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!

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!

Suburban Slim, the Adequates and The Kentucky Derby This Weekend

Mock Crest Tavern hosts a weekend packed with great music and Suburban Slim starts it off. He performs at 9:00 p.m. on Friday May 2nd.

Suburban Slim is a huge favorite at Mock Crest Tavern with his blues music. Phil Wagner (aka Suburban Slim) has played the ukulele since childhood and later learned guitar. 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.

Suburban Slim
Suburban Slim

Suburban Slim is available to hear on YouTube.

The Adequates perform at 9:00  p.m Saturday evening, May 3rd. The band’s music includes songs from  the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s. Stapleton’s vocals and guitar shine through with songs from the Stones, The Clash, and others.

Members include:

  • Don Henson plays piano, drums and vocals
  • Mike Cheddar offers his expertise on bass
  • Peter Blowing on harp

Influences include the Rolling Stones, Clash, Elvis Costello, Squeeze and Bruce Springsteen.


Come on in Saturday, May 3rd and watch the Kentucky Derby! Wear your hat and get a FREE FRESH Mint Julep. PICK YOUR
PONY ! $5 & WIN it ALL!

And to finish off the post I’ll leave you with some trivia to keep your mind sharp and the game on.

  • The comedy series Portlandia, shoots on location in Portland, satirizing the city as a hub of liberal politics, organic food, alternative lifestyles, and anti-establishment attitudes. It’s all about living the “dream of the 90s” and its all pretty much true.
  • The famous White Stag sign in downtown Portland now reads Portland Oregon. At one time, it used to say Made in Oregon– a bone of contention among many Portlanders. The day after Thanksgiving a red bulb is lit on the stag’s nose to welcome the holiday season.

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

Sneakin’ Out and Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls

Sneakin’ Out performs at Mock Crest Tavern Friday night , April 11th, followed by Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls Saturday, April 12th. Both performances begin at 9:00 p.m.

Expect another packed house Friday night before Sneakin’ Out even arrives. With a well-known reputation preceding their talents, fans arrive at least a few hours early. So don’t get left out in the rain, come on in and grab a bite to eat from the menu and see what’s on tap.

Members Include:

  • David Gerow  on the mandolin
  • Don Henson on percussion
  • Mike Cheddar Schmitt  on bass

Tracey Fordice and the 8-balls are bringing their Rockin’ Blues, soulful ballads, covers and original tunes back to Mock Crest Tavern Saturday

Tracey Fordice, offers a truly unique and powerful voice. Tracey also plays the piano and offers her song-writing talents that blend a mix of creativity and depth to the blues community.

Members Include:

  • Tracey Fordice – Songwriter, keyboards, guitar, and vocals
  • Randy Yearout – Songwriter, guitars, and vocals
  • Johnnie Corrie – Drums and vocals
  • Rudi Spain – Bass and vocals
  • Bob Demary – Guitars and vocals

Visit their website for additional information and to hear their tunes.

Here are additional Portland facts for you to soak up:

  • With over 700 food carts throughout the city, Portland has been named the best city in the world for street food by several publications.
  • Portland has the most literate people than any other city in the country. In other words, even the baristas have Masters Degrees.
  • The largest wilderness park within city limits is Portland’s own Forest Park with over 5,000 square acres.
  • At 2.5 feet in diameter, Portland has the smallest park within city limits in this country Mill End Park.
  • Portland has more strip clubs, per capita, than any other city in the US.

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

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