JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Don’t miss a beat: Get into the groove

“STRIKE WHILE THE iron is hot!” and “Go West, young man” are two old sayings that do not apply to this column, but here’s one that does: “The time has come; the time is now.”

It’s time to shed the winter doldrums and embrace spring, so kick up your heels, boogie to the beat, tap your feet and ride the wave of a re-energized day.

There’s no excuses now because here’s the list of the places you’ll find your favorite music:

Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Jerry’s Country Jam features guest musicians Terry Roszatycki and Les Wamboldt from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, dance to the classic rock and country style of the Jimmy Hoffman Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ Today, start your weekend at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, with Hazelnut Grove, aka Ches Ferguson and Julie Campbell on fiddle, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Joining them will be Dan Monte Calvo on banjo and Paul Eyestone on bass.

On Saturday, Classic Case returns for a night of rockin’ 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 Sunday, stop in for Jungle Cruze from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Wednesday, Jason Mogi and Paul Stehr-Green entertain as Deadwood Experiment from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Barhop Taproom, 224 W. Railroad Ave. Locos Only will serve up a large helping of their trademark “soulful etheric swamp music” and “roots in the blender” at 8 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Front St. Alibi, 1605 E. Front St., Dee Coburn and the Night Beats play from 8 p.m. to midnight.

■ 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.

■ 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.

Sequim and Blyn

■ On Friday at Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Discovery Bay Pirates perform Celtic and sea shanty tunes from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Gerald Braude picks guitar from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, Final Approach lands at 5:30 p.m. with some boomer music until 8:30 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, Al Harris performs at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Today in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, it’s audition night for three acts, beginning with Dave Bagley at 6 p.m., followed by Chloe Rattlesnake at 7:30 p.m. and the classic rock of Chantilly Lace at 9 p.m.

All Points Charters & Tours is offering free transportation from Port Angeles and Sequim. (See Port Angeles entry for contact details.)

On Friday, Classic Case headlines from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Saturday, ride the bull from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. to the country sound of Denny Secord Jr. and Haywire from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Country Rock Association from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, Blind Floyd performs in a tribute to Pink Floyd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday during the Sequim Art Walk, Mary Tulin performs Celtic folk noir at Rainshadow Coffee, 157 W. Cedar St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Port Hadlock

■ On Saturday at the Ajax Cafe, 21 N. Water St., Mick and Barry perform acoustic folk, country and classic rock from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ On Friday at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., enjoy Fork in the Road at 7:30 p.m. $6 cover.

On Saturday, blues, rock and rockabilly legend Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers perform at 8 p.m. $20 cover.

On Sunday, enjoy the blues jam at 6 p.m. Cover by donation.

Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.

■ Today, Dan Maguire and the Juan de Fuca Band will perform at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th St., the Chris Sands Duo performs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Joining Chris is Emily Jayne, lead singer for the Fashion Slaves.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., the Crow Quill Night Owls play jug band, jazz and string band music at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Seattle band The Maldives performs with A.P. Dugas at 10 p.m. $5 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 at the Northwest Maritime Center Cafe, 431 Water St., from noon till 2 p.m.

High notes

■ On Saturday at the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, Port Angeles, the Fixations with Eric Curl calling returns for the contra dance at 8 p.m. Dance workshop begins at 7:30 p.m. Requested donation $7 adults, $3 for youths (or goodies to share at break)

■ On Tuesday, Arts to Elders and Northwest Arts Center presents master guitarist Joe Euro in concert at Seaport Landing, 1201 Hancock St. in Port Townsend, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

■ Congratulations to the Port Angeles High School Orchestra under the direction of maestro Ron Jones on their fine trip to New York City and Carnegie Hall. The community should be very proud of you!


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: April 03. 2013 5:22PM
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