That’s right, it is May 5th and as everyone knows it well, Cinco De Mayo. So come in to Mock Crest Tavern grab some tequila and have fun!
Speaking of fun, Mock Crest has music lined up all week-long! Johnie Ward and the Eagle Ridin’ Papas play at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6th.
Johnnie was part of the movement that resurrected the blues venue in Portland in 1970, and was the first act to play The White Eagle, which was the first post-war Portland Blues club.
The group delivers an original blues sound. Johnnie often accompanies the group on harmonica and saxophone. Some of his tunes are available on myspace.
Claes Armoth of the Blueprints performs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8th, at Mock Crest Tavern.
Claes 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.
I’ve got some great Cinco De Mayo trivia for everyone!
- The holiday actually celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The Mexican army won the battle despite being smaller and ill-equipped.
- Cinco de Mayo is not the Mexican Independence Day. That occurred 50 years prior to the Battle of Puebla. It is celebrated on September 16.
- Cinco de Mayo is a bigger deal in the United States. In Mexico, the day is observed with political speeches and battle reenactments. Many of the actual celebration and battle re-enactments take place in Puebla.
- The world’s largest Cinco celebration takes place in Los Angeles. This year’s Festival de Fiesta Broadway is expected to draw 300,000 people. Cities like New York City, Denver and Houston also throw large parties in honor of the day.
- 33.6 million U.S. residents come from Mexican heritage, according to the United States Census.
Have a great week and we’ll see ya there!