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It’s OK to go shopping, bake and decorate the home, but be sure to make some time for yourself and listen to the music of the season.
■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, pick country-style at a jam hosted by High Country from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Saturday, dance to Dee Coburn and the Night Beats from 8 p.m. to midnight.
■ On Sunday at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, bring your instrument to Bob Dryver’s Sunday Music Jam from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Wednesdays through the NFL football season, find Jason Mogi and Paul Stehr-Green headlining the Deadwood Experiment at 8 p.m.
■ On Friday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., Dan Maguire and the Juan de Fuca Band play at 7:30 p.m. $3 cover. The group includes Clark Driese, Paul Stehr-Green and Zorina Wolf.
On Saturday, Bob and Marty of Twisted Roots will have a release party for their new CD, “Coming Home,” at 7:30 p.m. $3 cover.
On Sunday at 4 p.m., Erin Hennessy debuts on traditional Irish fiddle backed by David Rivers on guitar.
■ On Monday at the Bushwhacker Restaurant, 1527 E. First St., Charlie Ferris presents classic songs and stories of the Christmas season from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ On Saturday at Elliot’s Antique Emporium, 135 E. First St., Hawaii Amor performs Hawaiian music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ Justin Scott Rivet goes solo Mondays at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., from 8 p.m. to 10 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, Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band play with musical guest Terry Roszatycki from 6 p.m. 8 p.m.
■ Every Tuesday at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 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.
■ At Dupuis Restaurant, 256861 U.S. Highway 101, Bob and Dave play blues Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Discovery Bay Pirates board at 5:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, Final Approach lands with a load of boomer music (1950s-1970s) 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, Al Harris performs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ On Friday at Club Seven Lounge in 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, The Machine returns from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Saturday, GruVbox will get you on the dance floor from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Sunday, Danny Vernon sings Christmas songs Elvis-style from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
■ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., is the first of three “Showcase of Blues” weekend performances.
The Nikki Hill Band, hailing from St. Louis, debuts at 7:30 p.m. $12 cover.
On Friday, Chris Thomas King of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Ray” fame sings at 7:30 p.m. $12 in advance; $15 at the door.
On Saturday, the Mark DuFresne Band rounds out the weekend at 7:30 p.m. $12 advance, $15 at the door.
Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.
■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., it’s the Spotty Records Portland Showcase with Fine Pets, Needles and Pizza, Havania Whaal and K-Tel ’79. The fun starts at 10 p.m. $5 cover.
On Saturday, Cort Armstrong and Blue Rooster play at 10 p.m. $5 cover.
■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub and Grill, 1016 Lawrence, Greg Vinson plays at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, Groove Merchant plays at 9 p.m.
■ On Friday at the Undertown, Tyler and Water streets, Meg and Julie entertain at 5 p.m.
On Saturday at 9:30 p.m., Port August performs at 9 p.m.
On Tuesday, singer/songwriter Autococoon entertains at 7 p.m.
■ On Saturday at Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, the Crow Quill Night Owls perform from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $8 cover.
■ Steve Grandinetti plays guitar at the Owl Sprit Cafe, 218 Polk St., today 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.
■ Steve Grandinetti plays at the Northwest Maritime Center Cafe, Port Townsend, on Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m.
■ The Second Saturday Community Dance at Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend, features the Contradictions, with Nan Evans calling from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Adults, $6; younger than 18, $3; younger than 3, free.
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 email@example.com, 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.