JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: After icing over at work, thaw out on dance floor

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FEEL AS IF you’re in a fog? Skies are too gray? Clear that fog away and brighten your day with your favorite live music, and dance away the doldrums that come with fog and grey skies.

There are plenty of opportunities to dance to your favorite music, be it blues, classic rock, country, rock ’n’ roll, jazz, bluegrass, rockabilly, contra or the latest Top 40 hits along with alternatives of each genre.

There is no excuse — none — for not going out and enjoying your favorite music.

Get out and boogie, or the boogey man will get you if you don’t watch out!

Port Angeles

■ Today at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, Chesnut Junction with Ches Ferguson, guitar; Kevin Briggs, guitar; Ron Daylo, flute; Paul Eyestone, bass; and percussionist Zubrie Kamau will have you grooving from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Friday, Northwest blues legend Mary McPage and her band will lay down the beat from 8 p.m. to midnight. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Scott Sullivan and Kasey Northern with special guests will have you groovin’ to rock-n-blues from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5 cover.

All Points Charters & Tours can get you there and back free the latter two nights. Phone 360-775-9128 for a ride.

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

On Wednesday, guitarist Richie Blue struts his stuff from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Jerry Robison and company, with guest Terry Roszatycki, will have you moving to a country groove with special guest Jim Lind from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

On Saturday, dance to the “hoppin rockabilly and blues” of the Soul Ducks from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ On Saturday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 E. Railroad Ave., Twisted Roots returns to the live music scene after a two-month sabbatical working on new materials, so catch the band’s new tunes from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

On Sunday, harpist John Manno plays from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., put on your costume for an early Halloween party with Bill and Rudy and guest drummer Jerry Robinson playing your favorite classic rock ’n’ roll hits from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band host guests Sons of Adam for a good old good time 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

■ On Friday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Gil Yslas plays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the Night Beats play classic rock from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Old Sidekicks play classic country favorites from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

On Friday, RowanTree plays Celtic roots music on fiddle, guitar and bouzouki from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Taylor Ackley and Chuck Easton jazz it up from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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

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

■ On Friday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, the Weatherheads play newer dance hits from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, The Nasty Habits are back to rock the Halloween party with a costume contest and more with outrageous rock ’n’ roll Top 40 hits from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, piano man Larry Hill is at the keyboard from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, bluesman extraordinaire Thom Davis and Mr. “C” entertain from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Port Ludlow

■ Today in the Fireside Room at the Resort at Port Ludlow, 1 Heron Road, Trevor Hanson plays classical guitar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ On Friday at Sirens, 823 Water St., Oakland, Calif., harmony-rock duo Upside Drown with Will Sprott and Fannie Mae on drums and guitar with two catalytic voices performs at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, the Mogis perform hoedowns, covers and originals with Kim’s and Jason’s impeccable vocal blend and old-time simplicity at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St. , soulful singer-songwriter Meredith plays a special night of originals and covers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Matt Sircely follows with old-time country, bluegrass, folk and blues from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Highway 20 Road House, 2152 Sims Way, Port Townsend, Seattle-based punk band the Hollowpoints, along with Repo-Zest, Brainsick and Trash Fecta, provide the music for the Halloween party and costume contest from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $5 cover.

■ On Tuesday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., the Jeff Wittekind Band plays rock, blues and jazz from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

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

High notes

■ On Saturday, FarmStrong celebrates the release of its debut CD, “Live in Dungeness: The Summer Sessions,” at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with The Old Sidekicks opening the show. $10 cover.

■ On Saturday at the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend, Portland, Ore.’s New Iberians, a family-friendly and club favorite, plays upbeat and fun zydeco, blues, country and rock ’n’ roll from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. $12 cover.

■ On Saturday at the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, Port Angeles, Hot Damn Scandal plays American Gypsy blues in a benefit for the Port Angeles Farmers Market at 7 p.m.

Tickets at $15 are available at the farmers market, Good to Go Grocery, 1105 S. Eunice St.; Port Book and News, 104 E. First St.; Renaissance, 401 E. Front St.; and at the door.

■ On Saturday, the Jimmy Hoffman Band plays country favorites at the Port Angeles Moose Lodge, 809 S. Pine St., from 8 p.m. to midnight. Free for members and guests.

■ On Friday, an open recording session with singer-songwriter Paul Spring is set for the Old Quilcene Theater, 11 Old Church Road, at 7 p.m. The recording session is free and open to the public. It is presented by WoodSound101.


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: October 23. 2013 5:17PM
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