Sneakin’ Out and Johnnie War’d’s Sharkskin Revue

Sneakin’ Out returns Friday night, March 27th, at Mock Crest Tavern. This group is very well-known for their acoustic and alternative sound.

Sneakin' Out

Sneakin’ Out

With a solid reputation preceding their talents, fans arrive at least an hour early, so don’t miss out.

Members include:

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

They originally met on a musical project in Michigan, and after hearing each other at mutual music performances, they decided to form their band. From that point on it was full speed ahead.

David recalls that change, and how it felt moving forward.  “It was like we weren’t exactly doing what was happening: it was happening to us, through us. We just realized it, cooperated with it, received it, and are giving it away.”

The band has also focused on original tunes that showcase the unique sound of the trio.

Sneakin’ Out opened for famous singers including kd lang, John Jorgenson and Pink Martini. Their CD, Train Wreck,  is available to listen to as well as purchase on My Space. Click here for a preview of their performance.

To continue the weekend, Saturday, March 28th, join us at the tavern and hang out with Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue at 9 p.m.

This band plays the blues, swing, jazz, and 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. They feature original music as well as a wide variety of material from Ella Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, and Thelonious Monk. Catch their performance on youtube.

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


Chautauqua Jam’s at Mock Crest Tavern

It’s officially spring once again, and a great time to take advantage of the outdoor seating and service at Mock Crest Tavern. Order your favorite beer, a big sampler from the menu and kick back in the sunshine. As always, MCT has a great line up to keep your toes tappin’ all weekend long.



It begins with Chautauqua performing Thursday, March 28th, at 8:00 p.m. They’ll bring a mix of  Blues/Rock/Jam and Jazz Fusion to Mock Crest Tavern.

Members Include:

  • Ryon Nicholson – Guitar, Lead Vocals, Rhodes
  • Dave King – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
  • Aaron – Drums, Percussion
  • Oscar – Bass
  • Dave Geare – Rhodes

Ryon Nicholson and David King are from Southwest Portland while Oscar is originally from Orange County. Aaron joined the group from Bellingham, Washington.  Dave and Ryon attended school together from 4th through 8th grade, and all of high school. They met through Facebook in 2011, and then met for a jam session. After the group clicked, they formed the band, Chautauqua. Ryon located Oscar from Craigslist with the posting “roomie/bassist wanted”, and soon after a friend recommended Aaron and his drumming talent.

The band attributes several artists and genres to their sound. Many from the classic rock era such as Neil Young, The Grateful Dead and Led Zepellin. They also draw on some jazz styles as well. However, there’s a very heavy blues flavor that comes through in many of their original songs. To keep their sound fresh, they  also play some instrumental tunes with Latin, middle eastern, Indian and Asian influences.

Stay tuned for additional bands performing Friday and Saturday.

See ya there!

The Adequates and Blueprints

The Adequates

The Adequates

The Adequates bring their old school rock with a bit of Portland weirdness to Mock Crest Tavern. They perform at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22nd .The band’s music includes songs from  the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s. Stapleton’s vocals and guitar shine through with songs from the Stones, The Clash, and others.

Members include:

  • John Stapleton vocals and guitar
  • Don Henson plays piano, drums and vocals (from Sneakin’ Out)
  • Mike Cheddar offers his expertise on bass
  • Peter Blowing on harp

Influences include the Rolling Stones, Clash, Elvis Costello, Squeeze and Bruce Springsteen.

The Blueprints return to MCT and perform Saturday at 9 p.m. They perform a mix of Americana/Blues and R&B.

Members are:



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

“I Can’t Stand the Rain”and “Blind Man” grab your attention as soon as they begin. To hear this song and others visit The Blueprints on Reverbnation.

Find additional songs on myspace, including “Everything is Free Now”,  “Wait On Time, ” and Number 13″.

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.

Speaking of future events, spring is moving in and Mock Crest Tavern’s patio and tables make a great way to soak up the sun and enjoy Portland’s great outdoors.

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

David Brothers and Friends

David Brothers and Friends perform on Thursday, March 21, at 8:00 p.m.

David Brothers

David Brothers

David Brothers, a critically acclaimed entertainer and composer, combines urban folk and blues giving it his own energy and style. He plays original material, and mixes it with elements from musicians who influenced him, including:

  • John Coltrane
  • Freddie King
  • Muddy Waters
  • Django Reinhart
  • John Fahey

David’s career began at the Thirsty Armadillo in Ft. Worth, Texas. And, while working at the Fort Worth music store, he gained inspiration from hanging out with Leon Rouche, voice of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, and Dave Milsap, and Delbert Mclinton’s, a guitarist.

David moved to Portland Oregon, where he earned the Chistopher Mesi Memorial Scholarship from the Cascade Blues Association. He’s performed with some of the Pacific Northwest’s most elite musicians, including CBA Muddy Hall of Famers, Terry Robb and Robby Laws.

In 2009, David released his album, “Cornflakes and Gin”. He leads the David Brothers and Friends Band, performs solo, and also collaborates with other musicians. Stop by Myspace and catch a few of his songs before Thursday evening.

Here’s a few reviews concerning David:

…”Absolutely Beautiful Guitar Playing… A World Class Player”… Portland Tribune

…”Guitar Playing is Masterful and Precise, song writing is brilliant.”… Blues Notes Magazine

…”An Americana testament that would bring a smile to folk/bluegrass legend Doc Watson”… New Haven Advocate

You won’t want to miss this performance.

Stay tuned for events for the rest of the weekend. Have a great week, and we’ll see ya there!

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