Weekly Gig Guide – Week Commencing Thursday the 9th January 2014

This week we walk a mile in the shoes of Antonio ‘Frisco
Tony’ Pineda – celebrated Beat Poet, Author and Actor. Tony was one of the
founders of the Straight Theatre in Haight Ashbury during the San Francisco
renaissance. In Phnom Penh he is a familiar face on the music and arts scene. A
former ballet dancer, Tony lithely weaves around the traps like the Great White
Hipster Shark of Cambodia, searching for hep cats and tuned-in chicks. As soon
as he hits the party Tony locks on to his prey – tapping them up with tales of
his times with legendary beat poets Jim Morrison and Michael McClure. Before moving
on to his next target, Tony makes doubly sure to extract all the latest gossip
and scandal – keeping this veteran scenester one step ahead of the game. Read what happened when Leng Pleng asked Tony to describe one eventful Friday night in Phnom Penh – from his own unique perspective.

Tony
will be busy meeting and greeting his way around the Chaktomuk Theatre this Saturday,
when John Pirozzi’s long-awaited documentary feature Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten
receives its gala premiere. The film, a decade in the making, tells the
story of the ‘Golden Age’ of Khmer-rock music in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Various
dignitaries, celebrities, music and movie moguls will be in attendance at the invitation-only
screening.

We
are pleased to report that following the premiere there will be an open and free concert celebration from
9pm in the grounds of the Chaktomuk Theatre, where the fantastic Chhom
Nimol
of Dengue Fever will share the stage with a group of original
Khmer-rock legends. Leng Pleng were lucky enough to see a preview performance
of this band at our recent Bondarnh Leng Pleng party hosted by Sharky
Bar
. Receiving a mysterious SMS stating that some ‘very important musicians’
would be coming along, we could hardly have imagined that said musicians would
include H.E. Touch Seang Tana of the Drakkar Band, Hong Samay
of the Bayon Band and legendary Khmer guitarist Mr To. These and
many more Khmer music heavyweights will be playing on Saturday, including the
lead guitarist of The Apsara Band – credited with instigating the whole
Khmer-rock revolution of the 1960’s. Wow!
Hong Samay
Jack
has also heard rumors of special guests joining The Cambodian Space Project
at Oscars 51 this Friday. With all these legends in town, it’s hard to
say who, what, when or how… but you can expect a great show as the band prepare
to jet off to Europe for a winter tour.
Doors
Phnom Penh
offer a great concert on Friday
evening with a Double Whammy of quality musical entertainment.
Firstly Euan Gray’s Songkites will be showing off their prodigious
songwriting and performing skills. Many of the members of this Phnom Penh-based
music workshop are seriously-talented young Cambodians. The evening is
headlined by Rhiannon ‘The Voice’ Johnson, returning to Doors with
her beautiful soul-jazz vocals and expert backing group.
Slur
Bar
continue to offer an admirably
varied and frequent program of live bands ranging from Khmer language music to
Blues-rock, from acoustic singer-songwriters to hardcore metal bands. This
Saturday the venue offers the chance to see two great bands in one night when
they host Sangvar Day and Adobo Conspiracy. Sangvar Day
are uncompromising French hard-rockers who write their own songs. According to singer
Robin, their influences include Rage Against The Machine and Incubus “…but if
you ask the others they’ll probably say something completely different and
we’ll all end up in a fight.”
The
spirit and the energy of Adobo Conspiracy are concentrated in lead singer Funmi Riñoza, a Filipina
with magnetic personality who stalks the stage delivering alternative rock
classics. She is also known for her inspired costume choices, which will only
add to the influx of passers-by that enter Slur Bar when the live music
starts ringing out.
In
signing off, Jack is very pleased to raise a glass to Anthony, Marco and all
the staff at Equinox. The venue celebrate their 8th
Anniversary this weekend with gigs from the Diego DiMarques Trio and Marsyas. As General Manager and dedicated sound technician, Anthony works
incredibly hard to deliver the goods at Equinox time after time – and he
documents it all for posterity. Check out some past gigs online at ‘Radio Free Equinox’.
For this week’s audio-visual stimulation, have a look at
the latest video release from Klap Ya Handz. Their track ‘Snaeha Khong Pel Reatrey’, featuring the very groovy singer Srey Leak, is a
track from the forthcoming Cambodian movie ‘Gems on the Run’.

Stay safe and see you around the traps,
JACK DIAMOND

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Latest Gigs

Thursday 
9-Jan-2014
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    X-Pat Sound System at
    Meta House
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    Ritchy Boisson , Luis Arambarri and Jazz Trio-Leon Kondo at
    The Groove
Friday 
10-Jan-2014
  • 8:00 PM
    ~
    Beige Rainbow at
    The Show Box
  • 8:30 PM
    ~
    MWAUKA at
    The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 8:30 PM
    ~
    Euan Gray , Stephane Routier , Rhiannon Johnson and Songkites at
    The Doors
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    DJ KNSTK at
    Meta House
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    The Cambodian Space Project at
    Oscars 51
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    Philippe Javelle and Ritchy Boisson at
    The Groove
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    Lady and the Tramp at
    The Village
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    Diego Dimarques Trio at
    Equinox
  • 9:30 PM
    ~
    Sonic Detergent at
    The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM
    ~
    DJ Strange Fruit and DJ Wah-Wah at
    Dusk till Dawn
  • 11:00 PM
    ~
    DJ Gang and DJ Rob at
    Pontoon
Saturday 
11-Jan-2014
  • 8:00 PM
    ~
    Kheltica at
    The Village
  • 8:30 PM
    ~
    Jahzad at
    The FCC – The Mansion
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    Philippe Javelle and Ritchy Boisson at
    The Groove
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    Chhom Nimol * and Drakkar Band at
    Chaktomuk Theater
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    Marsyas at
    Equinox
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    DJ Tonle Dub , DJ Mercy and Tba at
    Meta House
  • 9:30 PM
    ~
    Sangvar Day The and Adobo Conspiracy at
    The Slur Bar
  • 10:00 PM
    ~
    DJ Wez-T and DJ Alan Ritchie at
    Dusk till Dawn
  • 11:00 PM
    ~
    DJ Flo Tralala , DJ Illest and DJ Alan Ritchie at
    Pontoon
Sunday 
12-Jan-2014
  • 5:00 PM
    ~
    Laura Mam at
    The Village
Monday 
13-Jan-2014
  • 9:30 PM
    ~
    Miss Sarawan at
    The Slur Bar
Tuesday 
14-Jan-2014
  • 7:30 PM
    ~
    Sundance Open Mic with Smokin’ Kenny Smith
    at
    The Sundance Inn & Saloon
Wednesday 
15-Jan-2014
  • 5:30 PM
    ~
    DJ Wez-T , DJ Funkelastiks , DJ Alan Ritchie and DJ Bart Ricardo at
    Koh Rong Samloem in Sihanouk Ville
  • 8:00 PM
    ~
    DJ Star and DJ Tam at
    The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    Dennis Shaw Aka D-Rakkas at
    The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:30 PM
    ~
    Khmera at
    The Slur Bar
Coming Up
  • Jahzad at Equinox
  • Vibratone at Equinox
  • Diego Dimarques Trio at Equinox
  • Jaworski 7 at Equinox
  • Sonic Detergent at Equinox
  • The Wanderlusters * at Equinox
  • Pop Music Quiz Night at Equinox
  • Sapbai Hanukkah Klezmer Band at Meta House
  • Reggae & Dub at Meta House
  • Swagger at Meta House
  • Electric Universe at Meta House
  • Belgian Beats at Meta House
  • Akhia Cyxtiel at The Village
  • Euan Gray at The Doors
  • Kok Thlok at The Slur Bar
  • DJ Cut Killer at Pontoon
  • DJ F.U.D and DJ JO at Meta House
  • DJane Sao Sopheak and DJane Sao Sopheak at Meta House
  • Dr. Wah Wah and DJ Nico at Meta House
  • DJ BBoy Peanut and DJ Gigahurtz at Star Palace Night Club
  • DJ Tam at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • DJ Bree, DJ Stroke and DJ Alan Ritchie at Code
  • The Cuban Brothers * at Code

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