Sharky Bar & Restaurant

Sharky Bar & Restaurant

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Farewell Joe

The expat community lost one of its finest the other night. Joe from Kampong Cham passed away on Thursday night. Joe was a long time teacher and operated schools in Kampong Cham and in Kampong Thom. He also ran the Mekong Crossing Bar and Restaurant on Kampong Cham's riverfront. Joe was popular among the biker community as he was a prominent pit stop to Mondolkiri and Kratcheh, not only for his great food, but for his great personality. He was the go to guy for people heading to the north east.

Rest in peace Joe and thanks for all the fond memories, we'll miss you.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

THE VERDICT - Bum N' Draze VS. Stiff Little Punks Friday May 21 2010

Friday night at the Shark is always messy but with 2 Local Bands going head to head last Friday was pure filth.

Bum N' Draze vs. Stiff Little Punks, Hard Rock vs. Punk Rock, Gene Simmons-like Blood Lust vs. never mind the bollocks, but which band won?

Let's breakdown the facts:

The Lineup
Stiff Little Punks: Ian R. Anderson - Vocals, Dave the Punk - Guitar/Background Vocals, Tommy Nick - Drums

Verdict: 1000000 reil

Bum N' Draze: Twilight Dzouns - Vocals/Drums, P-Sonic - Bass/Background Vocals, Jet 'Zetor' Ordrerir - Guitar

Verdict: 1000000 reil

Stiff Little Punks: They Punked and Rocked their way through New Rose - the Damned, Pretty Vacant - Sex Pistols, Teenage Kicks - The Undertones, Kids Are United - Sham 69, I Predict A Riot - Kaiser Chiefs and of course no Cambodian Punk band could get away with not playing Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedys just to name a very few.

Verdict: 1000000 reil + 1000 bonus reil for playing the Kaiser Chiefs because they are my favorite alternative band at the moment - NICE!

Bum N' Draze: The Draze kicked out original clas-sicks Black Cadillac, Sickville, If Mekong Was Whisky and March or Die(Don't July). They also cranked out covers of Cat Scratch Fever - Ted Nugent, I Used To Love Her - Guns n Roses, Road Runner - Bo Diddley and Strange Ways Twisted Days - Kiss and many more!

Verdict: 1000000 reil + 1000 bonus reil for doing a tribute to Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell's Front Man Ronnie James Dio

RIP Dio _\../

The Gig
Stiff Little Punks: The punks started with English Civil War and then the momentum just flowed for 1 hour straight. They play Fast and they play Furious only stopping occasionally for a quick beverage.

Tommy Nick on Drums joined the Stiff Little Punks for the first time on Friday and well, lets just say that was a brilliant call. Tommy is a great drummer and was hitting it pretty hard. He actually broke our Snare drum. Dave who is always relentless on guitar pushed the levels up on his amp this time at Sharky's and played hard and fast and ass kicked his way through those punk classics in true SLP style. Ian R. Anderson was on good form and tonight was his night. This guy can sing! Ian has a great stage presence and is a brilliant performer, jumping around stage and literally bouncing off the walls. These guys are as-cool-as-you-like, great artists and just killed it Friday night. They would have played 3 hrs straight if i hadn't stopped them.

If you haven't seen the Stiff Little Punks yet then you can see them again at Sharky's very soon. Check back on this blog for details.

Verdict: 1000000 reil

Bum N' Draze: ONE TWO THREE FOUR! BANG BANG BANG! If i'm shouting it's because i can't hear myself think. When Bum n Draze are onstage everyone and everything knows it, especially the glass doors. These guys play LOUD! because they don't care!

Larger-than-life Twilight Dzouns on drums and vocals thumped away at the drums while nearly blowing the house down with his rich & gritty vocals. He has the type of voice that can only be obtained by consuming numerous bottles of Russian Standard Vodka or by swallowing glass. Lets hope its the Vodka. On Bass, Lefty P-Sonic showed the audience what Bum n Draze is all about, Dirty Bass and loads of distortion. Meanwhile recent member Jet 'Zetor' Ordrerir completed the trio with some brilliant guitar specially Cat Scratch Fever & Roadrunner. These guys are getting better & better. They sounded great and this was by far their best ever gig to date. IMO

We have them booked again at Sharky's August 13. Yes, that's right, FRIDAY THE 13TH. Come if you dare!

Verdict: 1000000 reil

Customer Walkouts
Stiff Little Punks: 2 walkouts. 0 reil (poor effort from the punks)
Bum N' Draze: 43 walkouts. 1000000 reil

Beers Consumed By The Band During Gig
Stiff Little Punks: 25 Beers. 1000000 reil
Bum N' Draze: 3 Beers . 0 reil (just bad)

Beers Consumed By The Band After Gig
Stiff Little Punks: 100 Beers. 1000000 reil
Bum N' Draze: 100 Beers . 1000000 reil

Underwear Thrown Onstage During Gig
Stiff Little Punks: 0 underwear. -1000000 reil (bad, bad, bad)
Bum N' Draze: 0 underwear. -1000000 reil (that's just not Rock n Roll)

Final Verdict: Tie
Stiff Little Punks: 4001000 reil
Bum N' Draze: 4001000 reil

Stiff Little Punks
Still the undisputed best worst punk band in Cambodia

Bum N' Draze
Undoubtedly still and forever will be the nastiest-sounding and loudest hard rock band in indochina

Thanks for playing Sharky's guys

Rock n Roll...


Do yourselves a favor and get this brilliant album immediately. Ian's Band, Crazyhead - Desert Orchid

Bum n Draze CD's and Tshirts available at Sharky's

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Lazy Jazz Drunks

Lazy Jazz Drunks in Sharky Friday night rockin to a full house.

Ian belting out the tunes and Charlie making a cameo.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Viva Puebla!

Visiting Mexicans digging the Flag and resident Canadian digging the Angkor during Sharky Cinco De Mayo Party.

Lost Highway in the Casa mixing with the Margarita Specials.

Serenade me!

Buena onda!

Lazy Jazz Drunks in the House on Friday!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo
Battle of Puebla
Observed by
Type multinational
Date May 5, 1862
  • Regional celebration in Mexico of battle victory.
  • Celebration in the United States of Mexican-American culture and experiences. Only somewhat celebrated in Mexico.
  • Food, music, folkloric dancing

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a holiday celebrated in the United States and primarily limited to the state of Puebla in Mexico.[1][2] The holiday commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.[3][4]

Cinco de Mayo is not "an obligatory federal holiday" in Mexico, but rather a holiday that can be observed voluntarily.[5][6] While Cinco de Mayo has limited significance nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed in the United States (also voluntarily) and other locations around the world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.[7] Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day,[8] which actually is September 16,[9] the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico.[10]

Upcoming Live Music Events

Lazy Jazz Drunks in on the 7th

The Hellhounds in on the 13th and the 27th

Stiff Little Punks in on the 21st

and Lost Highway Here tonight, tomorrow, and again on the 28th and 29th

Hoping to put on another Pool Comp for the Ladies

May 26th. Always good fun.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Birthday Celebration

Ross, Sharky’s famous Entertainment Manager, celebrated his Birthday in the Shark Cage in typical musical style this past Sunday. About 15 expat musicians from Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville all joined the party festivities with a Rock Music Jam which began at about 9 pm and lasted till the wee hours…. Musicians included members of the HellHounds, Lost Highway, Stiff Little Punks, Lazy Jazz Drunks, Paco, and others.

With free flowing beer and booze, lots of delicious finger foods catered in from other outside restaurants as well as from Sharky’s own kitchen, and with the musicians all joining in during different times during the night taking turns playing Cover Classic Rock, Bluegrass, Funk, and whatever worked, it was a magical night for all involved. Various Sharky customers who are professional musicians, but rarely played on any of our music nights, also supported Ross and joined the fun by picking up the lead, bass, acoustic and slide guitars, 2 drum sets, harmonica, keyboards, etc and played what they felt was right .

With lots of Sharky’s regular customers in attendance and being appreciative of this First Music Jam ever done at the Shark Cage, the music and vocals were simply phenomenal. As the night moved forward and everyone got into better moods (fueled by the beer and booze, no doubt) the musicians loosened up to each other’s style of playing, the Rolling Stones, Creedence, Ramones, etc. and mostly led with vocals by Ian of the Stiff Little Punks and Lazy Jazz Drunks, the energy level was the highest the Bar had seen in many years….

Ross appreciated the support and gratitude for his hard work booking the music and working with the local

Bands over the past couple of years, and the musicians reciprocated with great harmonies, complicated improvised guitar and drum riffs, and the crowd joining in singing along on some of the more famous cover tunes.

As the evening began to wind down about 1 am (seems most of the musicians started to wobble ), the Sharky staff then began their own party to celebrate Ross’ birthday with Ross then playing D.J., the girls dancing and drinking, and partying heartily till well past 4am!

Great fun had by all, and all to show Ross what a great job he’s done for the music effort in the Bar over the last 2 years !

Sharky Mike