Bob Mader and the Business Man’s Blues Band

Thanksgiving is this Thursday, November 28th, and Mock Crest Tavern has a perfect menu for you. You’ll enjoy someone else cooking for you as you relax and get your belly full. Mock Crest will open Thanksgiving day at 9 a.m.! The menu is only $9.95 and includes:

  • roast turkey
  • dressing
  • mashed potatoes and gravy
  • yams
  • vegetable roll

And on Friday, join Mock Crest Tavern for the Civil War game beginning at 4 p.m.

Bob Mader

Bob Mader

You won’t want to miss Bob Mader (Dakota Bob) and the Business Men Blues Band Friday night, November 29th, at Mock Crest Tavern. The performance begins at 9 p.m. Dakota Bob has played for years, and well-recognized throughout the North and Midwest. Previously with a group in Washington, he later began playing with a Jazz band group from Portland. The group clicked and formed the band “Dakota Bob and the Business Men Blues”.

Members Include:

  1. Dakota Bob – Guitar and Harmonica
  2. Kdawg – Bass
  3. Johnny – Drums

Dakota Bob began his music career as Harmonica Bob, but after locating someone with the same name, he changed it to Dakota Bob. Not long after, he connected with other musicians and began learning Old Chicago Blues songs. He soon earned a reputation as a well-respected musician with the “Blues Cronies”.

Hop over to his website for tunes, photos and more.

Tracey Fordice and the 8-balls perform Saturday, November 30th, at 9:00 p.m. They’re recognized for their Rockin’ Blues, soulful ballads, covers and also original tunes.

Tracey Fordice, formerly known as Tracey Bunch, offers a 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. She has performed in the Pacific NW for more than 40 years.

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

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

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Bad Assets Return to Mock Crest Tavern

Mock Crest Tavern has some great music lined up for your weekend! Join Bad Assets Friday night, November 22, at 9:oo p.m.

Bad Assets

Bad Assets

Bad Assets brings their whiskey-soaked country rock band to the tavern and are from Portland, Oregon.

Members Include:

  • Ben Cosloy – lead guitar
  • Kevin Marcotte – bass and vocals
  • Drag Triplet – drums
  • Motor Jeffries – guitar, vocals

Motor Jeffries, the bands primary song writer, decided to write a collection of songs about the drive through Oregon on Interstate 84.

Enjoy the road trip with them through their music. The journey takes you from Stumptown, across the state line, towards the potato processing plants, stops by a bottom shelf liquor distillery, a washed out waterfall, rodeo country, and an abandoned cement factory.

Bad Assets is creative and tons of fun, something we all need a bit more of in our lives. Enjoy their music on myspace.  Since I’m sure their music will win you over, continue your support on twitter at https://www.twitter.com/thebadassets.

One of Mock Crest Tavern’s favorites return to perform Saturday night, November 23rd, at 9 p.m. So come in and enjoy The Blueprints!

Blueprints
Blueprints

The Blueprints perform a mix of Americana/Blues and R&B.

Members include:

  • Claes Almroth
  • EmmaLee Almroth
  • Chris Bond
  • Steve Dion
  • Emery Wilson

You can listen to their music on myspace, including “Deep River Blues” and “Number 13.” You can find additional songs on Reverbnation. 

Most Mock Crest regulars are familiar with Claes Almroth who plays in several other bands as well. His daughter, EmmaLee also performs in The Blueprints. Sharing her father’s love and talent for music they create a fun and unique blend of sound and vocals. She lends her talent to  lead vocals, back-up vocals, alto sax and percussion.

Have a fantastic week and we will see ya there!

Claes and Ron Stephens Freak Flag Fly

Claes Armoth of the Blueprints performs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, November 14th at Mock Crest Tavern. Claes relocated to Oregon from California during the 70’s and continued his journey in music. He began in Corvallis where he played in a jug band, a blues band, and enrolled in music classes. In the 80’s he moved to Portland. After several name and band changes, The Blueprints were born. 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

Feel free to hear his music and learn more about him on myspace.

Let’s welcome Ron Stephens and Freak Flag Fly! They’re performing Friday November 15th, at 9:00 p.m. You’re sure to love this rock, rhythm and blues

Ron Stephens

Ron Stephens

performance.

Members Include:

  • Ron Stephens
  • Carlton Jackson
  • Denny Bixby

Ron has worked in the industry for more than forty years. 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.

Stephens’ latest music endeavor, Freak Flag Fly (a phrase taken from David Crosby’s “Almost Cut My Hair” on the first CSN album), 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.

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

Sneakin’ Out and the Adequates

Come on in to Mock Crest Tavern Thursday night, November 7th, to hear Sneakin’ Out’s Dave Gerrow and Friends! This is a great kick off to music all weekend long! They perform at 8:00 p.m.

Sneakin’ Out returns Friday night, November 8th, at Mock Crest Tavern. The fun begins at 9:00 p.m. With a solid reputation preceding their talents, fans arrive at least an hour early.

Sneakin' Out

Sneakin’ Out

This group is very well-known for their acoustic alternative sound and unpredictability. One minute they play tunes from the Stones and the next a classical song with a Sneakin’ Out spin. So don’t get left out in the cold and rain!

Members include:

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

They originally met 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 that change, 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 Adequates bring their old school rock with a bit of Portland weirdness to Mock Crest Tavern. They perform at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9th .The band’s music includes songs from  the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s.

Members include:

  • John Stapleton vocals and guitar
  • Don Henson plays piano, drums and vocals (from Sneakin’ Out)
  • Mike Cheddar offers his expertise on bass
  • Peter Blowing on harp

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

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

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