Johnnie Ward and the Eagle Ridin’ Papas

If you love Johnnie Ward then this is your lucky week!  Johnnie Ward & the Eagle Ridin’ Papas perform Tuesday, August 5th, at 8:30 p.m.

Johnnie Ward

Johnnie Ward

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

Johnnie Ward, originally from Portland, 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 groups. Some of his tunes are available on myspace.

And Johnnie will also kick off Open mic and Jam night this Thursday, August 7th at 8:30 p.m.

Trivia you say? Why yes, yes we do every Sunday night with Roy Smallwood at 6:30 p.m. Here’s your fun facts to get prepared.

Sprague’s Tavern, in Chepachet, Rhode Island, played a key role in which political movement?

Dorr Rebellion. The Dorr Rebellion of 1841-1842 is an important event in Rhode Island history. Dorr was rebelling against Rhode Island laws limiting the vote to landowners, which disenfranchised many urban laborers. Both Dorr and the incumbent governor claimed to have won the gubernatorial election of 1842, resulting in Dorr convening the Rhode Island general assembly at Sprague’s Tavern. Although Dorr was found guilty of treason, his revolt was successful in that voting requirements were soon liberalized. The tavern, now known as Tavern on Main, is still open for business.

What is the name of the famous tavern in Chicago whose owner is said to be responsible for the Chicago Cubs not appearing in the World Series for the 63 years following their 1945 collapse against the Detroit Tigers?

The Billy Goat Tavern. The tavern owner was ejected from a key World Series game with his pet goat during one of the 1945 World Series games, and is said to have put a hex on the Cubs as he left. The legend of course has grown over the years, and “The Curse of the Billy Goat” has supposedly kept the Cubs out of the World Series for the following 63 years. The same tavern is also trivially famous as the source of John Belushi’s famous Saturday Night Live sketches in which he always yelled out “cheeseburger, cheeseburger; no fries, chips; no Coke, Pepsi.”

The Blue Moon Tavern has been a popular counterculture hangout for such literary giants as Theodore Roethke, Dylan Thomas, and Allen Ginsberg. In which city is this famous tavern located?

Seattle. Opening in 1934 soon after prohibition had ended, this tavern quickly became popular with University of Washington students. It has survived, escaping demolition due to fervent protests by its many supporters.

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

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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!

Join Achondo at Mock Crest Tavern

Achondo

Achondo

Everyone come on over to Mock Crest Tavern and welcome Alejandro Achondo! His performance begins Thursday, June 26th at 8:30 p.m.

Alejandro is a finger style guitarist in the Portland metro area. At just twenty-three years old, he has established a strong reputation for his unique picking and the ability to sound like an entire band.

Born in California and raised in Colorado, he became interested in guitar and  joined the school jazz band. Since then he has been performing everywhere he can and honing his craft into his own unique and creative sound. His influences include cool jazz, classic rock, romantic era classical composers and folk music. He is known for his live performances and the ability to convey the emotional depth of his playing. For additional information and songs visit Achondo at Reverbnation.

Here’s your fun facts:

  •  To make colorful cordials or brandy float in a layered pattern in a glass, pour each ingredient slowly over a spoon held bottom side up over the glass, being careful to pour all ingredients in the order given in the recipe.
  • In a martini competition in Chicago, the winner was a martini made with an anchovie-stuffed olive that was served in a glass that had been rinsed with Cointeau liqueur.
  • In Europe and North America, lower-status people tend to prefer beer whereas upper-status people tend to prefer wine and distilled spirits. In Latin American and Africa, lower class people tend to drink home brew, middle class people tend to drink bottled beer, and upper class people tend to prefer distilled spirits.
  • A popular drink during the Middle Ages to soothe those who were sick and heal them was called a caudle. It was an alcohol drink containing eggs, bread, sugar and spices.
  • Vintage Port can take forty years to reach maturity. 
  • Mead, a drink made from fermented honey, is the national drink of Poland.

Have a great week 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!

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