You might have noticed a sentence alongside the credits for Cambodian Rock Band that reads, “Featuring Songs by Dengue Fever.” 

But who is Dengue Fever and what do they have to do with Cambodian rock music or this play? Read more about their relationship to Cambodian Rock Band here.

Formed in 2001 by brothers Ethan and Zac Holtzman, Dengue Fever is a band dedicated to combining Cambodian rock and pop from the ’60s and ’70s with a modern flare. Dengue Fever is: Chhom Nimol (vocals), Zac Holtzman (guitar/vocals), Ethan Holtzman (keyboards), David Ralicke (horns), Paul Smith (drums), and Senon Williams (bass). Our cast was thrilled to receive a visit from Williams during rehearsal!

Dengue Fever first gained attention after the release of the 2007 documentary, Sleepwalking Through the Mekong, which featured the band touring Cambodia. You may know them from their songs featured in TV and movies – their cover of “Ethanopium,” a song by jazz musician Mulatu Astatke, was included in the soundtrack of the 2005 film Broken Flowers. Their songs have also been featured in Weeds, True Blood, and the cult-favorite podcast Welcome to Nightvale

Listen to Dengue Fever’s hit song “Sni Bong” which was featured in the TV show Weeds

The band’s first new album in eight years, Ting Mong, will be released in September 2023, and we can’t wait to listen to it! 

Not only does Dengue Fever make great music, they’ve also entered into many charitable partnerships that support Cambodia and musicians. They’ve partnered with Wildlife Alliance, Cambodian Living Arts, and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund

Come experience Cambodian Rock Band and Dengue Fever’s music through August 27 at Arena Stage!

Photo of Dengue Fever by Marc Walker.