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Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 26th May 2016


Zoe Zac are an indie power trio comprising of Tasmanian singer-songwriter Zoe (guitar/vocals), British bass-player Holly Lewis and Norwegian drummer Henrik Rasmussen. The band are in town for the short 'Voodoo Booglaoo' 'three-headed monster' tour – taking in Oscar's On The Corner in Phnom Penh tonight (Thursday) before heading to Kampot for two dates at KAMA. Zoe creates a 'grunge inspired' wall of sound with her guitar pedals while Holly and Henrik thrash out meaty beats beneath. Juxtaposed with the heavy music are Zoe's fragile and heartfelt vocals – telling true-life tales of loss, longing and conflict. Zoe Zac will be joined by French punk-rockers Maudit Bleu and Cambodian space-garage gang Bokor Mountain Magic Band for the Voodoo Booglaoo dates. Check out Zoe's original music on Metal Postcard records, including songs recorded right here in the Kingdom of Wonder!

Bob Passion & The Schkoots rocked the new Oscar venue this week.pic: Jean Francois Perigois
Oscar's On The Corner is the new live music room situated upstairs from Oscar Bar on Street 104. The space is smaller than the cavernous Oscar 51 but larger than the original Oscar Bar – albeit with the same unpretentious décor and design. The rock-solid house band play classic covers six nights per week, with a rotating cast of guest musicians (Pavel Ramirez, Antti Siitonen, Canadian Dave, Scott Bywater) helping to mix things up. Oscar has also booked a number of guest bands for upcoming event nights. In addition to the Voodoo Booglaoo show tonight, Joe & The Jumping Jacks will be bringing 1950's-style rockabilly to the venue this Saturday. The Riverside Raybans will be in attendance the following weekend and Road To Mandalay are scheduled for the 10th June. While a dimly-lit hostess bar on Street 104 may not be to every gig-goer's taste, Oscar has, with this expansion, firmly established himself as the king of late-night rock'n'roll venues in Phnom Penh.

Peap Tarr and Lisa Mam created this image for 12Mé's
album
Plan Séquence. Listen to the album via Youtube.

12Mé will be strutting his stuff in the very elegant surroundings of Rokku in Phnom Penh on Saturday night. The awesome rapper – who can reel off hundreds of (French) words per minute while bouncing around the stage, waving his arms in the air and generally getting the crowd going – will be backed up by DJ Watt's Up on the wheels of steel. Check out the link above to hear his jazz-infused funky hip-hop album Plan Séquence

Art of Darkness is the second live album by Electrick Universe
A stone's throw from Rokku on Saturday night, the Meta House team will be celebrating the launch of Art of Darkness – a 'Meta Mix CD' co-produced by DJ Nicomatic, Mr. Brown, Dr. Wah-Wah, Tim King, James Speck and Professor Kinski. For nearly three years this collective of Phnom Penh musicians and producers have been meeting for monthly 'free-style electronica sessions' under the banner of Electrick Universe. DJ Nicomatic has fastiduously recorded the improvised happenings and now some of the highlights have been mixed, mastered and made available on this CD release. Call in to Meta House on Saturday night to hear the results and get your very own copy of the album!

The genre-defying musician Amanda Bloom recently posted a striking live video from a gig at Farm to Table in Phnom Penh. This performance of 'Atlas' perfectly displays her incredible composition, vocal and piano-playing skills – helped along by the effortlessly-good drumming of Master Lewis Pragasam. Check out the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/amandabloomofficial/videos/vb.8925494214/10153694919259215/?type=2&theater

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

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Weekly Gig Guide - Commencing Thursday the 26th May 2016


Latest Gigs

Thursday  26-May-2016
  • 7:30 PM ~ Scott Bywater at The Shooters Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sten Li at The Top Banana
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Irish Place Pub Open Mic at The Irish Place Pub
  • 10:00 PM ~ Bokor Mountain Magic Band , Zoe Zac * and Maudit Bleu * at Oscar's On The Corner
Friday  27-May-2016
  • 6:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at Farm to Table
  • 7:00 PM ~ Joshua Chiang and Pervez Smart at FCC - Rooftop Bar
  • 7:00 PM ~ CAMBO MUSIC DOCUMENTARY at Meta House
  • 7:00 PM ~ Richard Pearl at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 7:30 PM ~ Road to Mandalay at Botanico Wine & Beer Garden
  • 7:30 PM ~ Guitar, violin and accordion concert at La Crêperie
  • 8:30 PM ~ Clay George at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ Bokor Mountain Magic Band , Zoe Zac * and Maudit Bleu * at KAMA in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ The MetaHouse DJ Team at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Edwardowski at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Kiss Kiss Bong at The Rush Pub
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Star , Dj Jerry and Dj Niko Yu at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
  • 11:30 PM ~ DJ Jack Malipan , DJ Shaman and DJ Alan Ritchie at The Pontoon Pulse
Saturday  28-May-2016
  • 8:30 PM ~ The Riverside Ray-Bans at FCC - Rooftop Bar
  • 8:30 PM ~ Joshua Chiang and Pervez Smart at Duplex Taverne Belge
  • 8:30 PM ~ Clay George and Larry Martinez at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ Joe & The Jumping Jacks at Oscar's On The Corner
  • 9:00 PM ~ META MIX CD LAUNCH PARTY at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Bokor Mountain Magic Band , Zoe Zac * and Maudit Bleu * at KAMA in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ 12Me * and DJ Watt's Up at Rokku Sushi Lounge + Bistro
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Melissa-Jo at Pontoon
  • 11:30 PM ~ DJ Flo and DJ Achaya at The Pontoon Pulse
Monday  30-May-2016
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Kiss , Dj Jerry , DJ Jmix and DJ Jman at The Riverhouse Lounge
Tuesday  31-May-2016
  • 6:30 PM ~ Kok Thlok at Cloud
Wednesday  1-Jun-2016
  • 7:00 PM ~ Pavel Ramirez at FCC - Rooftop Bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ritchy , Larry Martinez and Andrey Andrea at est. bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Star , Dj Racky , DJ Jmix and DJ Jman at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 11:30 PM ~ Dj Saint Vincent at The Pontoon Pulse
Coming Up
  • Jeffro and Colin at est. bar
  • Miss Sarawan at Silk Island Restaurant & GuestHouse, Farm to Table and The Institut Francais du Cambodge
  • 4 On The Floor at FCC - Rooftop Bar
  • Pavel Ramirez at FCC - Rooftop Bar
  • Joshua Chiang and Pervez Smart at FCC - Rooftop Bar
  • Electrick Universe at Meta House
  • Ace Zapa at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • Clay George and Larry Martinez at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • Road to Mandalay at Oscar's On The Corner
  • Ritchy, Larry Martinez and Andrey Andrea at est. bar
  • Anglopharms at The Show Box
  • Oscar's Band at Oscar's On The Corner
  • The Riverside Ray-Bans at Oscar's On The Corner
  • Nightmare A.D. at Oscar's On The Corner
  • Wat A Gwaan at The Naga House in Kampot
  • Blueberry Moonboys at Northbridge International School
  • Joe & The Jumping Jacks, Kristen Rasmussen and Pavel Ramirez at Duplex Taverne Belge
  • DJ Kenji at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest and Dj Rockit at Pontoon
  • DJ Tim Coates, DJ Alan Ritchie and DJ Mikus at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Flo and Dj Dilee D at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJane BANZAI-AYA and DJ/VJ X76 at Meta House
  • Dj Spectrum at Meta House
  • DJane Sao Sopheak, DJ Pitch, Mr. Brown and Andy Freak at Meta House
  • “BYOV” BRING YOUR OWN VINYL NIGHT at Meta House
  • DJ Tim Coates, DJ Alan Ritchie and DJ Shagzy at Meta House
  • DJ Star, DJ Kiss, DJ Jmix and DJ Jman at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • DJ Maily and Dj Niko Yu at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • DJ Star, DJ Maily, DJ Kiss and Dj Jerry at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • CamboJam, The X-Rays and Angkor Strums at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • CamboJam, Milo, Dj Kaztet Dee and Bangarang at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • CamboJam and DJ Island at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap

Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 19th May 2016

Greetings, Leng Pleng readers. As mentioned in last week's wrap, the late, great, Michael 'Big Mike' Hsu often expressed his wish for a block-busting party-to-end-all-parties to mark the end of his time as principal owner at Sharky Bar, Phnom Penh. The party would necessarily comprise of a large number of awesome live music performances, run over a period of days and, most importantly to Mike, everyone in attendance would have to have a really great time! It would be extremely hard to put a festival together that could out-do Mike's previous 'Penhstock' live music festivals and the recent Sharky Bar twentieth anniversary celebrations... but Mike was determined to do it!

Let's get this party started... Mike style! pic: Steve Porte

Sharky Bar managers Ryan Wright and Shuhei Murakami have, in a very short space of time, put together the packed schedule for this weekend's 'Mikestock' celebrations. The 30-plus band and DJ line-up is a powerhouse list of Cambodian-based bands that would surely make the big man proud. Appropriately, the styles of music represented at Mikestock are numerous and wide-reaching. From original punk-rockers (The Schkoots, Sharky Ramones) to 1920's-era jazz manouche (Hot Club de Phnom Penh), from a gritty modern rockabilly singer flown in from Hong Kong (Ziad Samman) to a flat-top folk-picker blown in from British Columbia (Clay George), and from classic bar band blues-rock (Lost Highway, Chi-Town) to cutting edge Cambodian hardcore (Doch Chkae).

Check out the Leng Pleng Gig Guide below for full details of the Mikestock schedule, running from 6pm at Sharky Bar this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The depth, breadth and quality of the line-up is a fitting tribute to Big Mike, who – especially in the last couple of years – made a big effort to bring original music, exciting music and music of Cambodian origin to the 'longest running rock'n'roll bar in Indochina'.

The CSP will be getting their feet wet in Kompong Som on Saturday. pic: Jeremie Montessuis/Film Noir Studio/CSP

Julien Poulson and Channthy Kak of The Cambodian Space Project have made time for a special appearance at Sharky Bar – to open the Mikestock proceedings – during the early evening of Friday. Julien and Channthy have an early-morning call on Saturday morning, as the 'Motown To The Mekong' tour bus rolls on to Ochheuteal Beach, Sihanoukville for a live show at Chivas Beach Club. The gig will wrap up the CSP's three-week nationwide series of concerts, recording and panel events – and may be the last chance to see the band perform in Cambodia for some length of time.

Conrad Keely will be performing at Sharky Bar on Sunday night as the Mikestock festival draws to a close. The ...Trail of Dead frontman, based permanently in Phnom Penh, recently released his superb debut solo album 'Original Machines'. Click here to read the full Leng Pleng review of the album, and check out the newly-released music video below - directed by Rosza Miller – for the album track 'Engines Of The Dark'.




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

JOE WRIGLEY

Weekly Gig Guide - Commencing Thursday the 19th May 2016


Latest Gigs

Thursday  19-May-2016
  • 7:30 PM ~ 9999 Arts Group at The Show Box
Friday  20-May-2016
  • 6:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project and More at Sharky Bar
  • 6:00 PM ~ Euan Gray at Farm to Table
  • 7:00 PM ~ Joshua Chiang and Pervez Smart at FCC - The Mansion
  • 7:00 PM ~ 9999 Arts Group at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 8:30 PM ~ Clay George at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 8:30 PM ~ Graham Cain at The Sundance Inn & Saloon
  • 9:00 PM ~ Electrick Universe , DJ Pitch , Mr. Brown and Andy Freak at Meta House
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Star , Dj Jerry and Dj Niko Yu at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
  • 11:30 PM ~ 52Hz * at The Pontoon Pulse
Saturday  21-May-2016
  • 6:00 PM ~ Mekong Messengers , Lost Highway and More at Sharky Bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ Wez-T and DJ Bart Ricardo at The Naga House in Kampot
  • 8:30 PM ~ Clay George and Larry Martinez at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project at Chivas Beach Club in Sihanouk Ville
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Spectrum and DJ Sequins at Meta House
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Illest and DJ Gang at Pontoon
  • 11:30 PM ~ Tim Coates , DJ Rob Bianche and Dj Dilee D at The Pontoon Pulse
Sunday  22-May-2016
  • 6:00 PM ~ Conrad Keeley , Oscar's Band , Moi Tiet! and More at Sharky Bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT SERIES at Meta House
Monday  23-May-2016
  • 8:00 PM ~ Zoe Zac * at The Show Box
  • 8:00 PM ~ Sten Li at The Led Zephyr in Sihanouk Ville
Wednesday  25-May-2016
  • 7:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at FCC - The Mansion
  • 8:00 PM ~ Pete Doyle at El Capitan
  • 11:30 PM ~ DJ Wez-T at The Pontoon Pulse
Coming Up
  • Joshua Chiang and Pervez Smart at FCC - The Mansion
  • Road to Mandalay and Road to Mandalay at Botanico Wine & Beer Garden, Botanico Wine & Beer Garden
  • Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at Oscar's Pub
  • Miss Sarawan at Silk Island Restaurant & GuestHouse
  • Bokor Mountain Magic Band, Zoe Zac * and Maudit Bleu * at KAMA in Kampot, KAMA in Kampot and Oscar's Pub
  • Sten Li at The Top Banana
  • The Riverside Ray-Bans at FCC - The Mansion
  • Scott Bywater at Farm to Table
  • DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
  • DJ Melissa-Jo at Pontoon
  • The MetaHouse DJ Team at Meta House
  • META MIX CD LAUNCH PARTY at Meta House
  • DJ Jack Malipan, DJ Shaman and DJ Alan Ritchie at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Flo and DJ Achaya at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Edwardowski at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • The Irish Place Pub Open Mic at Irish Place Pub

Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 12th May 2016


Big Mike portrait by Conrad Keely
 I didn't even really fully realize just how much I used to rely on Mike. He occupied a place in my working life that no-one else could fulfill. He was somebody I could talk to about things of which I could talk to no-one else. He was someone who made me feel important and made me feel so special that he called me his friend. I could always rely on him when it came to the the buzz of the live music scene. I could learn things from him because he had a sharp mind, an amazing history, a large, diverse and loyal network of friends and a unique vantage point on the rock & roll lifestyle that circled around him. A Chinese-born, American citizen with a history in the Hell's Angels, CBGB's, Max's Kansas City and international financial dealings, he would spend part of his time in New York City but always loved to return to his rock & roll lifestyle in Cambodia. You can read more about the Mike and the history of Sharky's (the bar of which he has been principal owner for most of its existence) in our article written by one-time manager David Rabie back in March 2013.

- Television Ted      Read Television Ted's full piece here.

Big Mike had a huge network of family, friends, colleagues and business associates that stretched around the world. Family, friends, colleagues and business associates in New York City, Los Angeles, Taiwan, Phnom Penh and countless other locations have all been dealing with a huge loss this week. Like Ted, the founder and editor of Leng Pleng, you may have found yourself sitting down to compose a tribute to Mike on social media, or were perhaps asked by someone who did not know him: 'who was Big Mike?'.
 
Like us, you may have found it hard or perhaps impossible to even begin to describe the man with a few words or a short tribute post on Facebook. You may have found, like Ted, that the passing away of Mike has had a much more profound effect on you than you could ever have expected. You may have realised that here was a truly exceptional and unique human being, who in his 68 years seemed to have the life experience of ten men. 
 
I was lucky enough on a number of occasions to be sat next to him at the bar, or across the table from him in a restaurant, as Mike talked (and he loved to talk!) about his time as a Hell's Angel, a television celebrity chef, a barman/music manager at CBGB's, an investment banker... the list (and the stories!) went on and on. As musician and artist Conrad Keely said this week, 'He was one of the greatest story tellers I've ever met'.

Like Conrad, and probably many others, I urged Mike to begin to write down some of the fascinating stories of his life. If he was not inclined to write them down himself, he could relate them to a writer, or simply record everything to tape for someone to transcribe later on. I gently suggested to Mike, as recently as one month ago, that now was the time to do it: who knows what the future would bring? Mike responded with interest but did not share my sense of urgency.

Mike's biography would make a fantastic story, worthy of a Hollywood movie – but the scriptwriters might have to tone down some of his exploits – so the audience would believe it actually happened! I truly hope that someone succeeded where I failed and got some kind of a record of his tales. Perhaps he even wrote some of it down himself. 

The Leng Pleng Gig Guide has been intertwined with Mike and Sharky Bar since Television Ted first put together his humble mailing list of musicians and gig-goers seven years ago. No tribute we could write could really begin to do the man justice, and the story of his life is a story that will (hopefully) be fully written at another time, in another place. 
 
In the meantime, below are a few key notes, pictures and memories of the big man with the big heart. As usual, check out the gig guide below to keep abreast of the many great gigs that are happening around Cambodia over the next few days. The managers of Sharky Bar are currently organising a three-day 'blowout' of live music to take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday the 20th, 21st and 22nd of May. The event, entitled 'Mikestock', will be a huge party in honour of the man – and the fulfilment of his oft-expressed wish to stage 'the party to end all parties' when he finally came to the end of his time as principal owner, chief operating officer, full-time host, music manager and raconteur extraordinnaire at Sharky Bar, Street 130, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 


'He never walked back down those stairs...' 
Current Sharky Bar manager and musician Ryan Wright wrote the following, devastatingly beautiful message on the bar's Facebook Page, immediately after the tragic loss on Sunday the 8th May. 
 
I'm sorry to say that Sharky Bar won't be open today (Monday 9th). All of us have had an extremely difficult 24 hours with a lot of grieving going on and bare minimum sleep. It's been brutal, a truly large flame has been extinguished. Heartbreaking, utterly heartbreaking. Big Mike walked up those steps to Sharky Bar like he did everyday and in the end they had to carry him out. He never walked back down those stairs. His spirit will live in that bar until the end of time”

Creating the Document:
Photographer Steve Porte was a tireless documenter of all the gigs and events at Sharky Bar over the last year or so. Steve's trademark black-and-white, high-resolution shots now seem especially poignant and appropriate. The above shot was taken after Steve and Mike enjoyed a long lunch together in New York City. 

Essence of Mike:
Phnom-Penh based songwriter and poet Scott Bywater published this simple and moving poem on Wednesday the 11th May. https://thesilverpepperofthestars.wordpress.com/.

The Good/Bad Old Days:
It is sometimes easy to forget that Sharky Bar started out as a very different place, in a very different Phnom Penh back in the mid-nineties. On the eighteenth anniversary of the bar, Mike told Leng Pleng about the craziness of those post-UNTAC days:
http://www.lengpleng.com/2013/12/weekly-gig-guide-week-commencing_12.html

Heartfelt Thanks:
On the occasion of the bar's 20th anniversary, in December 2015, Mike made a heartfelt Facebook post that paid tribute to friends, staff and supporters of Sharky Bar:
Sharky Bar usually opened for business during the Khmer New Year national holiday each April. This year, Mike decided to give everyone a few days off. His Facebook post from 14th April 2016 is a beautiful message that says a lot about the man.

Demographic Shift:
Around the time of the twentieth anniversary, Mike gave a lot of interviews and in general talked a lot about the history of Sharky Bar and the changing landscape and nightlife culture of Phnom Penh. Click here to read what he had to say to Leng Pleng on the 17th December 2015. After speaking to Mike at that time, it was clear that he anticipated the end of Sharky Bar – as we knew it – in the not-so-distant future.

On Saturday the 7th May, I was in a coffee shop when I noticed Mike's portrait peering out from the 'Weekend' section of the Phnom Penh Post. The photograph was unusual: a rare 'business' shot of Big Mike dressed in pressed white shirt and trousers, as opposed to the normal cut-off XXXL black t-shirt, jeans and key-chain of 'rock'n'roll' Big Mike. The newspaper piece was entitled 'Goodbye to Phnom Penh's Sleaziest Bar', with reference to the closure of the (in)famous Walkabout Hotel. Again, Mike was quoted discussing the demographic shifts in Phnom Penh nightlife. I wondered to myself how long Sharky Bar would continue in it's present form.


Watching Closely:
Any time a band would rehearse in the 'Shark-cage' rehearsal room, play a soundcheck, or begin their performance on the Sharky Bar stage, Big Mike would sit right down and check out what was going on. This was especially true if the band was new or untested. Mike was very generous and inclusive about inviting new bands or visiting bands to play at Sharky – he would give anyone a shot – but he was not afraid to closely observe, comment and criticise a band's performance. After the band were done, he would go around the bar soliciting feedback from customers about the set.

The Last Night
Scott Bywater's Phnom Penh-based band Moi Tiet were slated to play Sharky Bar on Saturday night, the 7th May 2016. As usual, Mike was listening attentively and enjoying the band. As usual, he was full of hearfelt praise and encouragement during his typically long on-stage introduction. Mike must have really enjoyed the show, because after the band finished he returned to the stage to say a few more words. Big Mike genuinely loved music and was boundlessly enthusiastic about any and every band that he invited to play at Sharky Bar. With a most fortunate, but heart-rending, twist of fate, audience member Basil Riley was there to record the last words Mike spoke on the Sharky Bar stage: 
 


JOE WRIGLEY

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Weekly Gig Guide - Commencing Thursday the 12th May 2016


Latest Gigs

Thursday  12-May-2016
  • 7:00 PM ~ Blueberry Moonboys at Le Moon
  • 8:30 PM ~ Clay George at Cloud
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project at 60 Road Studios in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Trip Designer at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Top Banana's Rooftop Open Mic with Robin Narciso at The Top Banana
  • 11:30 PM ~ DJ Alan Ritchie , 40 Thieves SoundSystem and DJ Watt's Up at The Pontoon Pulse
Friday  13-May-2016
  • 6:00 PM ~ Clay George at Farm to Table
  • 7:00 PM ~ Joshua Chiang and Pervez Smart at FCC - The Mansion
  • 7:00 PM ~ DJ Nicomatic at Meta House
  • 7:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 8:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at Bassac Lane
  • 8:30 PM ~ Tony Elchico at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ 4 On The Floor at Sharky Bar
  • 9:30 PM ~ DJ Star , Dj Jerry and Dj Niko Yu at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
  • 11:30 PM ~ DJ Shaman , DJ Alan Ritchie and Dj Nora Haidee at The Pontoon Pulse
Saturday  14-May-2016
  • 8:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at Duplex Taverne Belge
  • 8:30 PM ~ Phnom Skor at The Sundance Inn & Saloon
  • 8:30 PM ~ Clay George and Larry Martinez at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Riverside Ray-Bans at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Cambodian Space Project at The Exchange
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Wez-T and DJ Bart Ricardo at Meta House
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and DJ Fans-T at Pontoon
  • 11:30 PM ~ DJ Flo and Dj Saint Vincent at The Pontoon Pulse
Wednesday  18-May-2016
  • 7:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at FCC - The Mansion
  • 8:00 PM ~ Ritchy at The Bouchon Bar
  • 11:30 PM ~ Tim Coates at The Pontoon Pulse
Coming Up
  • Joshua Chiang and Pervez Smart at FCC - The Mansion
  • Road to Mandalay at Botanico Wine & Beer Garden
  • CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT SERIES at Meta House
  • Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at Oscar's Pub
  • Miss Sarawan at Silk Island Restaurant & GuestHouse
  • Scott Bywater at FCC - The Mansion
  • Zoe Zac * at The Show Box
  • 9999 Arts Group at The Show Box
  • Bokor Mountain Magic Band, Zoe Zac * and Maudit Bleu * at KAMA in Kampot and Oscar's Pub
  • The Cambodian Space Project at Chivas Beach Club in Sihanouk Ville
  • Pete Doyle at El Capitan
  • Clay George at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • Clay George and Larry Martinez at The Riverhouse Asian Bistro
  • Graham Cain at The Sundance Inn & Saloon
  • DJ Gang and Dj FunkII Pro at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest and DJ Gang at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest and Dj Rockit at Pontoon
  • Dj Spectrum and DJ Sequins at Meta House
  • The MetaHouse DJ Team at Meta House
  • META MIX CD LAUNCH PARTY at Meta House
  • 52Hz * at The Pontoon Pulse
  • Tim Coates, DJ Rob Bianche and Dj Dilee D at The Pontoon Pulse
  • DJ Wez-T and DJ Bart Ricardo at The Naga House in Kampot
  • DJ Star, Dj Jerry and Dj Niko Yu at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • The Messenger Band, Lost Highway, Kok Thlok, 12Me * , Ziad Samman, Hot Club de Phnom Penh, Ten-Tipz, Dj Kaztet Dee, Papa Dub and Happy Band at Sharky Bar
  • Conrad Keeley, Oscar's Band, Moi Tiet!, The Riverside Ray-Bans, Joshua Chiang, Pervez Smart, 9999 Arts Group, Dj MoTo, The Chi-Town Players, Clay George and Road to Mandalay at Sharky Bar
  • The Cambodian Space Project, Dub Addiction, Sharky Ramone Blitzkrieg, The Schkoots, Sangvar Day, Nightmare A.D., Knell, Dj Niko Yu and Phnom Skor at Sharky Bar
  • Electrick Universe, DJ Pitch, Mr. Brown and Andy Freak at Meta House

Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 5th May 2016


Julien Poulson
Motown to the Mekong is a recording project for CSP and it's also something that is being filmed and documented for a movie. It's not your regular 'band goes to studio to record album' project as we're opening the studio door to the public and sharing the process through blogging and writing. ...there's a cross-cultural 'music friendship' outcome - something that looks into the back catalogue of Cambodian rock'n'roll and at the convergence points of Western (Motown) and Eastern music cultures: This is mostly music that we'd today describe as Vietnam War era soundtrack.” - Julien Poulson of The Cambodian Space Project – click here to read the full Q&A.

Space Project lead singer Kak Chantty, record producer Jim Diamond, author Clinton Walker, singer Em Vun and Drakkar Band leader Touch Tana will all be taking part in a special event at The Exchange in Phnom Penh this Friday night. The panel will be discussing the 1960's and 1970's era of Cambodian rock'n'roll: 'how and why the scene began, where it is today, and where Cambodia's flourishing music revival might be heading'. The event, part of the 'Motown to The Mekong' tour, will also feature a live performance of several leading 'Cambodian Women of Song' – including The Messenger Band, Miss Sarawan, Socheata Keo (Kok Thlok), Lue Thy (Bokor Mountain Magic Band) and Kak Channtty of CSP.

Here Be Dragons will be the place to be on Saturday night, when the 'Motown to The Mekong' tour bus will come rolling in to Battambang for a full show by The Cambodian Space Project. Dragons is a popular guest house which is occasionally transformed into a rocking music venue. To read more about the tour and all the latest CSP news, check out the Leng Pleng Q&A session with band leader Julien Poulson.

Moi Tiet at The FCC – pic: Steve Porte

In Phnom Penh on Saturday, Scott Bywater's Moi Tiet will perform an evening of all-original songs at Sharky Bar. Scott contacted Leng Pleng to tell us more about the evolving line-up of the band, featuring a muscular sound, emanating from three individual guitar-players: more powerful than loud, with each instrument its own sound combining into something that resembles the kind of music you'd find on the radio when I was in high school. A recent burst of writing has also brought some new songs into the repertoire, including a couple of new Phnom Penh inspired tunes, 'On The Boulevard' and 'Many Ways To Love A City.'

Scott Bywater has also been busy at the newly-revamped Oscar Bar on Street 104 (The venue has moved upstairs to the more spacious environs of the former 'Colonial Bar'). The excellent resident 'Oscar Band' features a rotating cast of local musicians. You can find Scott performing there each Thursday. There are also plans for a series of special gigs featuring guest bands – keep an eye on Leng Pleng for forthcoming news. In the meantime, Oscar's house band will be performing an extra show at Sharky Bar on Friday night!

The self-professed 'elusive, exclusive and reclusive' Phnom Penh-based band Krom have just released a new short film, produced by Tim Purdie and Bunhom Chhorn. Check out the Youtube link below for a twenty-minute journey into the music and history of this unique and uncompromising group.



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

JOE WRIGLEY

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