After what seems like forever, Yukon Tavern will be reopening as Multnomah County enters Phase 1 of Oregon’s three phase reopening plan. The tentative reopening date is Friday, June 19. With Phase 1 guidelines in effect, you can expect to see a few changes at your favorite Eastside watering hole.
The first thing you are likely to notice is our limited seating capacity. We’ve moved and removed a few tables to ensure the mandatory six (6) feet between tables. We will also be limiting the number of guests on the premises to about half of normal, and no groups larger than 10 people will be permitted. Oh, on more thing – there is no seating at the bar/counter. This is to ensure proper social distancing.
People in the same party seated at the same table do not have to be 6 feet apart. Oh, in case you are wondering, you do not have to wear masks or face coverings while seated at a table.
Yukon Tavern will resume our original operating hours and will open at will open at 11 a.m. and close at 10 p.m, seven days a week. That means all food and drink must be consumed by 10 p.m.
No Fun Allowed. Just kidding.
For the time being, there will be no Mad Poker, Last Call Trivia, pool, video games or shuffleboard play permitted. And, sad to say, for the time being we will not be holding live music on Friday or Saturday. There’s always Keno!
Hope you like the smell of bleach, because in the weeks ahead your Yukon bar staff will be channeling Mr. Clean. You can expect to see them cleaning and sanitizing the bar constantly. They will be disinfecting all customer contact surfaces at the tables between each dining or drinking party, including seats, tables, menus and even the condiment trays.
Video Lottery Games
The rules have changed a bit regarding the Video Lottery games too. Lottery games will be spaced to ensure the the required six feet of distance between machines. If you wish to play a Video Lottery game, please ask permission from our new Lottery Concierge — we thought it sounded better than Bleach Lady. They will clean and disinfect the machine before you begin play. Please note: you won’t be allowed to access or change Video Lottery games without first requesting access from the Lottery Concierge. Only one player may play or be near a Video Lottery game at one time. Again, this is to ensure social distancing.
We recognize these new changes will be a bit challenging at first and may take a bit of getting used to. But they are being implemented to ensure the health and safety of our customers and employees.
We are grateful to the many of you who have been asking about our reopening and we look forward to seeing you again. Mask and all.
Stay safe, Eastsiders.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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 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.