What the heck is Swamp Rock?

One of the most celebrated groups performing at The Yukon and Mock Crest these days is The Tracey Fordice Band. The band, which is composed of Tracey Fordice on piano, Randy Yearout on guitars, mandolin and harmonica, Johnnie Corrie on drums and harmonica, and Todd Ommert on bass guitar.

The Tracey Fordice Band

The Tracey Fordice Band has been been a mainstay on the Portland Blues scene for over 20 years.

The band is known for performing a variety of musical styles, including Rock, Blues, R&B, Country-Rock, Folk-Rock, Americana, Swamp Rock, as well as their own original tunes. Now then, if you’re like me, you probably needed a primer on Swamp Rock. So according to Randy, Swamp Rock is a genre that combines deep soul with raw country, gritty blues and a danceable beat. Bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doobie Brothers and John Fogerty should come to mind.

The band has been on top of the local Blues scene – and beyond – for years. They’ve won tons of music awards in the Blues category, including 

2014 Winner of Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award “Best New Blues Act” and the 2015 Nomination for Cascade Blues Association Contemporary Blues Act.

The band enjoys playing at The Yukon, despite its rather small “stage.” As Randy says, “The kind of music we play lends itself towards softer rock that doesn’t thrive on having a dance floor. We don’t have to get people dancing – we are more for listening. That said, we do get people dancing in the aisles.”

Randy Yearout and Tracey Fordice

Randy Yearout and Tracey Fordice of the Tracey Fordice Band

Besides being stellar multi-instrumentalists, members of the band are also great vocalists. Which means fans are in store for some great 3 part harmonies when the band performs.

Take a listen here.

To learn more about the band and upcoming gigs, follow them on their Facebook page.

Eastside bragging rights up for grabs every Monday night

Looking for fun way to pass a Monday evening? Head on over to Yukon Tavern for Last Call Trivia Night. Every Monday night at 7, neighborhood know-it-alls and self-proclaimed trivia buffs gather to compete for the chance to win bar credit and – most importantly – weeklong bragging rights in the Eastside’s most exciting night of trivia.

Quizmaster Danny keeps the action moving and his clever musical clues add to the fun.

Quizmaster Danny serves as ringmaster, rule enforcer and congenial host for the weekly affair. You’ll enjoy his lively banter and marvel at his clever musical clues between questions.

Last Call Trivia consists of 8 rounds of Q & A in categories ranging from science and geography to history and pop culture. One of funnest parts of the night is coming up with a team name, and the Yukon has had some classics, including Man at the Bar, Gone with the Gin, and our personal favorite, C’mon Danny, Get Your Sh*t Together. In addition to bar credit, the top team will also receive mention on the Yukon Facebook page!

Liquid refreshment is key to keeping your brain hydrated and triggering fast recall.

Teams of up to 6 players are allowed to play (though Danny has been known to look the other way when teams hover closer to 8). There is no fee to play, but you will want to show up early grab a score sheet and come up with a team name. The Q & A begins promptly at 7.

Last Call Trivia is part trivia, part strategy and 100% fun!

While you’re here, be sure to take advantage of the Yukon’s eclectic bar menu and sample their rotating selection of 19 craft brews, too. You might be surprised how how a few pints of beer can loosen up your cognitive powers!