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The first time I saw Dengue Fever in Santa Barbara, my date got a sort of Dengue Fever of his own that night and I spent most of the band's set patting his back while he threw up in a bin outside of janky Vons. The second time, I don't even remember, but I was there. The third time, this time, was awesome! Up front and center, aw yeah!
My Dengue Fever dance companion had been to Cambodia several times before and presented me with a traditional scarf while at Soho, thanks Matthew, it kept me warm while sitting out on the patio between the set of the opening band and Dengue Fever.
Was Soho packed? I dunno, I didn't look behind me. Did it rock? Yes. The band had great energy, with singer Chhom Nimol in a sparkly little number and the dudes in casual hipster-wear. If you don't already know, Dengue Fever is a 6-member band from Los Angeles, who play a combination of Cambodian pop and psychedelic surf rock.
Being so close to the front this time, I got a good look at the looping guitarist Zac Holtzman and brass man David Ralicke do throughout their performance. I happen to love looping, so this was very cool.
This week in particular was special to the band, as it kicked off the release of their newest CD, Cannibal Courtship, and their performance included several tracks from it. Also included in this tour was Zac Holtzman's custom made guitar-fused-chapei dong veng, a Cambodian 2-string long neck guitar. Confused as to what this is? Check out the youtube video of Holtzman explaining this device, called the Mastadong.
And tonight, the Mastadong's creator was also in the audience and he got a round of applause.
Overall, a great show. I was dancing by the most enthusiastic squealing girls ever, who helped call the band back onstage for an encore, and I was also by a very damper fellow in red trousers with a red jumper around his shoulders, so obviously this group attracts all types. :) I look forward to them playing next year.