It’s Johnnie Times Two at Mock Crest Tavern!

If you love Johnnie Ward then this is your lucky week!  Johnnie Ward & the Eagle Ridin’ Papas perform February 4th, 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.

Johnnie Ward also starts off Open Mic/Jam on Thursday February 6th at 8:30. So come on in and enjoy Johnnie times two!

How are your trivia skills shaping up so far? Are you gathering your tips and tidbits ready for Quizzies and Roy Smallwood on Sunday night? Here’s a few more trivia facts for you:

  • Sir Winston Churchill was a total booze hound. He would start each day with a whiskey before moving on to brandy and martinis later in the afternoon and evening.
  • Distilled alcohol beverages 1st appeared 12th century Europe among alchemists who were more interested in medical “elixirs” than making gold from lead.
  • Spirits may be served in a variety of ways, some of which include:
  1. On the rocks — spirits are to be served and drunk over ice.
  2. Straight up — the spirit is to be shaken or stirred with ice, but drunk by itself, with the ice filtered out.
  3. Neat — the spirit is served and consumed by itself, with nothing added.
  4. With a simple mixer such as tonic water, cola, etc.
  5. With water

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

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What’s Mock Crest Got This Week?

As always Mock Crest has a fantastic line up for you this week. Starting your October 2013 off with a kick, Johnnie Ward & the Eagle Ridin’ Papas are shaking the house Tuesday, October 1st, at 8:30 p.m.

Members are:

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

Don’t miss this great blues and rock band.

Help Mock Crest Tavern welcome The Groovetramps at 8:30 p.m., Thursday, October 3rd. They are known for their swingin’ blues and rockin’ Americana music.

The Groovetramps include Melanie Owen & Joseph Barton. Joseph has

The Groovetramps

The Groovetramps

performed for numerous groups including The Clam Daddies, The Train Wreckers and Tempa & the Tantrums. He has also toured for Grammy nominated Texas singer/songwriter Randy MacAllistar. Joseph also performs with The Joesph Barton Trio and plays bass and guitar with Armed & Dangerous Blues Review among others.

Along with The Groovetramps, Melanie plays for Cedar Avenue Blues Band and also performs with Thommy Knox and Eef. Occasionally she guest fronts with The Thommy Knoxvilles in Denver and Armed & Dangerous Blues Review in Seattle.

As you will see, Melanie and Joseph love playing and bringing great tunes to their audience. They have a fun and fresh approach to old school blues and Americana.

Base members include:

  • Joseph Barton – guitar/bass/vocals/writing
  • Melanie Owen – guitar/ bass/vocals/writing

Depending on the gig, The Groovetramps perform as a duo, trio or four piece group.

Mock Crest Tavern has some exciting news so stay tuned for the next post to hear the announcement.

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

Poker and Johnnie Ward

PokerMock Crest Tavern hosts free Hold’Em Poker every Monday at 7:00 p.m.

A bit of history for you poker players. Little is known about the invention of Texas hold ’em, but the Texas State Legislature recognizes Robstown, Texas,  as the game’s birthplace. The game dates back to the early 1900s.

After the game caught on in Texas,  hold ’em was introduced to Las Vegas in 1967.  Texan gamblers and card players Crandell AddingtonDoyle Brunson, and Amarillo Slim took part in the growth and games there.

Addington stated that he saw the game was in 1959. “They didn’t call it Texas hold ’em at the time, they just called it hold ’em.… I thought then that if it were to catch on, it would become the game. This was more of a thinking man’s game.”

Johnnie Ward & the Eagle Ridin’ Papas play on Tuesday, July 2nd. Grab your seats (inside or out), a cold beer,  some food and enjoy the show. The performance begins at 8:30  p.m.

Johnnie, born and raised in Portland, has performed with bands including the PH Phactor Jug Band. He has also opened for Moby Grape, The Grateful Dead, Pentangle, The Doors, and many other famous bands. Johnnie participated in part of the  movement that resurrected the blues venue in Portland in 1970. He was the first act to play The White Eagle, which was the first post-war Portland Blues club.

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

The group delivers a true blues sound often accompanied with Johnnie on harmonica and saxophone. Some of the tunes are available on myspace.

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

Johnnie Ward and the Eagle Ridin’ Papas and The Billy Novas

Johnnie Ward & the Eagle Ridin’ Papas bring in the month of April at Mock Crest Tavern. They perform at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2nd. You are sure to enjoy their mix of  blues and rock music.

Johnnie, a native of Portland,  Oregon 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 bands. Johnnie was also part of the  movement that resurrected the blues venue in Portland in 1970, and was the first act to play The White Eagle, which was the first post-war Portland Blues club.

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

The group delivers a true blues sound often accompanied with Johnnie on harmonica and saxophone. Some of his tunes are available on myspace. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear some amazing blues music.

The Billy Novas

The Billy Novas

Mock Crest Tavern welcomes The Billy Novas. They perform Thursday, April 4th at 8:00 p.m. This duo brings a fresh and fun sound with a combination of country, jazz and blues tunes. The “Billy Novas” will take you on a musical journey of “down home” fun. This award winning songwriting  duo also  features dual slide guitars, a mandolin and bass.

The duo includes:

  • Marianne – Vocals Guitar, Slide, Mandolin, Bass, Keys
  • Robert – Vocals Guitar, Slide, Dobro, Bass Artist

Visit The Billy Novas home page to hear a taste of what’s to come Thursday night. “Horndoggin” and “My Little Savage” show their versatile style. Marianne has strong and smooth vocals throughout the songs.

The upcoming weekend promises great performances, food, drinks and an all around great time.

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

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