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Weekly Wrap - Commencing Thursday the 23rd July 2015

Cambodia: Rockin' All Over The World

2015 might be remembered as the year that classic Cambodian rock'n'roll rose from being a cult curio to a global phenomenon. The second annual Cambodian Music Festival will take place this weekend at Pearson Park Amphitheatre, California, U.S.A. - many 'talented Khmer artists and artists inspired by the Cambodian musical renaissance happening all over the world' (CMF Website) will be taking part. 

Meanwhile, eight time zones away, in Wiltshire, U.K, The Cambodian Space Project will be performing two shows at the prestigious WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) international festival in Charlton Park. This spring and summer, John Pirozzi's acclaimed documentary about the 'Golden Era' of Cambodian rock'n'roll, Don't Think I've Forgotten, has been touring film theatres across America. Members of the Drakkar Band and several other living legends of Cambodian music recently visited the U.S.A. to play a series of sold-out concerts in New York City, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Maryland.

Here at Leng Pleng Towers, in the back streets of Phnom Penh, we cast our eyes over another collection of great gigs and cool scenes set to transpire in Cambodia over the next few days.

Silently Splendid

Aelita – Queen of Mars pic: Meta House

The team at Meta House, the German-Cambodian Cultural Center based in Phnom Penh, never cease to amaze us with their ability to come up with consistently interesting and original events. This Thursday, experimental music act Electrick Universe will improvise a live soundtrack to accompany the 1929 silent movie classic Aelita – Queen of Mars. Check out our sister publication, Kumnooh, to stay in the loop regarding other music and arts events taking place at Meta House. This weekend, the Meta program includes a Paganini violin recital by Mathias Boegner and a multi-media poetry recital by the guys who brought you WASH. Far out!

Leng Pleng is pleased to report that a brace of newly-opened, smaller live music venues in Phnom Penh are doing well with weekly acoustic nights. The excellent Euan Gray will return to Farm To Table this Friday for more soulful originals and experimental guitar loops. Jeff Sleeman will also be getting busy with a looper pedal during his solo show at Eluvium (rooftop of Aura hostel) on Saturday night. Jeff creates an innovative and spell-binding instrumental sound using alternative tunings and incredible technique.

Pot Rockers

Andre: the big man with a big heart. pic: Steve Porte
National Highway Number 3 could get a little busy on Friday evening, as bus-loads of revellers will make the journey from Phnom Penh to Kampot. Well-loved bass player Andre Swart, a South-African expat resident in Phnom Penh for the last few years, will be playing a farewell gig in Kampot with The Jumping Jacks on Friday night at The Magic Sponge. Andre has played in several memorable Phnom Penh-based bands including Grass Snake Union, Kheltica and Moi Tiet. Never one to refuse a new bass-playing challenge, Andre has rocked stages all around The Kingdom and even cultivated a lucrative sideline in performing at Chinese weddings. Leng Pleng wishes him all the best for his imminent return to South Africa.

Kampot venue Bokor Mountain Lodge will host Cambodian songstress Miss Sarawan on Saturday night. The diminutive diva will be regaling the audience with acoustic renditions of Cambodian 'Golden Era' classics. Check out the video above to see Mealea 'Miss Sarawan' Lay make her singing d├ębut on Cambodian television last weekend.

Best wishes to Jay Chan, Indravedi, Gobshite MGC, Savy and Evrywhr and all the acts performing on the Cambodian Music Festival stage this weekend and good luck to The Cambodian Space Project as they prepare to unleash the full power of Cambodian rock'n'roll at WOMAD.

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 23rd July 2015

Latest Gigs

Thursday  23-Jul-2015
  • 6:00 PM ~ French Evening at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:30 PM ~ DJ Island and Brushcutta at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ X-Pat Sound System and Electrick Universe at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Kaztet Dee and Kcm Nayabinghi Khmer at Sharky Bar
Friday  24-Jul-2015
  • 6:00 PM ~ Euan Gray at Farm to Table
  • 7:30 PM ~ Scott Bywater and The Upsadders at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 8:00 PM ~ Corde et Lame - Swing Jazz Manouch at The Alley Bar
  • 8:30 PM ~ DJ Island The and X-Rays at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ The Ghali Brothers at Le Museum
  • 9:00 PM ~ Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at Magic Sponge in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM ~ Marco Anthony and DJ Wah-Wah at The Room
  • 9:00 PM ~ Vibratone at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rentip at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:30 PM ~ Pervaz Gulzar and 9999 Arts Group at The Sundance Inn & Saloon
  • 10:00 PM ~ Dj MoTo at Nomad Bar & Club
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Blue and DJ Gang at Pontoon
Saturday  25-Jul-2015
  • 5:00 PM ~ 40 Thieves SoundSystem at Che Culo
  • 7:00 PM ~ Scott Bywater at Meta House
  • 7:30 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at Bokor Mountain Lodge in Kampot
  • 7:30 PM ~ Jeff Sleeman at Eluvium Lounge
  • 8:00 PM ~ Hot Club de Phnom Penh at The Alley Bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ Brooke Palmer at The Led Zephyr in Sihanouk Ville
  • 8:30 PM ~ DJ Island and Angkor Strums at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ zargz and Ten-Tipz at Sharky Bar
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Flo , Dj Rob Bianchetti and Dj Matt Abstrax at The Pontoon Pulse
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Illest at Pontoon
Sunday  26-Jul-2015
  • 5:00 PM ~ Sunday Sundowner Sessions with Scott Bywater at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • 7:00 PM ~ Movie: Punk Rock in Myanmar at Meta House
  • 8:00 PM ~ Mathias Boegner at Meta House
  • 8:00 PM ~ Brooke Palmer at Wish You Were Here in Sihanouk Ville
  • 8:30 PM ~ Deano (acoustic) at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Open Mic at Sharky Bar
Monday  27-Jul-2015
  • 8:30 PM ~ Brooke Palmer at Utopia
  • 8:30 PM ~ DJ Island and Brushcutta at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
Tuesday  28-Jul-2015
  • 8:30 PM ~ DJ Island and Angkor Strums at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
Wednesday  29-Jul-2015
  • 8:00 PM ~ Brooke Palmer at The Led Zephyr in Sihanouk Ville
  • 8:30 PM ~ Jam Night / Open Stage at The X-Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Rockumentary - LCD Soundsystem at Meta House
Coming Up
  • Gerd Isselhardt and Jana Gerhart at Kwest
  • Anton Isselhardt, Tara Mar and Ashley Pensinger-Sok at Kwest
  • Etienne Chenevier * at Kwest
  • Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at Paddy Rice, The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap and Hard Rock Cafe Angkor in Siem Reap
  • Miss Sarawan at New Leaf Book Cafe in Siem Reap, Meta House
  • Phil Javelle and Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at FCC - The Mansion
  • Scott Bywater at Farm to Table
  • Jahzad and Jahzad at The Doors, The Doors
  • Miss Sarawan Band at FCC - The Mansion
  • Joe Wrigley at Farm to Table
  • Bokor Mountain Magic Band at FCC - The Mansion, KAMA in Kampot
  • Brooke Palmer at Utopia
  • Joshua Chiang and Pervez Smart at Sharky Bar
  • BatBangers at Sharky Bar
  • Noel Mckay & Aymen Ghali at Cabaret Restaurant
  • Stephane Routtier at The Cabaret Restaurant, The Alley Bar
  • Ten-Tipz at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • French Music at Cabaret Restaurant
  • Ritchy at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • Lisa Concepcion at Eluvium Lounge
  • James at The Alley Cat Cafe
  • DJ Alan Ritchie at The Cabaret Restaurant
  • X-Pat Sound System at Meta House
  • DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • Dj MoTo and Kcm Nayabinghi Khmer at Sharky Bar
  • DJ Blue and DJ Gang at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest at Pontoon
  • Dj Stephan * at Pontoon
  • DJ Illest and DJ Man * at Pontoon
  • Dj Kaztet Dee at Nomad Bar & Club
  • DJ Rob Bianche, DJ Flo and DJ Achaya at The Pontoon Pulse
  • Cambo Disco Club at Le Museum
  • Dj Cherish at Epic Club
  • Green Pulse Music Festival, one tree at a time! at LYLA Center
  • Open Mic @ Eluvium at Eluvium Lounge

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