Johnnie Ward and the Eagle Ridin’ Papas

If you love Johnnie Ward then this is your lucky week!  Johnnie Ward & the Eagle Ridin’ Papas perform Tuesday, August 5th, at 8:30 p.m.

Johnnie Ward

Johnnie Ward

Members include:

  • Doug Marx – guitar, lead vocal
  • Johnnie Ward – guitar., vocal
  • Claes Almroth – harp, vocal;
  • Paul Bassett – washboard
  • Lauren Sheehan – mandolin
  • Bill Uhlig – Upright Bass

Johnnie Ward, originally from Portland, has performed with bands including the PH Phactor Jug Band, and opened for Moby Grape, The Grateful Dead, Pentangle, The Doors, and several other famous groups. Some of his tunes are available on myspace.

And Johnnie will also kick off Open mic and Jam night this Thursday, August 7th at 8:30 p.m.

Trivia you say? Why yes, yes we do every Sunday night with Roy Smallwood at 6:30 p.m. Here’s your fun facts to get prepared.

Sprague’s Tavern, in Chepachet, Rhode Island, played a key role in which political movement?

Dorr Rebellion. The Dorr Rebellion of 1841-1842 is an important event in Rhode Island history. Dorr was rebelling against Rhode Island laws limiting the vote to landowners, which disenfranchised many urban laborers. Both Dorr and the incumbent governor claimed to have won the gubernatorial election of 1842, resulting in Dorr convening the Rhode Island general assembly at Sprague’s Tavern. Although Dorr was found guilty of treason, his revolt was successful in that voting requirements were soon liberalized. The tavern, now known as Tavern on Main, is still open for business.

What is the name of the famous tavern in Chicago whose owner is said to be responsible for the Chicago Cubs not appearing in the World Series for the 63 years following their 1945 collapse against the Detroit Tigers?

The Billy Goat Tavern. The tavern owner was ejected from a key World Series game with his pet goat during one of the 1945 World Series games, and is said to have put a hex on the Cubs as he left. The legend of course has grown over the years, and “The Curse of the Billy Goat” has supposedly kept the Cubs out of the World Series for the following 63 years. The same tavern is also trivially famous as the source of John Belushi’s famous Saturday Night Live sketches in which he always yelled out “cheeseburger, cheeseburger; no fries, chips; no Coke, Pepsi.”

The Blue Moon Tavern has been a popular counterculture hangout for such literary giants as Theodore Roethke, Dylan Thomas, and Allen Ginsberg. In which city is this famous tavern located?

Seattle. Opening in 1934 soon after prohibition had ended, this tavern quickly became popular with University of Washington students. It has survived, escaping demolition due to fervent protests by its many supporters.

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

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