Welcome Paul Cataldo to Mock Crest Tavern

Paul CJoin Mock Crest Tavern Tuesday, August 12, and welcome Paul Cataldo! Paul is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and is currently touring across the country. You will enjoy his combination of Americana, Roots, Country and Appalachian music. The music begins at 8:00 p.m.

Paul has played since the age of fourteen when he heard Neil Young. His music became his sanctuary while growing up and he utilized musicians including John Fogerty, Lindsay Buckingham and David Gilmour as music teachers. After years of practice he found himself playing lead with “ShortBus” a Boston based cover band.

It didn’t take long before he grew tired of playing other people’s music and relocated to New York and began writing his own music.

Paul sings songs that tell stories about a little of everything including alcoholism, war, poverty and jealousy as well as peace and love.  His first full length LP “Rivers, Roads & Mountains” was released in 2009 and has received steady airplay on college stations. Paul recorded the LP at Quad Studios in Nashville in the same room Young recorded his breakthrough record “Harvest”.  Some of Nashville’s best known session players appear throughout the album as well as long time music companions Tony Montalbano and Eben Pariser of Roosevelt Dime.

Hope you are enjoying the full service seating out back. Portland has been full of sunny, clear and hot days, but no matter what the weather is outside, Mock Crest Tavern always has what you need. August continues to heat up with new music all month-long. Before we know it Labor Day will arrive and school will begin again. So enjoy it while you can!

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


Charles Ellsworth Plays at Mock Crest Tavern

charlesLet’s help welcome Charles Ellsworth, Shadow Puppet to Mock Crest Tavern August 29th! They are stopping by while on their West Coast Tour and their show begins at 8:30 p.m.

Charles, originally from Arizona, brings a blend of Americana, Country and Blues music with him. He attributes such greats as Johnny Cash, Chuck Ragan and Steve Earl as some of the strongest influences on his musical career.

When  someone new appears I reach for my laptop and begin my Google search for reviews.  Other people’s opinions can certainly sway someone. And in this case, this review of Charles Ellsworth should have you writing the performance date on your calendar!

“Charles Ellsworth is a storyteller. If his music doesn’t keep you listening (and it should), his vivid lyrics will stop your hand from skipping anything on this EP. Ellsworth’s vocals remind me of Matt Berninger, laced with the blues and 1960s country. “Last I Heard and Last I Checked” is an ode to what could have been—just a man and his guitar, soulfully pondering. Lyrics like “tell the Lord your plans if you wanna make him laugh, cuz when I told him mine I had him rolling on his back” were reason enough for me to finally figure out how to use the repeat function on my home stereo. You’re going to hum these songs, and your friends are going to ask you for a copy of whatever it is you’re singing. Lucky for them, Ellsworth is happy to share. Just find him on Facebook already.” –Andrew Roy SLUG Magazine

His website offers an Immediate download of “Gentle On My Mind”. It’s available in high-quality MP3, FLAC and several other formats. You can also visit his FaceBook page.
Have a great week, and we’ll see ya there!

Robert Richter and Matt Hundley at Mock Crest

RobertRobert Richter and Matt Hundley are teaming up at Mock Crest Tavern at 8:00 p.m. May 16th.

Robert is a man of many talents including singer, songwriter and guitarist. He enjoys performing and blending different genres like folk, blues, rock and Celtic.

Richter has appeared on Tom May’s nationally syndicated radio program “River City Folk,” carried on more than 250 NPR affiliates nationwide. Also, his music played on the “Bob Dylan Radio Hour” heard on the Sirius Satellite Network and on KUSF-FM in San Francisco.

“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.

Robert released his CD “A Change of Heart” in 2012.

Matt Joining Robert is Matt Hundley also a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He resides  in the Portland area. Matt’s music consists of songs that are a blend of bluegrass, country, christian, and gospel, with which he performs on guitar, violin and piano. Matt plays with several bands including the  West Coast country band, Lace & Lead, and fills in for several country, bluegrass, Cajun, and gospel bands. Past groups include the Metropolitan Youth
Symphony, Bon Ton Roulet, and the 11:01 Band in San Antonio.

Robert and Matt will each bring something special and exclusive to the performance.

I hope everyone enjoyed the Kentucky Derby and Cinco De Mayo a few weeks ago. Portland’s favorite tavern brings summer full swing with music and events, and not to mention the drink and food specials. You can follow on twitter to see the daily specials for each. And just in case your new, the food there gets awesome reviews so whether you’re wanting a burger or an appetizer, Mock Crest is the place to go.

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

March With Mock Crest Tavern

I can’t believe it’s almost March 1st, and Mock Crest Tavern is starting the month off with Suburban Slim. His performance begins at 9:00 p.m Friday evening.

Phil, aka Suburban Slim, played the ukulele during his childhood years, and then switched to guitar. He grew up in Northern California, and recorded his first album at the age of 15.  As the years passed, he toured throughout Oregon and later relocated to Eugene. He stayed there for 15 years before moving to Portland where he became involved in a wider audience and music scene. You can hear Suburban Slim on YouTube.

Dawn Fitzgerald and the Dents perform Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. This group offers a  mix of blues, country and rock.

Dawn Fitzgerald and the Dents

Dawn Fitzgerald and the Dents

Members Include:

  • Dawn Fitzgerald – Vocals and percussion
  • Phil Quarterman – Keyboards and vocals
  • Tom Hamstra – Guitar, vocals and fiddle
  • Aaron Lowe – Harmonica

Dawn is originally from the Los Angeles music scene, and has performed with the Dents for the last 5 years.  They discovered her while singing at the White Eagle.

As part of the last of the British Invasion, Phil was exiled to the US in 1974 due to an issue with the Royal Family. He was a founding member of the Dents after playing for many years in the Salem-based Rude Noizes.

Tom has played the guitar since age 15. He also plays the fiddle, mandolin and bass,  as well as sings backup vocals when Dawn needs him.

Aaron left the bluegrass world of Virginia at age 20 and found his way to Chicago where he tended bar at Buddy Guy’s Place. Here he met all his blues idols. He has been in Oregon playing with several bands over the last 17 years.

Visit Dawn and the Dents on myspace to hear their tunes.

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

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