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Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 10th October 2013

Jazz, Electro and Synth-pop. Serious dedication to Art. Smoking in photographs. This week Jacques salutes the most important and numerous expatriate component of the Cambodian music scene: Les Fran├žais.

Fittingly for an act whose latest album is entitled ‘State of War’, Poni Hoax have slipped over the border like a band of French commandos and set up camp in an abandoned warehouse in Beoung Salang. Tonight the group will perform a show for NRG FM at 131B, st.271, Phnom Penh. This tight Parisian outfit bring punchy, groovy, electro-rock and real songs. Eccentric frontman Nicolas Ker evokes the camp outrageousness of David Bowie or Bryan Ferry. With the addition of support from rising Phnom Penh stars The Underdogs, this could be a very memorable gig. You can buy tickets priced at $8 from the Institut fran├žais on st.184, or alternatively there may be some tickets remaining on the door.

Over at Doors Phnom Penh, Stephane Routier is setting up camp with his Alto Saxophone this weekend. Friday sees him laying down some grooves with maestro drummer Greg Lavender in Funky Jazz group Marsyas. On Saturday he teams up with some top players for a special sextet featuring Alex Scarpati, Euan Gray and the GTS jazzers Gabi, Toma and Seb. The ensemble will be performing a faithful rendition of the seminal 1959 Miles Davis album Kind of Blue.

With his work on the jazz scene and in Dub Addiction, Sebastien Adnot is a pillar of the music community, as upstanding and substantial as his double bass. Seb raises the pressure at Slur Bar on Friday evening with the incredibly good Jahzad, who combine vital ska grooves and licks with transcendent jazz solos.

French drummer Julien Mariani will also be busy on Saturday. Like his compatriot Toma Willen and Aussie Greg Lavender, he is one of a precious few excellent stickmen underpinning several bands in Phnom Penh. Mr Mariani, the hardest working drummer in Sharky Bar, will grace the kit more than once during Saturday’s epic Battle of the Bands, when no fewer than NINE rock acts line up to compete for a cash prize. Among the judges will be none other than Leng Pleng’s own Television Ted! Looks like this battle could become a war of bass, with heavyweights such as French rockers Sangvar Day and Khmer youngsters No Forever involved. The quieter acts might struggle to make an impression at Sharky’s on Saturday, but Jacques will still tip indie newcomers Sonic Detergent to do well on the strength of their charismatic, shape-throwing frontman Joshua Chiang.

Meanwhile, far away from the French architecture and Gauloises-toking coolness of Phnom Penh, a really special musician will be visiting The Led Zephyr in Sihanoukville this weekend. His name is Phil Manning and he is one of those rare guitarists successful in taking what we call ‘Blues’ and making it his own. Phil plays acoustic guitar and sings with real soul. Travelling from his native Australia, he will be playing a handful of gigs in Cambodia over the next few weeks. If you are anywhere near Sihanoukville on Saturday, Jacques advises that you attend this gig.


I’ll leave you with a couple of videos, and a couple of thoughts for your weekend. Here is Phil Manning performing ‘Weary Traveler’ at  the Marchwood Festival, and below that check out Poni Hoax’s ‘Down on Serpent Street’.  However much fun you have out there on the scene this weekend, please stay safe on the night-time streets, and in parting... Vive la France!







Latest Gigs

Thursday  10-Oct-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ The Underdogs and Poni Hoax at NRG FM
  • 8:30 PM ~ Joey Paz at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ F.U.D at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Cool Hand Luke at Backstage Cocktail Bar
Friday  11-Oct-2013
  • 6:00 PM ~ Lisa at Le Jardin
  • 6:00 PM ~ DJ Sao Sopheak , Frisco Tony and Carlos Fandango at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Kimchi Collective at Emergency Room
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Deuce Manila * at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Fumes at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ RNA + Friends at The Village
  • 9:30 PM ~ Marsyas at The Doors
  • 9:30 PM ~ Jahzad at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Bree and DJ Funkelastiks at Pontoon
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Phatt Controller at Backstage Cocktail Bar
Saturday  12-Oct-2013
  • 4:00 PM ~ DJ Funkelastiks at The Village
  • 8:00 PM ~ AI Iawasaki and Daniele Diamanti at The Opera Cafe
  • 8:30 PM ~ Sliten6ix , Muscle of Love , Splitter , No Forever , Sangvar Day , Holliday In Cambodia The , Adobo Conspiracy , Ricky Rotten & the Scumbags and Sonic Detergent at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Tonle Dub and DJ Mercy at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Phil Manning * at The Led Zephyr
  • 9:00 PM ~ Smokin' Kenny Smith and Elvis Fandango at The Do It All Club
  • 9:30 PM ~ GTS Sextet at The Doors
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Bree at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Tinc at Nova Penthouse
Sunday  13-Oct-2013
  • 5:00 PM ~ Alan Breen at Le Jardin
Tuesday  15-Oct-2013
  • 7:30 PM ~ Open Mic Session at The Gym Bar
Wednesday  16-Oct-2013
  • 8:00 PM ~ Akhia Cyxtiel at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ Danny & Kate at The Gym Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Bossa Nova at The Slur Bar
Coming Up
  • Jahzad and Jahzad at Equinox, Equinox
  • BeatboxCoex * at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • Vibratone at Equinox, The Doors
  • Die Lumpen * at Hotel Cambodiana, Hotel Cambodiana and Hotel Cambodiana
  • Khmera at The Doors
  • Charlie Corrie at The Doors
  • Dub Addiction at The Doors, Equinox
  • Holey Bucket Union at The Doors
  • Kin Jazz at The Doors
  • RNA + Friends at Sharky Bar, Paddy Rice
  • Carin Levine, Anna Steckel and Stephan Rahn * at The Intercontinental Hotel Phnom Penh, Meta House
  • Mari Jinnai at The CJCC
  • Stephan Rahn * , Etienne Chenevier * , So Sronos and Rong Sereyvann at The Intercontinental Hotel Phnom Penh
  • 10th International Music Festival at CJCC
  • The Underdogs at Equinox
  • Jaworski 7 at Equinox
  • Ingolv Haaland and Ouch Savy at Meta House
  • Richard Wagner and Liszt at Meta House
  • Invisible Agent at Meta House
  • The Grass Snake Union at Equinox
  • Party in Pink at Memphis Pub
  • Monsoon Underground Party at Meta House
  • DJ Al Mundo at Meta House
  • DJ B-Boy Peanut, DJ Vandal and DJ Lethal Skillz at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • James Speck, Tim King and DJ Nicomatic at Meta House

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