Mock Crest Tavern Welcomes Tracey Fordice Band Back to Your Favorite North Portland Music Venue

After taking a break from performing on our “Carpet Stage,” the Tracey Fordice Band is back for another performance at North Portland’s favorite music venue, Mock Crest Tavern! 

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The Tracey Fordice Band (formerly known as Tracey Fordice and the 8-Balls) have been regulars at Mock Crest Tavern for years, entertaining us with the classics in Blues, R&B, Soul, Swamp Rock and Americana, as well a long list of their own original music.

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Tracey Fordice’s soulful vocals (and on keyboard) will be  backed up by Randy Yearout on guitars and additional vocals, Bob Jacobs on keyboards/synth, Johnnie Corrie on the drums and vocals, and Todd Ommert on bass. Together, they have forty-years of performing and several albums to their credit and have received recognition for their award-winning performances from the Cascade Blues Association (Portland) with a 2014 Muddy Award for Best New Blues Act.

Their musical influences include the greats, like Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Dixon, Elmore James, J.J. Grey & Mofro, Steve Earle, and more, so you now their performance at Mock will be one to remember.

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 Come out to Mock Crest Tavern on Friday, October 20th at 9pm for the return of the Tracey Fordice Band! Our bartenders will be on hand to keep your glasses full and our kitchen will be cooking up Mock’s great menu, including our daily specials and our twice-daily Happy Hour menu. And, don’t forget to check out our calendar for all the great bands that are playing on our “Carpet Stage” throughout the month!

See you there!

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Great Local Bands are Regulars at Mock Crest Tavern

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.

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Castletown

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.

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The Adequates

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

Mock Crest Tavern Welcomes University of Portland Music Lovers!

Another semester has started  at the University of Portland and Mock Crest Tavern would like to extend a warm welcome to all the new and returning students!

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If you’re looking for a new bar to call headquarters when you want to relax between classes, get out of the house, or just enjoy the weekend listening to great live music, then you’ve found your home-away-from-home at Mock. We’re a regular venue for musicians of the Cascade Blues associations and we often play host to national and international bands traveling the West Coast music circuit.

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Check out our online leaderboard to see the great beers, along with ciders, cocktails, and wine we’re currently serving. We serve the domestic and import brews you love, as well.

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And we have the best pub grub menu in North Portland, too!

Our chefs take pride in their work and are always trying to outdo themselves in our “micro” kitchen, with both traditional and experimental dishes. Try our breakfast menu after a late night.

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Best of all, Mock Crest Tavern has a great group of regulars that make our bar a fun place to meet up with friends. Throughout the month we host poker and quiz nights and we’ve got Keno and video poker, and a great back patio that is perfect for enjoying our beautiful fall weather.

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We’re also a great alternative when you need some study time. Our free WiFi will keep you connected so you don’t have to shut yourself away when you’ve got a big paper to write. And, when you’ve got a big project to get through we have great Irish coffees, too!

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Make a pub run to Mock Crest Tavern and see why we are North Portland’s favorite bar!

 

Introducing Mock Crest Tavern’s New Mural!

The next time you drive down Lombard Street you might notice a bright new feature adorning the eastside of our building. Well, take a close look because the vibrancy you’ll see the colors is indicative of the vibrant bar scene you’ll find inside Mock Crest Tavern!

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Local artist and avid bar patron Edmond Booth was discovered by Mock co-owner Jon Batchelor at our Southeast sister bar, the Yukon Tavern. Edmond is a regular there often sketching while enjoying his favorite craft beer. The scenes he creates are based on what he sees at the bar—people sharing casual conversation while enjoying a drink together at their favorite neighborhood bar.

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Depicting the great atmosphere of our North Portland bar was Booth’s main goal when he began working on the three-panel mural. Vibrant colors and figures outlined in heavy, black lines capture the energy of our bar. Booth’s art is energetic, and so are his figures. On Mock’s mural you’ll find a collection of people and animals, both realistic and mythical, engaged in conversation and surrounded by names and sayings that document the year it was painted. The artist calls out the names of artists who have passed and ancient text that honors people of every race, color, creed and origin.

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You can find more of Booth’s art inside Mock. Several small works are on display along the eastern wall. The subject is similar—life inside a tavern.

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The next time you’re heading west on Lombard Street look up as you approach Mock Crest Tavern. Your eye will easily locate our bright, new, beautiful mural by Portland artist Edmond Booth.

Don’t Miss Out on the Big Show!

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We’ve been hearing about it for a year now and the anticipation is growing to a fever pitch. The 2017 solar eclipse will throw Portland into darkness this Monday, August 21st, and one of the best places to watch it is right here at your favorite North Portland neighborhood bar, Mock Crest Tavern!

The eclipse begins at 9:06am here in Portland, with a near total eclipse at 10:19am and the end coming at 11:38am. It’s a major astronomical event that last occurred on February 26, 1979, an overcast day that gave our city only a taste of what a full eclipse of the sun looks like on Earth. This year it’s going to be much better.

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Portland lies in the path to see a 99.4% total eclipse, and it’s expected that one million visitors will be coming into Oregon on Monday. For those of us lucky enough to live in North Portland, it might be best to stay off the streets and enjoy this event on Mock’s back patio, sharing this rare show with friends and your favorite drink.

So, come on down, order your favorite beer and watch the eclipse with your friends at Mock Crest Tavern. Here are a few things you should watch for:

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Protect Your Eyes

Protect your eyes with special Mylar glasses that have the proper safety filters for your eyes. You can find them at grocery stores and drug stores but you should probably get them soon, as supplies may run out.

 

           Watch the Animals

Animals follow their natural instincts and begin to bed down for sleep when the skies grow dark. Surely, this was one of the ominous signs that put fear into the hearts of people in ancient times.

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The Diamond Ring

Once you have the proper eyewear you can look for the first arc of the moon come into view as it enters the path of the sun. As it nears the center you’ll find the sun mostly covered, with a bright spot on one edge and a ring of fire surrounding the rest of the edge in what scientists refer to as the “Diamond Ring.”

 

           The False Sunrise

As the body of the moon moves closer to the center of the sun you may notice the horizon looks as though dawn is emerging in every direction at once.

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             Odd Shadows

Take a moment to look at the shadows of leaves on the ground around you. Look for double and triple layers within the grey shadows. This is an unexplained phenomenon that continues to confound scientists.

 

            Near Total Eclipse

The sun will be almost entirely blacked out at the height of the eclipse and a shadow will fall across Portland. The eclipse’s zenith will last for a total of seven minutes and 29-seconds (for us in North Portland it will be somewhere near that time since it won’t be a full eclipse).

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After that, you’ll witness all these stages in reverse until the full sun is finally revealed once more. Then toast the sun god with an ice-cold beer at Mock Crest Tavern!

Getting Cozy in Mock Crest Tavern’s New Booth

Date night just got better at Mock Crest Tavern, with the recent installation of our new long booth at the back of the bar.

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The booth stretches along one wall and accommodates two tables and eight seats. With a covered long bench on one side and chairs on the other, it’s perfect for private couples to enjoy an intimate conversation or a group of friends to share a few beers and a little conversation out of the way of the traffic flow to the back patio.

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Mock’s previously empty eastern wall caught the attention of owners Jon and Rainer a few weeks ago when they were thinking about their next project to make the tavern an even better bar for its North Portland neighbors. Now it’s the perfect place to sit down to one of Mock’s breakfasts, a cocktail with co-workers after work, or to listen to one of the great bands that play on the Mock Crest Tavern “carpet stage” throughout the week.

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Stop in today and slide into Mock Crest Tavern’s latest addition—our new corner booth! It’s a great place to share a drink and have some conversation in a private corner of your favorite North Portland neighborhood bar.

Alexa Wiley and The Wilderness Celebrate Oregon at Mock Crest Tavern

The Mock Crest “Carpet Stage” welcomes back a crowd favorite, Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness, on Friday, July 21st for another performance of Oregon inspired rock and folk music.

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Portland native Alexa Wiley expresses her love for this great 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.

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Oregon Music News describes their musical style as “wild metaphorical music that rocks,” making them the perfect performance for our historic North Portland venue. Our crowd loves the broad range of their folk and Americana styling and the images of natural settings that inspire this Portland-based band with their abundance of local musical roots.

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Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness are one of the many great acts that return month after month to Mock Crest Tavern. They recently became a permanent feature on our monthly calendar, performing on one Friday every month, and we look forward the nights when they perform and share with us the beauty they see when they travel around our state.

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Join us at Mock Crest Tavern on Friday, July 21 for Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness as they sing the praises of our beautiful state.