JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Svelte up for the slopes at dancing to-do’s

NOW THAT SUMMER is over and the fall rains are here, the time has come to get in shape to hit the slopes when the snow of winter arrives in the mountains.

What does that have to do with live music? Dancing!

It’s said dancing is a great way to get in a cardiovascular workout, to keep your limbs limber and, most importantly, to soothe your soul.

Whether or not you dance or just listen, live music is an important part of the arts on the Olympic Peninsula.

(However, it’s OK to get crabby this weekend in Port Angeles.)

Port Angeles

■ Today at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, Chesnut Junction with Ches Ferguson, guitar; Kevin Briggs, guitar; Ron Daylo, flute; Paul Eyestone, bass; and percussionist Zubrie Kamau will have you grooving from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Friday, Northwest blues legend John “Scooch” Cugno and the 88’s bring their award-winning rocking blues for a night of moving and grooving from 8 p.m. to midnight. $5 cover.

All Points Charters & Tours can get you there and back free of charge. Phone 360-775-9128 for a ride.

On Sunday, RMB (Rachael, Mick and Barry) play classic rock, country and folk from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Wednesday, Kelly, Mick and Barry play mostly acoustic country and classic rock from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., Joy in Mudville lights up the dance floor from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. with roots, Americana, jam-band improv and more.

■ On Friday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., during 2nd Friday Art Walk (2FAR), BBR (Barry Burnett, Bill Tiderman and Rudy Maxion) plays classic rock, country, blues and folk at 8 p.m. Deedee Gonzales is guest artist. $3 cover.

■ On Sunday at Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., Joy in Mudville performs from 4 p.m. till 5:30 or so.

■ On Saturday on the Alle Stage upstairs at Studio Bob, 118 E. Front St., master bluesman Thom Davis and his harmonica man, Mr. C (Cory Crozier), play roots, blues, folk and country blues from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Saturday, Hawaii Amor plays the music of Hawaii at Elliot’s Antique Emporium, 135 E. First St., during the 2nd Saturday Art Walk.

■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, Dave and Rosalie Secord and Luck of the Draw invite you to join the fun along with their guest Neil Usselman from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

■ On Monday, Charlie Ferris returns to The Bushwhacker, 1527 E. First St., with his Memories and Melodies Show with some Halloween favorites of yore thrown in from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

On Saturday, the Olympic Express Big Band plays your favorite big-band dance music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, country up to the Denny Secord Jr. Trio from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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

On Friday, Taylor Ackley plays honky-tonk blues from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Linda Dowdell and Craig Buhler play jazz from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Wednesday at Nourish Restaurant, 1345 S. Sequim Ave., Victor Reventlow hosts the open mic from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with sign-ups at 6 p.m.

On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Kevin Lee Magner and Scott Bradley from Locos Only perform from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino in Blyn, Chrome Molly plays classic rock with a lot of AC/DC thrown in from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, let your inner fun out and dance to the Funaddicts with tunes ranging from Santana to Lady Gaga from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, Rachael with a special guest sings out her heart and soul from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Justin Kausal-Hayes from Author Unknown entertains from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Port Hadlock

■ On Saturday at the Ajax Cafe, 271 Water St., Trevor Hanson plays classical guitar from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Ludlow

■ Today in the Fireside Room at the Resort at Port Ludlow, 1 Heron Road, Trevor Hanson plays classical guitar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., local singer/songwriter Matt Sircely plays originals and covers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by Paul Benoit, a soulful singer/songwriter, playing blues, roots and Americana from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at Highway 20 Road House, 2152 Sims Way, Brian “Buck” Ellard plays his country originals and covers for the dinner show from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Buck will be accompanied by Neil Culbertson on piano.

■ On Tuesday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., Rex Rice and Friends play swing and jazz favorites from 6 p.m. to 9 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.

High notes

■ This Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Port Angeles is the 2013 Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, featuring Peninsula favorites performing hourly at the Crab Central tent. The full schedule is available at

■ On Sunday, the third annual Crab Revival takes place at The Gateway pavilion at Front and Lincoln streets with the Peninsula Men’s Gospel Singers, Kings of the Wild Frontier and the Joseph Irquia Band from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

■ On Saturday at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim, A Family of Friends performs from 2 p.m. Led by Pat Roberts, this finely tuned group plays classic country.

Tickets are $15 and are available by phoning the box office at 360-683-7326 or visiting


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: October 09. 2013 4:47PM
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