Claes Armoth of the Blueprints performs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10th at Mock Crest Tavern.
Claes Almroth, born in Sweden, grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. At the young age of 13 or 14, the “underground” FM rock radio came into existence. Claes heard artists such as Paul Betterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, BB King, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. They became huge influences in his life and encouraged him to continue in his journey. 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
He also plays with Johnny Ward and the Papas occasionally. You can listen to his music and learn more about him on myspace.
Here are some fun facts about Portland:
- Portland was named by the flip of a coin. If it had landed on the other side, Portland would be known as Boston, Oregon.
- Portland is home to many famous bands/musicians such as The Kingsmen and Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Dandy Warhols, Everclear, Pink Martini, Sleater-Kinney, The Shins, Blitzen Trapper, The Decemberists, and the late Elliott Smith.
- Portland is the only major US city that has a dormant volcano within city limits. Dormant means the volcano is sleeping and there is the potential that it could wake up at some point.
- In November of 2008, a judge dismissed charges against nude bicyclist on the grounds that Portland’s annual World Naked Bike Ride “was a well-established tradition in Portland.” In 2010, an estimated 13,000 attended Portland’s annual World Naked Bike Ride making it the world’s largest.
Have a great week, and we’ll see ya there!