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Weekly Wrap - Week Commencing Thursday the 29th May 2014


Jet Odrerir will make his final appearance with 2 Shots and a Chaser this Saturday. Jet and his wife Melanie Brew have been key members of the expat music scene in Phnom Penh for several years – ever since there was even a 'music scene' of which to speak. Jet has been the lead singer and founder of several bands (so many it must be hard for even Jet to list them all) including Betty Ford and the GT Falcons, Bum N Draze, Station to Station, Muscle of Love and, most recently, Psychesonica. This musical chameleon is one of the most warm-hearted and humble guys you could ever have the pleasure of meeting. His bands are focussed on having fun with music and doing something cool and different.
As I head off for parts yet unhired it seems apropos that I’ll be playing my last show howlin’ out old rockabilly songs at Sharky’s. The first song I ever played in Cambodia was “TV Set” by The Cramps with the house band at JJs nightclub in Kampot back in 2001. They ended up shooting a bunch of scenes from ‘City of Ghosts’ there a couple weeks after that, I just missed being an extra... and I will miss being an extra in the music scene that’s developed in the Kingdom since then, I’ll most likely pop in now and again as people seem to have trouble keeping away for too long. - JET ODRERIR
Catch 2 Shots and a Chaser for the last time on Saturday night at Sharky's when Jet will reprise his set of rockabilly and 1960's rock'n'roll driven by acoustic guitar, saxophone and drums. The band are also at 3Mangos Guesthouse on Friday and you can sit in on Jet's weekly Electric Eclectic Limelight Jukebox Jam open mic night on Thursday at Paddy Rice. Leng Pleng wishes Jet kind regards and all the best for his imminent return to the USA.

Jet Odrerir by Bleys Bolton

Another emotionally charged night in store on Friday at Equinox as The Fumes play their last gig with lead singer-guitarist Karin Schelzig before she jets off to new pastures. See this recent wrap for a picture and quote from the band.

pic courtesy of Kristen Rasmusen
Jack will refrain from getting teary-eyed and sentimental and focus, instead, on a new band entering the Gig Guide this weekend. Lead singer Kristen Rasmussen has gathered some Phnom Penh musicians together to form country-blues-rockabilly outfit Mekong Messengers. Listen to the results on Friday night when the Messengers d├ębut at Slur Bar. Washington DC-born mezzo-soprano Kristen has years of classical voice training behind her but has eschewed her Coloratura in favour of a Southern country twang. More Tanya Tucker than Kiri Te Kanawa.

In parting, here's a video showing the on-stage energy of our departing friend, Mr Jet Odrerir and his band 2 Shots and a Chaser in action last year at Equinox.


Until next time, stay safe out there and... see you around the traps












JACK DIAMOND

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