Claes & Friends perform at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 14th at Mock Crest Tavern.
Here’s some interesting history concerning Claes Almroth, one of Mock Crest’s faves. Although originally from Sweden, he grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. His love of music grew as he began playing piano and later picked up the harmonica. When Claes turned 13 or 14, a new influence presented itself, the “underground” FM rock radio. Since Blues music was a part of this new program, artists such as BB King, Muddy Waters, and Robert Johnson became huge influences in his life. However, when Claes visited New Orleans and witnessed a performance by Punch Miller’s Bunch, he became a changed musician.
Claes relocated to Oregon from California during the 70’s, and he grew serious about music. In the 80’s, craving a larger music scene, he moved to Portland. Today, he plays in a number of bands, where he sings lead and harmony vocals; plays the keyboard, and harmonica, as well as writes and records his own music.
Other bands he performs with include:
- The Blueprints
- Claes and Sons
- Reverb Brothers
- The New Iberians
He also plays with Johnny Ward and the Papas occasionally, and several of his tunes with various bands are available on myspace.
I hope everyone is adjusting to the time change. If not, just remember you don’t have to waste time tossing and turning when Mock Crest Tavern is open until 2 :30 a.m. and you can grab some great food. Carbohydrates and beer can soothe the soul.
Mock Crest has a great weekend coming up, so watch your inbox for the latest update.
See ya there!