Sneakin’ Out and Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue

Sneakin outSneakin’ Out is back this weekend at Mock Crest Tavern so join us this Friday, March 14th. The performance begins at 9:00 p.m. so don’t be late, in fact grab your food and beer early if you plan to sit down for this performance.

Did you know that Sneakin’ Out has a soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t exist? The Cd is titled “Opera Tuna Teen Ox” (aka “OTTO”) and available at CD Baby. Birthed at Mississippi Studios with the band and Jim Brunberg co-producing, OTTO showcases their talents in new ways. They also brought guest artists onto the project including James Dineen, on field recordings and inhuman sounds, Lisa Molinaro on french dialogue, Eugene Gray on island crooning, Kina Muir on cello section and Jim Brunberg on the subtlest of textures.

Sneakin’ Out has played many venues including The High Sierra Music Festival, The Portland Bite, National Earth Day, Hillsboro Celebration and many other events including being one of the consistent favorites at Mock Crest Tavern.

Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue. The performance starts at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 15th.

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. 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.

We’ve got Quizzy with Roy Smallwood Sunday nights at 6:30 p.m. and free poker on every Monday night. Mock Crest has something great for you all week-long.

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

Sneakin’ Out and Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls Return to Mock Crest Tavern

Sneakin' Out

Sneakin’ Out

Sneakin’ Out performs at Mock Crest Tavern Friday night , October 11th, followed by Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls Saturday, October 12th. Both performances begin at 9:00 p.m.

Expect another packed house Friday night before Sneakin’ Out even arrives. With a well-known reputation preceding their talents, fans arrive at least a few hours early. So don’t get left out in the rain, come on in and grab a bite to eat from the menu and see what’s on tap.

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

Tracey Fordice and the 8-balls are bringing their Rockin’ Blues, soulful ballads, covers and original tunes back to Mock Crest Tavern.

Tracey Fordice, formerly known as Tracey Bunch, 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.

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

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!

Poker, Johnnie and Tevis Hodge

Mondays prove difficult after a weekend off work, but don’t forget they also bring free poker at Mock Crest Tavern beginning at 7:00 p.m. Play a few hands, grab a few drinks, and melt the Monday blues away.

Johnnie Ward & the Eagle Ridin’ Papas perform Tuesday, February 5th at 8:30 p.m.

Johnnie brings a rich history and well-known talent to the stage. He’s shared stages with bands including the PH Phactor Jug Band, and opened for Moby Grape, The Grateful Dead, Pentangle, and The Doors. In 1970, Johnnie participated in the  movement that resurrected the blues venue in Portland. The Fly-by-Night Jass Band was the first act to play The White Eagle, which was the first post-war Portland Blues club.

You can listen to some tunes on myspace. Don’t miss this opportunity for some great music!

Mock Crest Tavern welcomes Tevis Hodge Jr. Thursday evening.

Born in Virginia, Tevis grew up with music, and has played the blues for more than ten years. Tevis honors and holds to the traditions and techniques of the musicians of yesterday for an authentic experience. He also intertwines his own flare and interpretations, placing himself among the many original blues musicians of the past 80 years.

Tevis Hodge Jr.

Tevis Hodge Jr.

Tevis Hodge Jr. now resides in Portland, Oregon where he performs with various bands, and as a solo act in the Portland area and the North West. He’s performed with a number of artists including Vaudeville legend Baby Gramps, Folk giant Peter Yarrow, Joe McMurrian (winner of The Best Independent Blues Release) , Suburban Slim (three-time Muddy Award nominee), Lucy Hammond (top 5 on Roots Music Charts for Oregon) and Kevin Selfe (Muddy Award winner), to name a few.

The live music begins at 8 p.m. so grab your seat and a drink and join the fun.

See ya there!

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