JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Experience mother lode of local tunes

I DON’T KNOW about you, but this hot spring weather sure does bring out the laziness in me.

OK, so it just makes me lazier. But when it cools off in the evening, it’s time to get out and enjoy some music.

Besides, Sunday is Mother’s Day, so take Mom out for a little of her favorite music this weekend, wherever and whenever it may be.

If she doesn’t already, she’ll love you for it.

OK, moms always love you, but take some time to return it!

Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Jerry Robison hosts the Country Jam, with special guests Les Wamboldt and Terry Roszatycki. They’ll get you dancing from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

On Saturday, the Jimmy Hoffman Band will have you rocking country-style from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ Today, start your weekend at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, with multi-instrumentalist Ches Ferguson playing from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday, BluMeadows and his band return for a great night of rock, reggae, blues and more from 8 p.m. to midnight. Cover.

For a free ride out and back, phone All Points Charters and Tours at 360-775-9128 or 360-460-7131.

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

■ On Friday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., singer-songwriter Michael Rivers performs at 7:30 p.m., followed by the modern bluegrass sounds of Witherow.

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., Jason Mogi and Paul Stehr-Green are joined by Colin Leahy to form a new band, Joy in Mudville. They will perform a unique mix of old-time/jam-band/rock ’n’ roll/Celtic/funk originals and covers starting at 8:30 p.m.

On Sunday, Jimmy Hoffman and Israel Butler perform as Jimmy and Issy from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

■ On Friday, Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., hosts a Second Friday Art Rock (2FAR) show featuring the high-energy acoustic sound of the Alternators and the work of artist Dani LaBlond starting at 8 p.m. $3 cover.

■ On Friday at Front Street Alibi, 1605 E. Front St., the Jimmy Hoffman Band plays classic rock ’n’ roll, country and more from 9 p.m. on.

■ On Saturday at Elliot’s Antique Emporium, 135 E. First St., Hawaii Amor performs the music of Hawaii on ukulele from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 U.S. Highway 101, Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band welcome guest musicians Mick and Barry for the show from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Sunday at Next Door Gastropub, 229 W. First St., Mary Tulin makes old songs new again from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., playing Celtic folk noir on six- and 12-string guitars and Irish bouzouki.

■ On Monday, take Mom out to a post-Mother’s Day concert by Charlie Ferris at the Bushwhacker Restaurant, 1527 E. First St., 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 and the Boys playing ballroom favorites from 7:30 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 the blues from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sequim and Blyn

■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Dukes of Dabob play Dixieland and traditional jazz from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday after the Irrigation Day Parade, the Denny Secord Trio plays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Afterward, rock out to Lust Puppy and Jack Havoc starting at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Wednesday, the Denny Secord Trio returns at 5:30 p.m. for some more country music and dancing.

■ On Friday at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., the jazz duo of Linda Dowdell (keyboard) and Craig Buhler (saxophone) performs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz perform jazz tunes from days gone by from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in honor of moms everywhere.

■ On Sunday at the Old Mill Cafe, 721 Carlsborg Road, John Erskine entertains on piano from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Wednesday, the Sequim Senior Activity Center, 921 E. Hammond St., has 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, Locos Only play from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The band features Taylor Ackley, Scott Bradley and Kevin Lee Magner performing its trademark brand of “roots in the blender” music.

■ Today in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 U.S. Highway 101, take Mom out early for a dance night with Mary Lou Montgomery and Nostalgia from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday, the Rainforest Lounge welcomes Thom Davis performing on his magic guitar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Meanwhile in Club Seven, Chrome Molly performs an AC/DC tribute from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Saturday, Jason Mogi of Deadwood Revival and Joy in Mudville plays solo in the Rainforest Lounge from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Saturday in Club Seven, the top-40 cover band Social Network will get you energized out on the dance floor from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, bring Mom with you to dance to the Stardust Big Band from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Ludlow

■ On Friday at the Resort at Port Ludlow, 1 Heron Road, the Fireside Restaurant welcomes Trevor Hanson on classical guitar from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., acclaimed Brazilian jazz guitarist Diego Figueiredo performs. The Jenny Davis Trio opens the show at 7:30 p.m. $20 cover.

On Saturday, the Mark DuFresne Band takes the stage. Mark is a renowned Northwest bluesman: vocalist, harmonica player, songwriter and a Grammy Award nominee. His band will be bringing the blues from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Cover. Phone 360-385-2216 for information or to make reservations.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., She’s Not Dead, an all-female band from Portland, Ore., mixes it up with some hard rock, pop and punk starting at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, the Solvents throw a record-release party at 10 p.m. The local indie rockers will be performing songs from their latest, “Ghetto Moon.” $5 cover.

■ On Friday at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th St., the drum and bass power duo Lowire performs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, Rachael, Mick and Barry play Motown, country and folk from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, enjoy folk rock from the Low Ones from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., local cellist Brandon entertains from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Following will be singer/songwriter Sam Maynard from 9 p.m. to 11 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 guitar 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 to 2 p.m.

High notes

■ On Saturday, Just For Fun sponsors a community dance at the Vern Burton Community Center, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, featuring the band Late Night Blues from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Bring a snack to share and $5 for admission. JFF students and dancers younger than 16 get in free.

■ On Saturday, the Washington Old Time Fiddlers, District 15, meet at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for jamming, lessons and practice.

The performances begin at 1 p.m., and the jamming will continue throughout the day.

Entrance is by donation. For more information, visit

■ On Saturday at the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend, the 2nd Saturday Contra Dance features the Wharf Rats with caller Jeanie Murray from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $6 cover; $3 for children and teens.

■ On Saturday, Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim, presents the second annual Men With Guitars concert, featuring an evening of ’60s and ’70s nostalgia starting at 7 p.m. $15 suggested donation, with all proceeds supporting the educational programs of the Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation.

■ On Sunday, blues and roots musician Mary Flower performs in a special Mother’s Day concert at Key City Public Theatre, 419 Washington St., Port Townsend, at 7 p.m.

She will be accompanied by son Jesse Withers on bass guitar. The show is part of the KCPT Concert Series, presented in cooperation with Toolshed SoundLab. $15 cover.


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: May 08. 2013 5:17PM
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