No Quizzy Trivia This Sunday

Roy SmallwoodThere’s no Quizzy Trivia this Sunday, June 29th. Quizzy will resume at normal time the following Sunday, July 6th.

Have a great week, brush up on your trivia and we’ll see ya there!


Claes of the Blueprints Returns to Mock Crest Tavern

Claes Almroth

Claes Almroth

Wooohoo! It’s Claes Almroth of the Blueprints this Thursday, June 12th at 8:30 p.m. Claes is a Mock Crest favorite and regular with great tunes for everyone. He showcases his talents in various bands including:

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

He was born in Sweden and grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. As he grew older, he began playing the piano, and shortly after picked up the harmonica. As an adult Claes relocated to Oregon from California where he  lived in Corvallis and  played in a jug band, a blues band, and enrolled in music classes. In the 80′s he moved to Portland, Oregon. After several name and band changes, The Blueprints were born.

Today he sings lead and harmony vocals; plays the keyboard, and harmonica, as well as writes and records his own music. Feel free to listen to his music and learn more about him on myspace.

summer dayThe official day of summer is right around the corner, June 21st! I thought some summer trivia would be fun.

  • People in the Southern Hemisphere have their longest day of summer in December.
  • Solstice comes from two Latin words sol and sistere. Sol means sun; stitium is the verb which means to stand still.
  • The names of the key summer months have Roman origins. June is named after Juno, who was the wife of Jupiter. Marc Antony named July after Julius Caesar and August was named after Caesar’s nephew, known as Augustus.
  • Even though this is the longest day of the year, it’s not the hottest, due to something called seasonal temperature lag, which means that it takes a while for the oceans to let their stored summer solstice heat back into the air. That’s why it tends to be hotter in July or August than in June.
  • Until the early 19th century there was no summer vacation. Depending on the location of schools breaks came either quarterly (town schools) or to coincide with planting and harvest seasons (rural schools).

And of course the best part about summer and Mock Crest Tavern is the out-door, full service seating!

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

Mile to Go and Johnnie Ward Sharkskin Revue

P20120816_145431It’s mid May and summer is peeking her head around the corner. There’s nothing better than kicking back with a cold beer outside at Mock Crest’s outdoor seating! You can bring your friends, have some fun and soak up the rays.

Let’s join Mock Crest in welcoming  A Mile to Go! They perform on Friday, May 16th, at 9:00 p.m.

This band blends together Americana with rock- n- roll and fantastic  musicianship. They bring with them original material written by Daniel Robinson. Their debut show was a CD release held at Taborspace in Portland, Oregon on June 14th of 2013.

Their CD “Get There & Gone” was recorded in Portland, Oregon, at Cloud City Studios by Justin Phelps. It also features local musicians including Annalisa Tornfelt on fiddle of Black Prairie, Todd Roper former drummer of Cake, Belinda Underwood on upright bass and Asher Fulero on B3 organ for a track.

The band was formed to support the CD release. After creating it they decided they weren’t finished having the time of their life and decided to stick together and continue playing shows.

Band Members Include:

  • Josiah Payne – fiddle/mandolin
  • Cameron Edens – upright bass
  • Dave Kelsay – drums/percussion
  • Daniel Robinson – acoustic guitar, vocals

Johnnie Ward Sharkskin Revue continues a great weekend and performs Saturday night, May 17th, at 9:00 p.m.

They are playing their fantastic blues, swing, jazz, and also featuring 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.

Don’t forget to join us every Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. for Quizzies hosted by Roy Smallwood and  free Hold ’em Poker on Monday night at 7:00 p.m.

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.


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!

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