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Weekly Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 13th March 2014

Woody Dares is a talented performer from France playing around Cambodia at the moment. He has been gigging regularly in Sihanoukville and making a few forays into the Phnom Penh music scene. This Friday he makes his debut at The Bodhi Villa in Kampot. Woody will be joined by his energetic drummer Patrick Becknell and supported by opening act The Pirate Pilots. Dares has a great style of music, combining his reverence for 1950's rock'n'roll with a French punk sensibility and a hint of jazz. In the words of our Kampot correspondent Donkey Dave, 'It's not often we get to hear Rockabilly live here', so expect the riverside villa to be bouncing this Friday night. Lots more information about Woody Dares is available on his website.  

The man making it all possible is Huge Monroe, the multi-tasking ball of energy who runs Bodhi together with his wife Joss. At any given point on a Friday night, Huge can be observed mixing sound, playing drums, managing the bar or rescuing over-enthusiastic revellers from the Kampot river. Huge also promises 'a German rock act on a world tour in April' – watch this space.

The Cambodian Space Project
A little further down the road from Kampot, the KnaiBang Chatt Hotel in Kep will host The CambodianSpace Project on Saturday night. This will be the last chance until July to see the psychedelic rockers perform in Cambodia. Space Commander Julien Poulson told Leng Pleng that the venue is 'one of the most stunning restored examples of 1960's Sihanouk-era Cambodia, fitting in with the whole inspiration of The Cambodian Space Project. The resort is one of the few remaining examples of the [Modernist Cambodian architect] Val Molyvann-style of Khmer 1960's architecture. The whole of Kep itself was built as a resort for Cambodian aristocrats. It has suffered since as it has been eaten by the jungle and badly hit by the Khmer Rouge. Our gig on Saturday will be a link to a lost world. We will wake up some ghosts from the past. We will also have The Space-ettes with us - the 3 dancing girls that played at our Galaxy Khmer shows in Berlin'. Cambodian Space Project also play Equinox in Phnom Penh on Friday night.

If you are staying in the city this weekend then you will be able to see something really extraordinary at Doors Phnom Penh on Saturday night. BlocoMalagasy have been performing gigs and workshops all over Cambodia recently, sharing their musical gifts with a lot of intrigued listeners. The all-girl drumming troupe from Madagascar play Batucada, 'the traditional African-influenced samba music played by large percussion groups in Brazil’s carnival parades, characterized by its repetitive style and fast pace'

Another very special performance is scheduled for early Sunday evening when the Songkites project celebrates the launch of it's first album. A 10mx7m open-air stage and large sound system will be in place on Koh Pich Diamond Island (behind the Koh Pich Town Hall). Twelve Cambodian songwriters will perform tracks from Songkites Season 1 – Khmer Original Music, with Lewis Pragasam and Phillip Javelle providing, what project leader Euan Gray describes as, 'a kick-arse rhythm section'! Euan let Leng Pleng know that the concert is completely free and the CD album (including bespoke artwork and packaging) will be available for one night only at the special price of $5. Euan also told us that 'it will be a short performance starting around 6pm, lasting one hour or so... don't have dinner first or you'll miss it!'. Check out the Songkites promo video below.


Wherever you choose to enjoy the great live gigs in Cambodia this week, stay safe and.... see you around the traps.


Latest Gigs

Thursday  13-Mar-2014
  • 8:30 PM ~ RJ Marshall at The Aquarium Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Roddy Fraser at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Submarine Brass Band at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Electric Universe at Meta House
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Flo at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
  • 11:30 PM ~ DJ Rob Bianche and Alex Shaman at Pontoon
Friday  14-Mar-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Amigos at Center for Circus and Performing Arts
  • 7:00 PM ~ Louise Norup and Barry Speirs at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 9:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Susu at Boulevard Club
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Woody Dares at The Bodhi Villa in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ Elvis Fandango at Madison Corner in Battambang
  • 9:00 PM ~ C-DRIK Live Concert at Meta House
  • 9:30 PM ~ Sonic Detergent at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Simon C Vent at Meta House
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Bree , DJ Stroke and DJ B-Boy Peanut at Code Red
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Susu and DJ Lefty at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Illest , DJ Gang and DJ Rob Bianche at Pontoon
Saturday  15-Mar-2014
  • 5:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project at Knai Bang Chatt in Kep
  • 7:00 PM ~ Amigos at Kompong Speu New Car Station in Kampong Speu
  • 8:00 PM ~ Open Mic at ABC in Kampot
  • 8:00 PM ~ Mispent Youth at Shanghai Bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ Bloco Malagasy * at The Doors
  • 8:30 PM ~ Vibratone at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Electric Yard Dogs * at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ X-Pat Sound System at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Grass Snake Union at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ Barry Speirs , Ritchy Boisson , Rhiannon Johnson and Gilles Renne at The Groove
  • 9:30 PM ~ Wat A Gwaan at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ Sangvar Day at The Memphis Pub
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Funkelastiks and DJ Phannara at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ R-Wan at Pontoon
Sunday  16-Mar-2014
  • 2:00 PM ~ DJ K'Dam and Submarine Brass Band at The GreenHouse in Kampot
  • 5:30 PM ~ DJ Wez-T , DJ Funkelastiks , DJ Sequence , DJ Egospell and DJ Mapro at Koh Rong Samloem in Sihanouk Ville
  • 6:00 PM ~ Songkites Season 1 Album Launch at Koh Pich
  • 8:00 PM ~ Acoustic Chill Out with Ant at Arcadia Backpackers Kampot in Kampot
  • 10:00 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam and Philippe Javelle at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Monday  17-Mar-2014
  • 9:00 PM ~ Kheltica at Paddy Rice
  • 9:30 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Tam at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Tuesday  18-Mar-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Tamaraka Trio at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 7:30 PM ~ The Klezbodians at The Doors
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJz Nme and DJ Maily at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Susu at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Wednesday  19-Mar-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ringtail at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Lewis Pragasam , Philippe Javelle and DJ Lera at Frost
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Simon C Vent at The RiverHouse Asian Bistro
Coming Up
  • Jahzad at Equinox
  • Dub Addiction at Equinox
  • Bands of Cambodia Music Video Night at Equinox
  • RJ Marshall at Equinox
  • The Adobo Conspiracy at Equinox
  • Marsyas at Equinox
  • Vibratone at Equinox
  • MWAUKA & The Gang at The Slur Bar
  • The Klezbodians at The Slur Bar
  • Joshua Chiang at The Slur Bar
  • RJ Marshall, Jerby Santo, Joshua Chiang and Robin Narciso at Equinox
  • Kok Thlok at The Slur Bar
  • Lewis Pragasam, Olga Andreeva, Anuitartonio and Kenn at La Croisette
  • Leon Kondo at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • DJ Set and DJ Feraliskinky at Pontoon
  • DJ Feraliskinky at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest at Pontoon
  • DJ Luke Coolhand and DJ Chantal at The Pontoon Pulse
  • X-Pat Sound System at Meta House
  • DJ Tonle Dub and DJ Mercy at Meta House, Meta House
  • DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • DJ Tam and DJ Gigahurtz at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • DJane Sao Sopheak and Miss Sarawan at Meta House

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