Sneakin’ Out and the Mondegreens

It’s another fantastic music filled evening this Friday night, August 8th, with  Sneakin’ Out.  With a solid reputation preceding their talents, fans arrive at least an hour early. The show begins at 9:00 p.m.

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

Come join Mock Crest Tavern as we welcome the The Mondegreens, Saturday, August 9th, at 9:00 p.m.






The Mondegreens are originally from Chico, California and formed their band in 2012. The group roots itself in the classic 60’s era bringing together tight harmonies, heartfelt lyrics and a twist of indie rock. The group has drawn inspiration and influence from a wide variety of music and artists including The Beatles, Neil Young, Grateful Dead, Radio Head, Fleet Foxes and the Avett Brothers.

The artists deliver thoughtful, intelligent lyrics and music that is filled with excitement and honesty that provides listeners to immediately connect with them.

Members Include:

Jack Knight – Vocals / Lead guitar

David Friedlander – vocals / Bass Guitar

Russell Rabut – vocals / Rhythm guitar

Matt Misquez – Drums

Visit their website for additional information.

No post is complete without some great trivia to prepare you for Quizzies with Roy every Sunday night at 6:30 p.m.  So here’s a bit more “bar and tavern” history.

Gadsby’s Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia, has been visited by many U.S. Presidents. But which one spent the first night of his presidency at the tavern?

Andrew Jackson. Jackson reportedly snuck out through a window of the White House and walked the six miles to the tavern to avoid the rowdy inaugural party which his supporters were having at the White House.

Which New York tavern was a favorite hangout of the poet Dylan Thomas?

White Horse Tavern. It was here that Thomas uttered his famous last words, “I’ve had eighteen straight whiskeys, I think that’s the record.”

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


Suburban Slim and the Adequates Return

Mock Crest Tavern hosts a weekend packed with great music. Suburban Slim starts your weekend off and performs at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, August 1st.

Phil Wagner (aka Suburban Slim) has played the ukulele since childhood and later learned guitar. Phil eventually settled in Portland and embraced the wider audience and music culture. As his music career grew, he released three Cd’s of original tunes.

Suburban Slim
Suburban Slim

Suburban Slim is available to hear on YouTube.

The Adequates perform at 9:00  p.m Saturday evening, August 2nd. 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

Don’t forget Quizzy trivia this Sunday at 6:30. Here’s some new trivia for you.


What historic event took place at Fraunces Tavern in New York City on December 4, 1783?

George Washington bade farewell to his officers following the Revolutionary War. Following his meeting with his officers, Washington resigned his commission as commander-in-chief and returned to Mount Vernon, intending to enjoy a much-deserved retirement. Fraunces Tavern is still open and houses a restaurant and a museum.

Heinhold’s First and Last Chance Saloon, in Oakland, California, was a hangout for which famous writer?

Jack London. Located on the Oakland waterfront, the bar was built in 1880 from the timbers of an old whaling ship. Sailors used to make this the last stop before going out to sea, and the first upon their return, hence the bar’s name. London used many of the stories he heard here in his books. For example, the saloon is mentioned 17 times in London’s novel “John Barleycorn”.

Which famous rebellion was planned in 1786 at Conkey’s Tavern in Pelham, Massachusetts?

Shays Rebellion. Daniel Shays, a decorated Revolutionary War veteran, organized about 800 Massachusetts farmers in rebellion against various farm policies which were bankrupting farmers. The rebellion was squelched the next year, but most of the men involved were ultimately pardoned.

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

Emilio Shivers at Mock Crest Tavern

Join Mock Crest Tavern in welcoming Emilio Shivers this Thursday, July 24th, at 8:30 p.m.

Emilio Shivers

Emilio Shivers

If you enjoy Phillip Phillips, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, Augustana and Coldplay you are sure to enjoy this Singer Songwriter  and his acoustic alternative songs.

Emilio Shivers is originally from the small town of Silverton, Oregon, and is very passionate about writing and playing music. He finds inspiration on a personal level, but also allows and encourages his fans to become apart of his music.

Visit Reverbnation to hear his tunes, videos and more.

Roy Smallwood  hosts Quizzy Trivia Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. It’s a great way to cool off, have a beer and meet new people. Here’s a bit of trivia for you until then.

  • L’Esprit de Courvoisier, a cognac made from brandies distilled between 1802 (yes, during the time of Napoleon Bonaparte!) and 1931, sells for $350 per shot (1 and 1/2 ounces). Cognac is a brandy made from white wine grapes grown in the small region of Cognac in southwestern France.


  • To show that their moonshine has high alcohol content and is also free of potentially deadly contaminants commonly found in the illegal product, moonshiners sometimes pour some of theirs on a stump and light it. A clear blue flame indicates high-proof. Any other colors within the flame indicates that it is contaminated. Why do people buy unpleasant tasting and potentially deadly moonshine? Because legally produced distilled spirits products are very heavily taxed, thus dramatically increasing their cost to the consumer.


  • The World’s Oldest Brewery – Weihenstephan BreweryWeihenstephan Brewery in Bavaria, Germany is the world’s longest continually operating brewery, and has been up and running since 768 AD. The brewery produces mostly pale lagers and wheat beers and is a state of the art beer production facility, as well as a center for learning. The brewery is now co-operated with Technische Universität München (Munich University of Technology) [Wikipedia]. Weihenstephan Abbey

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

It’s Robert Richter and Tricia Fairman at Mock Crest Tavern

Join Mock Crest Tavern for singer, songwriter and guitarist Robert Richter and fiddler, Tricia Fairman. They perform Thursday, June 19th, at 9:00 p.m.

Robert and Tricia bring an energetic performance to the stage with their creative music that blends different genres including folk, blues, rock and Celtic played with passion and energy.

“Robert Richter is a charismatic entertainer that gives his all every time he performs and is a stellar musician.” Morry Feldman, WQED-FM Pittsburgh, PA ~

Joining Robert on fiddle is Tricia Fairman, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Tricia Fairmanwhere she grew up in a musical family. She picked up the violin when she was 7 years old. She also performed with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra and played concerts with Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) and Jon Anderson. In 2010, she joined Whiskey Mile, a new Celtic Rock project that performed regularly at the Claddagh and Brazenhead pubs in Columbus. In 2013 she relocated to Portland.

Tricia is  a diverse fiddler and plays a variety of styles including classical, Celtic (Scottish/Irish/Cape Bretton), bluegrass, gypsy, and some jazz.

I hope everyone is enjoying the best seat in the house, and that would be the tavern’s outdoor seating. Order your drinks, food, kick back and blow off some steam with some friends while you soak up your vitamin D. In my humble opinion, Portland has the best summers! Fantastic weather and tons of outdoor activities. The temperatures are rarely to hot, and the majority of the time they are just perfect. But, on the days it is to warm, Mock Crest has the AC blowing which makes it a perfect place to cool off.

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

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