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Weekly Wrap - Week Commencing Thursday the 28th August 2014

Scott Bywater - pic: Ken Edgar
Scott Bywater makes a return (of sorts) to Equinox tonight. The author of 'Phnom Penh Driving School' is hosting a film screening of 'Searching For Sugar Man' – the fantastic documentary telling the story of cult singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez. According to the venue, Scott will be hosting the movie 'in absentia'. Exact details are a closely-guarded secret so we will have to wait and see what happens tonight...

DJ U this week begins a regular Friday night residency at new Phnom Penh nightclub D'beat. The venue is also kitted out for live music with Sinville Roadshow and Miss Sarawan already having played small live shows. Manager Rory McCabe told Leng Pleng that the venue has plans to host more live bands soon. As always, watch this space for developments. Sinville Roadshow add an extra live date at Sharky Bar this Friday. The band regularly perform each Thursday at Sharky's Ladies Night. Any opportunity to hear super-talented Californian lead-singer Tiffany is a good thing.
Aquarium Bar hosts the special live music event Music Not Missiles this Saturday night between 8pm and 10.30pm. Joshua Chiang, Robin Narciso, Chino De Nogales and Sophie Rose are just a few names from a long list of Phnom Penh musicians gathering to give a benefit concert for the humanitarian effort in Gaza. The United Nations says that more than 17,000 buildings in Gaza have been destroyed or severely damaged, and that there are at least 475,000 internally displaced people as a result of the recent conflict between Palestinian and Israeli forces (source: BBC). Oxfam are working in Gaza to provide safe drinking water, emergency food vouchers and medical services to those affected by the conflict. All proceeds and donations received at the Music Not Missiles event will go towards Oxfam’s Gaza Crisis Appeal. The cover charge is a bargain $3 for a concert featuring more than ten performers.

Miss Sarawan - pic: Ken Edgar
The Music Cafe is a brand-new venue opened in Battambang. Miss Sarawan play two dates there as an acoustic duo this weekend. Battambang has a growing scene that is becoming home to an increasing number of small art galleries, coffee-houses and bars. As testament to the local arts scene that has a substantial reputation for producing some of Cambodia's best-loved artists over the years, the streets of Battambang are once again becoming a meeting place and performance space for a growing artistic community. Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) is a renowned performing arts school and social support organisation based in Battambang. PPS organises the famous 'Battambang Circus'. Ros Sereysothea, the 'Golden Voice' of Khmer-rock, was born in Battambang. Read more about the spiritual home of Khmer music in this great piece from the Leng Pleng archives, 'Welcome to Battambang', written by Julien Poulson.

Miss Sarawan will evoke the sounds of the 'Golden Age' of Khmer-rock at The Music Cafe this Saturday and Sunday. The owner of the cafĂ©, John McLaughlin, told Leng Pleng that the regular weekly program features a variety of acoustic music that includes classic rock and country as well as traditional Khmer folk music: 'There will be an open mic night for those who bring their own instruments... We also plan to feature Apsara performances 2-3 times per month in order to support the local dance schools and Khmer culture.' Miss Sarawan returns to Phnom Penh for a date at Slur Bar on Wednesday – merging Khmer-rock with the jazz manouche stylings of guitarist Aymen Ghali.

Sunday Sundowner Sessions - pic: The Alleycat Cafe
The Sunday Sundowner Sessions is a regular weekly open mic session hosted by Joe Wrigley that takes place at The Alleycat Cafe off Street 19 in Phnom Penh every Sunday. This week, the restaurant is celebrating the first anniversary of the event with a free buffet for performers. Sundowners was previously hosted by Scott Bywater at Rubies Wine Bar. The Alleycat Cafe is a magical, intimate space for live music where everything sounds good and everybody listens. Tucked away down an alleyway near The Latin Quarter, the Alleycat is hard to locate and thrives on the loyal patronage of a group of hardcore expats. The history of the Cat is intertwined with the recent history of the Phnom Penh music scene – the restaurant was the venue for the very first Cambodian Space Project gig and is owned by a former manager of Pontoon (back in the days when it was actually a pontoon on the Tonle Sap river). Importantly, it is one of those unpredictable open mic sessions where one never knows who is going to next walk through the door. 

No open mic in Phnom Penh will be the same again without Brent 'Brentwood' Clark, who left Cambodia last week to return to his homeland of Australia. Jack wishes Brent all the best in his new life and thanks to Sonic Detergent bassist Tim Holland for the following kind words – I couldn't have put it better myself:
 Phnom Penh said goodbye to another great musician last week, as Brent Clark left for Australia. Brent, A.K.A. 'Saxophone Brent' was ever-popular at the Sharky and Paddy Rice open mic nights, as well as being a member of RNA, 2Shots&aChaser and many other bands. He was always up for a jam with his sax, guitar, vocals and occasionally the drums. I’m sure he’ll find a stage in his home town, where he and his family can continue to enjoy the good music. He’s a great guy and a great musician.” - Tim Holland, bassist, SD
Until next time, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps!


Weekly Gig Guide - Week Commencing Thursday the 28th August 2014

Latest Gigs

Thursday  28-Aug-2014
  • 8:00 PM ~ Searching for Sugar Man at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Mikus at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
Friday  29-Aug-2014
  • 6:30 PM ~ Mathias Aspelin at The Himawari Hotel Apartments
  • 8:00 PM ~ Mario Siles at The Alley Bar
  • 8:00 PM ~ DJ U at D'Beat
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Stroke at CodeRED
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Nicomatic and DJ Wah-Wah at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ Sinville Roadshow at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Edwardowski and Nik Ranger at The Laundry Music Bar in Siem Reap
  • 9:00 PM ~ Bacano at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Illest and DJ Tech 12 at Duplex
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Gang and Dj Shade at Pontoon
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Mapro at The Pontoon Pulse
Saturday  30-Aug-2014
  • 6:30 PM ~ Mathias Aspelin at The Himawari Hotel Apartments
  • 7:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at The Music Cafe in Battambang
  • 7:00 PM ~ Kimchi Collective at Frost Pub
  • 8:00 PM ~ Music not Missiles at The Aquarium Bar
  • 8:30 PM ~ Kin Jazz at The Doors
  • 9:00 PM ~ Mad-Fer-it at Equinox
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Jack Malipan , VJ Jung-Chul , DJ Tim Coates and Dj Nora at CodeRED
  • 9:00 PM ~ Dj Antaro at Meta House
  • 9:00 PM ~ 3some at Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM ~ DJ Mapro at Duplex
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Flo at The Pontoon Pulse
  • 11:00 PM ~ DJ Tech 12 at Pontoon
Sunday  31-Aug-2014
  • 6:30 PM ~ Mathias Aspelin at The Himawari Hotel Apartments
  • 7:00 PM ~ Miss Sarawan at The Music Cafe in Battambang
  • 8:00 PM ~ Tiffany Phnom Penh at The Riverhouse Lounge
Tuesday  2-Sep-2014
  • 9:00 PM ~ Music Video Party at Meta House
Wednesday  3-Sep-2014
  • 7:00 PM ~ Joshua Chiang and Pervez Smart at FCC - The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM ~ Video Concert at Meta House
  • 9:30 PM ~ Miss Sarawan and Aymen Ghali at The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM ~ DJ Shaman at Duplex
Coming Up
  • Brecht van der Laan at Equinox
  • Vibratone at Equinox
  • Bacano at Equinox
  • Sonic Detergent at Equinox
  • The Fumes at Equinox
  • The Adobo Conspiracy at Equinox
  • Sebastien Adnot, Lisa Concepcion, Sophie Rose and Kosal Khiev at Equinox
  • Anton Isselhardt and Steve Retallick at Meta House
  • Mathias Aspelin at The Doors, The Himawari Hotel Apartments, The Himawari Hotel Apartments and The Himawari Hotel Apartments
  • Alan Breen and Mathias Aspelin at Kwest, Kwest
  • DJ Bree and Dj Rack at CodeRED
  • DJ Bree, DJ DSK * , Dj Mystro, DJ DSK * and Dj Mystro at CodeRED, CodeRED
  • DJ Bree, DJ Stroke and Dj YoBKK at CodeRED
  • DJ Dan Beck and DJ Simon C Vent at CodeRED
  • DJ Bree, DJ Stroke and Dj Rack at CodeRED
  • DJ Java Tech and Dj Nora at CodeRED
  • DJ Bree, DJ Alan Ritchie and Dj Kaztet Dee at CodeRED
  • DJ Jack Malipan, DJ Tim Coates and Dj Nora at CodeRED
  • Tim Coates and DJ Mikus at The Riverhouse Lounge
  • DJ Leonie at Duplex
  • DJ Illest at Duplex
  • DJ Blue at Duplex
  • DJ Tech 12 at Duplex
  • Dj Shade at Duplex, Duplex, Duplex and Duplex
  • DJ Shaman at Duplex, Duplex, Duplex, Duplex, Duplex and Duplex
  • Dj Nico at Meta House
  • DJ Sao Sopheak at Meta House
  • Dj Spectrum at Meta House
  • Dj Antaro at Meta House, Meta House
  • DJ F.U.D and DJ JO at Meta House
  • DJ Oggy, Dj Antaro and Mr. Brown at Meta House
  • DJ Andy Freak, DJ Pitch and Mr. Brown at Meta House
  • Punk's Not Dead at Meta House
  • Trip Hop at Meta House
  • Video Concert at Meta House, Meta House
  • Music Videos at Meta House
  • Music Video Night - Ninja Tune at Meta House
  • Philippe Javelle and Alan Ritchie at Duplex

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