The Larks Land with a Song at Mock Crest Tavern

Our skies are blue and the birds are singing—Spring is back!.

They bring with them infusion jazz, pop, and blues classics that will usher in the new season with a sweet spirited Latin vibe.

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A Style All Their Own
Singer Robin Ady’s voice is a smooth, warm upfront instrument that can take you on a wild musical ride as easily as it rolls smoothly along with softer melodies. Ady’s husband, Bryon Ady, provides the soulful keyboard accompaniment as he improvises based on influences from jazz greats George Gershwin to Thelonious Monk. Johny Powell brings the sparkle to their sound with his horn and, altogether, the musical soul of this trio sings loud and true.

The Lark’s blend of musical influences stretch across several genres to create a moving, fun songbook. They’ll start off their set at Mock with a rollicking, hot upbeat song to get us into the right party mood, then slow it down for to relax the crowd as we sit back and settle in for a great show.

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What Fans are Saying

The Larks’ musical philosophy follows what “Mr. Guitar” Chet Atkins once said,  “Hot can be cool and cool can be hot and each can be both. But hot or cool man, Jazz is Jazz.” Because of this, The Larks have racked up a nest full of fans across Portland who describe their music as “lifting,” “soothing,” and “mellow,” making them the perfect band to welcome in the most beautiful season of the year.

Make a plan to join The Larks at Mock Crest Tavern on Saturday, March 30that 9pm. They’ll be entertaining our North Portland crowd with the warmth of smooth jazz and a song that comes straight from the heart.

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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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Castletown Stirs Up the Fun at Mock Crest Tavern

You can always count on a fun night when one of Mock Crest Tavern’s regular bands are warming up for their turn on our “Carpet Stage.” I joined the crowd recently for another round of Castletownand found myself smack dab inside North Portland’s best party.

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With Robert Richter on guitar, Katie Lubiens on fiddle and both contributing vocally, their music combines the lively spirit of the Irish fiddle and traditional American music based in the blues, jazz, rock, and classical. You mix it all together and you get rollicking AmeriCeltic tunes that is perfect for a night spent with friends. As PortlandNotes has said, they are a band “so unique – they’re in a genre all their own!”

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This fun duo is a much-loved Pacific Northwest band, performing an average of 120 shows up and down the West Coast, as well as on local television. They have also released several albums and you can get a preview what you’ll hear at our bar by visiting their website.

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Castletown is just one of the many great band that have become favorites of the Mock Crest Tavern crowd. They play monthly on our “Carpet Stage” and you can join us this month on Thursday, August 16that 9pm for Robert Richter and Katie Lubiens’s performance as the Castletown Duo. We’ve got the Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey ready to fortify this Irish themed night.

For more information on this band and others, check out Mock Crest Tavern’s “Band” page, then hop over to our event calendarto see when your favorites will be playing.

 

Introducing Mock’s “Stormy Daniels!”

There’s a storm a’brewin’ at Mock Crest Tavernand it’s threatening to be one we’ll remember for a long, long time.

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We’re paying homage to one of the biggest news events of the year with a cocktail that perfectly captures the delicate threat of the, now world-famous, Stormy Daniels. Our bartenders have gotten this pretty, little drink’s perfect measurements of Jack Daniels, sour mix, pineapple juice, Grand Gala and orange bitters. Kind of makes you want to strip down to your undies and party, doesn’t it?

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There’s a lot of new drinks ready to try right now and our bartenders have come up with some great names for these fun cocktails. There are summer themed drinks like Infinite Summer, Grapefruit Lemonade Crush, and Summer Breeze. For you aggressive drinkers we recommend Margarita Punch-You in the Face, Ice Pick, Suffering Bastard, or Aw For Fux Sake. Squeeze Box, Afternoon Delight and Raspberry Beret pick up on our music venue’s vibe, while the Sun’s Out-Fuck Trump is perfect for those that are sick and tired of crazy, non-stop news coming out of the White House over the last year and a half.

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Come into Mock Crest Tavern on these too hot days to see what our bartenders’ have come up with for their latest drink creations. They always make the most out of their seasonal drinks by playing on the themes of the day, the seasons, current events, or the inspirations from the happenings in our bar.

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The next time you’re craving a creative cocktailorder one up at North Portland’s favorite bar—Mock Crest Tavern!

Mock Crest Tavern Welcomes Blues Great Norman Sylvester

The blues came home to Mock Crest Tavern recently when legendary local musician Norman Sylvester stopped by to entertain us with a night of the best live blues in North Portland!

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Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee Norman Sylvester is known throughout the Pacific Northwest for his long history of paying tribute to the many great musicians that traveled across the country to perform on the Chitlin’ Circuit. Today, along with his renditions of classic blues tunes, this bluesman has his own set list to entertain our crowd at Mock.

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Norman was backed up by Rob Shoemaker on bass, Frankie “The Funk Master” Redding on keyboards and Paul “The Groove Machine” Shoemaker on drums, and they got our crowd on their feet and dancing to their broad range of blues and dance floor music.

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Norman “The Boogie Cat” Sylvester was born in Bonita, Louisiana in 1945 and his music continues to be inspired by his Southern Baptist roots and the Gospel Quartet his father, Mack Sylvester, toured with over the decades. The family settled in the Pacific Northwest when Norman was twelve and today he is a member of the Cascade Blues Association. An organization with members that regularly play on Mock’s “Carpet Stage.” Over the years, Norman, along with his band, has gained a stellar reputation nation-wide and has shared the stage with blues greats like BB King, Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Otis Clay and Peter Frampton, to name just a few.

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Mock Crest Tavern is honored to have Norman Sylvester and so many other great artists share their musical passion and talent with us. Check our calendar to find out who will be performing here next and join us for the best blues you’ll find in Portland!

 

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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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)!