March With Mock Crest Tavern

I can’t believe it’s almost March 1st, and Mock Crest Tavern is starting the month off with Suburban Slim. His performance begins at 9:00 p.m Friday evening.

Phil, aka Suburban Slim, played the ukulele during his childhood years, and then switched to guitar. He grew up in Northern California, and recorded his first album at the age of 15.  As the years passed, he toured throughout Oregon and later relocated to Eugene. He stayed there for 15 years before moving to Portland where he became involved in a wider audience and music scene. You can hear Suburban Slim on YouTube.

Dawn Fitzgerald and the Dents perform Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. This group offers a  mix of blues, country and rock.

Dawn Fitzgerald and the Dents

Dawn Fitzgerald and the Dents

Members Include:

  • Dawn Fitzgerald – Vocals and percussion
  • Phil Quarterman – Keyboards and vocals
  • Tom Hamstra – Guitar, vocals and fiddle
  • Aaron Lowe – Harmonica

Dawn is originally from the Los Angeles music scene, and has performed with the Dents for the last 5 years.  They discovered her while singing at the White Eagle.

As part of the last of the British Invasion, Phil was exiled to the US in 1974 due to an issue with the Royal Family. He was a founding member of the Dents after playing for many years in the Salem-based Rude Noizes.

Tom has played the guitar since age 15. He also plays the fiddle, mandolin and bass,  as well as sings backup vocals when Dawn needs him.

Aaron left the bluegrass world of Virginia at age 20 and found his way to Chicago where he tended bar at Buddy Guy’s Place. Here he met all his blues idols. He has been in Oregon playing with several bands over the last 17 years.

Visit Dawn and the Dents on myspace to hear their tunes.

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

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Sean O’Neill of Otis Heat

Sean O’Neill of Otis Heat will perform on Thursday, February 28th at 8:00 p.m. Sean

Otis Heat, a trio from Portland, Oregon, is known for delivering energetic and animated live performances. They are also known for their unique sound that centers around  the vocals of Sean David O’Neill. O’Neill also plays the bass and is the songwriting of the group.

When Sean isn’t performing solo, you’ll find him front and center of the group. Otis Heat consists of:

  • Sean O’Neill – bass and vocals
  • Mike Warner – guitar
  • Scott Gervais – drums

O’Neill and Otis Heat have earned a reputation as a musical force taking the Pacific Northwest by storm.

The inspirations and motivation draw from a wide variety of musical influences including the giants of jazz, Nina Simone, Neil Young, 90’s grunge and the British invaders. Such a large pool of influences assists in the ever-growing evolution of their sound.

The Tri-City Herald interviewed Sean and the rest of Otis Heat. According to the interview, Sean and a friend were traveling to a party when they collided with a Honda. Behind the wheel of that car was Mike Warner, who became the band’s guitarist. After noting that there were no serious injuries, a stranger appeared and walked around the vehicles, spoke to the group, and checked for spilled gasoline. When they exchanged names, the stranger introduced himself as Otis Heat. Although they never saw Otis again, his kindness remained in their minds and they borrowed his name for the band. To read the full interview click here.

Grab your drinks and food early, you won’t want to miss Sean’s performance.
Stay tuned for the upcoming events, and see ya there!

Ron Stephens and Freak Flag Fly

Let’s give a warm welcome to Ron Stephens and Freak Flag Fly! They’re performing Friday, February 22nd, at 9:00 p.m. You’re sure to love this rock, rhythm and blues performance.

Ron Stephens and Freak Flag Fly

Ron Stephens and Freak Flag Fly

Members Include:

  • Ron Stephens
  • Carlton Jackson
  • Denny Bixby

Ron has worked in the industry for more than forty years. His experience expands in several directions including performing, writing and recording music. Ron’s knowledge has also landed him in the heart of several of Portland’s most popular and successful bands, on stage, and behind the scenes in the  studio.

Stephens’ latest music endeaver, Freak Flag Fly (a phrase taken from David Crosby’s “Almost Cut My Hair” on the first CSN album), includes Hall of Famers Carlton Jackson and Denny Bixby. They perform original songs from every era and personal favorites that span the spectrum from ZZ Top to Motown.

“These days I don’t have any fantasies about global domination. I just enjoy playing these songs with these guys. The big stages and big crowds are great. But give me a packed house on a Tuesday night at O’Connors and I’m good to go,” Stephens said.

The Blueprints return to MCT and perform Saturday, February 23rd at 9 p.m. Their music covers a mix of Americana/Blues and R&B.

Members Include:

  1. Claes Almroth
  2. EmmaLee Almroth
  3. Chris Bond
  4. Steve Dion
  5. Emery Wilson

“I Can’t Stand the Rain” is a perfect tune for the season! To hear this song and others visit The Blueprints on Reverbnation. 

There is never a cover charge at Mock Crest Tavern, so share the events with your friends, and remind them to visit and subscribe to the blog for future events.

See ya there!

Mock Crest Tavern and the Lottery

Eric Vanderwall performs at Mock Crest on Thursday, February 21st, at 8:00 p.m.

Eric attended Oregon State University in 2009, and studied guitar under Neal Grandstaff. There, he learned about jazz styles and classical literature. During those years Eric studied all the styles of solo guitar music, including lute music from the Renaissance era, ragtime, fiddle tunes, blues and more. Eric continues to study, allowing him to bring something new to each performance.

Eric resides in Portland, and performs all over the city. He also travels to Salem, Newberg, Dundee, Independence, Corvallis and Monmouth. Feel free to visit Eric at his website, and listen to some of his soothing music.

An interesting fact about Eric? In addition to performing as a solo guitarist, he also performs in the Poison tribute band Poison’Us as C.C. Deville. Curious? Visit their website for additional information.

Mock Crest Tavern Lottery filming

Mock Crest Tavern Lottery filming

Here’s some more trivia for you. Did you know that a lottery crew filmed a commercial at Mock Crest Tavern? It’s true. The Oregon Lottery visited the tavern on June 20, 2003, to film a commercial for a new ScratchIt game called “Monday Night Scoreboard”.  They took over the tavern for the day and closed it to the public. They also brought all their own equipment including:

  •  Glasses
  •  Food
  •  Extras
  • Filming equipment

After the long day, their finished product was a 20 second commercial.  Not only does Mock Crest hold an intriguing history, but they also have a 20 second claim to fame.

Lottery commercial filming crew
Lottery commercial filming crew

Stay tuned for further announcements of events and performances.

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

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