Finn Doxie and the Adequates

Come on in and join Mock Crest Tavern in welcoming Finn Doxie Friday, January 31st, at 9:00 p.m. They bring something a bit different with an alternative sound that features an electric harp.

Finn Doxie

Finn Doxie

Finn Doxie began performing in 2011 around the Portland and surrounding area. Their frequent visits to the Hillsboro venue ‘Primrose & Tumbleweeds’ garnered them a write-up in the March issue of the Washington County Review. And more recently, Finn Doxie had the great opportunity of representing Portland at the Bite of Oregon on the Oregon Lottery’s Garden stage during the 2013 festival. 

This duet puts their unique twist on modern pop and alternative hits by combining percussive guitar with the Celtic harp. Utilizing their vocal harmonies and foot-percussion allows the audience to have the  big band experience. Their musical styles cover energetic, beat-driven indie-pop and expressive and intimate ballads.

Members Include:

  • Rob “Bodhi” Wolff – lead vocals, guitar, octave mandolin, foot percussion
  • Tyger Bailey – Celtic Harp, vocals

The duet injects their signature style into favorites by bands like The Killers, The Verve, Coldplay, All-American Rejects, Jack White, Imagine Dragons, Blue October, and Snow Patrol.

They offer a few tunes on their website. My easy favorite is their performance of The Verve’s hit “Bittersweet Symphony”! Hop on over and visit them. They have some great videos!

The Adequates perform at 9:00  p.m Saturday evening, February 1st! The band’s music includes songs from  the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s. Stapleton’s vocals and guitar shine through with songs from the Stones, The Clash, and others.

Members include:

  • Don Henson plays piano, drums and vocals
  • Mike Cheddar offers his expertise on bass
  • Peter Blowing on harp

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

Open Mic Jam with Randy Yearout and Tracy Fordice

mic-stoolIt’s Open Mic Jam again so join us at Mock Crest Tavern this Thursday, January 30th, at 8:00 p.m. with Randy Yearout and Tracey Fordice from Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls.

Most people know Randy Yearout on Guitars and Vocals with the 8-Balls, but he also founded the North Portland band NoPoMoJo. Known for his multi-instrumentalist and songwriting talents, Randy has a knack for witty and catchy songs in a variety of musical styles intermingling the roots and boundaries of blues, folk, jazz, rock, and country.

Tracey Fordice (formerly Tracey Bunch) rocks a beautiful, powerful and unique voice, as well as plays the piano and writes songs. Her talents are a blend of creativity that extends above and beyond most women in blues currently performing throughout the Portland blues scene.

And, with those two kicking off Open Mic night, you can’t go wrong!

Mock  Crest Tavern has some great beers on rotating tap. Check out:

  • Ecliptics Filament Winter IPA
  • HUB’s Survival Stout

Here’s a bit more about Ecliptic Brewing and its history in Oregon.

“Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon craft brewing pioneer. The name Ecliptic symbolizes our yearly path around the sun on planet Earth. This happens to be a connection between Harris’s two passions – brewing and astronomy – as well as his philosophy on experimentation.” Brewpublic.com

The Filament Winter IPA is a pale beer with Munich and Caramel malts that creates a rich malt with a touch of honey flavor. It offers an abundance of Crystal, Chinook and Centennial hops combined to lend spicy, citrus hop notes.

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

Lee Blake Blues Band and The Blueprints

Lee Blake

Lee Blake

It’s almost TGIF so make your plans to come on in to Mock Crest Tavern and start your weekend off with the Lee Blake Blues Band Friday, January 24th at 9:00 p.m.

Lee Blake has played the blues and R&B for more than forty years. He performs with several bands including The Lee Blake Band, a trio,  and  sometimes adds players for larger venues and performances. He also plays solo performing roots music on a Regal/ National steel bodied resophonic guitar.

For additional information and tunes visit Lee Blake at Reverbnation.

To continue the good times The Blueprints perform Saturday, January 25th, at 9:00 p.m. You’ll enjoy their great blend of Americana/Blues and R&B. Visit them at myspace, and Reverbnation. 

I know how much fun it is to read trivia facts, especially if your planning on attending Quizzies and kicking some butt. Here’s some more fun alcohol tidbits for you:

  • Consumption of beer in the United States is about 33 gallons per person per year based on persons over the drinking age of 21 years old.
  • Most yeasts cannot grow when the concentration of alcohol is higher than about 18% by volume, so that is a practical limit for the strength of fermented beverages such as wine, beer, and sake.
  • Fortified wines are produced by adding brandy or other distilled spirits to achieve higher ABV than is easily reached using fermentation alone.
  • The Top 3 countries in the World in per capita beer consumption are the Czech Republic, Germany, and Ireland.
  • The Top 3 countries in the world with the highest tax rates on beer are Norway, Finland, and Canada.
  • Gin was invented in Holland in 1650 about the same time European settlers in the West Indies began distilling sugar cane into Rum.

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

Open Mic Night Returns…

Bob Mader

Bob Mader

Thanks to everyone who is making Open Mic night a great evening of fun and music. This week hosting the evening is Bob Mader (Dakota Bob).  The fun kicks off at 8 p.m., Thursday, January 23rd, at your favorite tavern.

Not familiar with Dakota Bob? Not only has he played music for years, he is a very well-recognized musician throughout the North and Midwest. He began his music career as Harmonica Bob, but after locating someone with the same name, he changed it to Dakota Bob. Soon after he connected with other musicians and began learning Old Chicago Blues songs. 

Visit his website to learn more about Bob, listen to a few of his tunes, see his photos and more.

Mock Crest Tavern has some new rotating taps! As you know, they are only available until they run out, so come in and get one today. Here’s what’s available:

  • Ecliptic’s Filament Winter IPA
  • Hub’s Survival Stout

The Ecliptic’s Filament Winter IPA offers a pale, Munich and Caramel malts that create a rich malt character with a honey like flavor. It brings an abundance of Crystal, Chinook and Centennial hops combine to lend spicy, citrus hop notes.  It also offers you an IBU of 70 and ABV of 7.2%.

January is moving fast, so if you haven’t come in yet for Quizzies with Roy Smallwood, brush up on your trivia and meet everyone there each Sunday. The game begins at 6:30 p.m. Roy writes his own questions, so you’ll never know what to expect! You can search the blog posts for some helpful trivia facts. Who knows, it might just be the winning answer for your team.

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

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