Three Day Weekends at Mock Crest Tavern

We love a long weekend at Mock Crest Tavern, and because of this fact we regularly schedule three straight nights of the best live music for our North Portland friends. This is just one weekend’s sampling of the great music you can enjoy at Mock Crest Tavern.

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Electric Brit

I started this weekend early, stopping in to hear the latest addition to the schedule, The Electric Brit. As the name implies, Steve “Griff” Griffiths is an Englishman who loves classic rock and has a long and impressive history in the music business as a sound engineer and sound crew for such bands as ELO, Blue Oyster Cult, the Scorpions and KISS. He has collected a wide array of skills and, even though he takes the stage solo, he is hear playing all the instruments on his recorded tracks that back up his live guitar riffs and time at the keyboard. Check him out at Electric Brit.

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Big Bossa Quartet

Mock mainstay Big Bossa Quartet brings a mystical quality to our bar every fourth Friday of the month. Evan Shlaes leads the band with his vocals and on the vibraphone. Clark Salisbury backs him up on guitar, Dave Captien on bass and Fred Ingram on drums. They take the familiar hits, mix them up with a modern sound and fill our bar with classics, like “Easy Rider, along with Latin, blues, jazz, and pop standards in the classic cocktail lounge style that defined the social life of the 1950s and 60s.

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Big Yellow Taxi

Big Yellow Taxi members, Ken Brewer, Margot Kelly and Steve Kelly have been a part of the Portland music scene for years, playing funky acoustical Americana in several local bands, including Return Flight, Deep Blue, Soul Revue and the Eric Larsen Band, among others. Now performing acoustic sets of all genres, they provide an intimate musical experience that is perfect for Mock’s cozy venue. They take the stage every month at Mock and I’m already planning on coming back around for a second ride in their Big Yellow Taxi.

When your craving a three-day weekend make plans to come out to Mock Crest Tavern for three straight nights of great music. Check out our calendar to find out who’s playing this weekend.

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Arrogant Bastards Arrive at Mock Crest Tavern

Is it confidence, or is it arrogance? Maybe it’s just great music by Arrogant Bastards at Mock Crest Tavern on Saturday, February 24th.

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The Arrogant Bastards are bringing their arsenal of blues, funk and rock to our North Portland stage with all the gut and grind you’d expect from a band that has labeled themselves the “Bad Boys of Portland Blues.” Mock is the perfect bar to play host to their diverse musical style that is describes as “swampy soul of the Gulf Coast” and “hard driving blues style of Texas, with a splash of funkiness reminiscent of Motown and Minneapolis.” All that energy fuels their unique sound and induces their audiences to move along with each beat of the drum and each strike on their electric guitar.

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The five-member band is the creative dream of Big Daddy James on drums and vocals, Brad on keyboards, John on bass, Michael on lead guitar and vocals and Paul on vocals and rhythm guitar. They come from all four corners of the United States and bring with them influences the fuel their music with the raw sound of underground and garage based bands.

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Expect to hear classic favorites, like Hendrix, Zepplin, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd and Zappa infused with jazz, blues, and funk during their sets. It’s a trip down the FM stations when you could hear the unexpected new artists that are now standard in radio formatting. Arrogant Bastards takes us back to those days of discovery by reinterpreting their familiar songbooks through their own unique sound.

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Come out to Mock Crest Tavern on Saturday, February 24 for Arrogant Bastards. You’ll find that all that “arrogance” is warranted by their ability to play damn good music.

A Love Triangle for Valentines at Mock Crest Tavern

Love stories abound at Mock Crest Tavern!

Valentines Day is the perfect excuse for a special night out with the object of your affections, so Mock Crest Tavern has three days of great live bands and a menu full of delicious food and drink in North Portland.

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Castletown on Thursday, February 15

Start off the weekend with the swinging, soulful music of Castletown. Their musical passions emerge in intensely energetic arrangements that feature Katie Jane on the Irish fiddle. Original songs written by both Katie Jane and Robert Richter are enriched with the additional talents of Drew Anymouse on drums and percussion.

 

Castletown travels all over for concerts up and down the West Coast and we’re very lucky to have them as a Mock regular every third Thursday of the month.

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The savory taste of a Mock Blues Burger and a basket of tots provide a savory experience to go along with the unique musical backdrop of the night’s performance.

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Add a shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey and order up a cocktail for the night’s refreshment to toast your sweetie.

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Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness on Friday, February 16

Portland native Alexa Wiley expresses her love for her home state with a classic Americana songboook. Along with The Wilderness, Alexa performs every other month at Mock, and their music is the perfect sound for our all American menu.

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Order up a classic Bacon Cheeseburger and shoestring fries to go along with Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness’s red, white and blue music. It’s the unofficial taste of our great nation!

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Of course, a meal like that deserves a pull from our rotating taps. We always feature a great mix of foreign and domestic brews, craft beer and ciders for you to try.

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Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue on Saturday, February 17

Spice up Saturday night with a performance of Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue! Featuring Portland blues legend Lauren Sheehan, Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue plays a smoking hot combination of blues, swing and jazz, and is the perfect band to set the tone for an exciting romance.

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Sophisticated music requires a sophisticated meal, including a shared appetizer. Maybe a  Hummus Plate with your beloved.

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And, don’t forget to toast the night with a glass of Willamette Valley wine. We’ve got a great selection of wines from around the globe and, as the doctors always say, they are good for your heart, too!

Come to Mock Crest Tavern with your favorite music lover to celebrate Valentines Day and have a night to remember (a day, or two, or three days late)!

Three Day Weekends at Mock Crest Tavern

We love a long weekend at Mock Crest Tavern, and because of this fact we regularly schedule three straight nights of the best live music for our North Portland friends. This is just one weekend’s sampling of the great music you can enjoy at Mock Crest Tavern.

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Electric Brit

I started this weekend early, stopping in to hear the latest addition to the schedule, The Electric Brit. As the name implies, Steve “Griff” Griffiths is an Englishman who loves classic rock and has a long and impressive history in the music business as a sound engineer and sound crew for such bands as ELO, Blue Oyster Cult, the Scorpions and KISS. He has collected a wide array of skills and, even though he takes the stage solo, he is hear playing all the instruments on his recorded tracks that back up his live guitar riffs and time at the keyboard. Check him out at Electric Brit.

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Big Bossa Quartet

Mock mainstay Big Bossa Quartet brings a mystical quality to our bar every fourth Friday of the month. Evan Shlaes leads the band with his vocals and on the vibraphone. Clark Salisbury backs him up on guitar, Dave Captien on bass and Fred Ingram on drums. They take the familiar hits, mix them up with a modern sound and fill our bar with classics, like “Easy Rider, along with Latin, blues, jazz, and pop standards in the classic cocktail lounge style that defined the social life of the 1950s and 60s. Mock - Big Yellow Taxi

Big Yellow Taxi

Big Yellow Taxi members, Ken Brewer, Margot Kelly and Steve Kelly have been a part of the Portland music scene for years, playing funky acoustical Americana in several local bands, including Return Flight, Deep Blue, Soul Revue and the Eric Larsen Band, among others. Now performing acoustic sets of all genres, they provide an intimate musical experience that is perfect for Mock’s cozy venue. They take the stage every month at Mock and I’m already planning on coming back around for a second ride in their Big Yellow Taxi.

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When your craving a three-day weekend make plans to come out to Mock Crest Tavern for three straight nights of great music. Check out our calendar to find out who’s playing this weekend.

Enjoy the Great Taste of Quality Meat in Mock’s Topless Double Burger!

Do you love a juicy burger but you’re still determined to stick your New Years resolution to cut your carb habit after enjoying holiday feasts? At Mock Crest Tavern we may be able to help you reach your goal without losing out on the great taste of America’s favorite meal.

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Every good burger begins with high-quality beef. At Mock Crest Tavern, our chefs don’t skimp on taste when they prepare a bun-free Topless Double burger. Using only the juiciest, most delicious meat they can find, they grill it to perfection, with crispy edges on the outside and a perfectly cooked burger on the inside. As it’s sizzling, they throw a slice of cheddar cheese over each patty and let it melt down the sides, sealing in the flavor and adding a creamy layer of great taste. 

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Next, they pile it high with two slices of tomato and some onion and skewer it through to a bed a crunchy lettuce leaves before placing it on a plate next to a dill pickle spear and a pile of fries, tater tots, or kettle chips. We also offer a side salad with choice of dressing for an extra charge. It’s a delicious meal that any burger master would to be proud to serve and it’s waiting for you to enjoy!

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Whether you are living a carb free life or just prefer to keep the taste of high-quality beef front and center on your plate, a delicious Topless Double burger at Mock Crest Tavern will satisfy all your burger cravings. Stop in and give one a try today at our location on Lombard Street in North Portland.

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Kickin’ Off 2018 at Mock Crest Tavern

The Countdown to 2018 is on and Mock Crest Tavern has a weekend-long party going on in North Portland!

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DC Malone & The Jones Start the party early with DC Malone & The Jones! These Mock Crest regulars will be striking the first notes of the weekend on Saturday, December 30th at 9pm.

Dale Turnbull on bass guitar has been playing in bands since the late 60’s and is a sought after fill in and session player around the city. On keyboards Mike Zilis’s years of musical experience shows in his strong New Orleans blues and funk style. James Mason, lead guitarist, met DC at an open mic session where they found a shared love of the blues and soulful solos. Lead guitarist Derek Doggett was raised on metal bands but soon found he was inspired by many genres and has slid into the role of showman well equipped to handle every song thrown at him. “Boom Boom” Jason Moore on drums lays down the foundation for the band through his rhythms on everything from a traditional set to hand drums and rhythm toys.

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Ring in the New Year at Mock! Celebrate the last day of the year at North Portland’s favorite neighborhood bar and ring in 2018 at a cocktail hour that stretches all the way into the next year.

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Come into Mock on New Years Eve to celebrate the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. Our kitchen will be open and serving great party food like our wings with your choice of five different dipping sauces.

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We’ve got a full bar ready to serve up your midnight toast,

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and you might even find a special someone to share that New Year kiss!

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Taking to the Tables on New Years Day Test your luck in 2018 by taking a seat at one of the gaming tables for a round of Texas Hold ‘em hosted by Mad Poker. Every Monday evening Mock Crest Tavern welcomes Lady Luck into the bar to see if she finds any favorites among our crowd.

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Start the New Year at Mock Crest Tavern for live music, great food and drinks and fun!

Holiday Gifts and Parties at Mock Crest Tavern, Oh My!

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The holiday shopping season is upon us and everyone is rushing about trying to find the perfect gift for his or her friends and family. Fortunately, for those who love a night out at a friendly neighborhood bar, your Christmas shopping list can be quickly accomplished with gifts from Mock Crest Tavern.

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Mock Crest Tavern Sweatshirts and Gift Certificates

Stuff your loved one’s stocking with a warm Mock Crest Tavern sweatshirt. The black hoodie features an image of our North Portland building with its famous neon sign prominently displayed.

 

Or consider a Mock Crest Tavern gift certificate as a way to treat your friends or family the next time they stop in for a burger and a beer at Mock.

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Everyday, our kitchen comes up with home-style specials to add to our Daily Specials board and our menu is chock full of juicy burgers, sandwiches, salads and more.

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Pair that with one of the many great tasting foreign, domestic and craft beers that are always flowing from our taps.

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New Years Eve Party and Day Long Happy Hour

We’ve got a lot to celebrate as we welcome in 2018 and it begins with the Mock Crest Tavern friends who will be celebrating with us on New Years Eve!

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Join us on Saturday, December 30th for DC Malone & The Jones, then come back the next day to lift your glass of champagne at midnight on New Years Eve. We’ll be hosting karaoke for all the amateur singers in the crowd throughout our New Years Eve party, so come in and belt it out like you see so many of our talented musicians do throughout the week.

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Join us at your favorite North Portland neighborhood bar, Mock Crest Tavern! It’s the best way to say goodbye to 2017 and hello to a fantastic 2018!