Weekly Gig Guide – Week Commencing Thursday the 26th December 2013

Christmas
morning arrived with the startling sound of a heavy hammer-drill being put to
unsparing use in the apartment below mine. Quite a contrast from last year’s
church bells and birdsong. For Christmas lunch, when several thousand miles
away my mother would be basting the roast and listening to Christmas carols, I
tucked into a platter of salty pork and rice, steamed buns and a can of Black
Panther. I was perfectly happy with my solo feast, but my housekeeper Mrs Sovann
seemed to take pity on me and felt compelled to cheer me up with a chopped
pineapple. She has never bought me anything before.
‘…and now Bong
Jack miss family in England?’
‘Yes, Mrs
Sovann, but I am very happy here in Cambodia.’
Where else would
I rather be? Within this week’s slightly slim gig guide there are plenty of fantastic
performances in store. Thursday brings a treat for the discerning listener at Doors,
where Ai Iwasaki, Gabi Faja and Bong Somnang will perform
selected opera arias and classical pieces. Door charge $3.
I will be trying
to organise some local music luminaries to light up the stage at Sharky Bar
on Friday night, when Miss Sarawan will begin proceedings for Bondarnh
Leng Pleng
at 9pm. After that…. let’s just say there will be
some really cool special guests in attendance to help us enjoy a night of live
music, seasonal celebration and what little Christmas cheer I can muster. Hope
to see you there.
On Saturday the
amazing and intriguing Kok Thlok will inaugurate FCC Phnom Penh’s brand
new live music space – ‘The Mansion’. I hope the stage is large, because
the talented members of this Khmer-fusion ensemble cannot usually be counted on
ten fingers. Traditional Khmer instruments such as the Roneat and Tro
are combined with drums, bass, guitar and saxophone. Like The Cambodian
Space Project
and The Underdogs, this troupe’s repertoire consists
primarily of Golden Era Khmer-rock songs. However, Kok Thlok do things
in a more traditional and reverent style – while also including more folkloric
Khmer songs in the set list.
Gigs are looking
a little bit thin on the ground ahead of the peculiar annual catharsis that is
New Year’s Eve. Many of your favourite groups and DJs will be engaged at expensive
gala dinners and private parties. For the professional musician, NYE will
usually be the most profitable night of the year. With so many venues looking
to create events there is a serious supply and demand issue. A lot of
performers will be getting paid four or five times their usual nightly rate. This
‘sucks’ for the smaller live music venues trying to put on a night as they
simply cannot afford to hire a band. Many establishments will be entertaining
guests without the assistance of live performers or DJs. Some venue managers
will say ‘bah humbug’ to the whole New Year’s Eve deal and give themselves and
their staff a well-deserved night off.
If you still
want to party next Tuesday night but you are not willing to spend two week’s
rent money on a dinner-dance ticket then what are your options? A couple of
great parties stand out from the crowd. On the rooftop of a tall building
situated at the corner of Streets 51 and 172, the Dusk till Dawn bar will
be hosting Phnom Penh Underground. Six DJs in two rooms,
including DJ Sequence, DJ Dan Beck and Phatt Controller
no cover charge. Meanwhile in Kampot, the Naga House will hold a dual
celebration for what might be their last New Year’s Eve in the current
premises. Their 8th Anniversary Party will feature
several bands and DJs and something tells Jack this will be a no-holds-barred
crazy escapade.
As an antidote
to all this seasonal nonsense, have a look at this random and inspiring video
from performance-poet Shane Koyczan – Remember How We Forgot.


Stay safe and
don’t do anything too crazy out there,

JACK DIAMOND

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Latest Gigs

Thursday 
26-Dec-2013
  • 8:00 PM
    ~
    Simon’s Big Show
    at
    The Kong Bar in Sihanouk Ville
  • 8:30 PM
    ~
    Gabi Faja , AI Iawasaki and Bong Samnang at
    The Doors
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    Barry Speirs and Ritchy Boisson at
    The Groove
  • 9:30 PM
    ~
    Diego Latin Trio at
    Oscars 51
Friday 
27-Dec-2013
  • 8:30 PM
    ~
    Rhiannon Johnson at
    The Doors
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    Bondarnh Leng Pleng
    at
    Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    Philippe Javelle and Anna mc keon at
    The Cabaret Restaurant
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    Ritchy Boisson at
    The Groove
  • 9:30 PM
    ~
    Jahzad at
    The Slur Bar
  • 11:00 PM
    ~
    DJ Gang and DJ Rob at
    Pontoon
Saturday 
28-Dec-2013
  • 4:00 PM
    ~
    DJ Polaak , DJ Kdam and MC Kaztet D at
    The Naga House in Kampot
  • 8:30 PM
    ~
    Kok Thlok at
    The FCC Phnom Penh
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    At Panha Band at
    The Slur Bar
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    A Tribute to CBGBs
    at
    Sharky Bar
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    The Underdogs at
    Equinox
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    Philippe Javelle and Ritchy Boisson at
    The Groove
  • 9:30 PM
    ~
    GTS Jazz and Stephane Routier at
    The Doors
  • 10:00 PM
    ~
    Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks at
    Oscars 51
  • 11:00 PM
    ~
    DJ Tech 12 and MC Hydro Phonics at
    Pontoon
Sunday 
29-Dec-2013
  • 5:00 PM
    ~
    Sunday Sundowner Sessions with Joe Wrigley
    at
    The Alley Cat Cafe
Tuesday 
31-Dec-2013
  • 6:30 PM
    ~
    The Cambodian Space Project at
    The Himawari
  • 7:00 PM
    ~
    Preap Sovath , Meas Soksophear , Sokun Nisa , Aok Sokunkanha , Chhorn Sovanreach , Miss. Photo City , Sok Seylalin , Bayyareth Nop , Zono , Chhet SovanPanha , Vanna Piseth , Koy and Ms. Katok at
    Naga World
  • 7:30 PM
    ~
    Roddy Fraser , Joshua Chiang and Chino De Nogales at
    Le Jardin
  • 8:00 PM
    ~
    Dr. Wah Wah , DJ Dan Beck , DJ Phatt Controller , DJ Sequence , Alan Ritchie and Wes_T at
    Dusk till Dawn
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    DJ Star , DJ Lefty Stryker , Dennis Shaw Aka D-Rakkas and DJ Maily at
    The RiverHouse Lounge
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    DJ Flo Tralala , DJ Illest , DJ Rob , DJ Lefty Stryker , DJ Shaman and DJ Eyedee at
    Pontoon
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    8th Anniversary Party
    at
    The Bodhi Villa in Kampot
  • 9:00 PM
    ~
    Happy Nova New Year 2014
    at
    Nova Penthouse
Coming Up
  • Marsyas at Equinox
  • Jahzad at Equinox
  • Vibratone at Equinox
  • Billy Page and Adelisa at Equinox
  • Diego Demarques Trio at Equinox
  • Jaworski 7 at Equinox
  • Sonic Detergent at Equinox
  • The Wanderlusters * at Equinox
  • The Cambodian Space Project at The Otres Market in Sihanoukville
  • Gabi Faja, Philippe Javelle and Barry Speirs at The Doors
  • DJ Cut Killer at Pontoon
  • DJ Tim Coates and Mikus at The RiverHouse Lounge
  • DJ DSN, DJ Cab, DJ Polaak and Salmon All Star at Otres Beach in Sihanouk Ville
  • The Cuban Brothers * at Code

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