JOHN NELSON'S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Music hits the spot amid warm spell

I'M BACK WITH more music news this week, including a new venue, the loss of a longtime favorite, the return of a jazz diva, a slate of summertime community concerts and gigs at your favorite haunts.

Live music — just one of the many things that make our Peninsula so great.

Port Angeles

■ Tonight at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Jim Lind and Terry Roszatycki play classic country music from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

On Saturday, Richie Blue and his band play blues, rock and more from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ On Friday at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, Richie Blue rocks and grooves from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover.

Phone All Points Charters & Tours at 360-775-9128 or 360-460-7131 for a free ride out and back.

On Wednesday, the folk/funk three-piece Joy in Mudville plays originals and covers, starting around 7:30 p.m.

■ On Friday, Joy in Mudville heads to Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., with music starting around 9 p.m. No cover.

■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, the Old Tyme Country Band plays classic country music from the '40s and '50s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, all are welcome to 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., Wally's Boys play ballroom dance favorites from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $5 cover; first-timers free.

■ On Friday and Saturday, Dupuis Restaurant, 256861 U.S. Highway 101, features Bob & Dave playing 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 Old Sidekicks play classic '50s- and '60s-era country music, plus some old-time rock 'n' roll, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Buck Ellard sings, picks guitar and plays his fiddle from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ Today at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Cort Armstrong and a merry band of fellow musicians mix things up from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz perform from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, singer-songwriter Gil Yslas plays original arrangements and interprets rock and folk classics from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at Blondie's Plate, 134 S. Second Ave., Locos Only performs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Joy in Mudville plays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Friday at Stymie's Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Trevor and Sam the Pirates play Irish pub and folk songs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Wednesday, Victor Reventlow hosts an open mic night at the Sequim Senior Activity Center, 921 E. Hammond St., from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

■ On Friday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Seattle-based cover band KRY plays pop and rock hits from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Saturday, Latigo Lace plays classic and modern country music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, there's more country in store (with a touch of rock 'n' roll and the blues) when the Jim Hoffman Band takes the stage from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, Joey James Dean plays solo from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Sarah Shea and Al Harris entertain from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Port Ludlow

■ On Wednesday at the Resort at Port Ludlow's Fireside Restaurant, 1 Heron Road, Trevor Hanson plays guitar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ The Upstage may have closed, but club owner Mark Cole currently is staging concerts at the American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St. To make a reservation for shows at the Legion Hall, phone 360-385-2216.

Today, John Nemeth performs blues and soul music starting at 7:30 p.m. $12 cover.

On Friday, Pearl Django performs Gypsy jazz at 7:30 p.m. $10 cover.

On Saturday, Oregon-based guitarist and “song poet” David Jacobs-Strain (and friends) performs at 7:30 p.m. $8 cover.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., the Ray Wood Band, which includes mandolinist Matt Sircely and violinist Tim Wetmiller of Hot Club Sandwich, performs starting at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Run Boy Run takes the stage at 10 p.m. This Tucson, Ariz., five-piece has an old-time sound that draws from classical, jazz and folk traditions. $5 cover.

■ On Friday at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th St., the drum 'n' bass duo Lowire plays the beer garden from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, the Skip Morris Trio plays jazz outdoors from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, Jenny Davis entertains from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., local cellist Brandon plays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by George Rezendes and the Tool Shed Trio (now with five members) from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Saturday, Hot Club Sandwich, joined by Ray Wood, performs at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Saturday at The Pourhouse, 2231 Washington St., Robert Sarazin Blake, a Bellingham folk singer and songwriter, performs in the beer garden from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ Today and Friday, Steve Grandinetti plays guitar and sings at the Northwest Maritime Center Cafe, 431 Water St., from noon until 2 p.m.

■ Today, Steve also plays at the Owl Sprit Cafe, 218 Polk St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ Every Monday, solo guitarist Trevor Hanson plays at Alchemy, 842 Washington St., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Area concerts

■ Today, Port Townsend's Concert on the Dock features three bands: the Solvents, Aardvark and the Pitfalls. Music begins at 5 p.m. and runs until 7:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., Howly Slim and Sandy perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Tuesday, Sequim's Music in the Park Series presents Gypsy jazz performed by Cascada from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Wednesday in Port Angeles, the Concert on the Pier features the young blues/rock phenom Cody Rentas and band from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Public markets

■ On Saturday, Dale Hildebrand plays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Port Angeles Farmers Market, held in The Gateway transit center at Front and Lincoln streets.

■ On Saturday at Sequim's Open Aire Market, on Cedar Street between Second and Sequim avenues, Silver and Gold, featuring Les Wamboldt and Ken Maaske, “goes country” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

High notes

■ Starting Friday, Sequim Lavender Weekend will be in full swing. There are festival stages at the Second Avenue and Alder Street intersection as well as the James Center Band Shell north of Carrie Blake Park. Many farms have their own gigs scheduled as well.

Full details of all the events can be found in the Lavender Weekend insert distributed through the Peninsula Daily News.

Didn't get one? Find one at the PDN offices in Port Angeles, Sequim or Port Townsend.

■ On Saturday, Olympic Cellars, 255410 U.S. Highway 101 east of Port Angeles, presents Afro-beat, horn-driven funk from Polyrhythmics at 7 p.m.

Advance tickets are available for $13 at Cost is $15 at the door.

A portion of the proceeds supports Casting for Recovery, a breast cancer support group that uses fly-fishing as a way to heal sufferers both emotionally and physically.

■ On Saturday, Tracy Blume and her band, Jazz in Blume, return to Sequim for the seventh annual Jazz in the Alley event, held in the parking lot of Brokers Group, 219 W. Washington St.

Her band will feature Gert Wiitala on keys, Ted Enderle on bass and Tom Svornich behind the drums.

■ On Saturday in Quilcene, Freddy Pink plays Motown and classic rock 'n' soul music at the Linger Longer Outdoor Theater in Worthington Park.

The benefit concert for the Quilcene Historical Museum starts at 6 p.m. There will be food vendors and a beer/wine garden.

Adults $20; students and military, $15; younger than 12, free. Tickets are available at the Quilcene Village Store, Highway 101 Brewery or at the gate.


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: July 17. 2013 5:48PM
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