Derby Day at Mock Crest Tavern

DerbyMock Crest Tavern celebrates Derby Day this Saturday, May 4th! So wear your hat, place your bet, drink, eat and  have a fantastic time! Betting closes at  3:15 p.m.

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

Tevis Hodge Jr. and Suburban Slim This Week at Mock Crest Tavern

Mock Crest Tavern welcomes Tevis Hodge Jr. Thursday, May 2nd.

Born in Virginia, Tevis grew up surrounded with music. He has played the blues for over ten years. He honors and holds to the traditions and techniques of the great musicians of the past for an authentic experience. He also intertwines his own flare and interpretations, placing himself among the many original blues musicians of the past 80 years.

Tevis Hodge Jr.
Tevis Hodge Jr.

Tevis Hodge Jr. now resides in Portland, Oregon, where he performs with various bands, and as a solo act in the Portland area and the North West. He’s performed with a number of artists including Vaudeville legend Baby Gramps, Folk giant Peter Yarrow, Joe McMurrian (winner of The Best Independent Blues Release) , Suburban Slim (three-time Muddy Award nominee), Lucy Hammond (top 5 on Roots Music Charts for Oregon) and Kevin Selfe (Muddy Award winner), to name a few.

The live music begins at 8 p.m. so grab your seat and a drink and join the fun.

Speaking of Suburban Slim, he returns to Mock Crest Tavern on Friday, May 3rd. He kicks off your weekend at 9:00 p.m.

Suburban Slim, a multi-award winning guitarist, singer and songwriter, recorded his first album at the age of 15. After touring Oregon, he later  moved to Eugene, where he stayed for 15 years before relocating to Portland in search of a larger music scene. Not long after, he released three CD’s of original tunes.

Suburban Slim is available to hear on YouTube.

Just a reminder, there’s never a cover charge at the tavern! Check out their website for daily food and drink specials.

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

Genna and Jesse Promote Give and Take This Tuesday

Genna and JesseGenna & Jesse help you through your week on Tuesday, April 30th at 8:00 p.m. They sing their original songs, as well as songs of their peers.

Genna and Jesse began performing together in 2009 when she hired Jesse to play piano in her band. While working together, their connection grew, and they decided to write and perform as a duo.

Genna Giacobassi is originally from Lansing, Michigan. Her parents, both musicians,  surrounded and immersed her in music. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy High School, where she studied voice.

Jesse had developed a reputation and following for his anti-war anthem “Sons and Daughters” from Willie Nelson. He’s bought beer for Joe Strummer, broken Joan Baez’s guitar string, and been to jail with Daniel Ellsberg. Jesse has self-produced hundreds of tracks, and has preformed as close as Oakland and as far away as Cape Town, South Africa. He recorded his album, “Contents Under Pressure,” in his hometown of Philadelphia.

Genna & Jesse are currently touring the nation to promote their newest release, “Give and Take.”

Here’s some fun facts for the new subscribers. Do you know what year Mock Crest Tavern opened? Its doors opened in 1947 and it’s considered “The home of North Portland Blues”.  Jon and Rainer took over in 2001 building it into what we love so much today. Focused on the community, and bringing everyone together for a great place to play poker, lottery machines, and entertainment, they pride themselves on the laid back, fun and friendly atmosphere.

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

Josiah Payne and Friends and the Blueprints

josiahJoin Josiah Payne and Friends Friday night at Mock Crest Tavern, April 26th at 9:00 p.m.

From 2000 to 2007, Josiah,  the lead member of the nationally touring band “The Hot Strings” (, won two nationally known band contests, recorded an album, “Uncharted”, engineered by Brent Truit (The Dixie Chicks) and produced by Pat Flynn (former Newgrass Revival guitarist). After The Hot Strings he has continued playing with various other bluegrass, folk and indie groups including Portland-based Indie band Jared Mees and the Grown Children and current a member of Wayward Vessel (

The Blueprints return to Mock Crest Tavern and perform Saturday, April 27th at 9 p.m. They perform a mix of  Blues, Americana and Rhythm and Blues.

Members of the Blueprints include:

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

“I Can’t Stand the Rain”and “Blind Man” are well worth listening too, and 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 updates 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. In my opinion, the service outside gives MCT another edge over other bars.

Make your plans to treat yourself to some great food and music, have a great week, and we’ll see ya there!

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