JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Cavort, croon, be merry

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RAIN MAY COME and go, but our spirits are never dampened when we’re dancing to live music at one or more of the fine venues on the Olympic Peninsula.

Don’t dance? Come and listen, tap your toes, move to the groove while in your chair.

Eat, sip, sit and enjoy.

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.

■ Today at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, Ches Ferguson returns from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, move to the Soulshakers from 8 p.m. to midnight. Cover.

Phone 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 acoustic folk, blues and classic rock from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Wednesday, Jason Mogi and Paul Stehr-Green entertain as Deadwood Experiment from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 E. Railroad Ave., enjoy Good Machine and Erin Hennessey at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, enjoy the smooth jazz renditions of Chez Jazz with Sarah Shea, Al Harris and Ted Enderle at 7:30 p.m.

■ Today at Bella Italia, 118 E. First St., Locos Only plays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 Railroad Ave., hear Twisted Roots with Bob and Marty from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Sunday at Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., Dan and the Juan de Fuca Band play at 5 p.m.

■ On Friday, Les Wamboldt and Olde Tyme Country play 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 Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band with special guest Holomoa Hawaiian Music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ Every Tuesday at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., Wally’s Boys plays 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 Old Sidekicks will have you tapping your toes from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, rock to Eggplant at 9 p.m.

On Wednesday, Buck Ellard performs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Bill Volmut plays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Mary Tulin (Fret Noir) plays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 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) play from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Today in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Chicago blues guitarist Keith Scott plays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday, Keith Scott moves to the new Rainforest Bar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Meanwhile in Club Seven on Friday, The Pop Offs will play high-energy classic rock from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Saturday, catch Metal Shop from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, sway to the Stardust Big Band from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Hadlock

On Saturday at Zoogs (formerly Hadlock House), Andy Hoch continues his birthday (see Upstage entry below) and all Pisces party at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

Port Townsend

■ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., dance to J.J. Jenkins and the Hammerin’ Band and special guest Andy Hoch at 7 p.m. Sliding-scale cover of $3 to $8.

On Friday, come by for two great shows:

At 5 p.m., join the Johnny Z Jazz Trio at 5 p.m. with a $10 donation to Centrum.

At 9 p.m., boogie down to Andy “Badd Dog” Hoch and the Badd Dog Blues Society as Andy celebrates his and all Pisces’ birthdays with Tim Halpin and Fat James from 9 p.m. to midnight. $8 cover.

On Saturday, blues prodigy David Jacobs-Strain performs from 7:30 p.m. $10 cover.

On Sunday, Grammy Award winner Led Kaapana performs at 7 p.m. $25 cover.

Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Eddie Spaghetti of the Supersuckers plays at 10 p.m. $7 cover.

On Saturday, the Crow Quill Night Owls with Rattletrap Ruckus play at 10 p.m. $7 cover.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub and Grill, 1016 Lawrence St., Sam Maynard and Chris Gunn perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ 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, 431 Water St., from noon till 2 p.m.

High notes

■ On Saturday, join the community dance at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, sponsored by Just for Fun Dance Classes. Dance to Denny Secord Jr. and Haywire from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Bring a snack to share and $5 admission. Just for Fun students and children younger than 16 are admitted free.

■ On Friday at Coog’s Budget CDs, 111 W. Front St., Port Angeles, Mydlyfe, Crysis, Fluffy and D-Ray, along with the Suspects, performs in a dinner show at 6:30 p.m. in a benefit for local musician Ron DeFrang, who’s been battling cancer.


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: February 20. 2013 5:07PM
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