It’s Chris Baron and Johnnie at Mock Crest Tavern

Chris BaronJoin Mock Crest Tavern, Thursday, August 14th, for Chris Baron! The tunes begin at 8:30 p.m.

Over the last several years Chris has flipped hamburgers, collaborated with sashimi, collaborated in different musical projects, made some recordings, and hopped on stages. His latest project “Light Up the Sky” was released in June 2014.

He has a full list of tunes and information on Reverbnation.

If you like The Avett Brothers, Incubus, Sondre Lerche, The Tummybuckles and Idiot Science you are sure to enjoy Chris Baron.

Johnnie Ward Sharkskin Revue performs, Saturday August 16th, at 9:00 p.m. Don’t miss this great blues and rock band. Members Include:

Johnnie’s Sharkskin Revue plays the blues, swing, jazz, and also features Portland blues  legend Johnnie Ward and chanteuse Lauren Sheehan. Johnnie, who is a Muddy Award winner, leads the band on tenor saxophone, harmonica, saxcello, and vocals. Catch their performance on youtube.

BeerTapsMock Crest has served the public for over 68 years, and with that experience comes fantastic food. When you enter the bar, you can view the daily food and drink specials of the day. Mock Crest tavern also has a great menu.

Happy hour specials range from $2.95 to $4.95 two times a day!

Snacks Include:

  • Hummus and Pita
  • Mozzarella Sticks
  • 1/2 BLT
  • Onion Rings
  • Poppers
  • Tater Tots
  • French Fries
  • Fried Pickles
  • 1/2 Turkey Sandwich
  • Side Salad

If you need more than a snack, the bar offers Portland’s best burgers. Their hamburgers are served with 1/3 pound of beef. The “Blues Burger” comes highly recommended.

Have a great week and we’ll see ya there!

Welcome Paul Cataldo to Mock Crest Tavern

Paul CJoin Mock Crest Tavern Tuesday, August 12, and welcome Paul Cataldo! Paul is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and is currently touring across the country. You will enjoy his combination of Americana, Roots, Country and Appalachian music. The music begins at 8:00 p.m.

Paul has played since the age of fourteen when he heard Neil Young. His music became his sanctuary while growing up and he utilized musicians including John Fogerty, Lindsay Buckingham and David Gilmour as music teachers. After years of practice he found himself playing lead with “ShortBus” a Boston based cover band.

It didn’t take long before he grew tired of playing other people’s music and relocated to New York and began writing his own music.

Paul sings songs that tell stories about a little of everything including alcoholism, war, poverty and jealousy as well as peace and love.  His first full length LP “Rivers, Roads & Mountains” was released in 2009 and has received steady airplay on college stations. Paul recorded the LP at Quad Studios in Nashville in the same room Young recorded his breakthrough record “Harvest”.  Some of Nashville’s best known session players appear throughout the album as well as long time music companions Tony Montalbano and Eben Pariser of Roosevelt Dime.

Hope you are enjoying the full service seating out back. Portland has been full of sunny, clear and hot days, but no matter what the weather is outside, Mock Crest Tavern always has what you need. August continues to heat up with new music all month-long. Before we know it Labor Day will arrive and school will begin again. So enjoy it while you can!

Have a great week and we’ll see ya there!

Sneakin’ Out and the Mondegreens

It’s another fantastic music filled evening this Friday night, August 8th, with  Sneakin’ Out.  With a solid reputation preceding their talents, fans arrive at least an hour early. The show begins at 9:00 p.m.

Sneakin’ Out has opened for famous singers including kd lang, John Jorgenson and Pink Martini. They also released their CD, “Train Wreck” that’s available to  purchase on My Space.

Members Include:

  • David Gerow  on the mandolin
  • Don Henson on percussion
  • Mike Cheddar Schmitt  on bass

Come join Mock Crest Tavern as we welcome the The Mondegreens, Saturday, August 9th, at 9:00 p.m.
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The Mondegreens are originally from Chico, California and formed their band in 2012. The group roots itself in the classic 60’s era bringing together tight harmonies, heartfelt lyrics and a twist of indie rock. The group has drawn inspiration and influence from a wide variety of music and artists including The Beatles, Neil Young, Grateful Dead, Radio Head, Fleet Foxes and the Avett Brothers.

The artists deliver thoughtful, intelligent lyrics and music that is filled with excitement and honesty that provides listeners to immediately connect with them.

Members Include:

Jack Knight – Vocals / Lead guitar

David Friedlander – vocals / Bass Guitar

Russell Rabut – vocals / Rhythm guitar

Matt Misquez – Drums

Visit their website for additional information.

No post is complete without some great trivia to prepare you for Quizzies with Roy every Sunday night at 6:30 p.m.  So here’s a bit more “bar and tavern” history.

Gadsby’s Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia, has been visited by many U.S. Presidents. But which one spent the first night of his presidency at the tavern?

Andrew Jackson. Jackson reportedly snuck out through a window of the White House and walked the six miles to the tavern to avoid the rowdy inaugural party which his supporters were having at the White House.

Which New York tavern was a favorite hangout of the poet Dylan Thomas?

White Horse Tavern. It was here that Thomas uttered his famous last words, “I’ve had eighteen straight whiskeys, I think that’s the record.”

Have a great week and we’ll see ya there!

Johnnie Ward and the Eagle Ridin’ Papas

If you love Johnnie Ward then this is your lucky week!  Johnnie Ward & the Eagle Ridin’ Papas perform Tuesday, August 5th, at 8:30 p.m.

Johnnie Ward

Johnnie Ward

Members include:

  • Doug Marx - guitar, lead vocal
  • Johnnie Ward - guitar., vocal
  • Claes Almroth - harp, vocal;
  • Paul Bassett - washboard
  • Lauren Sheehan - mandolin
  • Bill Uhlig - Upright Bass

Johnnie Ward, originally from Portland, has performed with bands including the PH Phactor Jug Band, and opened for Moby Grape, The Grateful Dead, Pentangle, The Doors, and several other famous groups. Some of his tunes are available on myspace.

And Johnnie will also kick off Open mic and Jam night this Thursday, August 7th at 8:30 p.m.

Trivia you say? Why yes, yes we do every Sunday night with Roy Smallwood at 6:30 p.m. Here’s your fun facts to get prepared.

Sprague’s Tavern, in Chepachet, Rhode Island, played a key role in which political movement?

Dorr Rebellion. The Dorr Rebellion of 1841-1842 is an important event in Rhode Island history. Dorr was rebelling against Rhode Island laws limiting the vote to landowners, which disenfranchised many urban laborers. Both Dorr and the incumbent governor claimed to have won the gubernatorial election of 1842, resulting in Dorr convening the Rhode Island general assembly at Sprague’s Tavern. Although Dorr was found guilty of treason, his revolt was successful in that voting requirements were soon liberalized. The tavern, now known as Tavern on Main, is still open for business.

What is the name of the famous tavern in Chicago whose owner is said to be responsible for the Chicago Cubs not appearing in the World Series for the 63 years following their 1945 collapse against the Detroit Tigers?

The Billy Goat Tavern. The tavern owner was ejected from a key World Series game with his pet goat during one of the 1945 World Series games, and is said to have put a hex on the Cubs as he left. The legend of course has grown over the years, and “The Curse of the Billy Goat” has supposedly kept the Cubs out of the World Series for the following 63 years. The same tavern is also trivially famous as the source of John Belushi’s famous Saturday Night Live sketches in which he always yelled out “cheeseburger, cheeseburger; no fries, chips; no Coke, Pepsi.”

The Blue Moon Tavern has been a popular counterculture hangout for such literary giants as Theodore Roethke, Dylan Thomas, and Allen Ginsberg. In which city is this famous tavern located?

Seattle. Opening in 1934 soon after prohibition had ended, this tavern quickly became popular with University of Washington students. It has survived, escaping demolition due to fervent protests by its many supporters.

Have a great week and we’ll see ya there!

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