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Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 3rd December 2015

Brass and balls: TMSF and BBTS – pic: Sharky Bar Facebook
An extraordinary evening of music is scheduled to take place at Sharky Bar tonight (Thursday). TMSF (Thomas Magical Sound of Funk) is a French band comprising of members of The Submarine Brass Band. If you saw those guys perform during their last visit to Cambodia in 2014, you will remember a stage packed full with weird and wonderful brass instruments, and very funky music delivered with powerful positive energy. The TMSF brass band will be augmented by drums and guitar on the Sharky Bar stage. As if that were not enough to make a great night,
Sharky Bar
have managed to catch the Bareback Titty Squad trio for a farewell set of pop-punk mash-ups - before they head back to Australia tomorrow. Rock on!

Cloud is a new arts and music venue in Phnom Penh, tucked away on Street No.9 – south of Street 294 and west of Sothearos Boulevard. This 'Tonle Bassac' area of town is becoming increasingly populated with cool, boutique bars and restaurants. Cloud is one of a few of the new venues actively promoting live music – catch the elegant Lisa Concepcion performing a solo acoustic session there this Friday night.

Welcome to Cambodia! Clay George – pic: http://www.claygeorge.com/

Clay George arrived in Phnom Penh last month with an acoustic guitar, a suitcase and an inclination to explore the Cambodian music scene. Originally from Vancouver Island, Canada, Clay found himself with a choice of re-locating to California or exploring South-East Asia. Fortunately for us, he made the right choice! The former postal worker has a deep, sonorous voice and a silky- smooth guitar picking style. He also has three albums of great songs, authentically reminescent of the Austin, Texas 'outlaw' country singer-songwriters such as Steve Earle, Guy Clark and the master Townes Van Zandt. What becomes immediately obvious, upon hearing the opening bars of one of Clay George's tunes, is that this guy is 'the real thing'. While classic 'Americana' music is quite a common currency in the music bars of South-East Asia, Clay is an extremely refreshing change from the usual succession of clapped-out wilburys hacking their way through a Bob Dylan or Johnny Cash number. Check out more tracks and videos via his website and click the link below to watch the music video for his song 'This Old Town', featured in television series 'Justified'. Clay will be playing an acoustic set at Sharky Bar on Friday night, alongside Scott Bywater and Jeff Sleeman.


Lots of great DJ parties will be taking place this weekend. Phnom Penh Underground DJs Sequence and Cambo Disco Club will be returning to the rooftop of Dusk Till Dawn on Saturday night. The seventh-floor open-air nightclub affords an excellent view of the Phnom Penh skyline, allowing you to wonder at all those new buildings that have sprang up since the last time you looked (while dancing to house and drum'n'bass). Across the street, at Pontoon Pulse, The Cuban Brothers will be busting out some serious dance moves on Friday night. This UK-based performance troupe blend live music with comedy and general mayhem. If you missed them the last time they blew through Phnom Penh, check out the video below for a taste of 'Los Hermanos Cubanos' – these guys really know how to put on a show!


Cambodia DJ Academy are hosting an event at Aeon Mall this Tuesday between 5pm and 8pm. The session, presented by DJ Dylan, DJ Bree and Rakky DJ will provide a chance for newcomers to learn the art of spinning tunes.

Whatever you're up to over the next few days... stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!


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Joe Wrigley 

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