Claes Returns to Mock Crest This Thursday

Claes Almroth

Claes Almroth

Claes Armoth of the Blueprints performs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10th at Mock Crest Tavern.

Claes Almroth, born in Sweden, grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. At the young age of 13 or 14, the “underground” FM rock radio came into existence. Claes heard artists such as Paul Betterfield, Charlie Musselwhite, BB King, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. They became huge influences in his life and encouraged him to continue in his journey. Today, he plays  in a number of bands, where he sings lead and harmony vocals; plays the keyboard, and harmonica, as well as writes and records his own music. Other bands he performs with include:

  • The Blueprints
  • Claes and Sons
  • Reverb Brothers
  • The New Iberians

He also plays with Johnny Ward and the Papas occasionally. You can listen to his music and learn more about him on myspace.

Here are some fun facts about Portland:

  • Portland was named by the flip of a coin. If it had landed on the other side, Portland would be known as Boston, Oregon.
  • Portland is home to many famous bands/musicians such as The Kingsmen and Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Dandy Warhols, Everclear, Pink Martini, Sleater-Kinney, The Shins, Blitzen Trapper, The Decemberists, and the late Elliott Smith.
  • Portland is the only major US city that has a dormant volcano within city limits. Dormant means the volcano is sleeping and there is the potential that it could wake up at some point.
  • In November of 2008, a judge dismissed charges against nude bicyclist on the grounds that Portland’s annual World Naked Bike Ride “was a well-established tradition in Portland.” In 2010, an estimated 13,000 attended Portland’s annual World Naked Bike Ride making it the world’s largest.

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


Open Mic/Jam With Randy Yearout and Tracey Fordice

It’s Open Mic Jam night so come on down and  join us at Mock Crest Tavern this Thursday, March 27th, at 8:30 p.m. with Randy Yearout and Tracey Fordice. 

Randy Yearout

Randy Yearout

Most people are 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 gift 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!

Tracey Fordice

Tracey Fordice

Tracey Fordice (formerly Tracey Bunch) rocks a beautiful, powerful and unique voice, as well as plays the piano and writes songs. Her talents are a blend of creativity that extends above and beyond most women in blues currently performing throughout the Portland blues scene.

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.

Quizzy with Roy Smallwood is going strong! Join us every Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. and free Hold ’em Poker on Monday nights starting at 7:00 p.m. Happy hour is twice daily and don’t forget you can now use your for Mock Crest Tavern!

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

It’s Ron Stephens and Freak Flag Fly And JT Wise Band

Wow, what a fantastic weekend filled with great music! Ron Stephens and Freak Flag Fly will start the weekend off performing Friday March 21st, at 9:00 p.m.

Ron has worked in the industry for forty years, and his experience spans in several directions including performing, writing and recording music. Ron’s knowledge has also landed him in the heart of several of Portland’s most popular and successful bands, on stage, and behind the scenes in the  studio.

Members Include:

  • Ron Stephens
  • Carlton Jackson
  • Denny Bixby

Stephens’ latest music endeavor, Freak Flag Fly includes Hall of Famers Carlton Jackson and Denny Bixby. They perform original songs from every era and personal favorites that span the spectrum from ZZ Top to Motown.

The  JT Wise Band keeps the weekend going.  They perform  at 9:00 p.m. Saturday, March 22nd.  

JT Wise Band

JT Wise Band

Members Include: 

  • Tim Wise – lead guitar
  • Margaret Wise – bass
  • Mike George – acoustic guitar and slide

JT brings a unique style to his playing and delivers the signature sound to the band. Whether playing acoustic music for a relaxing experience or a more intense electric group, the does not fail to deliver.

Margaret, Tim’s wife,  joined the 80’s all girl band, The Twist, and later met JT. Their love of music allowed them to partner in songwriting and performing not long after they met.

Mike George brings his Downey California roots with him on the rhythm guitar and lap steel. George’s slide guitar adds a unique back woods blues sound to the group. Although from California, he has lived in Washington for almost twenty years.

For additional information concerning the JT Wise Band visit them at Reverbnation.

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

Sneakin’ Out and Johnnie Ward Return

Sneakin’ Out returns Friday night, June 14th, at Mock Crest Tavern. The show begins at 9:00 p.m. With a solid reputation preceding their talents, fans arrive at least an hour early so grab your drinks and seats and enjoy the music.

Sneakin' Out
Sneakin’ Out

Members include:

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

Sneakin’ Out originally met while working on a musical project in Michigan, and after hearing each other at mutual music performances, they decided to form their band. From that point on it was full speed ahead.

David recalls the shift in the band’s career and how it felt moving forward.  “It was like we weren’t exactly doing what was happening: it was happening to us, through us. We just realized it, cooperated with it, received it, and are giving it away.”

The band has also focused on original tunes that showcase the unique sound of the trio.

Sneakin’ Out opened for famous singers including kd lang, John Jorgenson and Pink Martini. Their CD, Train Wreck,  is available to listen to as well as purchase on My Space. Click here for a preview of their performance.

Saturday, June 15th, join us at the tavern and hang out with Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue at 9 p.m.

This band plays the blues, swing, jazz, and 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.

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

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