It’s the Left Coast Blues Band and Johnnie Ward Sharkskin Revue

Lee BlakeMock Crest Tavern welcomes the Left Coast Blues Band this Friday night, June 20th! Head on over to hear some awesome blues tunes! The music starts at 9:00 p.m.
Lee Blake has played the blues and R&B for more than forty years. He performs with several bands including Left Coast Blues Band, The Lee Blake Band and sometimes adds players for larger venues and performances. He plays solo as well and performs roots music on a Regal/ National steel bodied resophonic guitar.For additional information and tunes visit Lee Blake at Reverbnation.Johnnie Ward Sharkskin Revue continues a great weekend and performs Saturday night, June 21st, 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.

Did you know?

  • There are an estimated forty-nine million (49,000,000) bubbles in a bottle of Champagne.
  • Vodka has been the largest selling distilled spirit in the US for over 25 years and one of every four alcohol drinks consumed in the world is vodka or vodka-based.
  • The strongest that any alcohol beverage can be is 190% proof (or 95% alcohol). At higher proof, the beverage draws moisture from the air and self-dilutes.
  • Foot treading of grapes is still used in producing a small quantity of the best port wines.
  • A trokenbeerenauslese is a type of German wine made from vine-dried grapes so rare that it can take a skilled picker a day to gather enough for just one bottle.

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


The Holy Child and More at Mock Crest

15070789-3d-happy-new-year-2013Happy New Year!! I hope everyone had a safe and fun time bringing in 2013. Mock Crest Tavern has plenty of performances and events planned for 2013 beginning with The Holy Child performing Thursday, January 3rd at 8:30 p.m.

The Holy Child originated in Los Angeles and began playing music in October of 2009. They’re a family band, and consist of siblings and best friends.  Their music style blends a bluesy sound with Soul and R&B influences, and an upbeat funky sound. They will bring you to your feet in no time.

  • Fernando Sanchez
  • Eric Ridley
  • Johanna Alarcon
  • Robert Alarcon 

The Holy Child’s music is compared to Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding and Ray Charles with a heavy R&B sound. I enjoyed several of their tunes available online. Feel free to check them out on Reverbnation.

Suburban Slim, returns to Mock Crest Tavern Friday, January 4th, at 9 p.m. This multi-award winning guitarist, singer and songwriter is a Mock Crest Tavern favorite . He recorded his first album at the age of 15! Check out Suburban Slim and  his tunes on YouTube.

Another MCT favorite returns to the tavern Saturday evening. Donna and the Side Affects begin their performance at 9 p.m.

  • Donna Jose sings, plays guitar, piano and flute
  • Brad Price plays lead guitar and vocals
  • Dale Turnbull plays bass and vocals

Donna has recorded three full-length CDs, “Rhymes of Passion”, “On the Road With Buddha’s Cat”, and “Spindrift” available for purchase at

Donna writes original music, and her love for singing and playing is evident.

For additional information and music visit

Just a reminder that free poker is  now available on Monday evenings beginning at 7 p.m. Also, no cover charge for these great bands, ever.

See ya there!

Chautauqua at Mock Crest Tavern

Chautauqua will perform at Mock Crest Tavern, Thursday night, October 25th at 8:30 p.m.

Members vary in ages from 18-42, and although they are a relatively new band, each of them has their own backgrounds in music.  Originally from Portland, Oregon, Chautauqua  plays a mix of  Blues/Rock/Jam/ and Jazz Fusion.

“Out There” and “Snap it Out” are a few of their tunes on Reverbnation that you can sample before the show.

The weather has turned cooler, leaves have changed, and the holidays will be here before we know it. Family, friends, food, and planning will have everyone busy. Mock Crest Tavern offers that place to unwind and take a break from the hectic everyday hustle and bustle, and a great place to bring your friends to share a bit of Portland history, great food, and a place to dry off from the rain.

Jon and Rainer have been serving awesome people like you since 2001. As business continues to grow we would love to hear about your experiences, favorite foods, bands and your winning hands in poker. Leave your comments on the blog. I look forward to hearing from you.

NoPo MoJo and The Blueprints

NoPo MoJo

NoPo MoJo returns to Mock Crest Friday night, September 21st at 9 p.m. A crowd favorite with their Folk-rock, Swing, Old-Timey, and Country music songs, the audience will tap their toes and sway to the beat in a matter of minutes. You might even witness the washboard being played!

I’m quite fond of “Rudi Went to Rehab and I Went to Jail”. Check it out for yourself on Myspace.

The Blueprints also return to MCT and perform Saturday at 9 p.m.

For those of you just tuning in to the blog, The Blueprints perform a mix of Americana/Blues and R&B. Members include: Claes Almroth, EmmaLee Almroth, Chris Bond, Steve Dion,  and Emery Wilson.

“Blind Man” grabs your attention as soon as it begins. To hear this song and others visit The Blueprints on Reverbnation. 

Find additional songs on myspace, including “Everything is Free Now” and “Wait On Time.”

Don’t forget there is never a cover charge at Mock Crest Tavern. So share the events with your friends, and remind them to visit and subscribe to the blog for future events.


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