Take This To Heart

As I’m checking the calendar for the next biggest thing at Mock Crest Tavern, music begins playing. I begin clicking windows to find the source and turn it off, and then, I stopped. This amazing voice and soft guitar filled my room and my soul. I leaned back in my chair and absorbed it, as if it were the last ray of sunshine in Portland’s short summer. Who, might you ask am I blubbering over? Daniel Kwiatkowski, and you can as well at 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 23rd. I strongly encourage it. And remember, there is never a cover charge at the tavern either!

Until then, his music is available in full length songs here. I thoroughly enjoyed his website, and clicked on his bio eager for additional information.  Daniel simply says, ” I just want to play music forever, so that’s what I’m going to do.”

The Adequates begin performing at 9 p.m. on Friday, August 24th, and will cover a variety of songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Their old school rock includes The Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello. You can’t miss with these awesome tunes!


The Blueprints will kick off Saturday evening’s entertainment also beginning at 9 p.m. Enjoy their unique sound of blues, rock and R&B. While visiting them on ReverbNation, I quickly adopted a favorite tune, “Unchain My Heart”, with its rocky blues sound and guitar. The Blueprints will get your foot tapping, and body moving with their great tunes at Mock Crest Tavern.

Be sure and tell your friends, order drinks, food, and enjoy a fantastic weekend.  I’d love to hear your thoughts after your visit, so please come back and leave your comments!

A Cold Beer On A Hot Day

I’m not sure about you, but on Sunday evening I begin thinking about the next weekend. It helps me get through those tough Mondays.

Eric Vanderwall

On Thursday, not only is Portland reaching triple digits, which qualifies for a good cold beer or two, and relaxing in the air conditioning, but Eric Vanderwall is playing at Mock Crest Tavern. His soothing music, and a cold beer, will help wash away the stress, and heat from the day. If you haven’t heard the sounds of Eric and his guitar, click here. He begins playing at 5:30 pm.

Friday evening kicks off your weekend with Mock Crest Tavern hosting Joe McMurrian, the national blues recording artist, and his band at 9:00 p.m. August 17th. They bring a soulful combination of blues, rock, Americana, and jam scene which will please even the most particular of music tastes. Their most recent CD  “Swimming in Turpentine” is available with snippets here . The band also includes a line-up of guitar/harmonica/bass and drums.

NoPo MoJo kicks off Saturday evening at 9:00 p.m. The Portland, Oregon band offers a diverse selection of acoustic and electric Americana; mixing folk, rock, blues, gypsy and country. Listen to parts of their debut album “Fallen Angels” here.

NoPo MoJo formed in 2004, and members include, Randy Yearout, Tracey Fordice, Jim Toussaint, Kevin Eastes, Rudi Spain, Johnnie Corrie, and sometimes Wayne “Wayniac” Waits.

While you’re there, sipping your favorite beverage and cooling off, be sure to check out the history of John Mock, who arrived in

John Mock

Portland in 1852 with his family when he was eight years old. The following spring, his father claimed three hundred and seventeen acres in the district, now known as University Park. Additional information on John is available to read at the tavern.

Bring your friends, tell everyone about the new blog, and have a great weekend at Mock Crest Tavern!

A Visit to Mock Crest Tavern

Last week, I made my first visit to Mock Crest Tavern. I’ve made my fair share of visits to night clubs and taverns, but Mock Crest Tavern landed in my top places to visit.

The tavern has existed for over 60 years, serving the North Portland area, and is named after John Mock, who settled in 1852 on the bluff overlooking Swan Island. Not only does the area hold history, but the actual building itself does as well. It’s earlier uses include an ice cream parlor, meat market and pharmacy.

My experience as I walked through the door felt like a jaunt to the past, as the smell of alcohol and food tickled my nose, and my mind pulled images of a favorite television show, Cheers. I actually expected to see Cliff, Woody and Norm seated at the bar. The friendly, laid back, Portland, way made Mock Crest immediately welcoming.

I walked through the tavern, and spotted several lottery machines and the bar. To the right stood the stage area, where  live entertainment performs several times a week. As I walked through the last door, I was met with a wonderful surprise. A full service  covered deck, tables and chairs on the green grass, and a beautiful variety of flowers and plants that put the right touch to the homey atmosphere. I picked a table towards the back, and as I sipped my drink, a hummingbird visited. It was so close, I could touch it.

Moments later a staff member made rounds to the filling tables and took orders, then returned with hot steaming food, and alcoholic beverages. People of all ages began filing in, and before I knew it, Friday evening had started.

The Mock Crest Tavern offers a calendar of events and live band appearances on their website here. 

I also learned that Mock Crest Tavern offers breakfast, lunch,  dinner and two daily happy hours! No one is left out in wants of their drink and food menu.

On Monday evenings, during the month of August, they offer free poker beginning at 7 p.m.  Also, on Tuesday and Wednesday the tavern offers Texas Holdem Poker night (free, cashless) dealt by Stumptown Poker. On Saturday nights Eye Candy VJ plays videos.

Grab your friends and head out for an evening of fun and great atmosphere!

Jennifer Owenby

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