JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Win or lose, round it up on the dance floor

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I’VE JUST RECOVERED from New Year’s Eve and it’s Groundhog Day already?

Followed by the Super Bowl?

I’ve placed my bet because I know who’s gonna win it: The team that hogs the most ground.

What does that have to do with live music? Absolutely nothing.

Whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not, whether your team wins or loses, celebrate or forget your sorrows with live and local music.

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, enjoy the country rock sounds of the Jimmy Hoffman Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ On Saturday, the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, echoes with the sound of blues by the Tim Hall band 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 Wednesdays, Jason and Paul return with Deadwood Experiment from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., Paul Chasman has a CD-release party of his new CD “Basics,” with a contest and gimmicks. The picking and grinning starts at 7 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., Eggplant plays blues, soul and rock at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

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

■ On Friday, Rachael, Barry and Mick play Motown, country and classic rock at the Barhop Brewery, 224 W. Railroad Ave., from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Parking is toward the back during waterfront construction.

■ On Friday, Les Wamboldt and Olde Tyme Country play and sing at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, with guests Don Betts and Tim Cullinan of Old Time Fiddlers 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 guests Bill and Rudy playing old-time rock from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ Every Tuesday at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. 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 Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Discovery Bay Pirates perform from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Blue Hole Quintet plays jazz and standards for your dining pleasure from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join the fun with the First Friday Art Walk, featuring live music at several locations:

■ On Friday, Dungeness Bay Wine and Cheese, 123 E. Washington St., features the mellow guitar stylings of Gerald Braude at 6 p.m.

■ On Friday, Eileen Meyer and friends will be at Rainshadow Coffee Roasting Co., 157 W. Cedar St., at 6 p.m.

■ On Friday, Wind Rose Cellars, 233 Bell Bottom Road, has Bill Volmut stopping by from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Saturday, Gerald Braude plays acoustic guitar from 7 p.m. to 9 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, Al Harris performs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, the Turner Brothers Band plays classic, danceable rock from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Saturday, dance to the new “top 40” dance hits by Notorious 253 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Port Hadlock

■ On Saturday, Mick and Barry play folk, country and classic rock at the Ajax Cafe, 271 Water St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Bertram Levy and Kirk Sutphin perform in a special concert of fiddle, banjo and concertina music covering three centuries at 7:30 p.m. $12 cover.

On Friday, 2013 BB King Entertainer of the Year nominee Rick Estrin and the Nightcats plays blues, roots, and rock at 8 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

On Saturday, the Strangled Darlings perform “genre-jumping, melting pot American good-time music” on mandolin, accordion, violin and more at 7:30 p.m. Sliding-scale cover of $3 to $8.

Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., enjoy the funk, blues and rock of the Judd Wasserman Band at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Chloe Rattlesnake performs electrified Western Americana inspired by personal experience, history and stories of the Old West at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub and Grill, 1016 Lawrence St., Andrew Sheldon “plays bad covers” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday is a Punk-sutawney Fest with local bands UsanaTron, Trash Fecta and Dr. Light at 9 p.m. You’ll wish you could live this day over and over. $5 cover.

■ 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

■ Today at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road, Sequim, Cort and Kia Armstrong celebrate the release of their “Live at Dungeness” CD, recorded last month live before a local audience. The $5 cover can be applied to a CD purchase. Kids are admitted free.

■ Today, Toolshed Soundlab recording studio and KCPT Radio present Del Rey and Steve James in concert at Key City Public Theatre, 419 Washington St., Port Townsend. “American roots music could not be performed better by any contemporary duo,” according to George Rezendes. Show starts at 8 p.m. $20 adults; $10 students and children. Phone 360-385-KCPT (5278) or visit for reservations and information.

■ On Saturday, the Black Diamond Fiddle Club will get you dancing contra-style at the Black Diamond Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, Port Angeles, at a 7:30 p.m. workshop and 8 p.m. dance. Admission.


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 30. 2013 5:27PM
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