Poker and Johnnie Ward

PokerMock Crest Tavern hosts free Hold’Em Poker every Monday at 7:00 p.m.

A bit of history for you poker players. Little is known about the invention of Texas hold ’em, but the Texas State Legislature recognizes Robstown, Texas,  as the game’s birthplace. The game dates back to the early 1900s.

After the game caught on in Texas,  hold ’em was introduced to Las Vegas in 1967.  Texan gamblers and card players Crandell AddingtonDoyle Brunson, and Amarillo Slim took part in the growth and games there.

Addington stated that he saw the game was in 1959. “They didn’t call it Texas hold ’em at the time, they just called it hold ’em.… I thought then that if it were to catch on, it would become the game. This was more of a thinking man’s game.”

Johnnie Ward & the Eagle Ridin’ Papas play on Tuesday, July 2nd. Grab your seats (inside or out), a cold beer,  some food and enjoy the show. The performance begins at 8:30  p.m.

Johnnie, born and raised in Portland, has performed with bands including the PH Phactor Jug Band. He has also opened for Moby Grape, The Grateful Dead, Pentangle, The Doors, and many other famous bands. Johnnie participated in part of the  movement that resurrected the blues venue in Portland in 1970. He was the first act to play The White Eagle, which was the first post-war Portland Blues club.

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 the tunes are available on myspace.

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

Donna Jose and DC Malone

Donna and the Side Affects

Donna and the Side Affects

Donna Jose kicks off your weekend at Mock Crest Tavern. The music beings at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, June 28th.

Donna’s sound is a fun and upbeat folk pop. She writes her own music and works a full-time job as a nurse practitioner. Her love for singing and playing is evident in each performance.

Donna has recorded three full-length CDs, “Rhymes of Passion”, “On the Road With Buddha’s Cat”, and “Spindrift” available for purchase at

Band Members:

  • Donna Jose – vocals,  guitar, piano and  flute
  • Brad Price –  lead guitar and vocals
  • Dale Turnbull – bass and vocals
  • Marty Henninger – percussion

Visit her website for additional information and their music at

DC Malone and the Jones perform Saturday, June 29th at 9 p.m.

DC is from Eugene, Oregon,  and is the son of a jazz drummer and mortician. He has performed for more than 30 years. DC began his career at age ten when he picked up the guitar. Now, he leads the group with his strong rhythmic style and versatile voice. DC grew up on jazz, blues, and folk music which influences his music today. He incorporates blues, rock, folk, swing, country and a touch of bluegrass in the song list.

Members Include:

  • DC Malone: guitar, banjo, hand drums, and lead vocals
  • Dale Turnbull: bass guitar, vocals
  • James Mason: guitar
  • Mike Zilis: keyboards
  • Jason Moore: drums, vocals

DC is also a stand-up comic, and  has entertained on the same stage with The Talking Heads, Greg Almann, Pablo Cruise, Mytch Ryder, Spirit, Bo Diddley, and the Kiefer Sutherland and Friends Roadshow in Europe.

Visit DC at his website for additional information.

As always, have a great week, and we’ll see ya there!

The Blue Ribbon Healers at Mock Crest Tavern!

Blue Ribbon Healers

Blue Ribbon Healers

Mock Crest Tavern welcomes The Blue Ribbon Healers. The performance beings at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27th. They bring an “old-timey swanky tonk” sound to the music scene.

The Blue Ribbon Healers have played full-time over the last 4 years and traveled from coast to coast. Their sound encompasses a string band sound, which draws from the old-time jazz of New Orleans. They offer original material, and a strong foundation with a mix of ethnic and folk flavors that come together as one.

Members Include:

  • Rob Pate – guitar and vocals
  • Cindy Rose – mandolin and vocals

This is their third annual cross-country tour and  includes 15 shows in California, 10 in Colorado and a run up the Mississippi River, all in just under 2 months. For the fall, winter, and spring, the Blue Ribbon Healers perform at home in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Their music compares to the Red Stick Ramblers, The Devil Makes Three, Tom Waits, and Frank Zappa.

Here’s a few words from the press concerning The Blue Ribbon Healers:

“Looking like a trio of Appalachian hippies, The Blue Ribbon Healers provide an old-timey sound with a swanky infusion of honky-tonk. The Devil Makes Three with less devil and more saintly sentiment, this guitar, stand-up bass, and mandolin trio (with the occasional kazoo) has been wowing crowds across the country, inspiring the lame to dance and the weak to be strong. With a wide selection of songs lamenting and celebrating the finer things in life, the band loves to partake in ceremonious medicating—so be sure to pass it around!”

Preview their music and videos as well as their upcoming show schedule at their website.

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

Join the New Iberians and Blueprints This Weekend!

newiberiansGet ready to have a fantastic time listening to The New Iberians Zydeco Blues at Mock Crest Tavern on Friday, June 21,  at 9:00 p.m. The fun and energetic group loves to get the crowd up and swinging.

The band chose their name from New Iberia, Louisiana, well-known  for its red pepper hot sauce.  Their music roots itself in Louisiana Zydeco, Northwest Rock, and Chicago Blues.

In 2002 they released their first CD, with Robert Lee on fiddle. After Robert left the band,  harmonica man, Claes Almroth, added his vast experience of Blues and R&B to the group. The band then became the New Iberians Zydeco Blues Band.  In 2008 and  2011, the band released additional CD’s, and they’re currently working on fourth CD.

The New Iberians Blues & Zydeco Band includes many original tunes, but they don’t leave out the traditional Zydeco, Blues and New Orleans Rock’n’Roll. You will enjoy their wide variety of music.

Check them out for yourself at their website.

The Blueprints return to Mock Crest Tavern and perform Saturday, June 22nd, at 9 p.m. They perform 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

To hear this song and others visit The Blueprints on Reverbnation. You are sure to enjoy “Unchain My Heart”.

Listen to additional music on myspace, including “Number 13” and “Everything is Free Now.”

Just a reminder, 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 and follow on twitter @MockCrest.

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


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