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You’re not a mom, and he’s not a dad? Take him out anyway. You’ll both have a good time.
There’s plenty of old-time rock ’n’ roll, jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, Top 40 rock and more.
Gals, it’s all up to you. Whether you take the father of your children or your own dad (mom, too), you’re bound to have a good time at one of the following live music venues.
■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, High Country with Rusty and Duke plays country classics from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
On Saturday, Andy Koch and the Badd Dog Blues Society play rocking blues from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
■ Today at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, multi-instrumentalist Ches Ferguson is joined by regulars bassist Paul Eyestone and percussionist Zubrie Kamau from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Friday, bluesman Blu Meadows serves up belting blues from 8 p.m. to midnight. Cover.
On Saturday, Classic Case plays blues, rock and more from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Phone All Points Charters & Tours at 360-775-9128 or 360-460-7131 for a free ride out and back both nights.
On Sunday, Country Gold plays classic country tunes at 7 p.m.
On Wednesday, Joy in Mudville with Jason Mogi, Paul Stehr-Green and company brings roots, Americana and more from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
■ On Friday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., the 2nd Friday Art Rock features Port Townsend’s Steve Grandinetti Band in a rare Port Angeles appearance at 8 p.m. $3 cover.
Port Angeles painter Jeff Tocher is the artist in residence.
■ On Friday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., the irrepressible Charlie Ferris croons the tunes your father and grandfather courted your mother and grandmother with from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band welcome Jimmy Hoffman in a special solo appearance 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 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.
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■ On Friday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., get your Dixieland fix with the Dukes of Dabob from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Blu Meadows plays rocking blues from 8 p.m. to midnight.
On Wednesday, swing with Dean Ratzman 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. until closing.
On Friday, Bill Volmut plays original tunes but can be coaxed into playing ’60s and ’70s rock from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Gil Yslas draws from blues, rock, folk and American roots traditions on acoustic guitar from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
■ On Wednesday, it’s “All the Buzz” 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, Locos Only plays its trademark “roots in a blender” music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ On Friday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Stripped plays modern dance rock from 8 p.m. to midnight.
On Saturday, 93 Octane plays newer dancing favorites from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Sunday, the Jimmy Hoffman Band plays country, blues, classics and originals from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On Friday and Saturday in the Rainforest Lounge, it’s Joey James Dean singing solo from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Saturday at the Resort at Port Ludlow’s Fireside Restaurant, 1 Heron Road, Trevor Hanson performs on classical guitar from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ On Saturday at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., award-winning Northwest blues man Randy Oxford and his band play from 8 p.m. on. $12 in advance; $14 at the door.
For the next several weeks, The Upstage will have live music Saturday nights only due to construction and remodeling projects. Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.
■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Colorado-based singer/songwriter Arthur Lee Land plays a fusion of folk rock, Afrograss and electronica at 10 p.m. $5 cover.
On Saturday, Billy Dwayne and the Creepers from Ballard play hard-hitting rockabilly at 10 p.m. $5 cover.
■ On Friday at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th Street, the Tool Shed Trio performs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Sunday, the Skip Morris Jazz Trio performs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, Chuck Easton and company play jazz from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., local cellist Brandon Smith performs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and The Joe Jackson Project performs from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. No cover.
■ On Friday at the Highway 20 Road House, 2152 Sims Way, Buck Ellard performs country originals and covers from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Buck has a song featured in the new movie “Dead in 5 Heartbeats,” which is playing in selected cities across America.
■ 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.
■ Today and Friday, Steve Grandinetti plays and sings at the Northwest Maritime Center Cafe, 431 Water St., from noon till 2 p.m.
■ On Saturday, it’s worth the drive to Linger Longer Outdoor Theater, 151 Columbia St., Quilcene, for popular dance band The Better Half, performing from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Opening the show will be Port Townsend’s up-and-coming young rock band Band Lab. These middle and high school students have been playing together for three years. $15 general admission; $10 for students 18 and younger; 2013 graduates with student ID and kids younger than 12 get in free.
■ Feeling groovy? On Sunday, the Sequim City Band celebrates the ’60s in another Decade of Music honoring Sequim’s centennial in its second outdoor concert at the James Center for the Performing Arts at 3 p.m. Sharing the stage will be the Olympic Wind Ensemble.
■ On Saturday at the Dry Creek Grange, 3130 W. Edgewood Drive, the Port Angeles bands Serendipity and High Country play for the community dance from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
■ On Saturday at Sequim Open Aire Market on Cedar Street between Second and Sequim avenues, the Winding River Band performs a blend of bluegrass and country from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
■ On Saturday, Chuck Grall will play old-time country at The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the flea market.
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.