It’s the Left Coast Blues Band and Johnnie Ward Sharkskin Revue

Lee BlakeMock Crest Tavern welcomes the Left Coast Blues Band this Friday night, June 20th! Head on over to hear some awesome blues tunes! The music starts at 9:00 p.m.
Lee Blake has played the blues and R&B for more than forty years. He performs with several bands including Left Coast Blues Band, The Lee Blake Band and sometimes adds players for larger venues and performances. He plays solo as well and performs roots music on a Regal/ National steel bodied resophonic guitar.For additional information and tunes visit Lee Blake at Reverbnation.Johnnie Ward Sharkskin Revue continues a great weekend and performs Saturday night, June 21st, at 9:00 p.m.

They are playing their fantastic blues, swing, jazz, and also featuring Portland blues legend Johnnie Ward and Chanteuse Lauren Sheehan. Johnnie, who is a Muddy Award winner, leads the band on tenor saxophone, harmonica, saxcello, and vocals. They feature original music as well as a wide variety of material from Ella Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, and Thelonious Monk. Catch their performance on youtube.

Don’t forget to join us every Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. for Quizzies hosted by Roy Smallwood and free Hold ‘em Poker on Monday night at 7:00 p.m.

Did you know?

  • There are an estimated forty-nine million (49,000,000) bubbles in a bottle of Champagne.
  • Vodka has been the largest selling distilled spirit in the US for over 25 years and one of every four alcohol drinks consumed in the world is vodka or vodka-based.
  • The strongest that any alcohol beverage can be is 190% proof (or 95% alcohol). At higher proof, the beverage draws moisture from the air and self-dilutes.
  • Foot treading of grapes is still used in producing a small quantity of the best port wines.
  • A trokenbeerenauslese is a type of German wine made from vine-dried grapes so rare that it can take a skilled picker a day to gather enough for just one bottle.

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


Claes of the Blueprints Returns to Mock Crest Tavern

Claes Almroth

Claes Almroth

Wooohoo! It’s Claes Almroth of the Blueprints this Thursday, June 12th at 8:30 p.m. Claes is a Mock Crest favorite and regular with great tunes for everyone. He showcases his talents in various bands including:

  • The Blueprints
  • Claes and Sons
  • Reverb Brothers
  • The New Iberians

He was born in Sweden and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. As he grew older, he began playing the piano, and shortly after picked up the harmonica. As an adult Claes relocated to Oregon from California where he  lived in Corvallis and  played in a jug band, a blues band, and enrolled in music classes. In the 80′s he moved to Portland, Oregon. After several name and band changes, The Blueprints were born.

Today he sings lead and harmony vocals; plays the keyboard, and harmonica, as well as writes and records his own music. Feel free to listen to his music and learn more about him on myspace.

summer dayThe official day of summer is right around the corner, June 21st! I thought some summer trivia would be fun.

  • People in the Southern Hemisphere have their longest day of summer in December.
  • Solstice comes from two Latin words sol and sistere. Sol means sun; stitium is the verb which means to stand still.
  • The names of the key summer months have Roman origins. June is named after Juno, who was the wife of Jupiter. Marc Antony named July after Julius Caesar and August was named after Caesar’s nephew, known as Augustus.
  • Even though this is the longest day of the year, it’s not the hottest, due to something called seasonal temperature lag, which means that it takes a while for the oceans to let their stored summer solstice heat back into the air. That’s why it tends to be hotter in July or August than in June.
  • Until the early 19th century there was no summer vacation. Depending on the location of schools breaks came either quarterly (town schools) or to coincide with planting and harvest seasons (rural schools).

And of course the best part about summer and Mock Crest Tavern is the out-door, full service seating!

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

Sneakin Out and Sharkskin Revue

beautiful-christmas-treeHappy Holidays! Mock Crest Tavern wants to share the holiday spirit and tradition of family, friends and great food…Details coming soon.

Sneakin’ Out returns Friday night, December 20th, at Mock Crest Tavern. Well-known for their acoustic and alternative sound, they keep you on your toes with a wide variety of music.  Sneakin’ Out fans arrive at least an hour early so don’t get left out in the cold.

Members include:

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

They originally met on a musical project in Michigan, and after hearing each other at mutual music performances, they decided to form their band. From that point on it was full speed ahead.

David recalls that change, and how it felt moving forward.  “It was like we weren’t exactly doing what was happening: it was happening to us, through us. We just realized it, cooperated with it, received it, and are giving it away.”

The band has also focused on original tunes that showcase the unique sound of the trio. Their CD, Train Wreck,  is available to listen to as well as purchase on My Space. Click here for a preview of their performance.

To continue the weekend, Saturday, December 21st, join us at the tavern and hang out with Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue at 9 p.m.

This band plays the blues, swing, jazz, and features Portland blues  legend Johnnie Ward and chanteuse Lauren Sheehan. Johnnie, who is a Muddy Award winner, leads the band on tenor saxophone, harmonica, saxcello, and vocals. They feature original music as well as a wide variety of material from Ella Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, and Thelonious Monk. Catch their performance on youtube.

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

Golf, BBQ and Live Music!

Full Circle invites you to join them at Mock Crest Tavern. They begin Full Circleperforming at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31st.

Full Circle offers a unique blend of acoustic and contemporary sound with a solid  groove included in each song. Their music fits into almost any venue, concert, event, or ceremony. Also, they offer all original songs except for a few covers worked into the sets.

Members Include:

  • Patrick Reedy -Singer, guitar, song writer
  • Shawn Reedy – singer, songwriter, lead and harmony vocals
  • James Reedy – singer, song writer, guitar player

Patrick is the original member and founder of Full Circle. He began playing guitar when he was 13, and after 4 years of learning and practicing he wrote his first song at the age of 17. While in high school,  the choir performed one of his original songs.

A few years later, Patrick entered a song into a radio contest in Myrtle Creek. He was flown to Nashville to make a record and  BillBoard Magazine featured “Somewhere” as a “Top New Pick”.

The Adequates bring  back their old school rock to Mock Crest Tavern. The show begins at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1st.

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:

  • John Stapleton – vocals and guitar
  • Don Henson – plays piano, drums and vocals (from Sneakin’ Out)
  • Mike Cheddar – offers his expertise on bass
  • Peter Blowing – on harp

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

It’s Golf and BBQ time June 8th at Broadmoor! 18 holes with cart, BBQ and prizes. You won’t want to miss it, and the last day to sign up is Sunday, June 2nd. For official details click here!

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

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