Dengue Fever
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Cambodian and American rock band DENGUE FEVER ( announced today that they are confirmed to perform this November in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

Dengue Fever is touring with the cooperation and support of the U.S. Department of State, U.S. embassies in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam and local promoter in Cambodia, Dickon Verey, after receiving the prestigious Arts Envoy grant, designed to share American Culture around the world. Previously, the band performed in Cambodia and Vietnam, but this trip marks their debut in Laos.

“Through the U.S. Arts Envoy Program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the U.S. Department of State is pleased to bring the Los Angeles-based band, Dengue Fever, to tour Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia,” said the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the U.S. Department of State in a statement. “Sharing American art and culture is one of the best ways to build bridges between the United States and other countries. Dengue Fever’s dynamic performances reviving 1960’s Cambodian rock provide a strong cultural link between the U.S. and Southeast Asia.”

”This will be our third trip to Cambodia since the band formed and our second with the help of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh,” said Dengue Fever Guitarist Zac Holtzman. “Obviously, the band’s roots are in Khmer rock, so there is an immediate connection to our fans in Cambodia. But getting the opportunity to perform in Vietnam for the second time and to debut in Laos really makes us aware of just how far we’ve come and where we want to go with this band.”

Details are still being worked out on exact venues and locations of the tour but Dengue Fever are set to play in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Battambang and Siem Reap in Cambodia, Hanoi in Vietnam and Vientiane in Laos.

In April of this year, Dengue Fever released their fourth full-length album, Cannibal Courtship for Concord Music Group/Fantasy Records. The band has toured the United States, France and England in support of the record. In fact, the band was invited by The Kinks’ Ray Davies to perform at his 2011 Meltdown Festival, which he curated, as well as making their sold-out Paris debut and second Glastonbury performance. The band is currently confirming tour dates in the U.S. and Europe for 2012.

Later this year, Dengue Fever will launch their own record label and online store, for the purpose of releasing their long out-of-print back catalog with additional bonus tracks and new merchandise for fans. Currently, the band is sifting through outtakes, live tracks, radio shows, alternative tracks and more to expand their back catalog for digital and physical release.

Additional details on tour dates, events, band news and more will be announced shortly.


DENGUE FEVER is Cambodian songstress Chhom Nimol, Zac Holtzman (guitar/vocals), Ethan Holtzman (keyboards), Senon Williams (bass), Paul Smith (drums) and David Ralicke (horns). They have released three albums: Dengue Fever, Escape From Dragon House, Venus On Earth and the DVD/CD soundtrack to the band’s documentary Sleepwalking Through The Mekong, in addition to a collection of lost Cambodian classics, Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia. Cannibal Courtship, their debut release on Fantasy Records, a division of Concord Music Group is out now. They are based in Los Angeles.


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