Claes Almroth: Next to lutefisk, Sweden’s most popular export.

If music is the universal language, it probably explains how a nice Swedish boy grew up to have his very own rockin’ Blues band.

Claes (pronounced KLAWS) Almroth was born in Sweden and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s and 70’s, where Psychedelic and Blues were part of the San Francisco Sound. Says Claes, “I grew up listening to the Blues and had an older brother who turned me on to a lot of great music.”

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It’s pronounced KLAWS, thank you.

Fast forward to the early 90’s when Claes moved north, making his home in Portland and forming The Claes Almroth Trio. The band has been performing as a group for the past 5 years. In addition to Claes, who plays keys, harmonica, and vocals and writes music, the band also includes J. Michael Kearsey -bass and vocals; and Houston Bolles – vocals and electric guitar. Houston tags out with Whitney Draper when the band plays at Mock Crest Tavern.

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J. Michael Kersey, Houston Bolles and Claes Almroth of the Claes Almroth Trio.

“One thing that is different about us,” says Claes, “is that we don’t have a drummer. So the challenge for us to to make Blues and Rock without a percussionist. With three singers in the band, we think we’re making it work out pretty well.”

That, as they say, is an understatement. The band has a very loyal following, filling out the Yukon and Mock Crest whenever they perform.

Claes and his bandmates have a warm spot in the hearts for Mock Crest and the Yukon. “Jon and Rainer are really fair to the musicians,” says Claes, “and the staff is great at both venues. The Yukon crowd seems to be growing each month, and it’s really exciting to be a part of that.”

Followers of the band will be happy to hear that Claes and his bandmates are the process of building a recording studio. “We’ll have a recording coming out soon,” says Claes, “which will be a first for the Claes Almroth Trio.”

If you can’t wait until then, you can catch a listen of the band here.

Music runs in the Almroth family. Claes has two daughters who are musicians. One, who lives in Sweden, has her own Punk band, and has toured worldwide throughout South America and China.

Like I said, music is the universal language.

 

Ten Spiders crawl into a pub. How many legs do you see?

One of the most unusual band names you will ever come across is Ten Spiders. And when you see a name like that, you have to believe there must be a story behind it. You would be right.

The band’s lead vocalist, Rossi Cahill explains the story this way… 

“We actually had several different band names,” says Rossi, “and we learned somewhere along the way that a person has to hear a brand name about 17 times before it finally sticks in their head. So we wanted to give people something they would remember right away. That’s when our brother-in-law — who is a wealth of useless information — happened to mention that over an average lifespan, you will eat ten spiders in your sleep. So we thought, hmm.…”

While the thought of eating spiders in your sleep is a bit hard to digest, it did make for a memorable band name, and the name Ten Spiders has stuck ever since.

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Steve Cahill, Rossi Cahill, Amos Hart & Harrison Games of Ten Spiders.

Ten Spiders describes themselves a a folk rock band with a funky edge. “We were heavily influenced by the Philly live music scene of the late 90’s and early 2000’s,” says Rossi. “We originally started out as an acoustic trio, but have kind of evolved into a roots rock jam.”

Catch Ten Spiders on YouTube

To say the band is well traveled is an understatement. The band has played in over 800 gigs in 10 different states, and still has the travel bug. “We’re planning a couple of tours this June, including Southern Oregon and the East Coast,” says Rossi.

So, how does a band from the City of Brotherly Love end up in the City of Roses? “As Rossi explains it, “Someone gave us a Volkswagen van and we took it on a trip for 2 1/2 months out West. That’s when we discovered Portland and fell in love with the place.”

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Rossi Cahill – lead vocalist, song writer, and one mean banjo picker.

The band has a special place in its heart for Mock Crest and Yukon Tavern. “We’ve always liked smaller venues,” says Rossi. “What we like about Mock Crest and the Yukon is that we are in with a whole number of great bands, so neighborhood locals know they will always have a good time when they drop in. Plus, when you get people in a small room, something magical happens between the band and the audience. You can’t get that kind of energy in a larger venue.”

In addition to Rossi, the band also includes husband Steve on electric bass and acoustic guitar; Harrison Games on drums’ and Amos Hart on keyboards.

You can get a free listen of Ten Spiders on their official website  as well as on Spotify, YouTube and Bandcamp. Also, be sure to check out future band gigs at the Yukon and our sister pub Mock Crest Tavern.  And be sure to catch their next performance at Mock Crest early next month, Friday, March 6.

As for keeping spiders out of your mouth while you are sleeping, you might want to take up snoring.

Castletown brings a Celtic kick to Yukon Tavern.

One band that is fast becoming a Yukon favorite is Castletown, a high energy Celtic duo made up of Robert Richter and Heidi Beth Sadler. (If you’re a geography major, you’ve probably figured out that the band gets its name from the former capital of the Isle of Man off the coast of Ireland.)

Robert was a rocker about 12 years ago, when someone said “Try some of this Celtic stuff.” He did and the rest, as they say, is history.

Heidi is the fiddler in the band. She’s a Northwest native who has lent her playing and singing to a wide variety of musical styles for over 25 years.

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The Castletown due of Heidi Beth Sadler and Robert Richter.

The band performs classic Celtic tunes as well as their own original compositions. They also enjoy giving their Celtic touch to cover tunes in most every musical genre. “We’ve even rocked up Tennessee Ernie Ford’s 16 Tons”, says Robert. “It’s fun the see the expression on people’s faces as they realize they are hearing one of their favorite songs with a Celtic twist.”

Blending rock and jazz helps Castletown appeal to a wider audience, and has made them a local favorite on the local Portland music scene. In fact, Castletown has the distinction of being the first Celtic band to perform during KINK radio’s Summer Noon Tune series at Portland Pioneer Square.

Castletown has also perfumed at the Oregon State Fair, the Vancouver Recycled Arts Fair, the Portland Rose Festival, Gold Beach Brew and Arts Festival and the Astoria Seafood Festival – just to name a few. 

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Castletown performs for a wide range of audience. Some of their most appreciative audiences are seniors and those with special needs.

Still there’s something magical about playing in the local neighborhood bar. As Robert says, “We love playing venues like Mock and the Yukon. These smaller places fill up fast, and we we rarely see an empty seat in the house.”

So polish up your clogs and make sure to catch Castletown the next time they’re near you. North Portlanders can find Castletown at Yukon’s sister pub, Mock Crest Tavern, every third Thursday of the month. Or checkout their Facebook Events Calendar.

Happy clogging!

Celebrate New Years Eve with White Whine & Champagne

I don’t know if it’s proper to mix white wine with champagne, but the Yukon has never been one for convention. So this New Year’s Eve, the Yukon will be doing exactly that, as they ring in the New Year with special musical guests White Whine.

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It’s sure to be the Eastside’s craziest party of the night! 

Now if you’re a regular to the Yukon, you’ve probably heard White Wine. They’re a relatively new band, but they’ve certainly found a home within the friendly confines of the Yukon. (They perform here the first Wednesday of each month for White Whine Wednesday.) The band is quickly making a name for itself with its own unique sound, and is also known for putting its own touch on your favorite cover songs. Here’s a quick link to one of their YouTube videos. 

The music is set to start at 9 PM, to be followed by a free champagne toast at midnight.

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White Whine returns to the Yukon New Years Eve for a free performance.

Yukon Manager Ashley and her friendly bar staff will be in a party mood all night long, serving up your favorite liquid libations and the tastiest pub grub on the Eastside.

See you New Year’s Eve – Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

Neighborhood artists brush up on their Halloween painting skills

The Yukon drew a spirited group of painters the Sunday before Halloween to take part in the monthly Paint ’n Pints class taught by our very own Erica Peebus. This month’s challenge was to create a spooky haunted house scene, complete with a full moon and flying bats.

Now the idea of painting anything from scratch might sound scary to some, but Erica makes it fun and easy with simple step-by-step instructions along the way. She even takes the time to explain which brush to use and how to mix your primary colors in order to achieve just the right effect. And this lesson was no exception.

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Erica Peebus provides friendly step-by-step instruction to her Paint n Pints students.

In fact, Erica made it so easy, that the hardest part was keeping my paintbrush out of my beer glass. (I only messed up twice.)

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Painting Tip #1: Don’t confuse your water cup for your beer glass.

Cheerful banter filled the “studio” all afternoon, with artists encouraging one another throughout the lesson. The only gripe I heard was one artist complaining that he thought his background “needed more Guinness.” Regular customers also strolled by from time to time to offer their oohs and ahs. (Everyone’s an art critic, you know!)

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The Yukon’s Paint & Pints class draws a good turnout once a month

Although every is painting the same subject, every creation is decidedly unique.There’s no right or wrong; artists are encouraged to to add their own personality to their paintings to make their works their very own. 

In less than three hours, what began as a bare canvas was transformed into a spooky Halloween scene. Just as surprisingly, most of my paint actually ended up on my canvas instead of my pants.

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One of Erica’s students provides the finishing touches to his clouds.

Erica’s Paint ’n Pints class draws lots of return students, but new painters are always invited to take part. Class size is a bit limited, however, so you’ll want to sign up with your favorite bartender just as soon as possible. Erica also teaches a second class each month at the Yukon’s sister pub, Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill.

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Every painting is delightfully unique.

While I would never classify myself an artist, I have to say this class was a lot of fun, and I will definitely be back again. If only just to see if adding Guinness to my pallet makes me a better painter.

 

 

The Yukon rocks with the Eastside’s best live music

If there are two things Portland is known for, it’s Beer and Live Music. And as luck would have it, the Yukon Tavern has you covered on both counts.

Every Friday and Saturday night, the Yukon pulls back the tables and sets the “stage” for some of the area’s best local bands. And since it is assumed that different people prefer different styles of music, the Yukon host a wide range of musical acts, ranging from Rock and Country to Celtic, Jazz, and Blues. The Yukon’s cozy laidback setting and friendly environment are a perfect combination after a long week of work.

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The Yukon serves up an eclectic mix of live music every Friday & Saturday night.

But wait, it gets even better, because the Yukon is one the few if only bars on the Eastside with no cover charge. And, no, that’s not a typo.

According to bar manager Ashley McGarr, “It’s all about providing a fun, vibrant atmosphere for our guests.” So it’s no wonder that the Yukon has come one of the hottest spots for live entertainment on the Eastside.

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Enjoy the best in live local music with no cover charge.

Love music but aren’t sure you want to dance? No worries. Just hang out with friends, meet new people, and enjoy the party atmosphere without leaving your seat.

Get here right around 6pm for Happy Hour. And treat your tastebuds to some of the best pub grub in town. (You don’t want to miss the Yukon’s signature Fish & Chips.) While you’re waiting for the band to play, you can catch your favorite team on any one of five widescreen tvs.

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Check out the Events Calendar on the Yukon website for a schedule of upcoming acts.

So grab your friends and join us at Yukon Tavern this Friday and Saturday. Great food, good friends and awesome entertainment will make for an unforgettable evening.

For a schedule of upcoming live music events, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Few of My Favorite Things About the Yukon Tavern

The Yukon Tavern holds a special place in my heart. It’s casual vibe, it’s great food, drinks, and service, and it’s long history as a historical marker in its Southeast Portland neighborhood. Well, I’ll soon be moving to a new city and leaving the many things I love about this “dive” bar.

These are just a few of the things I’ll miss most about the Yukon Tavern.

The Food and Drink

You can always count on a delicious juicy burger made from fresh ingredients and stacked high inside a fresh bun. Biting into one of these makes me smile every time. I’ll also miss the great drinks served at the Yukon. No matter what I choose to drink, I know it will be mixed with pride and served with a smile by one of the Yukon’s skilled bartenders. One of my favorites is the CBD drink Abliss Lemon Ginger. The chefs and bartenders go above and beyond to keep their customers happy, and that philosophy is proven time and again in the food and drinks they serve.

Events All Month Long

The Yukon hosts a variety of events throughout the month. From movies, to bands, to poker; whatever the interest, the Yukon’s calendar will have something for you. I attended my first mobile painting class at the Yukon and now I am a regular painter at home. Now they’ve added live music every week and I’m sorry I’ll have to miss out hearing all the great bands filling their calendar.

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The People

Most of all I will miss the easy vibe and welcoming atmosphere I always found at the Yukon. I toasted friends, shared baskets of fries with friends, and joked with friends across the table. And, across the bar. The bartenders always make you feel like you belong there as they buzz around making sure everyone is having a great time.

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While I’ll miss the Yukon after I’m gone, I’ll look forward to the day when I return to enjoy the good food and drinks, friends and fun that I find at the Yukon Tavern.

Live Music Returns to the Yukon Tavern

During the Yukon Tavern’s early days, musicians came from miles to step to entertain our crowd, making the Yukon SE Portland’s home for great live music. It’s been awhile since those rollickin’ nights were a regular feature on Friday and Saturday nights at our bar, but we’re bringing them back and they’re going to be better than ever!

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Image: MoJo Holler

The Venue

Great live music has been a regular feature at our bar in the past. At one time we were part of the legendary West Coast Circuit that drew the top up-and-coming artists to our “stage” before becoming big names in the music industry. Rumor has it that even the great Willie Nelson picked up his legendary guitar “Trigger” and took the mic at the Yukon to play his great honky-tonk songs.

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Image: The Adequates

Who’s Playing

Local bands, many from the Cascade Blues Association, are being added to our weekly schedule and taking the stage every Friday and Saturday night at 9pm. (Check out our monthly calendar of events to stay up to date.) The musicians we’ll be featuring covers a broad range of genres, including blues, bossa nova, folk, Americana, and rock and roll. All the bands have become favorites in neighborhoods across Portland and many have performed on stages across the United States.

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Image: Tracey Fordice Band

Familiar Faces

Several of the bands also play at the Yukon’s sister bar Mock Crest Tavern in North Portland. Fans of The Adequates, Big Bossa Nova, the Tracey Fordice Band, DC Malone, and MoJo Holler will want to come out to hear at them play at our bar after hearing their shows at Mock.

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Image: DC Malone

Come out to SE Portland’s Yukon Tavern on Friday and Saturday nights to enjoy our tradition of hosting great live music!

 

The Hunger Games Comes to the Yukon Tavern

“May the odds be ever in your favor.”

The Yukon Tavern’s “Suds and Cinema” movie night is back on Sunday, May 5, at 7:20pm with one of the biggest movies of the decade—2012’s blockbuster, The Hunger Games!

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Jennifer Lawrence became the star she is today when she made the role of Katniss Everdeen her own in this hit film. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name, this action, adventure, sci-fi, thriller tells the story of an oppressed girl who rises to the pinnacle of her nation.

Every year two young contestants from each of the nation’s twelve district are selected by lottery to participate in the year’s biggest event, The Hunger Games, that is part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion. The televised competition pits twenty-four young participants against each other in an bloody battle to the death while the nation watches. Katniss volunteers to save her younger sister from the battle and she and her partner join the fight. Whoever survives the blood bath is declared the winner.

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The run-away hit written by Suzanne Collins is an exciting thrill ride and a great movie for the Yukon’s Sunday evening viewing. Over the years, our movie fan crowds have enjoyed a selection of Hollywood’s best movies,popular films, under-the-radar hits, and movies that are tailor-made for seeing in a bar, like Patrick Swayze’s Roadhouse.

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This month’s selection might leave some hungry for more. At the Yukon you can have your pick of any of the delicious items off our menu. We’ve got eleven juicy burgers to choose from, including our chicken and fish burgers.

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And our bartenders are there to quench your thirst throughout the movie. Join us on Sunday, May 5that 7:20pm for an evening of The Hunger Games at the Yukon Tavern.

Check out our calendar to keep up on all the great monthly events happening at our Southeast Portland neighborhood bar. Like free poker and pool nights, Last Call Trivia, and our monthly mobile art studio events, Paint and Pints.

 

 

 

Portland’s Eater Magazine Designates the Yukon Tavern One of Southeast Portland’s Best Neighborhood Restaurants

In a city where foodies rule and beer culture reigns it can be a hard fight to get noticed by dedicated connoisseurs, but thanks to a recent article in Portland’s own Eater magazine, we can claim one of those top spots. In their recent article entitled “Where to Imbibe and Dine in Sellwood and Westmoreland” the Yukon Tavern takes their number one spot as a great place for food and drink in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood!

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Calling the Yukon Tavern “one of the last consummate dives in the city,” writer Alex Frane states that the true markings of a dive bar still exist in our historic establishment. To prove his point he calls out the pool table, video-poker machines, and our legendary shuffleboard table, as well as our long-standing “dive bar“ ambiance set off by the wood-paneled walls that have been a part of our interior for decades.

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Of course, Frane also mentions our 18 taps and cheap well drinks but we’ve also got top shelf liquor, wine, cider, and exciting new CBD drinks to enjoy, too. And, he cites our food menu as being filled with choices you’d expect in a bar like ours. He especially liked our fish and chips basket, calling it “pretty solid.”

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Thanks Alex Frane and Eatermagazine for the great review and for placing the Yukon Tavern at the top of your Sellwood-Moreland list! Come back again soon for another round and enjoy one of our many special events. Every week our calendar is filled with drink and food specials, movie nights, mobile studio painting events, free pool and poker nights, and Last Call Trivia. There’s something for everyone to love at the Yukon Tavern!