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Gig Guide - Week Starting Thursday the 4th of July, 2013


A totally great load of quality music heading our way this weekend - including the renowned Punk-Rockabilly outfit called The Knockouts

This week we are pleased to released the first in a series of articles written by the great man of the local Blues-Rock / Americana scene - Mr. Smokin' Kenny Smith. Ken has been seen around the traps in Cambodia for many years now. You may have seen him in a number of different venues - from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh and on to Siem Reap. He is a totally great musician who lives his music and is able to completely hold and captivate an audience all the way through a 12+ minute guitar solo. He takes you through the ups and the downs, through the highs and the lows, and through the sweet and the sour of life while he plays. Ken holds the rare ability of never losing his way through his guitar breaks - from the sweet guitar licks to the totally pumping blues-rock rhythms.

Ken is a great guitar man, that is well known, but what is less known is his ability with the pen. Today we release the first article entitled The Musicians Guide to Riding the Cambodian Roller Coaster, or How to Musically Prostitute Yourself for Fun and Adventure! Check it out below:

The Musicians Guide to Riding the Cambodian Roller Coaster, or How to Musically Prostitute Yourself for Fun and Adventure!

By Smoking Kenny Smith
You have to have a good day in order to appreciate the bad days. I tell myself this when I feel secure in the knowledge that my room is paid up for at least the next 6 days and I have a gig on Friday - which means money coming in later on Friday night. I run through my pockets of last night’s pants, looking in my wallet with hopeful intent and I manage to assemble a total of just under $4.30 in Cambodian Riel.

Wait though! This is Wednesday morning and I don’t consider food an extravagance - so I better make a plan quick. Three words that I dislike are mathematics, budget and reality. I could add rice and eggs to that list because the next question I ask myself is how much rice and eggs can I stand for the next three days? Sure I could call a friend and ask for a small loan, but I’ll take the wait and see what approaches.
How about one of these weeks; fleeting thoughts of suicide on Monday, warming up to an extreme state of depression by the end of the week. Then by a miraculous twist of fate............ [CLICK HERE to read the entire article]

Kenny and Shaun Miller kick off the weekend this week with a gig opening a new venue in Kampot. The gig happens tonight (Thursday) at a place called the SeƱor Sushi in Kampot. This will be curious mix of Mexican and Japanese cuisine together with Americana blues. Cool! The gig starts early. Continuing on the Americana theme Scott Bywater will hit out a couple of totally great sets at the Alley Cat Cafe tonight (Thursday) - all for the July 4th celebrations for the independence of the United States. I feel sure that Up 2 U Mango will also be extolling the tremendous virtues of the U.S. musical culture at the Slur Bar on this same night. Also, look and listen for the totally beautiful vocals and acoustic ballads of Joe Wrigley at The Village.

Friday sees Khmer rock band Animation play MetaHouse at 8:00PM followed by DJane Sopheak Sao. One of the local scene's best and coolest venues. Get down there. Before that Le Jardin has a collection of 4 solo artists who will play for their regular Sunset Sandpit Sessions. A great place for an after work beer. The session starts at 6:00PM. This same night the newest reggae band in town - Jahzad - plays at the Slur Bar. Cool!

There are two musicians who are set to leave town soon. As such you will need to take advantage of the last few gigs they will perform over the next couple of weekends. They are the lovely Linette Chhun Charm from Lady and the Tramp (Friday at The Doors) and Sam "the Mandolin Man" Day Harmet from Up 2 U Mango (Thursday at the Slur Bar), Jahzad (Friday at the Slur Bar) and The Klezbodians (Saturday at MetaHouse). Sam will be playing is very last gig next week at the ShowBox next weekend. Check out this great video of Imojah last gig there a few weeks back.


Also on Saturday night AntiFate and A.O.A. play the ShowBox and Bob Passion returns to the capital with At Panha at Slur Bar. Also Jaworski 7 play Sharkys and over at the Memphis Pub they will be celebrating a huge 9 years in operation with resident band Rock Xpress and guests Vibratone.

Heaps coming up so make sure to stay tuned to Leng Pleng to get all the latest from the local live music and DJ scene.

From Rob, 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  4-Jul-2013
  • 4:00 PM ~ The Kampot Peppers at Senor Sushi
  • 7:30 PM ~ Joe Wrigley at The Village
  • 8:00 PM ~ Scoddy at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 9:00 PM ~ Up 2 U Mango at The Slur Bar
Friday  5-Jul-2013
  • 6:00 PM ~ Animation and DJane Sopheak Sao at MetaHouse
  • 6:00 PM ~ Sophie Rose Lewis, Jerby Salas Santo, Joe Wrigley and Brentrix at Le Jardin
  • 7:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at Banyan Restaurant
  • 9:00 PM ~ RNA + Friends at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Maverick and DJ Kakada at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jahzad at The Slur Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Lady and the Tramp at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Lazy Drunks at Sharkys
  • 10:00 PM ~ OMID 16B at Pontoon
Saturday  6-Jul-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ The Anti-Fate and A.O.A. at The Show Box
  • 8:30 PM ~ Masahiro Watabe at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Knockouts * at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Tim Coates at Lavo Restaurant & Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ Bob Passion and At Panha at The Slur Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jaworski 7 at Sharkys
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Klezbodians at MetaHouse
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
  • 10:00 PM ~ 9th B'day Bash at The Memphis Pub
Sunday  7-Jul-2013
  • 4:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at Rubies Wine Bar
Monday  8-Jul-2013
  • 7:30 PM ~ James Voan at The Village
Tuesday  9-Jul-2013
  • 7:30 PM ~ Gentle Winds at The Village
Wednesday  10-Jul-2013
  • 7:30 PM ~ Lady and the Tramp at The Village
Coming Up
  • The Klezbodians and Jahzad at Equinox
  • The Knockouts * at Sharkys and The FCC Phnom Penh
  • The Underdogs at Equinox
  • Jaworski 7 at Equinox
  • The Lazy Drunks at The Slur Bar
  • James Voan at The Village
  • Gentle Winds at The Village
  • Lady and the Tramp at The Village
  • Joe Wrigley at The Village
  • Amanda Bloom at The Village
  • Masahiro Watabe at The Village
  • Krom at The Doors
  • Rania * at Bayon Studio
  • Gabi Faja and Euan Gray at The Quay Hotel
  • Brentwood at The Village, The Village
  • DJ Samurai * at MetaHouse
  • DJ Flo Trallala and DJ Funkelastiks at MetaHouse
  • DJ Tonle Dub, DJ Mercy and DJ Java Tech at MetaHouse

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