Join the New Iberians and Ted Ness and the Rusty Nails This Weekend

The New Iberians Zydeco Blues return to Mock Crest Tavern on Friday, July 18th,  at 9:00 p.m. You are sure to enjoy this fun and energetic group.

The band’s name originated from New Iberia, Louisiana, which is well-known for its red pepper hot sauce. Their music roots itself in Louisiana Zydeco, Northwest Rock, and Chicago Blues. The New Iberians Blues & Zydeco Band includes many original tunes, but they don’t leave out the traditional Zydeco, Blues and New Orleans Rock n’ Roll. They offer a great variety of music. Check them out for yourself at their website.

Ted Ness and the Rusty Nails perform Saturday, July 19th, at 9:00 p.m. If you like bluegrass, this is the Ted_NessRustyNailsgroup for you.

Located in Montana they emerged from the Yellowstone Valley in 2011. Ted Ness and the Rusty Nails have been “writin’ and pickin'” Montana-grass tunes and performing all over the Pacific Northwest. They consist of 4 folks, 40 fingers, and 22 strings, and have ” been firein’ up whiskey-soaked hootenannies and shindiggers since the day they descended upon Missoula.”

Here’s what the press says about them:

“In the short span of a year, Ted Ness and the Rusty Nails have transcended the world of street-side performances and become a band that provides light-hearted fun to full audiences with upbeat, authentic bluegrass.”  —  Hannah Jacobsen, Noise and Color.

Visit them at Reverbnation for tunes and additional information.

Roy Smallwood returns this Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m with Quizzy Trivia and Free Hold ’em Poker on Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Here’s a bit of trivia for you:

  • The most popular gift in Eastern Europe is a bottle of vodka.
  • The Asian cordial “kumiss” is made of fermented cow’s milk.
  • In Medieval England, beverage alcohol was often served with breakfast.
  • British wine isn’t the same as English wine. British wine is made from imported grapes; English wine is not.
  • Drinking chocolate mixed with beverage alcohol was fashionable at European social events in the 17th century.

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


Robert Richter and Tricia Fairman Return To MCT

Robert Richter

Robert Richter

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Robert Richter and fiddler, Tricia Fairman, perform Thursday,  May 15th, at 8:30 p.m.

Robert and Tricia bring an energetic performance to the stage with their creative music that blends different genres including folk, blues, rock and Celtic played with passion and energy.

“Robert Richter is a charismatic entertainer that gives his all every time he performs and is a stellar musician.” Morry Feldman, WQED-FM Pittsburgh, PA ~

Joining Robert on fiddle is Tricia Fairman, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Tricia Fairmanwhere she grew up in a musical family. She picked up the violin when she was 7 years old. She also performed with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra and played concerts with Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) and Jon Anderson. In 2010, she joined Whiskey Mile, a new Celtic Rock project that performed regularly at the Claddagh and Brazenhead pubs in Columbus. In 2013 she relocated to Portland.

Tricia is  a diverse fiddler and plays a variety of styles including classical, Celtic (Scottish/Irish/Cape Bretton), bluegrass, gypsy, and some jazz.

Here’s what’s on rotating tap subject to change when someone drains the last drop!

  • Beer Valley’s Leafer Madness
  • Rise Up Red
  • Vaporizer
  • Deluxe Organic Ale

The Vaporizer is a golden-hued Pale Ale that features a hoppy aroma and flavor. The malt is 100% Gambrinus Pilsner and from Gambrinus Malting in British Columbia. The hops are primarily of the Challenger variety, grown on a single farm in the Yakima Valley. The Vaporizer is dry-hopped to pump up the goodness. It’s a dry, clean and pure-tasting take on a hoppy Pale Ale. It offers 6% ABV and 50 BU. Drink up!

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

It’s Cinco De Mayo!

happy Cinco

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 heritageaccording to the United States Census.

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

Outdoor Seating and Music This Weekend

Everyone knows the saying “April showers bring May flowers”, and although Portland rarely turns up short in the shower part, I know everyone is ready for some consistently sunny days. Mock Crest Tavern has that great patio outside where you can see the sky, feel the sun and watch the hummingbirds flit from flower to flower. It’s one of my favorite features they offer. So, grab your seat whether it’s inside or out and get ready for some sun.

Suburban Slim performs at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4th.

Suburban Slim, Phil, grew up in Northern California, where he recorded his first album at the age of 15. Later, he toured Oregon and moved to Eugene where he stayed for several years before relocating to Portland.  As his music career grew, he released three Cd’s of original tunes.

Join Mock Crest Tavern in welcoming Chad Wright Saturday night, April 5th at 9:00 p.m.
chad wrightChad Wright is a singer and songwriter from Portland, Oregon, and he’s sure to entertain you with songs from honky-tonk to hard-driving bluegrass. Chad’s unique country, bluegrass and Americana tunes will have you toe-tappin’ right away.

Born in 1973 and raised on cornbread and ham, originally from Iowa, Chad relocated to the Northwest in 1997. He then started playing banjo and mandolin. Not long after he hosted the bluegrass jam at Sam Bonds Garage in Eugene, Or. In 2002, Chad began playing the upright bass and playing with The Cascade Colonels. He is now focused on writing and flat-picking guitar.

You can listen to his tunes and learn more about him at Reverbnation.

Don’t miss Quizzy trivia with Roy Smallwood this Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. and free Hold ’em poker at 7 p.m. on Monday.

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

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