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!

Johnnie Ward on Tuesday and Thursday!

If you love Johnnie Ward then this is your lucky week!  Johnnie Ward & the Eagle Ridin’ Papas perform Tuesday, June 3rd, 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, June 5th at 8:30 p.m.

Here are some additional fun facts about alcohol!

  • Vodka (“little water”) is the Russian name for grain spirits without flavor added.
  • “Brandy” is from the Dutch brandewijn, meaning burnt (or distilled) wine.
  • The words “cordial” and “liqueur” are synonymous and refer to liquors made of sweetened spirits flavored with fruits, flowers, roots, or other organic materials.
  • Vermouth is a white appetizer wine flavored with up to 40 to 50 different berries, herbs, roots, seeds, and flowers and takes about a year to make.
  • A whiskey, rum, or brandy can be aged either not long enough or too long.
  • Alcohol is derived for the arabic al kohl, meaning the essence.
  • Scotch whisky’s distinctive smoky flavor comes from drying malted barley over peat fires.
  • According to the famous writer H. L. Mencken, 17,864,392,788 different cocktails could be make from the ingredients in a well-stocked bar.
  • Although the origins of the martini are obscure, it actually began as a sweet drink
  • Colonial New Englanders often put barrels of cider outdoors in cold weather, then removed the ice to increase the alcohol content of the remaining beverage.
  • “Cocktails for Hitler” weren’t drinks at all. During World War II, distillers shifted all production to industrial alcohol for the war effort. Hence, they were making “cocktails for Hitler.”

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

Open Mic Jam with Randy Yearout and Tracy Fordice

mic-stoolIt’s Open Mic Jam again so join us at Mock Crest Tavern this Thursday, January 30th, at 8:00 p.m. with Randy Yearout and Tracey Fordice from Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls.

Most people know Randy Yearout on Guitars and Vocals with the 8-Balls, but he also founded the North Portland band NoPoMoJo. Known for his multi-instrumentalist and songwriting talents, Randy has a knack for witty and catchy songs in a variety of musical styles intermingling the roots and boundaries of blues, folk, jazz, rock, and country.

Tracey Fordice (formerly Tracey Bunch) rocks a beautiful, powerful and unique voice, as well as plays the piano and writes songs. Her talents are a blend of creativity that extends above and beyond most women in blues currently performing throughout the Portland blues scene.

And, with those two kicking off Open Mic night, you can’t go wrong!

Mock  Crest Tavern has some great beers on rotating tap. Check out:

  • Ecliptics Filament Winter IPA
  • HUB’s Survival Stout

Here’s a bit more about Ecliptic Brewing and its history in Oregon.

“Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon craft brewing pioneer. The name Ecliptic symbolizes our yearly path around the sun on planet Earth. This happens to be a connection between Harris’s two passions – brewing and astronomy – as well as his philosophy on experimentation.” Brewpublic.com

The Filament Winter IPA is a pale beer with Munich and Caramel malts that creates a rich malt with a touch of honey flavor. It offers an abundance of Crystal, Chinook and Centennial hops combined to lend spicy, citrus hop notes.

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

Lee Blake Blues Band and The Blueprints

Lee Blake

Lee Blake

It’s almost TGIF so make your plans to come on in to Mock Crest Tavern and start your weekend off with the Lee Blake Blues Band Friday, January 24th 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 The Lee Blake Band, a trio,  and  sometimes adds players for larger venues and performances. He also plays solo performing roots music on a Regal/ National steel bodied resophonic guitar.

For additional information and tunes visit Lee Blake at Reverbnation.

To continue the good times The Blueprints perform Saturday, January 25th, at 9:00 p.m. You’ll enjoy their great blend of Americana/Blues and R&B. Visit them at myspace, and Reverbnation. 

I know how much fun it is to read trivia facts, especially if your planning on attending Quizzies and kicking some butt. Here’s some more fun alcohol tidbits for you:

  • Consumption of beer in the United States is about 33 gallons per person per year based on persons over the drinking age of 21 years old.
  • Most yeasts cannot grow when the concentration of alcohol is higher than about 18% by volume, so that is a practical limit for the strength of fermented beverages such as wine, beer, and sake.
  • Fortified wines are produced by adding brandy or other distilled spirits to achieve higher ABV than is easily reached using fermentation alone.
  • The Top 3 countries in the World in per capita beer consumption are the Czech Republic, Germany, and Ireland.
  • The Top 3 countries in the world with the highest tax rates on beer are Norway, Finland, and Canada.
  • Gin was invented in Holland in 1650 about the same time European settlers in the West Indies began distilling sugar cane into Rum.

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

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