Sneakin’ Out and the Mondegreens

It’s another fantastic music filled evening this Friday night, August 8th, with  Sneakin’ Out.  With a solid reputation preceding their talents, fans arrive at least an hour early. The show begins at 9:00 p.m.

Sneakin’ Out has opened for famous singers including kd lang, John Jorgenson and Pink Martini. They also released their CD, “Train Wreck” that’s available to  purchase on My Space.

Members Include:

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

Come join Mock Crest Tavern as we welcome the The Mondegreens, Saturday, August 9th, at 9:00 p.m.
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The Mondegreens are originally from Chico, California and formed their band in 2012. The group roots itself in the classic 60’s era bringing together tight harmonies, heartfelt lyrics and a twist of indie rock. The group has drawn inspiration and influence from a wide variety of music and artists including The Beatles, Neil Young, Grateful Dead, Radio Head, Fleet Foxes and the Avett Brothers.

The artists deliver thoughtful, intelligent lyrics and music that is filled with excitement and honesty that provides listeners to immediately connect with them.

Members Include:

Jack Knight – Vocals / Lead guitar

David Friedlander – vocals / Bass Guitar

Russell Rabut – vocals / Rhythm guitar

Matt Misquez – Drums

Visit their website for additional information.

No post is complete without some great trivia to prepare you for Quizzies with Roy every Sunday night at 6:30 p.m.  So here’s a bit more “bar and tavern” history.

Gadsby’s Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia, has been visited by many U.S. Presidents. But which one spent the first night of his presidency at the tavern?

Andrew Jackson. Jackson reportedly snuck out through a window of the White House and walked the six miles to the tavern to avoid the rowdy inaugural party which his supporters were having at the White House.

Which New York tavern was a favorite hangout of the poet Dylan Thomas?

White Horse Tavern. It was here that Thomas uttered his famous last words, “I’ve had eighteen straight whiskeys, I think that’s the record.”

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

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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!

Suburban Slim and the Adequates Return

Mock Crest Tavern hosts a weekend packed with great music. Suburban Slim starts your weekend off and performs at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, August 1st.

Phil Wagner (aka Suburban Slim) has played the ukulele since childhood and later learned guitar. Phil eventually settled in Portland and embraced the wider audience and music culture. As his music career grew, he released three Cd’s of original tunes.

Suburban Slim
Suburban Slim

Suburban Slim is available to hear on YouTube.

The Adequates perform at 9:00  p.m Saturday evening, August 2nd. 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:

  • Don Henson plays piano, drums and vocals
  • Mike Cheddar offers his expertise on bass
  • Peter Blowing on harp

Don’t forget Quizzy trivia this Sunday at 6:30. Here’s some new trivia for you.

 

What historic event took place at Fraunces Tavern in New York City on December 4, 1783?

George Washington bade farewell to his officers following the Revolutionary War. Following his meeting with his officers, Washington resigned his commission as commander-in-chief and returned to Mount Vernon, intending to enjoy a much-deserved retirement. Fraunces Tavern is still open and houses a restaurant and a museum.

Heinhold’s First and Last Chance Saloon, in Oakland, California, was a hangout for which famous writer?

Jack London. Located on the Oakland waterfront, the bar was built in 1880 from the timbers of an old whaling ship. Sailors used to make this the last stop before going out to sea, and the first upon their return, hence the bar’s name. London used many of the stories he heard here in his books. For example, the saloon is mentioned 17 times in London’s novel “John Barleycorn”.

Which famous rebellion was planned in 1786 at Conkey’s Tavern in Pelham, Massachusetts?

Shays Rebellion. Daniel Shays, a decorated Revolutionary War veteran, organized about 800 Massachusetts farmers in rebellion against various farm policies which were bankrupting farmers. The rebellion was squelched the next year, but most of the men involved were ultimately pardoned.

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

Tracey Fordice and The Adequates This Weekend

mockcrest-20110715-250Portland has had a hotter than normal summer so far so don’t forget to come in and cool off with a cold beer or mixed drink, food and enjoy the air conditioning. Mock Crest always has great customer service and just the place to beat the heat. And, on the nicer days grab a seat out back in the sunshine.

Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls perform Friday, July 25th, at 9:00 p.m. They will get you rockin’ to their blues, soulful ballads, covers and original tunes.

Tracey Fordice, offers a truly unique and powerful voice. Tracey also plays the piano and offers her song-writing talents that blend a mix of creativity and depth to the blues community.

Her latest CD, “Long Hard Day”, offers a collection of original material.  Dean Baskerville, the Grammy winning recording engineer, engineered her CD. He is widely known for “Soak Up the Sun” by Cheryl Crow.

Members Include:

  • Tracey Fordice – Songwriter, keyboards, guitar, and vocals
  • Randy Yearout – Songwriter, guitars, and vocals
  • Johnnie Corrie – Drums and vocals
  • Rudi Spain – Bass and vocals
  • Bob Demary – Guitars and vocals

Visit their website for additional information and to hear their tunes.

The Adequates

The Adequates

The Adequates perform at 9:00  p.m Saturday evening, July 26th. 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:

  • Don Henson plays piano, drums and vocals
  • Mike Cheddar offers his expertise on bass
  • Peter Blowing on harp

Don’t forget Quizzies this Sunday with Roy Smallwood! It starts a 6:30 p.m. and of course Poker on Monday at 7:00 p.m.

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

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