It’s a rocking’ start to the 2019, with three bands playing at Mock Crest Tavern in North Portland! We’re getting the party going with three days of live music leading up to New Year’s Eve. Here’s our lineup for the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday leading up to the New Year.
Johnnie Ward & the Eagle Ridin’ Papas (Thursday, December 27 at 8:30PM)
The stage heats up with smoldering hot blues, swing and jazz brought to you courtesy of Johnnie Ward and the Eagle Ridin’ Papas. Johnnie Ward was part of the movement that resurrected the blues venue in Portland in 1970 and since then has performed with bands including the PH Phactor Jug Band, as well as opening for Moby Grape, The Grateful Dead, Pentangle, The Doors, and several other well-known musical acts. Ward plays regularly at Mock with different groups comprised of his favorite musicians (Check out our calendar for dates.)
Big Bossa Quartet (Friday, December 28 at 9PM)
Big Bossa Quartet come to our stage with new versions of familiar modern day hits, like “Easy Rider” and play them like you’ve never heard before. Bandleader and vibraphone player Evan 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 where he’s been sharing his love of music with us every fourth Friday of the month.
Dakota Bob & the Business Man’s Blues Band (Saturday, December 29 at 9PM)
Dakota Bob & the Business Man’s Blues Band will be taking us into Saturday night with Classic Chicago and Texas Style Blues. Leading the band on harmonica, the blues lovin’ band is a fixture on the live music scene up and down the Pacific Northwest’s I-5 corridor and can be seen in bars in Seattle, Federal Way, Tacoma, and Portland.