Dengue Fever, Crescent Ballroom Thursday, January 26
The setting was the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, but given the atmosphere and exotic sounds emanating from the stage, it may as well have been Cambodia circa mid-1970s. Eyes closed, it hardly mattered, Dengue Fever was in its element, and that element joined seemingly incompatible cultures.
Phnom Penh was a swinging cosmopolitan city full of bustling nightclubs and music parlors as the 1970s hit the mid-point. That was before the Khmer Rouge rose to power and put an end to outward expressions of musical bliss. Yet, in the years prior, Cambodia musicians influenced by Western rock and roll and psychedelic music created some astounding works.
This is the jumping off point for Dengue Fever…
Read the complete concert review at the Phoenix New Times.