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Weekly Wrap - Week Commencing Thursday the 9th October 2014

(left to right) Kenny Smith, Dave Zdriluk and Sook - pic: Jim Heston
PP Rock Show Band is a newly-formed line-up of musicians taking to the stage this Friday at Sharky Bar. Graham Cain, 'Smokin' Kenny Smith, Dave Zdriluk and 'Khmer Sook' comprise a band of huge experience and technical ability. The repertoire will consist mainly of 1970's rock classics but musicians of this calibre always have the potential to drop a few surprises into the set. I will be sure to pop in and find out for myself and possibly pick up a few fretboard tips from lightning-fast guitarist Kenny Smith and expert bassist Dave Zdriluk. In musical terms, Dave has a great ability to be the absolute anchor of the band – hearing everything going on around him and condensing it all into the purest, most vital groove.

The Kampot Playboys
Down in Kampot this Friday, one of the greatest bands in Cambodia at the moment, The Kampot Playboys, will be rocking out the re-opening party of Rusty Keyhole 2. Hmmm, sounds like fun and more than enough reason to jump on a bus heading south...

Saigon Rockers is a reggae sound-system collective of DJs, MCs and live performers based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Rockers travel to Phnom Penh for a show at Slur Bar on Saturday evening, teaming up with MC Kaztet Dee's Wat a Gwaan collective for Jamaican Oldies Night. No live bands this time but expect a night of excellent reggae tunes spun by DJs who know their stuff – together with several MCs toasting live and loud. Check out the Saigon Rockers 'Reggae Sunday' video below for a taste of the action.

Mekong Messengers return to Sharky Bar this Saturday. The two stars of this band are lead singer Kristen Rasmussen and lead guitarist Pavel 'zargz' Ramirez. Kristen has an incredibly strong and exceptional voice that commands the attention of everyone in the room while Pavel brings understated, nimble guitar licks and tricks. The Messengers have a repertoire of country, blues and rockabilly songs with a few soul ballads thrown in to allow Kristen to really 'belt'.
Pavel 'zargz' Ramirez
Until next time, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!


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