to settle down to the high-teens and early twenties. Considering it is a long-long break though, this weekend is looking pretty cool music-wise.

A great night will be had tonight when The Klezbodians extol the tremendous vitues of Klezmer music. I caught these guys playing out on the street in front of the Opera Cafe a few weeks back and recorded them here. The band creates a great atmosphere and has cool, happening and steady back-beat (made up of ex-Grass Snake Union members) and an outrageously smokin' front-end. The front-end features the totally amazing clarinet of Cambodian Bun Hong (Cambodian Space Project and Phnom Penh Hippie Orchestra) and the impassioned movement and melodies from the mandolin of Sam Day Harmet. They are totally great out on the street - catch them in a more formal arrangement tonight (Thursday) at The Village.

The same venue will feature a new band on Friday known as Jahzad. The promo goes like this: "Mixing the danceable rhythms of Jamaican Ska with popular jazz, Jahzad brings together some of the city's best musicians. Jazhad wants to get you up and moving to their infectious beats and tasty horn lines. Featuring sax, trombone, mandolin, double bass and drums, Jazhad plays in the tradition of the Skatalites and Jamaica's Studio 1 Band that laid the foundations for modern reggae." Don't know about the "...tasty horn lines..." but the rest sounds very cool to me.

The normally sporty bar known as The Score again is treating patrons to some live music for Khmer New Year as several venues latch onto the new years theme for an excuse to have a party. Also MetaHouse continues this weekend with a trio of underground music gigs over the weekend. Cool! In Kampot the Kampot Playboys will be out playing two gigs over the weekend. The first gig is at the Bodhi Villa on Saturday night - bound to be a totally happening gig - and the second is at the Naga House when the band will play together with Rendezvous. Cool!

Back in Phnom Penh, Sharkys continues the live music for those patrons still in the capital with two bands who are well known for tramping the Sharky stage - the Lazy Drunks on Friday and Sugar Daddy on Saturday night. Also Smokin' Kenny Smith hosts the venue's regular live music jam on Sunday - definitely one of the best in town, so get down there.

Heaps more coming up. To take you out this week I include the latest offering from the mixing board of Equinox's Anthony Mrugacz. It is a track recorded last week from Na Zdrovia.

Also, Julien Poulsen from the Cambodian Space Project was recently interviewed on the John McNair Show and talked about the current state of the band, gave his perspective on the current status of the local music and arts scene in Cambodia and also talks about a story recently unearthed by Marc Eberle in relation to the final days of Pan Ron (Leng Pleng hopes to publish more information about this story in the coming weeks). The interviewer has a rather droll approach to the interview at times but manages to cover a good array of information.

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  11-Apr-2013
  • 7:30 PM ~ The Klezbodians at The Village
  • 8:00 PM ~ Chikai Bexza at The Score
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Achaya and Kanha Paula at Tabu Club
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJane Teia Rogers and DJ Sao Sopheak at MetaHouse
Friday  12-Apr-2013
  • 5:00 PM ~ DJ Susu Dam and DJ Lefty at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ 2 Shots and a Chaser at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Lazy Drunks at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ F.U.D at MetaHouse
  • 9:30 PM ~ Jahzad at The Village
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ. Wah Wah and DJ Rob Bianchett at Pontoon
Saturday  13-Apr-2013
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sugar Daddy at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Kampot Playboys at The Bodhi Villa in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rhythm Conspiracy at Molly Malones in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ The MetaHouse DJ Team at MetaHouse
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Star and MC Phea at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Blue at Pontoon
Sunday  14-Apr-2013
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rhythm Conspiracy at Molly Malones in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Star and MC Phea at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Kampot Playboys and Rendezvous at The Naga House in Kampot
Monday  15-Apr-2013
  • 8:00 PM ~ Gabi Faja , Euan Gray and DJ Peanut at The RiverHouse Bar & Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Star and MC Phea at The RiverHouse Lounge
Tuesday  16-Apr-2013
  • 4:30 PM ~ Noi Vanna , Chhoeun Odom , Ung Bunleap , Meas Sarann , Leng Bunnath , Him Sophy , Chhoun Sovanchai , Keo Bora , Chhin Sotheary , Prim Muntha , Soun Chantha , Comedy Kuy and Comedy Krem at Elephant Terrace Compound in Siem Reap
Wednesday  17-Apr-2013
  • 7:30 PM ~ Gabi Faja , Kae "Sylvie" Lhassan and Seb Adnot at The Piano Shop
  • 8:30 PM ~ Lady and the Tramp at The Village
Coming Up
  • Kheltica at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • Kin Jazz * at The FCC Phnom Penh, The Doors and The Village
  • DJ Jimmy Salsa at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • Jaworski 7 at Equinox
  • Durian Funk Band at Equinox
  • Moi Tiet at Equinox
  • DJ. Wah Wah, Chris Bradbury, Warren Daly, Shine On, Dina Chhan and Ebauche at MetaHouse
  • Station to Station at Sharkys, Paddy Rice
  • 2 Shots and a Chaser at Sharkys, Equinox
  • Kok Thlok at Equinox
  • Holliday In Cambodia at Equinox
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • Brett Creswell and James at The Village
  • Rock X-Press at The Memphis Pub
  • RNA + Friends at Paddy Rice
  • The Kampot Playboys at The Naga House in Kampot
  • DJ Andy Freak at MetaHouse
  • Professor Kinski, DJ Tonle Dub, DJ Sequence, DJ Kaotek and DJ Mercy at MetaHouse
  • DJ Tonle Dub, DJ Sequence and DJ Java Tech at The Show Box
  • DJ Flo Trallala, DJ Wez-T and Greg Lavander at MetaHouse
  • Scott Bywater, Warren Daly, Alex Leonard and Hal FX at The Java Cafe & Gallery


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