It’s Chris Baron and Johnnie at Mock Crest Tavern

Chris BaronJoin Mock Crest Tavern, Thursday, August 14th, for Chris Baron! The tunes begin at 8:30 p.m.

Over the last several years Chris has flipped hamburgers, collaborated with sashimi, collaborated in different musical projects, made some recordings, and hopped on stages. His latest project “Light Up the Sky” was released in June 2014.

He has a full list of tunes and information on Reverbnation.

If you like The Avett Brothers, Incubus, Sondre Lerche, The Tummybuckles and Idiot Science you are sure to enjoy Chris Baron.

Johnnie Ward Sharkskin Revue performs, Saturday August 16th, at 9:00 p.m. Don’t miss this great blues and rock band. Members Include:

Johnnie’s Sharkskin Revue plays the blues, swing, jazz, and also 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. Catch their performance on youtube.

BeerTapsMock Crest has served the public for over 68 years, and with that experience comes fantastic food. When you enter the bar, you can view the daily food and drink specials of the day. Mock Crest tavern also has a great menu.

Happy hour specials range from $2.95 to $4.95 two times a day!

Snacks Include:

  • Hummus and Pita
  • Mozzarella Sticks
  • 1/2 BLT
  • Onion Rings
  • Poppers
  • Tater Tots
  • French Fries
  • Fried Pickles
  • 1/2 Turkey Sandwich
  • Side Salad

If you need more than a snack, the bar offers Portland’s best burgers. Their hamburgers are served with 1/3 pound of beef. The “Blues Burger” comes highly recommended.

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

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!

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!
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