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Also, we have St. Patrick’s Day in the middle of the month, as well as the first day of spring.
What other reason do you need to get out and enjoy the plethora of local and visiting musical talent?
■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, there will be no country jam because High Country would like you all to attend Jimmy Hoffman’s Cancer Benefit at 7 Cedars Casino.(See Sequim entry.)
On Saturday, Chantilly Lace will have you dancing to Golden Oldies rock ’n’ roll to more contemporary rock ’n’ roll, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Two of the members have been playing together for more than 40 years.
■ Today, the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, multi-instrumentalist Ches Ferguson returns from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Saturday, prepare yourself for the Crazy Texas Gypsies, an award-winning band that has opened for ZZ Top, Curtis Salgado, the Ford Brothers and more. Dance to the blues 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, dance to the Jimmy Hoffman Band at the Front Street Alibi, 1605 E. Front St., from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 Railroad Ave., it’s worth getting around the Railroad Avenue construction to hear Bill and Rudy perform classic 1950s-’60s rock and folk from 8 p.m. to 11 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 in the fun with Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band with special guest Vienna Barron, accompanied by Gary Prosser of Final Approach, 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.
■ On Sunday at Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., Locos Only — with Taylor Ackley, Scott Bradley and Kevin Lee Magner — will play at 5 p.m.
Sequim and Blyn
■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Discovery Bay Pirates come aboard from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Awesome Bob performs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, the Blue Hole Quintet jazzes things up from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
■ On Friday at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Bill Volmut performs during the First Friday Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
■ On Friday at Pacific Mist Books, 121 W. Washington St., Howly Slim picks and grins from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk.
■ 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.
■ Today in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, the casino and Bedford’s Root Beer will sponsor the Jimmy Hoffman Band in a cancer-awareness fundraiser in memory of Cindy Hoffman at 6 p.m.
There will be lots of music, a raffle and a silent auction, with all proceeds donated to the Patient Navigator Fund at Olympic Medical Center.
All Points Charters & Tours is offering free transportation from Port Angeles and Sequim. (See Port Angeles entry for contact details.)
On Friday, Top 40 dance band Expertease will have you dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight.
On Saturday, Whiskey River rocks from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Sunday, Denny Secord Jr. and Haywire play from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ On Saturday at Ajax Cafe, 271 Water St., Mick and Barry perform from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ It’s rappers delight at The Cave Lounge at Zoog’s Caveman Cookin’ (formerly Hadlock House), 141 Chimacum Road, starting at 9 p.m. Saturday.
Performers include Endgame, KP Tha One, Nuvo and We ’R’ Us.
Cover is $5 at the door, with the show for ages 21 and older.
■ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Kevin Mason and his band, with special guest Lesley Wake, perform a tribute to Ray Charles, BB King and Bobby “Blue” Bland at 7 p.m. $8 cover.
On Friday, the Crazy Texas Gypsies will perform classic swing, rockabilly and more at 8 p.m. $10 cover.
On Saturday, the Freddy Pink band returns where it began 25 years ago, playing rock and soul. Reservations recommended for the 7 p.m. program. $20 cover.
On Sunday, an open blues jam is at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore perform American bluegrass, rhythm and blues, and funk at 7:30 p.m. $15 cover.
Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.
■ On Friday, Nathan James & The Rhythm Scratchers will combine elements of 1920s acoustic blues with 1960s rhythm and blues at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., at 10 p.m. $7 cover.
On Saturday, Eric Apoe & They play a blend of American and European roots music at 10 p.m. $5 cover.
■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub and Grill, 1016 Lawrence St., Sue Logg and friends plays acoustic originals from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. No cover.
■ 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.
■ On Saturday, the Odd Hack Band comes to the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, Port Angeles, for the contra dance called by Erran Sharpe.
Come at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. dance, and Erran will teach you the basics of contra dance. Requested donation is $7 for adults, $3 for kids (or bring goodies to share at break).
■ A celebration of Boiler Room culture and family will be held at The Boiler Room, 711 Water St., Port Townsend, with music from noon until closing.
Performances by Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown, the Low Ones, Robin Kastles, A+bEe, Jet Sparks, Jabez Richard, Usana, the Solvents, Michael Thomas and Myles Carroll will highlight the day of face painting, games, raffles, coffee, cookies and free soup.
For more details, phone General Manager Ahren Howard at 360-379-8247 or Executive Director Amy Smith at 360-379-8247.
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.