Shred Your Ex and Claes and Friends on Valentine’s Day

For those of you that aren’t excited about Valentine’s Day, your favorite bar understands. Mock Crest Tavern invites you to “Shred Your Ex”! P20130204_175826

All you need to do is bring a photo, old love letter or card from your ex, and feel the freedom as you send them through the shredder! The best part? After you shred, you get a free drink.

For those that choose to, celebrate Valentine’s Day with Claes and Friends at Mock Crest Tavern. They perform at 8:30 p.m on Thursday, February 14th.

Not only does Claes play with Claes and Friends, he belongs to several groups including The Reverb Brothers. They’re an offshoot of “Johnny Ward and The Eagle Ridin’ Papas”. Doug Marx and Claes started the band when they left The Papas, first as a duo, then a trio and eventually growing into a six piece band. The band’s foundation lies within jug band music and 1930’s jazz, but also  includes New Orleans R&B, Swamp Rock, Rock and Roll, Country and Soul.

Some of Claes’s major musical touchstones include, Slim Harpo, JJ Cale, Muddy Waters, Al Green, Doug Sahm, The Rolling Stones, The Band, Percy Mayfield, Wilco, Ray Charles, Thelonious Monk, Little Walter, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Booker T & the MG’s just to name a few.

Claues used to own a record store on Hawthorne called Reverb Music, and is now selling his inventory online at ebay and several clients.

Mirror Pond is available on tap right now. It’s brewed by Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. This full-bodied Pale Ale is tawny in color. It has a distinctive, lingering hop flavor attained by adding large quantities of Cascade hops throughout the brewing process. It has an ABV of 5%.

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

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Sneakin’ Out and SideStreet Reny

Sneakin’ Out returns Friday night at 9:00 p.m. so grab your seats early.  This group is known for its acoustic and alternative sounds, and packing the house!

In 2003, David Gerow (mandolin), Don Henson (percussion) and Mike “Cheddar” Schmitt, (bass) lived in Howell, Michigan. After a turn of events, they returned to Oregon where Gerow and “Cheddar” began playing together again.  The two played at gas stations, coffee houses, on buses and street corners. At times there was a fiddle, other times a guitar. Eventually, Henson joined as percussionist, and they named themselves Sneakin’ Out.

Sneakin’ Out has opened for famous singers including kd lang, John Jorgenson and Pink Martini. They also released their CD, “Train Wreck” that’s available to  purchase on My Space.  Other appearances include KOPBs LiveWire and KMHDs Home Grown.   Check them out here.

SideStreet Reny performs at 9:00 Saturday, February 9th.

SideStreet Reny

SideStreet Reny

Reny and Bell have performed together for 17 years. They blend their bluesy/funky  sound with pre-war blues, roots and folk music, old school Hip Hop, calypso and dance hall reggae.

Members Include:

  • Reny (J. Renard Collette) – vocals, National steel resonator, bluesharp, keys, production and songs
  • Lil’ Bell (Maribel Landaetta) – drums, washboard and vocals

Here’s what Carol Borrington  from the Music Connection had to say:

“Once in a great long while, you happen upon an artist whose music is so honest and true that when you listen to it, you feel like you’ve come home. Sidestreet Reny is such a band of musicians and there is no risk of confusing them with anyone else on the music scene today. This duo almost defies category, and they have managed to forge their own sound and push musical boundaries in an era when many other musicians strive to sound the same.” 

Visit Sidestreet Reny’s website before their performance.

Have a great week, and see ya there!

Doc Brown Experiment Anyone?

Doc Brown Experiment and The Blueprints are performing this weekend at our favorite tavern. The Blue prints are MCT faves, while Doc Brown’s bringing some new tunes to the table.

Doc Brown Experiment consists of a four-piece power-jazz ensemble that combines hard-driven grooves with smooth tones. They’ve been compared to bands like Frank Zappa, Bad Brains and Herbie Hancock.

Members Include: 

Doc Brown Experiment

Doc Brown Experiment

  • Flip on saxophone
  • Kirch on drums
  • Shawn on Bass
  • Max on Guitar

Doc Brown’s description of their band? “Take 2 parts funk, 1 part punk, 3 parts jazz and 1 part hip-hop…mix ingredients with a blender. Let chill for 5 mins then serve in your favorite festive mug….that’s how you make a Doc Brown Experiment.”

During an interview with Warped Mag, they asked DBE  how they differed from other bands. Their answer? “DBE is a mixture of almost all genres encompassing 60′s 70′s and early/mid 80′s…nothing new there…where we are different is that we juxtapose styles…e.g. hardcore d-beat into roots dub reggae…or taking jazz standards and turning them into gangsta rap jams…you know…like that.” You can read the rest of the interview from 2012 online at Warped Mag.

ReverbNation offers a few of their tunes, including “Fat Rita”. DBE definitely has some fun funk goin’ on.

The Blueprints kick off Saturday evening’s entertainment, also beginning at 9 p.m. Enjoy their unique sound of blues, rock and R&B. Visit them on ReverbNation where you can hear a few of their songs including “Unchain My Heart”, with its rocky blues sound and guitar. The Blueprints will get your foot tapping in no time.

Grab a HUB DOA (Deluxe Organic Beer) while it’s on tap. This beer, from Hopworks Urban Brewing, packs three powerful punches in its malt, hops, and smooth alcohol. It’s a dark amber color, organic, and brewed in Portland, Oregon. 55 IBU 6.9% ABV.

Mock Crest offers your favorites on draft as well, including Coors Light and good ‘ol Budweiser.

Enjoy your visit, and we’ll see ya there!

Carl Solomon Performs at Mock Crest Tavern

Carl Solomon

Carl Solomon

Join us Thursday, January 24th, as Carl Solomon performs at 8:00 p.m.

Originally from Brooklyn, NY and Baltimore, Maryland, Carl grew up listening to Aaron Copeland’s “Appalachian Spring”, “Billy the Kid”, “Rodeo”, and “Fanfare for the Common Man.” The music reminded him of his grandfather, who traveled through the Appalachia as a tinker from a horse-drawn wagon, settling in West Virginia. His grandfather then opened his first store “The Leader” in Clarksburg.  Carl’s other grandfather, moved away at the age 14 to avoid the Russian Army. His sister took him to France in order for him to begin a new life in safety. His love for music, and his family history, enriched Carl’s own music and song writing.

After high school, he learned to play the guitar and soon after began traveling. From hitchhiking across the United States, Europe and North Africa, he found himself observing people, cultures and countries. His life experience grew, and so did his music. While writing and playing music, he also worked as a carnival barker, truck driver and bouncer.

Carl’s website offers clips of his music, photo gallery and performance schedule. You can continue your support by follow him on twitter and Facebook as well.

Mock Crest has Double Mountain IRA (India Red Ale) on tap right now. This beer  blends a ruby-red color and rich body with the hop flavors of an IPA. Brewed with Gambrinus Organic Pilsner malt, imported crystal malt, Simcoe and Brewers’ Gold hops. It offers a 6.8% ABV,  and 55 BU. This is one of the first beers made by Double Mountain, and an ongoing favorite.

There’s no cover charge, ever, at Mock Crest Tavern. Grab your friends, order some fried pickles, or ask the staff what they recommend for an appetizer idea. Then, throw back a few drinks and enjoy the performance.

See ya there!

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