JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Put spring in step at live venues

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DO YOU FEEL it? That subtle change in the air?

The birds are singing their songs during the day and frogs are filling the evening air with their ribbiting music.

Listen more closely, and you may hear flowers bursting forth with their vibrant colors.

You also may notice you’re stepping lighter and a smile comes a little easier.

That’s a sign that it’s time to get out and dance, listen to the music and enjoy spring.

Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Jerry’s country jam is hosted by Classic Country with guest musicians Les Wamboldt and Jim Rosand from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

On Saturday, boogie to the beat of the Jimmy Hoffman Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ Today, start your weekend at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, with multi-instrumentalist Ches Ferguson from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday, rock to the classic tunes of Testify 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 Wednesday, Jason Mogi and Paul Stehr-Green entertain as Deadwood Experiment from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at 7 p.m., Good Machine, a superfolk group featuring Hayden Pomeroy (previously of Abby Mae & the Homeschool Boys), Cole Gibson (previously of Witherow & Gibson) and Taylor Christine Thomas-Price (formerly of the Evil Kitten Armada), performs at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave. No cover.

■ On Saturday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., Locos Only will be dishing out their “roots in a blender” brand of music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ Today at Bella Italia, 118 E. First St., Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz heat up the night at 7:30 p.m.

■ On Friday, Final Approach performs at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave.

■ 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, Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band welcome guest band Redwing 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., Gerald Braude plays from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Never Met a Dead Man and Jack Havoc perform at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

On Wednesday, Buck Ellard sings country-style at 5:30 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 classic rock and Motown from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Today in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Awesome Bob invites the Stardust dancers from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday, dance to the classic rock and party music of The Slackers from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Saturday, The M-80s return with rock groove from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, Junkyard Jane will get you in a bluesy, roots and country rock from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., BB King Entertainer of the Year Tommy Castro and the Painkillers bring more than two decades of multiple award-winning blues at 8 p.m. Cover of $20/$25.

On Saturday, Sista Monica, “the lioness of blues,” plays at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Rex Rice’s Sunday Jazz Jam is at 6 p.m.

Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., The Solvents (Emily Madden and Jarred Bramson) perform at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Before Cars, featuring Nirvana’s first drummer, Chad Channing, along with Seattle’s Smile Brigade perform at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub and Grill, 1016 Lawrence St., Chloe Rattlesnake, a cowfolk punk band, plays from 9 p.m. to 11 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 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, “Trippin’ the Sixties” returns to the Chimacum School auditorium, 91 West Valley Road, in support of the 2013-2014 Jefferson County Winter Shelter at 9 p.m. It features Barry McGuire (New Christy Minstrels) and John York, formerly of The Byrds.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $21 and are available at Quimper Sound, 230 Taylor St., Port Townsend; and at the door.

■ On Saturday, the Juan de Fuca Foundation presents Danny Barnes and Matt Sircely in concert at Studio Bob, 118 E. Front St., at 8 p.m. $10 cover.


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: March 20. 2013 5:37PM
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