Mile to Go and Johnnie Ward Sharkskin Revue

P20120816_145431It’s mid May and summer is peeking her head around the corner. There’s nothing better than kicking back with a cold beer outside at Mock Crest’s outdoor seating! You can bring your friends, have some fun and soak up the rays.

Let’s join Mock Crest in welcoming  A Mile to Go! They perform on Friday, May 16th, at 9:00 p.m.

This band blends together Americana with rock- n- roll and fantastic  musicianship. They bring with them original material written by Daniel Robinson. Their debut show was a CD release held at Taborspace in Portland, Oregon on June 14th of 2013.

Their CD “Get There & Gone” was recorded in Portland, Oregon, at Cloud City Studios by Justin Phelps. It also features local musicians including Annalisa Tornfelt on fiddle of Black Prairie, Todd Roper former drummer of Cake, Belinda Underwood on upright bass and Asher Fulero on B3 organ for a track.

The band was formed to support the CD release. After creating it they decided they weren’t finished having the time of their life and decided to stick together and continue playing shows.

Band Members Include:

  • Josiah Payne – fiddle/mandolin
  • Cameron Edens – upright bass
  • Dave Kelsay – drums/percussion
  • Daniel Robinson – acoustic guitar, vocals

Johnnie Ward Sharkskin Revue continues a great weekend and performs Saturday night, May 17th, 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.

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

Free Poker And Great Food

Hummus Plate

On Sunday and Monday evenings Mock Crest Tavern offers free poker. A good game of poker is a great way to relax after a hectic Monday back at work. They also serve a fantastic menu, including this awesome Hummus plate offered Thursday through Sunday. Not only is this mouth-watering, but it’s a work of art.

While I visited, and enjoyed the beautiful Portland day in the seating outside, a basket of tater tots passed us on its way to the table next to me. My friend and I looked at each other, surely thinking the same thing. I”m not sure whose stomach rumbled the loudest. The smells from the kitchen also caught the breeze when the tavern door opened, and it took all my will power not to order a Philly cheese steak sandwich, but I wanted the breakfast too! However, since it was 5 p.m. I realized I’d have to visit between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the French Toast and biscuits and gravy.

For those of you that I’m making hungry, here’s the link for the menu http://www.mockcrest.com/Menu_pdf.html.

Here’s a  bit of information for you history buffs. John Mock, was a real estate developer, and contributed land for the University of Portland. He also built several homes, and one is a Portland landmark listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s amazing the vision John had for Portland, and how it came to realization. You can see the rich history of the area and the tavern  as you drive through the streets. This is just one more reason I’m proud of being a part of it.

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