The nighttime is the right time for great live music, and at Mock Crest Tavern you’ll find a month full of bands that are eager to entertain you with their unique styles and genres that span every musical taste.
Check out a few of the regular performers that have Mock Crest Tavern their “home” stage.
Castletown blends American and Celtic tunes for a fiery set that’ll have you singing along with them long after the night is over. Band members Katie Jane Lubiens on violins, guitarist Robert Richter, and Benji Hespen on drums combine each musician’s unique background into blues, jazz, rock ‘n roll, and even classical, creating fun music that livens up the joint and spills out into Lombard Street.
The Adequates, a band formed out of a twenty year relationship between longtime friends Don Henson, on drums and keyboard, and John Stapleton, lead singer and guitarist. After loosing touch for a decade, they teamed back up and added in a few new friends to reinvent the original Adequates’ sound of mash-up music from the 50’s to the present. Mike Cheddar, a staple of Don’s other band Sneakin’ Out, joins in on bass and Dean Peters plays everything from tambourine to the mouth harp, in between his turn at vocals.
Claes of the Blueprints & Friends
Come into Mock for blues, R&B, and rock ‘n roll when Claes of the Blueprints and Friends play on our “carpet stage.” Band leader Claes Almorth on blues harp and keyboards is backed up by lead guitarist Steve Dion, Emmalee Almroth on alto sax and percussion, Tina Purdy on rhythm guitar, drummer Chris Bond and Emery Wilson on bass. Their raucous style of music is the backdrop to a great night out at Mock.
Big Bossa Quartet
This Portland, Oregon based quartet puts their own Louisiana flavor on Blues, Jazz, and Bossa Nova by adding in the unique sound of a vibraphone. Big Bossa Quartet is made up of Evan Shlaes on the vibraphone, Clark Salisbury on guitar, Dave Captien on bass and Fred Ingram on drums. They recreate familiar hits, like “Easy Rider” and their unique take make even the musical fresh and new fir their audiences.
Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue
Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue play a smoking hot combination of blues, swing and jazz, featuring Portland blues legend Lauren Sheehan. Their performances always provide Mock with a raucous backdrop for a great evening out at your favorite North Portland bar.
Check our calendar for Johnnie Ward’s “Open Mic Night,” when he invites more of his friends to join him on our “carpet stage.”
Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness
Portland native Alexa Wiley expresses her love for her home state with a collection of uniquely meaningful lyrics and expressive melodies. Backing her up is Americana-rock band The Wilderness, with guitarist Bret Malmquist, Sean Oldham on drums, bassist Dale Turnbull, and Steve Dearborn, who is described as musical savant on their website. Together they create music that reminds us just how lucky we are to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Not only do we host these great bands every month, we also play host to bands from across the United States and around the world. Check the Mock Crest Tavern for the latest updates on bands performing throughout the month!