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!

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SideStreet Reny and the Blueprints This Week!

Sidestreet Reny

Sidestreet Reny

Thank God Friday’s almost here and Mock Crest Tavern has just the remedy to celebrate! Sidestreet Reny will perform Friday, October 25th at 9:00 p.m.

Reny and Bell have performed together more than 17 years and with that kind of experience they bring a true grit and creativity to their blend of bluesy/funky  sound with pre-war blues, roots and folk music, old school Hip Hop, calypso and dance hall reggae.

Members Include:

  • Reny (J. Renard Collette) – vocals, National steel resonator, bluesharp, keys, production and songs
  • Lil’ Bell (Maribel Landaetta) – drums, washboard and vocals

Here’s what Carol Borrington  from the Music Connection had to say:

“Once in a great long while, you happen upon an artist whose music is so honest and true that when you listen to it, you feel like you’ve come home. Sidestreet Reny is such a band of musicians and there is no risk of confusing them with anyone else on the music scene today. This duo almost defies category, and they have managed to forge their own sound and push musical boundaries in an era when many other musicians strive to sound the same.” 

Check out their website for some tunes Sidestreet Reny’s website before their performance.

One of Mock Crest Tavern’s favorites return to perform Saturday night, October 26th, at 9 p.m. So come in and enjoy The Blueprints!

They perform a great blend 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.” Some of their other songs are on Reverbnation. 

Just a reminder Halloween is next week so stop by Mock Crest Tavern in costume and get a free drink and at 9:00 pm SCARY-OKE,  Goulish Karaoke, will begin so don’t miss the fun!!

Have a great week and see ya there!

Phil, Matthew and the Blueprints at Mock Crest Tavern

The Sharrows

The Sharrows

Phil Sharrow and Matthew Smith from The Sharrows are playing at Mock Crest Tavern. Mark your calendars for Friday, September 27th at 9:00 p.m.  If you enjoy Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Poco or Wilco you’re sure to enjoy these guys.

Phil and Matthew are members of The Sharrows, and are considered a roots-rock band based in Madison, Wisconsin. They bring a fresh sound to the stage with their combination of folk, blues and country. The groove-rock group formed in 2012 and released their debut LP, “Starting at the End” in June of 2013.

They just completed their summer national tour and held performances in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Illinois.  They are also scheduled to record a follow-up EP in November of 2013.

Members of The Sharrows Include: 

  • Joe Hermanson
  • Phil Sharrow
  • Matthew Smith
  • Sylvia Janicki
  • Jake Bicnase

Enjoy some of their music before the show at Reverbnation.  “I Left the Light On” offers listeners a fun and up beat song while “Mary Celeste” brings the tunes down to earth with a slower pace. 

It’s time for The Blueprints! Join us Saturday, September 28th at 9:00 p.m. while they perform a mix of Blues/Americana and some R&B thrown into the mix.

Blueprints
Blueprints

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.” Some of their other songs are on Reverbnation. 

If you’re a regular at the tavern you’re familiar with Claes Almroth who plays in several other bands as well. His daughter, EmmaLee, joins him and also performs in The Blueprints. She lends her talent to  lead vocals, back-up vocals, alto sax and percussion.

Have a fantastic week and we will see ya there!

Johnnie Ward and Claues at Mock Crest Tavern

It’s a packed week with fantastic live music at Mock Crest Tavern! Johnnie Ward and the Eagle Ridin’ Papas perform Tuesday, May 7th, and Claes Armoth from the Blueprints continues the fun on Thursday, May 9th.

Johnnie WardJohnnie Ward & the Eagle Ridin’ Papas begin at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

Johnnie has performed with bands including the PH Phactor Jug Band, and opened for Moby Grape, The Grateful Dead, Pentangle, The Doors, and several other famous bands. Johnnie also made history as part of the  movement that resurrected the blues venue in Portland in 1970.

Members include:

  • Doug Marx – guitar, lead vocal
  • Johnnie Ward – guitar., vocal
  • Claes Almroth – harp, vocal;
  • Paul Bassett – washboard
  • Lauren Sheehan – mandolin
  • Bill Uhlig – Upright Bass

The group delivers a true blues sound often accompanied with Johnnie on harmonica and saxophone. Some of his tunes are available on myspace.

Claes Armoth from The Blueprints and Claes and Friends plays Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Claes offers a rich music history. Originally from Sweden, Claes grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. His first instruments were the piano and later the harmonica. The “underground” FM rock radio influenced him at a young age with Blues music and artists such as BB King, Muddy Waters, and Robert Johnson who stirred his creativity and love for music.

During the 70’s he moved to Oregon, where he grew serious about music.    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

Stay tuned for more great music coming this weekend! So, have a great week, and we’ll see ya there.

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