JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Music still blooms as summer wanes

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WELL, WE’VE MADE it through another Labor Day weekend and are looking forward to the waning days of summer (not really!) and the live music it has to offer (really).

As fall arrives and the opportunities for outdoor exercise diminish, prepare yourself and get those dancing shoes ready.

After all, we know dancing to live music is the best exercise of all.

Port Angeles

■ Today at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, Chesnut Junction with multi-instrumentalist Ches Ferguson is joined by regulars bassist Paul Eyestone and percussionist Zubrie Kamau from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. These three really click, especially when they get into a jamming groove.

On Friday, it’s time for some late-night blues with Late Night Blues rocking out from 8 p.m. to midnight.

All Points Charters & Tours can get you there and back free of charge. Just phone 360-775-9128 for a ride.

On Saturday, Hazelnut Grove adds Julie Campbell on fiddle and Dan Monte Calvo on banjo at 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, Joy in Mudville perform a unique mix of old-time/jam band/rock/Celtic funk-influenced originals and cover tunes from 7:30 p.m.

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Jerry Robison’s country jam will feature Jim Lind and Jim Hanson helping you move to some country grooves from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., Rachael, Mick and Barry play from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, the Olde Tyme Country Band plays classic country from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

■ On 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.

Sequim and Blyn

■ Today at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Cort Armstrong and Friends perform from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, Taylor Ackley and Chuck Easton play jazz on guitar and bass from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz entertain delightfully from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Discovery Bay Pirates play Irish pub songs and sea chanteys from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Final Approach plays the golden oldies boomers love to dance to from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Stymie’s Bar and Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Al Harris plays solo piano from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at Rainshadow Coffee, 157 W. Cedar St., Sarah Shea entertains from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

■ On Friday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, 3 Miles High plays Top 40 dance music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, it’s a white-themed party with the high-energy dance band Rhythm Nation. Wear white from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Lounge, Rachael entertains with some Motown, folk, blues, pop, rock and country from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Dana Osborn goes solo with classics and originals from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Wednesday, Victor Reventlow hosts the open mic at Nourish Restaurant, 1345 S. Sequim Ave., from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with sign-ups starting at 6 p.m. Come and enjoy.

Port Townsend

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

■ On Friday at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th St., enjoy the wild guitar sounds of Portland, Ore.’s Scott Pemberton in the beer garden from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, Locos Only plays live roots, blues, soul, gospel, rock and country in the beer garden from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

■ On Friday at Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., mononymous Meredith plays a farewell show from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., joined by Dave Sheehan and other special guests. Paul Benoit follows at 9 p.m. with soulful Americana and blues from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. No cover.

On Saturday, the High Council plays psychedelic rock ’n’ roll starting at 9 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Pourhouse, 2231 Washington St., enjoy the Jason Sees Band from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Joy in Mudville with Jason Mogi on claw-hammer banjo/guitar, Paul Stehr-Green on bass and Colin Leahy on bodhran/djembe play old-time bluegrass to jam band, Motown, rock, funk, blues and Mogi’s originals at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ Every Monday, Trevor Hanson plays guitar at Alchemy, 842 Washington St., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Wednesday, Peninsula conglomerate Static Illusion plays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., covering a wide variety of popular music centered on classic and hard rock.

High notes

■ On Saturday, the city of Sequim hosts Navy Band Northwest in a free concert at 3 p.m. at the James Center for the Performing Arts, 563 Rhodefer Road, Sequim.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family and picnic to the park to enjoy a free afternoon of great entertainment.

■ Also Saturday, West End rockabilly/blues trio the Sol Ducks entertain for the 12th annual Bear Creek Chili Cookoff at the Hungry Bear Cafe, located at Milepost 206 on U.S. Highway 101 between Port Angeles and Forks. Chili starts cooking at noon, judging commences at 3 p.m., and tunes begin at 5 p.m.


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 news@peninsuladaily, 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: September 04. 2013 5:22PM
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