Music sets the mood wherever its heard and when Big Bossa Quartet plays the laid back sound of Latin, blues, jazz, and pop the mood at Mock Crest Tavern is of the classic cocktail lounge that defined the social life of the 1950s and 60s.
Big Bossa Quartet, made up of Evan Shlaes on the vibraphone, Clark Salisbury on guitar, Dave Captien on bass and Fred Ingram on drums mix the old hits with new versions of familiar modern day hits, like “Easy Rider” like you’ve never heard them before.
Bandleader Shlaes has been part of the music scene since his teenage years in Chicago coffeehouses and bars. In the 1970s he came out to the West Coast and found a home in Portland. “We love playing at Mock Crest Tavern. The people who come out to hear our music are right in the middle of it with us on the floor. It’s a great community to share our music with,” says Shlaes. “And I always look forward to a Mock Crest Blues Burger,” he adds with a wink.
“We love playing at Mock Crest Tavern. The people who come out to hear our music are right in the middle of it with us on the floor. It’s a great community to share our music with, and I always look forward to a Mock Crest Blues Burger.”
– Evan Shales
I dropped in at Mock Crest Tavern last month to hear Big Bossa Quartet and found that the music was perfect for an evening out on the town. It’s the type of sound that calls for a sophisticated drink from the bar and a Mai Tai was my choice for the evening.
Come out to Mock Crest Tavern every fourth Friday of the month to hear the sweet sounds of a classic lounge band, Big Bossa Quartet and try the band’s favorite Mock Crest Blues Burger—no tux required.