It’s Open Mic and Jam Night Thursday at Mock Crest!

If it’s been a rough week and you’re trying to hang on until the weekend, Mock Crest Tavern is throwing you a life line so grab hold and join us for Open Mic Night. Lee Blake and Zack will start the music and fun at 8:30 p.m.

Lee Blake

Lee Blake

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. He plays the blues, old school R&B, funk, and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

For additional information and tunes visit Lee Blake at Reverbnation.

Join us every Sunday at 6:30 p.m for Quizzy with Roy Smallwood and Free Hold “Em Poker Monday evening at 7:00 p.m.

I’ve got some fun alcohol facts for you. You never know what questions Roy will ask, so be prepared!

  • Unlike beer and wine, all spirits are originally completely clear and colorless; their golden browns and other hues are the result of the aging process.
  • There is no worm in tequila. It’s in mezcal, a spirit beverage distilled from a different plant. And it’s not actually a worm, but a butterfly caterpillar (Hipopta Agavis) called a gusano.
  • Bourbon takes its name from Bourbon County in Kentucky, where it was first produced in 1789 by a Baptist minister.
  • Bourbon county no longer produces bourbon.
  • Rye was the first distinctly American whiskey. It is distilled from a combination of corn, barley malt, and at least 51% rye.
  • Gin is spirit alcohol flavored from juniper berries. First made by the Dutch, it was called junever, the Dutch word for “juniper.” The French called it genievre, which the English changed to “geneva” and then modified to gin.
  • Sloe gin is not gin at all but a liqueur made with sloe berries (blackthorn bush berries).

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

Suburban Slim, the Adequates and The Kentucky Derby This Weekend

Mock Crest Tavern hosts a weekend packed with great music and Suburban Slim starts it off. He performs at 9:00 p.m. on Friday May 2nd.

Suburban Slim is a huge favorite at Mock Crest Tavern with his blues music. Phil Wagner (aka Suburban Slim) has played the ukulele since childhood and later learned guitar. Phil grew up in Northern California, where he recorded his first album at the age of 15. Later, he toured Oregon and moved to Eugene where he stayed for several years before relocating to Portland.

Suburban Slim
Suburban Slim

Suburban Slim is available to hear on YouTube.

The Adequates perform at 9:00  p.m Saturday evening, May 3rd. 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

Influences include the Rolling Stones, Clash, Elvis Costello, Squeeze and Bruce Springsteen.

Derby

Come on in Saturday, May 3rd and watch the Kentucky Derby! Wear your hat and get a FREE FRESH Mint Julep. PICK YOUR
PONY ! $5 & WIN it ALL!

And to finish off the post I’ll leave you with some trivia to keep your mind sharp and the game on.

  • The comedy series Portlandia, shoots on location in Portland, satirizing the city as a hub of liberal politics, organic food, alternative lifestyles, and anti-establishment attitudes. It’s all about living the “dream of the 90s” and its all pretty much true.
  • The famous White Stag sign in downtown Portland now reads Portland Oregon. At one time, it used to say Made in Oregon– a bone of contention among many Portlanders. The day after Thanksgiving a red bulb is lit on the stag’s nose to welcome the holiday season.

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

Johnnie Ward Opens Open Mic Night

Happy-Thursday-DudeThere are two fantastic reasons to love Thursday. One, it’s that much closer to Friday and the weekend and two, it’s Open Mic/Jam night at Mock Crest Tavern. This week Johnnie Ward will kick off the fun!

Johnnie, 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.

I hope everyone enjoyed the post about Roy Smallwood and his hit game Quizzy. If you missed it you can read it here. He hosts Quizzy Trivia every Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. so bring your friends and join the fun.

Here are some great trivia tidbits to help you win and it’s all about Portland.

  • The city is noted for its superior land-use planning and investment in their light rail system. With its public transportation networks and efficient land-use planning, Portland has been referred to as one of the most environmentally friendly, or “green”, cities in the world.
  • Being home to more than 60 breweries, Portland has more microbreweries than any other city in the world. No wonder Portland has been named the best city for happy hour in the United States.
  • Portland is one of the few destinations outside of France where you can take your dog into pubs.
  • During the dot-com boom of the mid-to-late 1990’s,  Portland saw an influx of people in their 20’s and 30’s, drawn to the promise of a city with abundant nature, urban growth boundaries, cheaper rent, and opportunities to work within the graphic design and Internet industries, as well as for companies such as Doc Martens, Nike, Adidas, and Wieden+Kennedy. Sound familiar?

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

Open Mic/Jam with Randy Yearout at Mock Crest Tavern

Randy Yearout

Randy Yearout

It’s Open Mic Jam night once again so come on in and join us at Mock Crest Tavern this Thursday, February 27th, at 8:30 p.m. with Randy Yearout.

Most people are already familiar with Randy Yearout. He plays 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.

Randy has been a professional musician for more than 40 years. He is currently the bandleader, guitarist, vocalist, song-writer, and marketing manager of the Portland, OR, band Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls. They perform a wide variety of music, original and covers, specializing in Rockin’ Blues and Soulful Ballads.  Randy also plays in the eclectic folk-rock band, NoPoMoJo!

He  also does Willie Nelson impersonations and tributes and has done so for more than 16 years. He has faithfully recreated Willie’s unique voice and guitar style!

Quizzy with Roy Smallwood is going strong! Join us every Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. Brush up on your trivia in all genres and see if you can give Rainer and team a run for their money! I hear he’s kicking tail. Look through the last few posts for some trivia fun and tidbits.

Also, Mock Crest Tavern has a new menu! Don’t panic, they still have Happy Hour twice a day! And, with breakfast, burgers sandwiches and drinks why go anywhere else?

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

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