Johnnie Ward This Week at Mock Crest Tavern

It’s no April Fool’s joke, Johnnie Ward & the Eagle Ridin’ Papas perform April 1st, at 8:30 p.m. You’ll have an additional evening of Johnnie and his music this Thursday during Open Mic night too so keep reading.

Johnnie Ward
Johnnie Ward

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, 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 groups.

Some of his tunes are available on myspace.

Johnnie Ward also starts off Open Mic/Jam on Thursday April 3rd at 8:30.

I’ve been searching for some great trivia tid bits to help during Quizzies. The word is out that on Sunday night, Mock Crest Tavern is the place to be. So, don’t miss the fun at 6:30 p.m. In the mean time, here’s some trivia for you.

  • The birthplace of beer was in Ancient Babylonia. The Babylonians took their brewing so seriously that brewers were drowned in their own beer if it wasn’t good.
  • In the Middle Ages, clean water was hard to find. Beer was actually consumed more than water because the alcohol made it safe from infection.
  • Store beer upright. It minimizes oxidization and contamination from the cap.
  • Vikings believe that a giant goat that spewed beer from its udders awaited them in Viking Heaven, colloquially known as Valhalla.
  •  Prohibition lasted 13 years, 10 months, 19 days, 17 hours, 32 minutes, and 30 seconds after President Roosevelt said, “What America needs now is a drink.”
  • In the 19th century, Ancient Sumerians inscribed beer recipes into tablets in the form of a Hymn to Ninkasi, their female deity of beer.

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

Hollerbodies and Lee Blake Blues Band

It’s almost the weekend and time to start making your plans. Mock Crest HollerbodiesTavern welcomes Hollerbodies, Friday, March 28th. They start playing at 9:00 p.m.

You’re in for a real treat if you’re a bluegrass fan! Hollerbodies is an acoustic trio, based in Portland, Oregon.

Members Include:

  • Zach Banks (Cello and mandolin)
  • Jon Meek (5-string banjo, resonator guitar, and mandolin)
  • Patrick Connell (Guitar)

The band plays and sings a number of originals, standards, and covers. Bringing together years of experience in bluegrass bands and orchestras, The Hollerbodies intertwine aspects of traditional bluegrass and fiddle music with jazz, classical, and other stylistic influences.

They have a solid choice of songs listed on Reverbnation so go read up on them and listen to a few of their tunes.

Mock Crest Tavern is bringing back Lee Blake Blues Band Saturday, March 29th 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.

Now that we have clear skies ahead don’t forget that Mock Crest Tavern offers a  “cam cache”. If you’re not familiar with it the object of the cam cache, is to have your picture taken while you are visible in the cam image on the web and then  post it in the geocache log entry.

 This link offers instructions on how to take a picture using as well as  how to capture a photo if you’re inside the tavern using the  WiFi.
Have a great week and we’ll see ya there!

Open Mic/Jam With Randy Yearout and Tracey Fordice

It’s Open Mic Jam night so come on down and  join us at Mock Crest Tavern this Thursday, March 27th, at 8:30 p.m. with Randy Yearout and Tracey Fordice. 

Randy Yearout

Randy Yearout

Most people are familiar with Randy Yearout. He plays 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 gift for witty and catchy songs in a variety of musical styles intermingling the roots and boundaries of blues, folk, jazz, rock, and country.

Randy has been a professional musician for more than 40 years. He is currently the bandleader, guitarist, vocalist, song-writer, and marketing manager of the Portland, OR, band Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls. They perform a wide variety of music, original and covers, specializing in Rockin’ Blues and Soulful Ballads.  Randy also plays in the eclectic folk-rock band, NoPoMoJo!

Tracey Fordice

Tracey Fordice

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.

Her latest CD, “Long Hard Day”, offers a collection of original material. Dean Baskerville, the Grammy winning recording engineer, engineered her CD. He is widely known for “Soak Up the Sun” by Cheryl Crow.

Quizzy with Roy Smallwood is going strong! Join us every Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. and free Hold ’em Poker on Monday nights starting at 7:00 p.m. Happy hour is twice daily and don’t forget you can now use your for Mock Crest Tavern!

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

It’s Ron Stephens and Freak Flag Fly And JT Wise Band

Wow, what a fantastic weekend filled with great music! Ron Stephens and Freak Flag Fly will start the weekend off performing Friday March 21st, at 9:00 p.m.

Ron has worked in the industry for forty years, and his experience spans in several directions including performing, writing and recording music. Ron’s knowledge has also landed him in the heart of several of Portland’s most popular and successful bands, on stage, and behind the scenes in the  studio.

Members Include:

  • Ron Stephens
  • Carlton Jackson
  • Denny Bixby

Stephens’ latest music endeavor, Freak Flag Fly includes Hall of Famers Carlton Jackson and Denny Bixby. They perform original songs from every era and personal favorites that span the spectrum from ZZ Top to Motown.

The  JT Wise Band keeps the weekend going.  They perform  at 9:00 p.m. Saturday, March 22nd.  

JT Wise Band

JT Wise Band

Members Include: 

  • Tim Wise – lead guitar
  • Margaret Wise – bass
  • Mike George – acoustic guitar and slide

JT brings a unique style to his playing and delivers the signature sound to the band. Whether playing acoustic music for a relaxing experience or a more intense electric group, the does not fail to deliver.

Margaret, Tim’s wife,  joined the 80’s all girl band, The Twist, and later met JT. Their love of music allowed them to partner in songwriting and performing not long after they met.

Mike George brings his Downey California roots with him on the rhythm guitar and lap steel. George’s slide guitar adds a unique back woods blues sound to the group. Although from California, he has lived in Washington for almost twenty years.

For additional information concerning the JT Wise Band visit them at Reverbnation.

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

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