JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: From funk to rock ’n’ roll, tap toes or shake a leg

DON’T PUT IT off any longer. Time is running out for the many outdoor summer concert series across the Peninsula.

Those who have attended many of them know what a joy it is to sit outside and listen to the best music the Peninsula has to offer.

On another note, whether going to a music venue, camping, barbecuing or whatever, please drink responsibly this Labor Day weekend and have a designated driver or cab ride home.

We want to see you still kicking up your heels next week.

Port Angeles

■ Today at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, Chesnut Junction with 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, The Soulshakers, with Mike Pace (guitar, vocals), Jim Rosand (keyboard), Duane Wolfe (bass), Terry Smith (drums) and Cindi Lowder (vocals), will have you moving to the groove from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Wednesday, Joy in Mudville (Jason Mogi, Paul Stehr-Green and Colin Leahy) perform a unique mix of original and cover tunes from 7:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., local rockers Eggplant invite you to rock out from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Jerry Robison and company will have you moving to a country groove from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, the Olde Tyme Country Band, with special guest Mark Williams, plays classic country from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

■ Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., will serve up a helping of rockabilly and blues from the Soul Ducks beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday. No cover.

■ Rachael (from Rachael and Barry) will perform at the Port Angeles Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, the last in the hotel’s Hot August Saturday Nights series.

■ On Tuesday at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., the Port Angeles Senior Swingers present Wally’s Boys playing ballroom dance favorites from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $5 cover; first-timers free.

Sequim and Blyn

■ On Wednesday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Blue Hole Quintet plays jazz standards and more from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ Today at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Cort Armstrong and friends perform from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, Taylor Ackley and Chuck Easton play jazz from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Trevor Hanson, Craig Buhler and George Radebaugh play jazz from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Victor Reventlow moves his “All the Buzz” open mic to Nourish Restaurant, 1345 S. Sequim Ave., from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with sign-ups at 6 p.m.

■ On Friday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Crazy Texas Gypsies bring their Southern rock, blues and rock with a funk upbeat from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, the Nasty Habits invite you to another night of high-energy, top 40 rocking dance music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, Elvis is in the house in the form of Danny Vernon and his “Illusion of Elvis” concert from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, Rainforest Lounge piano man Larry Hill tickles the ivories from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, solid silver guitar slingin’ bluesman Thom Davis plays sweet music with special guest Mr. C on harp 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 performs classical guitar from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ On Wednesday, promoter Mark Cole of The Upstage presents international recording artists the Bex Marshall Band at the Highway 20 Road House, 2152 Sims Way, at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is a $7 donation at the door. Reservations can be made at 360-385-2216.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., folk musician Robert Sarazin Blake plays elements of Celtic, punk rock, country and blues at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, the Blue Holiday Band plays rhythm and blues, soul, blues and a little jazz at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Friday at the Port Townsend Brewing Co., 330 10th St., fresh off a 10-week tour, Seattle-based Ian McFaron Band plays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, Electric Blue Sun plays original music with a contemporary jazz sound from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, BBR plays 1950s and ’60s classic rock, rhythm and blues, Motown and country from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Sue Logg performs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by Matt Sircely performing from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Pourhouse, 2231 Washington St., the Shed Boys play in the beer garden from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Four on the Floor plays in the beer garden from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ Today, Steve Grandinetti plays guitar at the Owl Sprit Cafe, 218 Polk 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.

Area concerts

■ Today’s final Concert on the Dock at Civic Plaza at Water and Madison streets, Port Townsend, features a selection of emerging artists from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

■ Wednesday’s final Concert on the Pier event at City Pier in Port Angeles features Port Angeles super band SuperTrees playing rock ’n’ roll from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

All venues are all-ages. Pack a picnic and bring chairs, blankets, sunglasses, whatever to ensure a comfortable time.

Public markets

■ On Saturday at the Port Angeles Farmers Market at The Gateway center, Front and Lincoln Streets, the Young Fiddlers will perform with gusto and flair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

High notes

■ On Saturday at Olympic Cellars, 255410 U.S. Highway 101 east of Port Angeles, Polecat blends bluegrass, country, Celtic, rock and world music in a fundraiser for Port Scandalous Roller Derby at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $13 at 360-452-0160 or $15 at the door.

■ On Saturday at Fort Flagler State Park’s Battery Bankhead, 10541 Flagler Road on Marrowstone Island, the Friends of Fort Flagler present the Eric Miller Band in concert from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The band combines American folk with subtleties of rock, country and blues. $8 adults; children younger than 13, free.

On Saturday, bring your dirty car to Angeles Pawn, 619 E. First St., Port Angeles, and let the Port Angeles High School Band wash it for you from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Proceeds will support the band’s spring trip to Washington, D.C.

For more information, phone Leslie at 360-452-2536.


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: August 28. 2013 4:42PM
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