Johnnie Ward and Claues at Mock Crest Tavern

It’s a packed week with fantastic live music at Mock Crest Tavern! Johnnie Ward and the Eagle Ridin’ Papas perform Tuesday, May 7th, and Claes Armoth from the Blueprints continues the fun on Thursday, May 9th.

Johnnie WardJohnnie Ward & the Eagle Ridin’ Papas begin at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

Johnnie 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 bands. Johnnie also made history as part of the  movement that resurrected the blues venue in Portland in 1970.

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

The group delivers a true blues sound often accompanied with Johnnie on harmonica and saxophone. Some of his tunes are available on myspace.

Claes Armoth from The Blueprints and Claes and Friends plays Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Claes offers a rich music history. Originally from Sweden, Claes grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. His first instruments were the piano and later the harmonica. The “underground” FM rock radio influenced him at a young age with Blues music and artists such as BB King, Muddy Waters, and Robert Johnson who stirred his creativity and love for music.

During the 70’s he moved to Oregon, where he grew serious about music.    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

Stay tuned for more great music coming this weekend! So, have a great week, and we’ll see ya there.

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