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Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday 17th October 2013

Is it always like this? Thursday has come once more, and Jack is rubbing his hands with glee at the prospect of spending another week bouncing from concert to gig to party like a hyperactive teenager. I have to confess I haven’t been around here for very long, so perhaps I’m simply getting over-excited (again). It does seem that each new week brings another set of gigs celebrating the culture clash, diversity and creativity of the Cambodian music scene.

Once again, the magicians at Meta House have reached into their bag of tricks and pulled out a fantastic, vital and alternative gig to begin your Thursday night. The extraordinarily talented vocalist Ouch Savy performs accompanied on grand piano by composer Ingolv Haaland. This experimental duo combines the unique, spectral sound of Savy’s traditional Khmer singing with classical and jazz textures provided by the Norwegian Professor of Music.

Another learned gentleman, the eminent dub and fusion scientist Professor Kinski, is back on Cambodian soil this week, and he brings his Dub Addiction collective to Doors Phnom Penh on Friday evening. The band will be in full force with MC Lisha fronting an ensemble of maestros including Chhen Chantrea on Tror, Bun Sambath on keyboards, Seb Adnot on double bass and drummer Toma Willen.

With the Space Project out of town, there is only one contender for the title of best Khmer-Rock revivalist band in Phnom Penh. They are called The Underdogs. It has been fun to watch these teenage music students advance so quickly in stature. From nervous d├ębutantes to assured television stars in just a few months. This Friday, the band will return to Equinox to continue their mission: rocking out the huge and incredible catalogue of songs from the Khmer ‘Golden Age’ of music. The Underdogs will also play a Saturday night show at Slur Bar.

Did you wonder why the gig guide has been a little slim over the last couple of weeks? That was because Scott Bywater was out of the country. Now the hardest working man in the Phnom Penh music business has returned to show us all how it’s done – with seven gigs in seven days! Never a dull moment with this fella, beginning with his Thursday residency at Baitong, continuing with an early spot at Le Jardin on Friday, a set with the Riverside Raybans at The Village on Saturday, another residency at The Alleycat Cafe on Sunday, one day off to rehearse on Monday, before hosting his ‘Baitong Ukulele Circle’ on Tuesday night and ‘Open Stage Poetry’ at Java Cafe on Wednesday. Oh yes and I almost forgot, he is going to be performing at something called ‘Rockabilly Dance Party’ with Joe Wrigley on Friday night at The Village. Phew!

A party atmosphere is expected on Saturday as RNA make their debut at 'Indochina's longest running Rock and Roll Bar', Sharky’s. The band were formed only a few months ago, but have already built a strong following with their eclectic mix of pure gold 1960s and 70s classics.

Feeling a little more hillbilly than hippy? Head to Doors Phnom Penh for Holey Bucket Union. If you missed Grass Snake Union’s tribute to Hank Williams last month, these good ol’ boys are doing it again on Saturday night. Those who saw their gigs at Doors or Equinox were perhaps surprised by just how easy it was to dance to Hank Williams songs. That probably had a lot to do with drumming and percussion maestro Greg Lavender. The Union men also promise a new set of non-Williams material this weekend.

Save some energy and some tuk-tuk money for next week, as the quality music continues through to Wednesday. You can catch pop duo Khmera at Doors Phnom Penh, and on the same night The Village hosts the acoustic Khmer stylings of Miss Sarawan.

Before I get ready to leave the house and start bouncing around some venues, I will impart some videographic evidence of Scott Bywater’s activities in Dalat, Vietnam. Apparently there is a music scene there too!

Also, in case you haven’t already heard the splendid sounds of Chapei player and Khmer folk singer Ouch Savy ahead of her performance at Meta House tonight, here is a great video put together by Cambodian Space Project’s Julien Poulson. The song is called Khmer Harvest Blues.

See you around the traps,


Latest Gigs

Thursday  17-Oct-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Ingolv Haaland , Ouch Savy and DJ White Wine at Meta House
  • 8:30 PM ~ Joey Paz at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ Euan Gray at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Maurice at Backstage Cocktail Bar
Friday  18-Oct-2013
  • 6:00 PM ~ Sunset Sandpit Sessions Live Music at Le Jardin at Le Jardin
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Kid , Khem , DJ Sun , Sok Seylalin , Sok Sreyleak and Sarat Thhat at Lavo Restaurant & Lounge
  • 8:30 PM ~ DJ Island The and X-Rays at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ K'Dam , DJ Tonle Dub , DJ Mercy and DJ Polaak at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley and the Jumping Jacks at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ B-Boy Peanut , DJ Vandal and DJ Lethal Skillz at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Underdogs at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rhiannon Johnson Trio at The Groove
  • 9:30 PM ~ Dub Addiction and DJ Polaak at The Doors
  • 9:30 PM ~ Jungle at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and DJ Rob at Pontoon
  • 10:00 PM ~ The Kimchi Collective at Backstage Cocktail Bar
Saturday  19-Oct-2013
  • 5:30 PM ~ DJ Wez-T , DJ Funkelastiks , DJ Poly , Alan Ritchie and DJ Lion at Koh Rong Samloem in Sihanouk Ville
  • 8:00 PM ~ Giovanno De Cecco at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ RNA + Friends at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ BBoy Peanut at The Top Banana
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jaworski 7 at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Party in Pink at The Memphis Pub
  • 9:00 PM ~ Diego Dimarques at The Groove
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Underdogs at The Slur Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ Holey Bucket Union at The Doors
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Riverside Ray-Bans at The Village
Sunday  20-Oct-2013
  • 5:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 5:00 PM ~ Alan Breen at Le Jardin
Tuesday  22-Oct-2013
  • 8:00 PM ~ Joey Paz at The Village
Wednesday  23-Oct-2013
  • 8:00 PM ~ Khmera at The Doors
  • 8:00 PM ~ Sophie Rose Lewis at Cherry Bomb
  • 8:30 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at The Village
Coming Up
  • Jahzad at Equinox, The Latin Quarter
  • BeatboxCoex * at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • Vibratone at Equinox, The Doors
  • Die Lumpen * at Hotel Cambodiana
  • Charlie Corrie at The Doors
  • Kin Jazz at The Doors
  • RNA + Friends at 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
  • Dub Addiction at Equinox
  • Invisible Agent at Meta House
  • The Grass Snake Union at Equinox
  • Phil Manning * at La Croisette, The Gym Bar
  • Rock X-Press, Jaworski 7 and Psychotic Reactions at The Memphis Pub
  • Marsyas at The Slur Bar
  • UNITY at Village
  • The Fumes at The Village
  • Holliday In Cambodia at The Village
  • Joe Wrigley and Esther Mwuaka at The Village
  • Hydrophonics and DJ Tech 12 at Pontoon
  • DJ Al Mundo at Meta House
  • Jim Dunloop and Marc Hype at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest, DJ Rob, DJ Lefty and Alex Shaman at Pontoon
  • DJ Mariano Noguera at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • Rom Bak Battle at Slur Bar
  • James Speck, Tim King and DJ Nicomatic at Meta House

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