JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Country up or boogie down this week

ALONG WITH THE weather, the local music scene is heating up.

Live music is now coming to farmers markets, public concerts and beer gardens.

Whether you like your music indoors or outside, you’re sure to find your musical muse several times over in the coming weeks.

Here’s the week’s lineup.

Port Angeles

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

On Saturday, the Night Beats play the classics of both country and rock ’n’ roll from the 1950s and ’60s from 8 p.m. to midnight.

■ Today at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, multi-instrumentalist Ches Ferguson jams with bassist Paul Eyestone and percussionist Zubrie Kamau from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday, have some fun with the Jukehouse Hounds and their Americana, rockabilly and blues complete with doghouse (sometimes called an upright) bass. They play from 8 p.m. to midnight. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Enumclaw’s Palmer Junction plays from 8 p.m. to midnight. They’ll be playing original tunes from their self-produced album “At the Shed,” plus a whole bunch of bluesy covers. $5 cover.

All Points Charters & Tours will run a free shuttle on both Friday and Saturday nights. Phone 360-775-9128 or 360-460-7131 for a free ride out or back.

On Sunday, Gil Yslas performs Celtic, roots and more starting at 7:30 p.m.

On Wednesdays, Joy in Mudville grooves from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Monday at the Bushwhacker Restaurant, 1527 E. First St., Charlie Ferris croons early hits spanning the genres of rock ’n’ roll, pop and country music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday, Les Wamboldt and Olde Tyme Country play old songs at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, from 6 p.m. to 8 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 and the Boys playing ballroom dance favorites from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $5 cover; first-timers free.

■ Every 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, the Discovery Bay Pirates perform sea chanteys and Celtic and Irish pub songs at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the Olympic Express Big Band plays your dancing favorites from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, put Final Approach in your flight path for dancing from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ Today at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Cort Armstrong and friends host a bluegrass jam from 5:30 p.m. to closing.

On Friday, the clarinet ensemble Toot Sweet performs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Cort Armstrong and Strider Yocum strum it up from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ It’s “All the Buzz” Wednesday at the Sequim Senior Activity Center, 921 E. Hammond St., with Victor Reventlow 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, Al Harris will tickle the ivories from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 U.S. Highway 101, Blyn, Southbound performs Southern rock from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, Rhythm Nation will have you grooving to the newest dance hits from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, “country up” with Denny Secord Jr. and Haywire from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, lovely Rachael sings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday in the bar, bluesman Thom Davis performs with his solid silver guitar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Port Ludlow

■ On Saturday at the Resort at Port Ludlow’s Fireside Restaurant, 1 Heron Road, Trevor Hanson performs classical guitar from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ On Friday at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Centrum Blues Workshop teachers and attendees Rich DelGrasso, Grant Dermody and Dean Mueller perform award-winning roots and blues music starting at 7:30 p.m. $8 cover.

On Saturday, Jim Nyby and the F Street Band deliver blues, classic rock and rockabilly “Big Easy-style” from 7:30 p.m. $6 cover.

As of this writing, The Upstage will be closed for two weeks after Sunday for renovations.

■ On Saturday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., it’s a triple bill featuring Lifestyles of the Poor and Unknown, Owl Service and the Black Chevys starting at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Wednesday, enjoy an evening of live music in Sirens’ pool room with Latcho and Andrea the Blond Gypsies performing gypsy rumba and flamenco guitar music at 7:30 p.m. $10 cover.

■ On Friday at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th St., Blue Rooster plays ragtime, bluegrass and country blues from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, Nathaniel Talbot entertains with complex finger-style picking with smooth vocals from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the beer garden.

On Wednesday, Sean Mugrage and Frank DePalma join forces as the drum ’n’ bass duo Lowire. They’ll be laying down original grooves from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Saturday, the Toolshed Trio play American roots-rock and blues at the Pour House, 2231 Washington St., Port Townsend, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The “trio” features George Rezendes, Tomola Sage on drums, David Conklin on bass, Jesse Watson on conga and Dave Meis on steel guitar.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Meredith performs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by Simon Lynge from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. No cover.

■ Today and Friday, Steve Grandinetti plays and sings at the Northwest Maritime Center Cafe, 431 Water St., from noon to 2 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 plays guitar at Alchemy, 842 Washington St., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

High notes

■ On Saturday at Coog’s Budget CDs and Tapes, 111 W. Front St., four punk bands play a free all-ages show at 5 p.m. The lineup includes Southender, Trinity Avenue, MCFD and Decapitate the Disciples.

The bands play a later show Saturday at the Coo Coo Nest, 1017 E. First St., at 10 p.m. for those 21 and older.

■ On Saturday, those 10 and younger are invited to bring a grown-up and come to a family dance at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, Sequim, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Washington Old Time Fiddlers will provide the music.

There’s a $5 cover for those 16 and older, and dancers younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

■ On Sunday, celebrate the grand opening of the Jefferson County Library, 620 Cedar Ave., Port Hadlock, and check out therenovated facility.

There will be music from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. featuring Harmonica Pocket, the Chimacum High School Jazz Band, Jim Nyby and the Unexpected Brass Band and Locust Street Taxi’s Frank Bertucci and James Porter.

■ On Saturday at the Sequim Farmers Market, Cedar Street and Sequim Avenue, jazz septet Cat’s Meow entertains from 11 a.m. to 2 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, 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: June 05. 2013 5:42PM
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