Sharky Bar & Restaurant

Sharky Bar & Restaurant

Sunday, May 22, 2011

May 21, 2011 - Little Duke & The Mekong Blues Messengers

Saturday Night Live at Sharky Bar saw 'Little Duke & The Mekong Blues Messengers' return with their very own special brand of powerhouse Chicago blues.

The Mekong Blues aren't the 'number one' band in Cambodia for no reason - and with Little Duke (on guitar) and Kristen (vocals) to the fore - they gave a really truly inspiring performance.

From the opening number 'Pride & Joy', Jonas (Little Duke) effortlessly slid through his vast repertoire of guitar licks and finger-picking blues.

Timeless classics like 'Got My Mojo Working' and 'Walking The Blues' were musically dispatched with consummate ease by the guitar master.

Kristen of course, was as engaging as ever and the 'flirty role-play' with Harmonica Ken during 'Give Me Back My Wig' was as good as it gets.

This girl is a true performer and has magnetic stage presence. Her vocals are pretty damned good too.

Even the entrance of the Saigon Rugby Team into Sharky's with their various 'sticker' shenighans didn't deter Kristen and the rest of the band from holding their own and giving 'them and everyone else' a master-class in the art-of-the-blues.

Harmonica Ken was in good form too and his superb 'interplay' with Jonas was a musical treat.

Suffice to say, even the most ardent of 'stone-faced customers' would find it hard not to tap 'their fingers or their feet' to this great blues outfit.

By the time they were 'half way' through the second set, the audiance were 'well and truly in the bag.' And one could only sit-back and admire them doing great versions of blues classics such as 'Rolling & Tumbling', 'Mary Had A Little Lamb' 'Ninety-Nine and a Half Won't Do' and 'If Walls Could Talk.'

And if that didn't grab yer - the grand finale of 'Cream' covers such as 'Born Under A Bad Sign' and 'Crossroads' were the ultimate 'icing-on-the-cake.'

A great night, a great performance - and better still - we get to do it all again on the 2nd July - as we've booked them for our Annual July 4th American Independence Party! Great stuff!

A big, big thanx to Kristen, Jonas, Chris, Ken and Steve for entertaining us to a truly enjoyable blues evening at Sharky Bar!

Who needs Eric Clapton - when we've got Little Duke!


Cheers Dave The Punk


  1. Thanks for the great review, Dave! Looking forward to our gig on July 2nd.

  2. Amen to That..Tops in entertainment,soul-fullness, Little Duke champions ' real southern blues..All band members Rockin...Yep I miss CSP too..but delighted LD&MBM & The Thrill is still here..Kudos to your Venue & staff at Sharkys