JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Offbeat offerings tonic for doldrums

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DID YOU NOTICE, like I did, the variety of music on stage at the pre-inauguration and inauguration balls in Washington, D.C., over the weekend?

Reminds me of a typical week on the North Olympic Peninsula.

We’ve got pop, rock, big band, country, bluegrass, blues and more on our schedule this week, so get your winter workout on the dance floor and have fun doing it.

Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, sing and pick country-style at the jam hosted by High Country from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, classic-rock group Chantilly Lace will bring its smooth sounds for your listening and dancing pleasure from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m..

■ Today at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, Jason Mogi and Paul Stehr-Green light up as Deadwood Experiment from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Friday, Bruce Coughlin and Nolan Murray from Tiller’s Folly perform from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Be safe and sane: Call All Points Charters & Tours at 360-775-9128 or 360-460-7131 for a free ride out and back.

On Sunday, Mick, Barry and Rachael play from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Friday, Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., will host the Portland, Ore., female rock band She’s Not Dead at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

On Saturday, Scott Sullivan entertains with acoustic indie rock, also at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

On Monday, Justin Scott Rivet goes solo from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Elks Naval Lodge ballroom, First and Lincoln streets, Static Illusion and Midlyfe Crysis, Fluffy and D-Ray rock at 9 p.m. Nonmembers welcome. $5 cover.

■ On Friday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., Linda Dowdell and Craig Buhler, making their first appearance at this venue, will pay homage with some Paul Desmond/Dave Brubeck tunes.

■ On Friday, Les Wamboldt and Olde Tyme Country play and sing old songs at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Sunday, join the country jam from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, join in the fun with Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band with special guest country picker and grinner Jim Lind from 6 p.m. 8 p.m.

■ On Tuesday at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 Seventh St., the Port Angeles Senior Swingers present Wally’s Boys playing ballroom dance favorites from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $5 cover; first-timers free.

■ On Friday and Saturday at Dupuis Restaurant, 256861 U.S. Highway 101, Bob and Dave play blues from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sequim and Blyn

■ On Saturday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Bruce Coughlin and Nolan Murray of Tiller’s Folly perform from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Old Sidekicks will have you kicking up your heels on the dance floor from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ It’s “All the Buzz” Wednesday at the Sequim Senior Activity Center, 921 E. Hammond St., with Victor hosting the open mic from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, R and B (Rachael and Barry) perform Motown and classic rock from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Today in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, it’s “country night” with Denny Secord Jr. and Haywire from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday, be ready for the old and new rock of One-Eyed Jack from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, dance to the latest hits with The Move from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, mellow out to the swinging dance tunes of the Stardust Big Band from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., the Tiller’s Folly duo of Bruce Coughlin and Nolan Murray perform roots, Celtic and Americana at 7 p.m. $12 cover.

On Friday, dine and dance to the roots, blues, folk and rock of Fork in the Road at 7:30 p.m. $6 cover.

On Saturday, Bobby Holland and Breadline take you on a roots/rock/blues journey from Muddy Waters to Buck Owens to Frank Zappa with originals in the mix at 7:30 p.m. $6 cover.

On Sunday, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble perform at 7 p.m. Taylor has performed blues, soul and zydeco since he was 16 with some of the finest legends, including John Hart, C.C. Adcock and more. $15 cover.

Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Locos Only — Kevin Lee Magner and Scott Bradley with new bassist/vocalist Taylor Ackley and drummer Russell Lowrey — will have you rocking and rolling at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, innovative BluMeadows will have you dancing and rocking to the blues at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub and Grill, 1016 Lawrence St., Jon Parry, Matt Sircely and Martin Strand will play blues and country at 9 p.m. $5 cover, or $3 with a Strange Brewfest wristband.

■ Today, Steve Grandinetti plays guitar at the Owl Sprit Cafe, 218 Polk St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ Today, classical guitarist Trevor Hanson plays at Ichikawa Japanese Cuisine, 1208 Water St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ Every Monday, Trevor Hanson plays guitar at Alchemy, 842 Washington St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Thursdays and Fridays, Steve Grandinetti plays and sings at the Northwest Maritime Center Cafe from noon till 2 p.m.

High notes

■ On Saturday, it’s the 11th annual Snowgrass Bluegrass Festival supporting First Step Family Support Center, a United Way agency, in the Port Angeles High School auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave.

The lineup consists of the Old Time Fiddle Kids, Old Sidekicks, Crescent Blue and Dave and Rosalie Secord and Luck of the Draw Band, and is emceed by Denny Secord Jr.

The show begins at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets of $10 are available at Odyssey Books, Port Book and News, KONP, Strait Music and First Step Family Support Center in Port Angeles; in Sequim at Pacific Mist Books; and in Forks at Forks Outfitters. Otherwise, it’s $12 at the door, $7 for seniors, with younger than 10 admitted free.


John Nelson is a self-styled music lover and compulsive night owl who believes in “KLMA — Keep Live Music Alive” on the North Olympic Peninsula. His column, Live Music, appears every Thursday.

Are you performing in or promoting a live music gig? Contact John by phoning 360-565-1139 or emailing, with John Nelson in the subject line. And note: Nelson’s deadline is Monday at 5 p.m. preceding Thursday’s column.

Also, check out “Nightlife,” a listing of entertainment at nightspots across the Peninsula, in Friday’s Peninsula Spotlight magazine.

Last modified: January 23. 2013 5:52PM
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