Johnnie Ward and Claes of the Blueprints

Johnnie Ward & the Eagle Ridin’ Papas perform August 6th at 8:30 p.m. Don’t miss this great blues and rock band.

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

Johnnie Ward, originally from Portland, performed with some of the greats including the PH Phactor Jug Band. He warmed up the crowd and opened for Moby Grape, The Grateful Dead, Pentangle, The Doors, and many more famous groups.  Johnnie made a mark in music history for his participation in the musical 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.

This band delivers an original blues sound. Johnnie often accompanies them  on harmonica and saxophone. Some of his tunes are available on myspace, and you can also visit them on Youtube.

Claes Armoth of the Blueprints performs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 8th at Mock Crest Tavern.

Claes Almroth, originally from Sweden, grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. As the years passed by, his interest in music blossomed and he began playing the piano. It wasn’t long until he picked up the harmonica.

At the age of 13 or possibly 14, the “underground” FM rock radio came into existence . Claes became enthralled with artists such as Paul Betterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, BB King, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. He also became familiar with British blues artists including Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac. They became huge influences in his life and encouraged him to continue in his musical journey.  After Claes visited New Orleans and witnessed a performance by Punch Miller’s Bunch, he became a changed young man and his musical journey truly began.

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

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