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Weekly Gig Guide - Commencing Thursday 24th October 2013

Which American electric guitar master wrote these words? Stevie Ray Vaughan? Gary Rossington? Steve Vai? None of the above. It is a player from the same generation as those guys, but this particular legend has made Cambodia his home. It is of course Phnom Penh’s Smokin’ Kenny Smith, the incendiary blues riffmaster of ‘Route 66’, ‘Lost Highway’ and many other renowned bands. Not to mention the celebrated Sunday night jam sessions at Sharky’s. Read all about it here in part 2 of Kenny’s uncensored, straight-talkin’ memoir of his experiences as an expat musician: Riding the Rails: The Extreme Ups and Downs of the Cambodian Musical Rollercoaster.

Australian acoustic guitar legend Phil Manning is in Phnom Penh this weekend, playing three gigs at three different venues. The solo folk-blues ace will perform in the intimate surroundings of La Croisette on Thursday and The Gym Sports Bar on Friday, rounding his trip off with a Sunday night show in the more Rock’n’Roll environment of Sharky Bar. Jack is probably dreaming a little bit, but it would be so cool to see a Smokin’ Kenny Smith/Phil Manning duet on Sunday.

Looking over this week’s gig guide, Jack is already restocking his fridge with high-caffeine energy drinks and a large box of Royal D. As you will see, there’s a real avalanche of quality gigs coming up. On Thursday, a new band called Unity debut at The Village. Their repertoire has yet to be revealed, but Unity are a super-trio of acoustic musical magicians, consisting of Ace Zapa, KC G., and Chuck Villar.

Saturday night in Phnom Penh is usually the time when music lovers have to make some tough choices about which band to see. Be ready to make those choices on Friday this week, when there are several hot bands playing at the same time. I guarantee that at 9.30pm you’ll be breaking promises, cancelling dates, and generally spreading yourself thinner than Jack Diamond. If you’re in the mood for venue hopping, you could start things off slowly with Phil Manning at Gym Bar, then catch the experimental sounds of Pan Gu at Metahouse. Crank up the Friday night energy with Jahzad on the dancefloor of Equinox, before a night cap and some late-night funk-jazz action at Slur Bar, with Stephane Routier’s Marsyas. But who would take my advice? You can’t be in two places at once. If you could you might also be able to catch the excellent Vibratone at Doors Phnom Penh, or those solid-as-a-rock indie-pop purveyors The Fumes at The Village. Not to mention... OK, enough already.


Take a deep breath and relax on Saturday with one of many very cool options. Rhiannon Johnson continues her residency at the very classy establishment that is The Groove, on st.282 above Terrazza restaurant. With her golden voice, Rhiannon is the undisputed queen of soul and jazz in Phnom Penh.


Meanwhile, Sax man Euan Gray and his team of super-hot jazz players light up the dancefloor at Doors Phnom Penh for The Big Swing with Kin.

For more of an international experience, be sure to catch a special acoustic set from Kok Thlok at Slur Bar. The Cambodian-French ensemble recently finished a triumphant run of their play ‘Belle De Nuit’ at Showbox. Saturday will see more innovation and fusion from these fantastic musicians.

All of this should keep Jack busier than Smokin’ Kenny’s left hand during a 12-bar blues solo. If I do manage to survive until next Tuesday, I’ll be at Sundance Inn and Saloon for the open mic, raising a glass to the host - Mr Kenny Smith: lifetime guitar extraordinaire, longtime pillar of the Cambodian expatriate music scene, and sometime memoirist!

As always, take care out there on the scene this week. Special thanks to Ken Edgar, who has provided Leng Pleng with the excellent photographs featured in this week’s wrap. You can see more at www.kenedgar.com 


Latest Gigs

Thursday  24-Oct-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Lisa at The Aquarium Bar
  • 7:00 PM ~ Rhiannon Johnson Trio at The Doors
  • 8:00 PM ~ Phil Manning * at La Croisette
  • 8:30 PM ~ Unity at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ritchy & Phil and Euan Gray at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Maurice at Backstage Cocktail Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Electric Universe at Meta House
Friday  25-Oct-2013
  • 4:00 PM ~ The Underdogs and Areak at Bophana Center
  • 7:00 PM ~ Alan Breen at The Latin Quarter
  • 7:30 PM ~ Phil Manning * at The Gym Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ace Trio at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jahzad at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ RNA + Friends at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley and The Jumping Jacks at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dr. Wah Wah , DJ Moodydann and Pan Gu at Meta House
  • 9:30 PM ~ Vibratone at The Doors
  • 9:30 PM ~ Marsyas at The Slur Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Fumes at The Village
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Jim Dunloop and DJ Marc Hype at Pontoon
Saturday  26-Oct-2013
  • 1:00 PM ~ OktoberFeast!! Zee Germans are coming...!! at The Show Box
  • 6:00 PM ~ DJ Tonle Dub , DJ Mercy and DJ Polaak at Malaman
  • 8:00 PM ~ PP Punchliners at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Invisible Agent at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ritchy & Phil and Rhiannon Johnson Trio at The Groove
  • 9:30 PM ~ Kin Jazz at The Doors
  • 9:30 PM ~ Holliday In Cambodia at The Village
  • 9:30 PM ~ Kok Thlok at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ Hydrophonics and DJ Tech 12 at Pontoon
Sunday  27-Oct-2013
  • 5:00 PM ~ Alan Breen at Le Jardin
  • 9:00 PM ~ Phil Manning * at Sharky Bar
Monday  28-Oct-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Lisa at The Aquarium Bar
Tuesday  29-Oct-2013
  • 7:30 PM ~ Baitong Ukulele Circle at The Baitong Restaurant & Bar
Wednesday  30-Oct-2013
  • 7:30 PM ~ Joe Wrigley and Esther Mwuaka at The Village
  • 8:00 PM ~ Charlie Corrie at The Doors
  • 8:00 PM ~ Danny & Kate at The Gym Bar
Coming Up
  • BeatboxCoex * at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • Vibratone at Equinox, The Doors
  • Die Lumpen * at Hotel Cambodiana
  • 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
  • The Grass Snake Union at Equinox
  • Rock X-Press, Jaworski 7 and Psychotic Reactions at The Memphis Pub
  • Jahzad at The Latin Quarter
  • Kasey Taylor at Pontoon
  • Box Poetry Slam at Show Box
  • Kok Thlok at The Show Box
  • One Year Anniversary Masquerade Ball at Show Box
  • Joe Wrigley, Mealea Lay and Keith Kenny * at Equinox
  • Martin Jacobsen, Vinh Lê and Duylinh Nguyen at The Doors
  • Gabi Faja and AI Iawasaki at The Doors
  • Moi Tiet! at The Doors
  • Euan Gray at The Doors
  • Miles Davis at The Doors
  • The Klezbodians at The Doors, The Doors
  • Kin Jazz at The Doors
  • Leon Kondo Quartet at The Slur Bar
  • Splitter at The Slur Bar
  • DJ Al Mundo at Meta House
  • DJ Illest, DJ Rob, DJ Lefty and Alex Shaman at Pontoon
  • DJ Mariano Noguera at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • Rom Bak Battle at Slur Bar
  • DJ Jedie * at Pontoon
  • Hydrophonics and DJ Tech 12 at Pontoon
  • Halloween Romp Party at Show Box
  • DJ Phatt Controller, DJ Cab, DJ Polaak and Salmon All Star at The 3Mangos Guesthouse
  • DJ Bree and DJ BBoy Peanut at The Eighty8
  • DJ Dynomite at Nova Penthouse
  • DJ Helen at Nova Penthouse
  • DJ D'Zier at Nova Penthouse
  • DJ Dan Beck and The Kimchi Collective at The The Irish Place Pub

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