Mock Crest Tavern is Going Down to Louisiana with the New Iberians

Uniquely Southern, undeniable Cajun—for twenty-eight years the New Iberians have brought the rollickin’ music of Louisiana to Portland, and this weekend they’ll take the Mock Crest Tavern crowd down south when the take to our stage on Friday, November 30th.

The band, originally playing under the name Mumbo Gumbo, have cultivated the instantly recognizable sound of Deep South Cajun music since 1990. The name change came when founder and accordion player Evan Shlaes decided to honor his favorite Louisiana town New Iberia—the Queen City of the Bayou—and from then on the band has been regaling audiences across the Pacific Northwest and beyond with the songs of the South.

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Zydeco music is a fast tempo music genre that was originally created at informal house dances. It’s dominated by the piano-style “button” accordion and the Americana folk sound of washboard or frottoir. Originally, the music reimagined classic waltzes, shuffles, two-steps, blues, rock and roll, and other dance music forms indicative of its early era but has grown to include even more modern genres like R&B, soul, brass band, reggae, hip hop, ska, rock, Afro-Caribbean and many other musical styles.

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Today, the New Iberians have taken this truly American sound to the next level, with Shlaes on squeezebox and vocals, Paul Bassett on washboard, Linc McGrath on bass and vocals, Fred Ingram on drums, Clark Salisbury on electric guitar and Michael “Buck”Brummell on vocals, harmonica and sax. Their playlist stretches across a wide variety of genres that combine traditional Louisiana forms with Northwest Rock and Chicago Blues for a spicy, danceable gumbo they call “Stumptown Zydeco.”

Along with Mock Crest Tavern, the New Iberians regularly play at Portland festivals, including the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, the Portland Rose Festival, Bite of Oregon, and Bones and Brew. They have also opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bo Diddley and regularly tour up and down the West Coast, as well as venturing as far East as Chicago.

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Come out to North Portland’s favorite live music venue Mock Crest Tavern this Friday, November 30that 9pm to take a trip down south with the New Iberians!

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Everyone is Welcome at Mock Crest Tavern’s Thanksgiving Table

Come one, come all, to Mock Crest Tavern’s Thanksgiving meal this Thursday, November 22nd! We’re hosting our annual Thanksgiving feast for all our North Portland friends, with traditional food, drink specials, and exciting football games playing all day.

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving we’ve created a traditional holiday meal of roast turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, dressing, a vegetable, and a dollop of cranberry sauce. It’s the meal you’ve loved as a child, and now you get to enjoy it with your friends at Mock Crest Tavern.

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Our regular menu and the Daily Specialswill also be available, starting with our delicious breakfast menu that we start serving at 9am. So, come early and plan to spend the day hanging out and watching all the best games that will be playing that day.

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We’ve got a full bar that will put you into a celebratory mood, too. Seasonal beers, ciders, and Willamette Valley winesthat perfectly fit the spirit of fall are all on the menu, but no Thanksgiving would be complete without a turkey, so we’re also offering shots of Wild Turkey all day long!

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Bring your family and friends to this once a year event and celebrate Thanksgiving with us, your Mock Crest Tavern, with a plate piled high with your favorite holiday dishes and a warm shot of Wild Turkey whiskey. We’ll have the games on our TVs and video poker is ready for a day of sport, too. It’s the perfect way to celebrate and relax on your day off—and you won’t even have to do the dishes!

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Mock Crest Tavern—where everyone is welcome to the table to enjoy “Good Friends, Good Food, and Great Times!”

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The Spirits Sing at Mock’s “Scaryoke”

“Aw—Children of the night. What music they make.”

(Dracula, 1931)

To celebrate the spookiest month of the year, Mock Crest Tavern will be inviting all the children of the night to howl at the moon with a Halloween version of our Karaoke Nights, during “Scaryoke” on Tuesday, October 30th.

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Take the mic with your fiendish friends or go for a solo performance for this special edition of our music free-for-all. We have all your favorite Halloween songs, so it doesn’t matter whether you want to sing “Welcome to My Nightmare” with Alice Cooper or serenade your favorite “Witchy Woman” with the Eagles we’ll queue up your request and get you on the stage.

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Halloween is the holiday that encourages us to take off our everyday masks and show our true spirits, so why not make your performance stand out with a Halloween custom that will scare up some true fans. Come in full costumes and get your start celebrating the spooky holiday a day early.

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What could be better than celebrating the best holiday on the same night as our favorite sing-a-long, sing-a thong? Karaoke nights are scheduled at Mock Crest Tavern every Tuesday night, the same night as our Service Industry Nights. It’s a chance for all the music fans in North Portland to join in the spirit of our bar and sing their own song on a stage that hosts professional artists three nights a week. Come in costume and get a treat of a free well or domestic pint on us!

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Sing your “music of the night” on Tuesday, October 30th at 9 pm during our Halloween Karaoke at your favorite North Portland music venue, Mock Crest Tavern!

Double the Yum with Mock Crest Tavern’s Cheeseburger Slider Basket

What do you do when one delicious cheeseburger just won’t be enough to satisfy your passion for an all-American meal? You head to Mock Crest Tavernfor their double-upped order of Cheeseburger Sliders, of course!

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Mock’s Cheeseburger Sliders are single handed treat that comes with tots, fries, soup or salad. These tiny bite burgers are big on taste and just enough to fill you up without tipping you over into the uncomfortable zone.

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When you order the micro-sized cheeseburgers, our chefs grill up two micro-sized patties, stack them with melting cheese, savory grilled onions and a tangy sauce between two brioche buns. It’s a big traditional meal shrunk down in our micro-sized kitchen!

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These sliders are another example of the great dishes that come out of our famously tiny kitchen. At any point in the day you’ll see our chefs turning out plate after plate of delicious food, made with fresh ingredients and a never-fail culinary skill that is tested every time our bar is filled up with hungry eaters and the orders are coming in fast. With only enough room for one chef at a time, it’s an amazing spectacle to watch during our busy hours.

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Along with my sliders I ordered a cool and refreshing Lagunitas IPA. The combination of the two perfectly mirrored the barbequed taste at the top of all meat eaters list of favorite meals.

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So, next time your hunger is calling out for a burger (or two) come into Mock Crest Tavern, pick up a menu, order a beer, sit back and watch as our chefs double the yum for you with our Cheeseburger Sliders Basket at your favorite North Portland neighborhood bar!

Become a Trivia Wizard at Quizzys with Roy Smallwood

Question: What combines a gathering of friends, obscure trivia questions, and a fun night out? That’s easy—“Quizzys! Bar Trivia” with Roy Smallwoodat Mock Crest Tavernin North Portland!

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Quizzys is a fast-paced trivia game that is designed so everyone can find their trivia knowledge “sweet spot.” Sports, movies, music, and everything but the kitchen sink is a topic in this rollicking game and with Roy bringing his own wildly unique brand of interesting tidbits of commentary and hints throughout the answer phase, everyone at your table has a chance to add their expertise to the team’s effort. You never know what other useless knowledge you may gain when you play.

There are three rounds in Roy’s game, with ten questions in the first two rounds and fifteen in the final round, and topics are pulled from a varied collection of useful facts, forgotten information and a few things nobody ever really needs to know. One thing is for sure, the questions he chooses are sure to test even the most boastful trivia king or queen.

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Quizzy Question:

We’re known as “Beervana,” but where does Portland actually rank against other cities

in the world in regards to the number of local breweries?

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Teams are made up of up to seven people and you often find there’s always one star to emerge during each round. At the end of the night Roy counts each team’s answer sheet, tallies the score and announces the winner. The winners receive a gift certificate you can use the following Sunday at another Quizzys night. (Gift certificates can also be used at Mock Crest Tavern’s two sister bars; Greeley Avenue Bar & Grilland SE Portland’s  Yukon Tavern).

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Gather up your team of crack trivia experts and find your table at Mock Crest Tavern this Sunday. You’ll be able to impress your friends with your grasp of all things trivial and enjoy some great food and drinks in the process.

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Quizzy Answer: We’re #1, of course!

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Mock Crest Tavern’s Back to School Lesson

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Forget the scholastic 3 R’s, go back to school with Mock Crest Tavern and you can study the 3 B’s—Burgers, Beers, and Blues!

At Mock, we believe that if you work hard and learn all you can you will achieve your dreams. That accomplishment is made even better when you apply it to the wealth of knowledge you’ll find when you study the 3 B’s inside our North Portland neighborhood bar.

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Burgers 101

Learn the intricacies of a great burger by taking a bite out of one of Mock’s many burger baskets. We’ve got a great selection of ten meaty choices and each focuses on a different taste—heat (our Jalapeno Swiss Burger or the Habanero Bacon Blue Burger), savory (the Mushroom Swiss Burger and the Blue’s Burger), healthy (the Topless Double and our two slider choices), and the traditional (our Cheese Burger, Bacon Cheeseburger).

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Advanced Beer Tasting

When you live in Beervana a base level of knowledge of beer varieties is expected. Bone up on the best of foreign, domestic, microbrews and craft beers by sampling the large selection our bartenders pour all day long. Our online leaderboard can help to plan your homework prior to stepping foot inside our Lombard Street bar, with up to the minute updates on what is being featured on our rotating taps.

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Introduction to the Blues

Get in your elective requirements three days a week when Mock’s “Carpet Stage” features the best local blues artists in Portland. Artists from the Cascade Blues Association are regularly featured throughout the week alongside musicians who come from across the globe to entertain us. Several bands have made Mock their home bar and return for regular gigs month after month. (Check out our calendar to see who’s playing this week.)

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Don’t sweat all your homework. Get ready for your “class” at Mock Crest Tavern and you’ll get an A+ on your 3 “Bs”—Burgers, Beer, and Blues!

A Welcome to University of Portland Students from North Portland’s Premier Music Venue—Mock Crest Tavern

School books, schedules, mid-terms and finals—school is back in session at the University of Portland! Mock Crest Tavern would like to welcome the new and returning students (21+) who will soon be calling North Portland their home.

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School can get stressful and there are always times that call for a little respite away from the books. You can find that time out at Mock Crest Tavern. Our history as North Portland’s favorite neighborhood music venue stretches back over 70 years, with good food, good drinks, and great live music throughout the week.

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Our calendar is jam packed with live music throughout the week, with regulars and special guests from across the world taking Mock’s “Carpet Stage.” Portland blues masters from the Cascade Blues Associationmake our bar their home with monthly performances and bands, both national and international, often show up to entertain the crowd.

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Other events fill our calendarwith fun activities that continually bring in our friends from across Portland. Every week we host Quizzy Trivia and MAD Poker’s Texas Hold ‘em games, and on Tuesday you can show off your own musical talents during our weekly karaoke nights.

 

Our menuincludes delicious breakfast plates, burgers, sandwiches, and daily specials, and a full bar with Willamette Valley wines, top-shelf liquor, local craft and foreign and domestic beers, and the newest drink to hit the Portland bar scene; hard ciders. Check our online leader boardto find out what’s on tap today!

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Our cozy bar on Lombard Street is the perfect place for you to call home this semester. Join us throughout the week to relax, study, commiserate with friends, and blow off steam. We’ve got free WiFi and friendly service to help you make your time at the University of Portland memorable. Check out our Facebookand Twitterpages for updates on what’s going on today at Mock Crest Tavern!

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