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Whatever the reason, you’ll find the right place to celebrate on the Peninsula among the following suggestions.
■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, the country jam is hosted by Jerry Robinson with Terry Roszatycki, Jim Rosand and Les Wamboldt from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
■ Today, the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, features multi-instrumentalist Ches Ferguson from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Friday, guitarist Rafael Tranquilino, named Best Blues Band 2012 by Tacoma Weekly, will get you moving from 8 p.m. to midnight. Cover.
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On Wednesday, Jason Mogi and Paul Stehr-Green entertain as Deadwood Experiment from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
■ On Friday, the Jimmy Hoffman Band rocks country-style at Front Street Alibi, 1605 E. Front St., at 9 p.m.
■ On Saturday, the Crow Quill Night Owls debut at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., at 8 p.m.
■ On Saturday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., the Yogoman Burning Band of Bellingham brings original ska-soul-brass-dance at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
■ On Saturday at Reggie’s Lounge, 1328 E. First St., boogie to Old Growth at 7 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 welcome guest musician, author and storyteller Mitch Luckett of Brinnon 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 Friday, Eggplant performs at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., at 8 p.m.
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■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Twisted Roots performs at 5:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Black Rock and Estafets perform at 8 p.m.
On Sunday, get a serving of the Old Sidekicks at 5:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, the Denny Secord Jr. Trio performs at 5:30 p.m.
■ On Friday at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Jake Reichner performs original rock/folk from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Gerald Braude performs acoustic jazz from 6:30 p.m. to 8 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, Trevor and Sam begin a three-day St. Patrick’s celebration from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
■ Today in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Tanga brings a Latin beat to dance night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Band members include Mike Fujita, guitar; Ed Donahue, trumpet; Jim Rosand, keyboards; Tom Svornich, drums; and Kevin MacCartney on sax, flute, congas and EWI (electric wind instrument).
On Friday, dance to the Joey James Dean Band from 8 p.m. to midnight.
On Saturday, 3 Miles High performs a combination of Irish and Top 40 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Sunday, Dana Osborn brings his mix of Celtic and classic rock dance from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Mercy Crow draws from folk, jazz and bluegrass at 7:30 p.m. Cover by donation.
On Friday, Grammy Award winners Tingstad and Rumbel play Americana music at 7 p.m.; $16 advance; $18 at door.
On Saturday, the Blue Holiday Band performs blues, roots and rock at 7:30 p.m. $5 to $8 sliding-scale cover.
On Sunday, two events celebrate St. Patrick’s Day:
At 3 p.m., Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, whose album “Seinn” was listed on NPR’s 2012 top 10, perform. $15 cover.
At 6 p.m., the traditional open mic takes over. $5 cover.
On Wednesday, acoustic bluesman Doug MacLeod performs at 7:30 p.m. $10 cover.
Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.
■ On Saturday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Luc & the Lovingtons perform world-pop-soul at 10 p.m. $7 cover.
■ On Sunday at Port Townsend Brewing Co., 330 10th St., Suite C, join in the St. Patrick’s Day party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with The Alternators.
■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub and Grill, 1016 Lawrence St., Les Izzmore plays originals and covers from 6 p.m. to 8 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 at the Northwest Maritime Center Cafe, 431 Water St., from noon till 2 p.m.
■ On Sunday, the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association presents Fiddlin’ on the Green Spring Concert at the Sequim Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Sequim Ave., at 2 p.m. Suggested donation $5 single, $10 family, $25 WOTFA membership.
■ On Friday, Washington Blues Society “Best of 2012” winners Brian Lee and the Orbiters will blast blues at the Olympic Peninsula Dance at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St., from 8 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. Adults, $15; students with ID and disabled, $10.
■ On Saturday, Serenity performs at Dry Creek Grange, 3130 W. Edgewood Drive west of Port Angeles, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
On Sunday, the grange hosts a St. Patrick’s Day Dance at 6 p.m., with music from High Country. A potluck precedes the meal at 5 p.m.
■ On Saturday, the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend, hosts the Third Saturday Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social with the Last Chance String Band and guest banjoist Katya Kirsch at 7:30 p.m. $5, adults; 16 and younger, free.
■ On Saturday, Luck of the Draw performs at the annual St. Patrick’s Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner at Mount Pleasant Grange, 2432 Mount Pleasant Road, Port Angeles, at 6 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.