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Gig Guide: Week Commencing 26th September 2013

Nothing stops the music. Barbed wire, roadblocks and uncertainty may have made life in Phnom Penh a little more difficult recently, but Jack has seen plenty of full houses as we continue to turn up at our favourite venues. The weekly list of gigs is getting longer, there are new venues and new artists appearing, and yes there are still tourists and backpackers pouring in to Cambodia.

The established venues are not the only places to discover what’s happening on the scene. Phnom Penh is home to many small restaurants and bars that offer live music. These venues may be a little quieter than the big names, but if you are willing to have a look around you can discover something special. On Street 55, a couple of blocks from Sihanouk Boulevard, The Aquarium Bar hosts new talent Lisa, who plays at the venue a few times a week, including an open mic jam session on Thursday. Lisa is an acoustic-pop singer with a talent well beyond her 21 years. Meanwhile, down the road on st.360, Scoddy continues to host Bywater at Baitong, which attracts musically talented guests every Thursday.

The theme continues on st.360 early Friday evening, when Lisa teams up with Miss Sarawan for Ladies at Le Jardin. The guys at Le Jardin, The Alleycat Cafe, Banyan Tree, Opera Cafe (and all the others that Jack cannot recall right now) show us what wonderful things can be achieved with just a small PA system and a huge love of music.

One team with a proven history of supporting music and arts are the guys behind Showbox on st.330. It’s no secret that their stupendous and legendary gigs and parties have sometimes attracted the wrong sort of attention from their residential neighbours. Previous solutions have included partying on the Tonle Sap aboard the Showboat or hosting metal bands during the day. Now Showbox presents the newest live music venue in Phnom Penh... Cherry Bomb! The party begins on Friday night with guest DJs and musicians, and the heavy live music kicks off on Saturday with metal heads Sangvar Day and Splitter. Cherry Bomb is located on st.51 next to Grease Monkeys motorbike shop.

More original music, and only original music, on Saturday at Equinox with the pun-friendly Moi Tiet! This band started out a few months ago as an acoustic outfit, but after a few personnel and equipment changes they have emerged as a rocking electric band. The new Moi Tiet! recently brought the house down at Sharky Bar and there should be an equally full dancefloor at Equinox this weekend.

Meanwhile, Jack will be checking out the toe-tapping action at Sharky Bar when The Jungle take to the stage on Saturday night. Last time these guys were in town they blew everyone away with an amazing rhythm section, wild guitarist and the inimitable Russian style of frontman Sergey. The Jungle describe their repertoire as Latin, Funk and Rock tunes, but this humble description does not convey their huge energy and showmanship.

Those with a passion for dancing and fun (and frankly, if you have tolerated Jack’s rambling gig guide this long you must have a lot of passion) will be looking forward to the re-launch of Swing Penh over the next few days. The big swing dancing events are Friday at The Village and Saturday at Doors Phnom Penh, when Euan Gray’s Kin Jazz will provide awesome dancing fuel.

Plenty of opportunity for revelling on the riverside rooftops of Phnom Penh this weekend. Jaworski 7 play a gig at FCC on Saturday night, where it should be particularly cool to listen to their track Phnom Penh is Beautiful while gazing across the city. A stone’s throw away on Sunday afternoon, on the Rooftop of the Quay Hotel, The Kimchi Collective DJs will be bringing electronic beats.

Bringing you back down to earth with some technical news, Jack passes on apologies from Krom. Due to an unfortunate mix-up, if you obtained a copy of their latest album Neon Dark during the launch party at Doors last Saturday, you will have a poorly manufactured CD. Please contact the band through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MekongSessions?fref=ts  to replace your copy with the real thing.

Talking about ‘The Real Thing’...members of the expatriate music community will be pleased to know that the superstar former front man of The Lazy Jazz Drunks, Ian Rowlett Anderson, is alive and well and making music back in England. Have at look at this video from his band Swamp Delta. Stay safe and see you around the traps...





Latest Gigs

Thursday  26-Sep-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Lisa at The Aquarium Bar
  • 8:30 PM ~ The Amanda Bloom Trio at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ritchy & Phil at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Maurice at Backstage Cocktail Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ James Speck , Tim King and DJ Nicomatic at Meta House
Friday  27-Sep-2013
  • 6:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan and Lisa at Le Jardin
  • 9:00 PM ~ Diego Dimarques at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ Swing Penh Launch at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ RNA + Friends at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Pattie at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Wez-T , DJ Brus , Paul Adair , Achaya Bc and Il Toro * at Backstage Cocktail Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Cosmic Rock DJ Party at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Cherry Bomb Blow Out at Cherry Bomb
  • 9:00 PM ~ Groovedigger at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ Jahzad at The Doors
Saturday  28-Sep-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley and MWAUKA at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jaworski 7 at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Jungle at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Kin Jazz at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rhiannon Johnson at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Edwardowski and DJ Yoshi * at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Splitter and Sangvar Day at Cherry Bomb
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Sakura Boom at The Mezze Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Moi Tiet! at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Invisible Agent Label Night at Meta House
  • 9:30 PM ~ Carlos Fandango at The Village
  • 9:30 PM ~ Vibratone at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
  • 10:00 PM ~ Reggae on the Rox at Dusk till Dawn
Sunday  29-Sep-2013
  • 4:00 PM ~ The Kimchi Collective at The Quay Hotel
  • 5:00 PM ~ Alan Breen at Le Jardin
  • 5:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 9:00 PM ~ Gabi Faja , Toma Willen and Sebastien Adnot at The Doors
Monday  30-Sep-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Lisa at The Aquarium Bar
  • 7:30 PM ~ Nerd Night at The Village
Tuesday  1-Oct-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Lisa at The Aquarium Bar
Wednesday  2-Oct-2013
  • 7:30 PM ~ Joe Wrigley The and Jumping Jacks at The Slur Bar
  • 8:30 PM ~ Alan Breen at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ 'FUKTE' Concert at Meta House
Coming Up
  • Jahzad at Equinox
  • BeatboxCoex * at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • Vibratone at Equinox, The Doors
  • Poni Hoax at NRG FM
  • Battle of the Bands at Sharky Bar
  • Phil Manning * at The Led Zephyr
  • Miss Sarawan at The Village
  • Joey Paz at The Village
  • Alan Breen at The Village
  • Die Lumpen * at Hotel Cambodiana, Hotel Cambodiana and Hotel Cambodiana
  • Drop Dead Disco at Naga House in Kampot
  • RNA + Friends at The Village, Sharky Bar and Paddy Rice
  • Charlie Corrie at The Doors, The Doors
  • Akhia Cyxtiel at The Doors
  • Khmera at The Doors
  • Marsyas at The Doors
  • Dub Addiction at The Doors
  • Miles Davis at The Doors
  • Holey Bucket Union at The Doors
  • Kin Jazz at The Doors
  • 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
  • DJ Deuce Manila * at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • DJ Cyncity, DJ Bree and DJ BBoy Peanut at The Eighty8

Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 19th September 2013

Youth. Talent. Energy. Drive. Beauty. Jack may be sadly lacking in all these areas, but there is hope. Over the next seven days, the stages of the Cambodian music scene will be packed with enough youthful energy and exuberance to make us all feel good. Time to get positive, get out of the house, and get down to some venues. 

There are a bunch of new acts emerging in Phnom Penh who are all very young and very talented. Some of the artists to look out for are The Underdogs, Akhia, Khmera, No Forever, Miss Sarawan and Lisa C. Alongside established names already packing out venues, they are driving a vibrant and diverse scene. 

Doors Phnom Penh continues to foster new talent and promote diversity in their September schedule. Thursday sees the debut of classical music at the Street 47 venue, and you will get the chance to enjoy some choice opera arias sung by by Ai Iawasaki and Kiyong Ryu. Amanda Bloom will again put the Doors Grand Piano to delectable use on Friday when she performs tracks from her new album Atlas. On Saturday you can celebrate with fusion act Krom as they launch their new album Neon Dark. As if any extra incentive were needed, the party will feature an appearance from Khmer Chapei Master Kong Nay

Jack knows that things are looking up when he has a choice of interesting gigs on a Thursday night. If you don’t fancy Opera, try some jazz saxophone from Alan Breen at The Village. If, like me, you love anything musical that comes from New Orleans, DJ Jambalaya will be at Meta House spinning some selections from the French Quarter.

Brent Clark takes the sax back to the barroom on Friday night with Two Shots and a Chaser at Sharky Bar, playing some hard Rock’n’Roll and Rockabilly in the most authentic music venue in town. More stimulation is on hand on Saturday night when local favourites The Fumes hit Sharky’s with classic indie and new wave covers. Exciting things are happening at the venue this autumn, with the forthcoming Penhstock IV three-day music festival in November, and a mammoth Battle of the Bands in October. 

Sunset Sandpit Sessions is always a good spot to start Friday, when Le Jardin hosts acoustic music from 6pm. This week Scott Bywater presents the Riverside Ray Bans, a group of talented musicians emulating the amazing laid-back style of J J Cale. 

Still buzzing from an energetic appearance at Doors last Friday, Holey Bucket Union bring their Hank Williams show to Equinox on Friday evening. There is something about cowboy hats, banjos and washboards that gets everybody dancing. For something completely different, return to Equinox on Saturday night for PP Punchliners. You might be surprised to find how many talented stand-up comedians there are in Phnom Penh, and many of them will be at this open mic on Saturday. 

Now what was I saying about new talent? Everyone is talking about The Underdogs. They are a group of youngsters formed at Music Arts School, getting seriously acquainted with the Khmer Rock catalogue. In just a few months they have progressed from nervous newbies to skilled performers with a large repertoire. Three different singers share the stage with a four-piece band. This might be a bit of a squeeze at La Croisette on Saturday night, but it would certainly be worth going to find out. 

A special event takes place on Saturday when Tiny Toones take over Showbox. This will be a real hip-hop show featuring the four elements of breaking, rapping, DJing and graffiti. Tiny Toones is a community organisation, where hundreds of children from the poorest neighbourhoods and slums of Phnom Penh come every day to express themselves creatively and to enjoy learning. MCs Kosal Kiev and Gobshite will be appearing, and the entirety of your $4 entry fee will help keep the Tiny Toones project going. 

If you can make it through this weekend’s musical marathon, more incredible newcomers are ready to entertain you on Wednesday. Singing sensation Akhia continues the New Talent Sessions at Doors, while a brand-new voice comes to the Village. MWAUKA is the solo act of Esther, a Congolese gospel choir teacher with a passion for soul and French ballads. 

Another chance to stimulate your lobes on Wednesday at Equinox when WASH perform their three-part, multimedia work The Next Horizon. Ask anyone who was at Metahouse last weekend and they will confirm that this combination of poetry, music and visuals is something really special.

Jack gets excited about anything that is original and different, and on that note I will leave you with a video from Krom, who release their next studio album ‘Neon Dark’ this week. Whether you’re out on the scene digging Classical, bopping to Jazz, dancing to Khmer Rock or breaking to Hip-Hop, please stay safe out there and enjoy as much as you can.

Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 19th September 2013

Latest Gigs

Thursday  19-Sep-2013
  • 8:30 PM ~ Gabi Faja , AI Iawasaki and RYU at The Doors
  • 8:30 PM ~ Alan Breen at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ Jambalaya at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Maurice at Backstage Cocktail Bar
Friday  20-Sep-2013
  • 5:30 PM ~ Joey Paz at The Village
  • 6:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater The and Riverside Ray-Bans at Le Jardin
  • 8:30 PM ~ DJ Island The and X-Rays at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Wez-T at The Slur Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Two Shots and a Chaser at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Tonle Dub and DJ Mercy at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Grass Snake Union and Joe Wrigley at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Amanda Bloom at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Donabelle at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ Holliday In Cambodia at Paddy Rice
  • 10:00 PM ~ Rob Little and DJ Gang at Pontoon
Saturday  21-Sep-2013
  • 6:00 PM ~ Nas Bossalover at Le Jardin
  • 7:30 PM ~ MC Gobshite , Kosal Kiev and Tiny Toones at The Show Box
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ringtail at Angkor Mithona
  • 8:00 PM ~ PP Punchliners at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Fumes at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ DTonn , Possum’s Mainstream , Ragga , DJ Mat , D’n’B and Teck at The Silk Garden in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Underdogs at La Croisette
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Koolers at The Slur Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Krom at The Doors
  • 9:30 PM ~ Kheltica at The Village
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Strange Fruit at Backstage Cocktail Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Blue and DJ Gang at Pontoon
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Miss Kymee * at Nova Penthouse
Sunday  22-Sep-2013
  • 3:00 PM ~ Sliten6ix , Varaman and No Forever at The Show Box
  • 5:00 PM ~ Alan Breen at Le Jardin
Wednesday  25-Sep-2013
  • 8:00 PM ~ Akhia Cyxtiel at The Doors
  • 8:30 PM ~ MWAUKA at The Village
  • 8:30 PM ~ Live Music with Danny & Kate at The Gym
  • 9:00 PM ~ WASH at Equinox
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Lefty at The Pontoon Bistro
Coming Up
  • Moi Tiet at Equinox
  • Jahzad at Equinox
  • RNA + Friends and RNA + Friends at Paddy Rice, Paddy Rice
  • BeatboxCoex * at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • Vibratone at Equinox
  • Gabi Faja, Toma Willen and Sebastien Adnot at The Doors
  • Jaworski 7 at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • Poni Hoax at NRG FM
  • Amanda Bloom at The Village
  • Kin Jazz at The Doors
  • Battle of the Bands at Sharky Bar
  • Phil Manning * at The Led Zephyr
  • DJ Deuce Manila * at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • DJ Pattie at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • Invisible Agent Label Night at Meta House
  • Invisible Agent at The Village
  • Scott Bywater at The Baitong Restaurant & Bar

Weekly Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 12th September 2013

OK so I admit I’m still buzzing from the excitement of last week’s launch party for the Leng Pleng mobile app. We called it the Leng Pleng Mix and it was an extravaganza of music, click the link for some great photos from Ken Edgar:

...and another fantastic set from Jeremie at Film Noir:


My personal highlight was watching Television Ted leap on to the stage with Cambodian Space Project and blast the microphone with fearsome harmonica, whilst spinning around like a whirling dervish possessed by the spirit of Little Walter. 

Back at The Village tonight, Amanda Bloom brings a touch of class to BKK1 with her trio featuring piano, cello and bassoon. The style is classical but Amanda is a songwriter as well as being an amazing singer and pianist, and she creates a sound that is really her own.

Also on Thursday, raise at glass at Paddy Rice to mark the 3rd birthday of Electric Eclectic Limelight Jukebox Jam, or to put it more simply, the Paddy Rice Open Mic. Paddy’s is a hub for expatriate musicians and for many it is their first port of call when arriving in Phnom Penh. You want to form a band? Just go to Paddy Rice on Thursday. Host Jet Odrerir will look after you, he has been doing this since the weekly night began three years ago. You could even visit Paddy’s again this Friday, when Jet’s band Station to Station will be performing their set of Bowie classics.

For something a little more... Rotten - try Sharky Bar on Friday night for some Sex Pistols action with local heroes The Scumbags. The venue gets even heavier on Saturday when rockers Splitter and Sangvar Day raise the decibel level. The walls of this Indochina institution ooze character and like Paddy Rice the guys at Sharky's have long supported the local music scene.

Less head banging and more mind-blowing at Metahouse on Saturday, when the WASH collaboration debut their new work: The Next Horizon. Some explanation is required, as this multimedia performance group cannot be slotted neatly into a genre. At a WASH gig, the frontman reads poetry while the other guys create music and visuals around the poetry. Or perhaps the poetry is recited over the top of the music. No wait, maybe... well its not easy to describe, but I know that Warren DalyAlex LeonardScott Bywater and Hal FX together create something that is musically, visually and intellectually very powerful and very interesting. Note that this is an early show on Saturday from 7pm to 9pm.

Another great venue and great artist combine later on Saturday when The Rhiannon Johnson Quartet take to the stage at Doors Phnom Penh. Rhiannon became a local legend when she started singing with funk outfit Durian. Recently she has been bringing her incredible voice to The Groove on more of a jazz and classic soul tip. When she brings her act to Doors she will bring with her a group of fantastic musicians and a whole lot of style. 

Jack always likes to keep his ear pinned to the ground for word of the next thing happening on the scene. I did hear a rumour that Durian are rallying themselves for an Autumn return. This could bring happiness to a lot of dancefloors. Meanwhile Grass Snake Union have partly reformed as Holey Bucket Union, and they are celebrating what would have been Hank Williams’ 90th birthday this month with gigs at Doors and Equinox. Catch them on Friday at Doors for two sets of Country and Bluegrass songs from the pen of a 20th Century giant who shaped modern music.

I’ve heard another careless whisper about a new music venue coming soon to that centre of debauchery, Street 51. One well known bar is opening up a cool live music space in an upstairs room and promises to go until the early hours, which does sound pleasingly sordid. More news about this when I hear it. 

Until next time, take care of yourselves out there and do as Jack does: sally forth in search of creative music. Remember that you can access Leng Pleng when on the move, via our mobile app, now fully functioning for iOS and Android. I will leave you with some inspiration in the form of a new video from Amanda Bloom, sharing her monumental talent with what she modestly describes as ‘just a quick improvisation’ on piano. 



Latest Gigs

Thursday  12-Sep-2013
  • 7:30 PM ~ Scott Bywater at The Baitong Restaurant & Bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ladies Night at Sharky Bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ 3rd Birthday Open Mic Night at Paddy Rice
  • 8:30 PM ~ Amanda Bloom at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Advisor VIP Launch Party at The Chinese House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rhiannon Johnson at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Phatt Controller at Backstage Cocktail Bar
Friday  13-Sep-2013
  • 6:00 PM ~ Esther Mwuaka and Chino De Nogales at Le Jardin
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Faith * at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Edwardowski , MC Caret * , MC Dag Force , DJ Bun and DJ Yoshi at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ricky Rotten & the Scumbags at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Euan Gray at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Simon C Vent , Salmon All Star and Java & Stitch at The Eighty8
  • 9:00 PM ~ Marie Brizard at Tabu Club
  • 9:00 PM ~ The X-Rays at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Station to Station at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ K'Dam , DJ Tonle Dub , DJ Kaotek , DJ Mercy and DJ Polaak at Meta House
  • 9:30 PM ~ Holey Bucket Union at The Doors
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Tech 12 at Pontoon
Saturday  14-Sep-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater and WASH at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rhiannon Johnson at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ Leroy Saratonin at The Warehouse in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Diego Dimarques at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ Khmer 60s Rock with Sao Sopheak at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Splitter and Sangvar Day at Sharky Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Blue and DJ Gang at Pontoon
Sunday  15-Sep-2013
  • 5:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 7:00 PM ~ Frisco Tony and Carlos Fandango at Meta House
Wednesday  18-Sep-2013
  • 8:00 PM ~ Khmera at The Doors
  • 8:30 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at The Village
Coming Up
  • Two Shots and a Chaser at Sharky Bar
  • The Koolers at The Slur Bar
  • The Grass Snake Union and Joe Wrigley at Equinox
  • WASH at Equinox
  • Moi Tiet at Equinox
  • Jahzad at Equinox
  • Amanda Bloom at The Doors
  • Akhia Cyxtiel at The Doors
  • Holliday In Cambodia at Paddy Rice
  • RNA + Friends at Paddy Rice
  • BeatboxCoex * at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • Vibratone at Equinox
  • AI Iawasaki and RYU at The Doors
  • Gabi Faja, Toma Willen and Sebastien Adnot at The Doors
  • Jaworski 7 at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • Poni Hoax at NRG FM
  • DJ Tonle Dub and DJ Mercy at Meta House
  • DJ Deuce Manila * at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • Invisible Agent Label Night at Meta House
  • Space Party at RiverHouse Lounge

Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 5th September 2013

Phnom Penh’s music lovers have some real treats in store this week. Jack predicts a very high frequency of excited social media posts, over-stimulated conversations and shaky youtube gig clips over the coming days. Looking over this week’s program, even I am starting to forget my cool exterior and get dizzy like a jumping bean.

All of the excitement will be centred around The Village on Thursday night as they host The Leng Pleng Mix – a musical revue of historical proportions that brings together legends and luminaries to help us celebrate Cambodian musical culture and the crossover between East and West. Thrakha Band! Cambodian Space Project! Blind Nyel! Conrad Keely! ...I’m getting over-stimulated naming just a few of the acts confirmed for this event.

The boys at head office didn’t mess around when organising the launch party for the Leng Pleng mobile app. They took a four-wheel drive up to Mondulkiri in the rainy season and came back with a group of Bunong Musical Masters. They booked a legendary Khmer-Rock band that has been playing together since the 1960’s. They even convinced Princess Soma Norodom to host the event! Proceedings begin at 7.30pm and with dozens of performers, the party will surely carry on into Friday.

Le Jardin offers a chance to recover and unwind with their Sunset Sandpit Sessions. This weekly night has been continuing over the summer, featuring acoustic music early on Friday evenings. This week’s edition includes a warm-up show from Holey Bucket Union, a new act paying tribute to the songs of the great Hank Williams. Fans of Grass Snake Union will recognise a few familiar faces in the line-up.

Have you recovered well enough to see another genre-munching, cross-continental group of musicians? Good, because later on Friday The Klezbodians are playing at Slur Bar. This band combines multiple instruments to build a wall of sound that must be heard to be believed. They play Eastern-European Klezmer music that will evoke a Jewish wedding in your mind, while your body will be drawn inexorably to the dancefloor.

Vibratone play Slur on Saturday night, and if this is anything like their gig a couple of weeks ago, the dancefloor will be filled with smiling patrons bopping along to some very tightly performed dub-reggae. The band writes all their own stuff and Maia always gets a good reaction when she starts singing ‘Phnom Penh Fire’.

Up on the roof of the FCC Phnom Penh, The Cambodian Space Project say farewell until Christmas. Their show on Saturday will be your last chance to see the amazing Diva Srey Channthy and company before the spaceship heads to Australia for touring and recording.

Farewells can be tough. On Sunday at Sharky’s, all and sundry are warmly invited to an event specially organized by the venue's management. It is a benefit gig for former General Manager & Entertainments Manager Ross Hounslow. As all of those musicians and patrons of Sharky Bar will know, Ross has been very ill of late and has had to get back to Australia to undertake a full recovery. Over the 8 years that Ross has been here his support for the local music industry has been full of a love and passion for great music. His broad smile and sense of humour has filled the hearts and minds of the musicians, management, patrons and staff of Sharky’s with a lot fun and laughter over many years. He is always totally appreciated by those people who have had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.

To wish Ross a speedy recovery and to help him cover the huge expenses he has garnered over the course of his illness, please join Mike, Packo, Dave and all the staff this Sunday at Sharky’s from 8:00pm onwards.

Sharky Bar is also a great choice for Friday night, when Moi Tiet! take the stage there for the first time. Refreshingly, the band plays 100% original material, and with local singer-songwriter Scott Bywater at the helm, you are bound to have a few songs echoing in your head during the tuk-tuk ride home.

Even as we say goodbye to old friends, new ones are always arriving around here. Say hello on Wednesday evening to Akhia, the talented Phnom Penh singing sensation creating a buzz at Doors Phnom Penh.

Say hello, if you can (and you will miss a great night if you don’t) to the truly wonderful Bunong musicians visiting us this week to perform at The Leng Pleng Mix, tonight, at The Village, from 7.30pm. It’s an opportunity to experience music that is unique, inspiring and moving. Here’s a little  excerpt of what we found when we went up to the mountain:



Latest Gigs

Thursday  5-Sep-2013
  • 7:30 PM ~ The Leng Pleng Mix at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ Euan Gray at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Maurice at Backstage Cocktail Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Batuque 40 Degrees at Naga World
Friday  6-Sep-2013
  • 8:30 PM ~ The X-Rays at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Moi Tiet at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Strike and Linda Asha Aboalla at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM ~ RNA + Friends at The Village
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Poly at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Holliday In Cambodia at Paddy Rice
  • 9:00 PM ~ Diego Dimarques at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Strike , Linda Asha Aboalla and Jesmine Sok at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:30 PM ~ The Klezbodians at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and DJ Rob at Pontoon
Saturday  7-Sep-2013
  • 2:00 PM ~ Ringtail at Number 9 Hotel
  • 9:00 PM ~ Ritchy and Co at The Groove
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Filth at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Vibratone at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project at The FCC Phnom Penh
  • 9:30 PM ~ Two Shots and a Chaser at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Blue and DJ Gang at Pontoon
Sunday  8-Sep-2013
  • 8:00 PM ~ Bum N Draze , Steve Murray and Sonic Detergent at Sharky Bar
Tuesday  10-Sep-2013
  • 7:00 PM ~ Swing Penh @Doors Phnom Penh at The Doors
Wednesday  11-Sep-2013
  • 8:00 PM ~ Akhia Cyxtiel at The Doors
Coming Up
  • Station to Station at Paddy Rice
  • Two Shots and a Chaser at Sharky Bar
  • The Koolers at The Slur Bar
  • The Grass Snake Union and Joe Wrigley at Equinox
  • WASH at Equinox
  • Moi Tiet at Equinox
  • Jahzad at Equinox
  • Gabi Faja, Toma Willen, Barry Speirs, Sebastien Adnot and Leon at The Doors
  • Amanda Bloom at The Doors
  • Khmera at The Doors
  • Splitter at Sharky Bar
  • Akhia Cyxtiel at The Doors
  • Holliday In Cambodia at Paddy Rice
  • RNA + Friends at Paddy Rice
  • DJ K'Dam, DJ Tonle Dub, DJ Kaotek, DJ Mercy and DJ Polaak at Meta House
  • DJ Tonle Dub and DJ Mercy at Meta House
  • Invisible Agent Label Night at Meta House

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