JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Groove to big band, jazz, country stylings

AH, SPRING! THE sun is shining, it’s getting warmer, and outdoor beer gardens are being readied to receive bands and patrons enjoying the great outdoors along with live music and a cold one.

This is the time when winter maladies leave us and cabin fever is dispelled for another year.

Music brightens our day, lightens our mood and soothes our soul.

Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Classic Country with Jim Rosand and Terry Roszatycki will get you dancing from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

On Saturday, the Jimmy Hoffman Band blends classic rock with classic and contemporary country from 9 p.m. to 1 a.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, get your blues fix with Blues Bentley 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 Saturday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., the new Twisted Roots trio of Marty Kaler, Bob Lawrence-Markarian and Leo Bidne entertain with a slew of new tunes at 7 p.m.

■ Today at Bella Italia Restaurant, 118 E. First St., crossover guitar artist and balladeer Joachim Nordensson meshes upbeat and mellow rock with a serving of jazzy folk from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Friday, Les Wamboldt and Olde Tyme Country perform at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, with guest Terry Roszatycki from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, join the country jam from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday, Coog’s Budget CDs, 111 W. First St., celebrates National Record Store Day with free live music by Twisted Roots at 4 p.m., followed by the Estafets, MCFD, Decapitate the Disciples, AK47, Inside Defiance and Hunt and Distinction. Food and beverages available.

■ Every Tuesday at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., the Port Angeles Senior Swingers present Wally and the 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 the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Gil Yslas performs at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Nolan Murray and Bruce Coughlan of Tillers Folly will get you started at 5:30 p.m., followed by Testify at 9 p.m.

On Wednesday, Buck Ellard performs at 5:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Linda Dowdell and Craig Buhler jazz it up 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 the Pirates perform Irish pub songs and folk songs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Today in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Joey James Dean goes solo with a little country and a little classic rock from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday, the Andy Madson Band comes up from Oregon to rock from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Saturday, the Afrodisiacs bring classic “disco gold,” so dress Travolta-style for the party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, dance to the big-band sound of the Stardust Big Band from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ Tonight, The Upstage, 923 Washington St., presents the debut of the “Barney McClure Presents” jazz series. McClure pairs with vibraphonist Susan Pascal at 7:30 p.m. $15 cover; $12 in advance.

On Friday, the Kings of Mongrel Folk (Mark Graham and Orville Johnson) perform roots, folk and blues on harmonica, guitar and vocals at 7:30 p.m. $10 cover; $8 in advance.

On Saturday, Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes perform rocking rhythm and blues at 8 p.m. $12 cover; $10 in advance.

On Sunday, enjoy Rex Rice’s Penultimate Sunday Jazz Jam. $5 cover.

On Wednesday, Jenny Davis hosts a jazz vocalist evening.

Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., The West, a five-piece band from Seattle, performs at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Stephanie Nilles from New Orleans and traveling musician Jack Klatt perform at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Sue Logg performs folk music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by Dream City Roots playing rocking reggae from 9 p.m. to 1 a.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 5 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.

High notes

■ On Friday, Jim Nyby and the F Street Band wrap up this session of Olympic Peninsula Dance Friday at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St., from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Adults, $15; students with ID and disabled, $10.

Attendance supports continuation of live band dancing. Smoke-free; all-ages; no partner needed.

There will be a free (with admission) predance lesson in samba taught by Joe Thompson and Lynette Holloway at 7 p.m.

For more details, visit or phone 360-385-6919 or 360-385-5327.

■ On Saturday, caller Anne Marie Schaefer and dance band Cobbler of Olympia host the April Third Saturday Square Dance and Social at the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend.

All experience levels and ages are welcome. All dances taught. Singles, couples, troupes and tribes welcome.

Dancing starts at 7:30 p.m. Dancers are encouraged to bring light snacks to share.

Cost is $5 for adults; 16 and younger dance free.

Visit for more details or phone Dave Thiek at 360-385-3308.

■ On Sunday at the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend, American autoharp legend Bryan Bowers performs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Singers Jim Faddis and Cort Armstrong open the show. $15 at the door.

■ On Saturday at Dry Creek Grange, 3130 W. Edgewood Drive, Port Angeles, three bands will have you dancing from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Serendipity opens at 2 p.m., followed by Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band at 3 p.m., with Chuck and Gene finishing out the dance at 4 p.m. No cover. Refreshments provided.

■ Port Townsend’s Buck Ellard has returned from Phoenix, where he attended the premiere of the film “Dead in 5 Heartbeats,” which features his “Goodbye Song.”

He’ll have stories to tell at his live performances.

Kudos to Ellard for bringing Northwest musicianship to the big screen.


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 17. 2013 4:37PM
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