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THERE'S A FEVER spreading across the state that is recognized by dark-blue coloring with splashes of day-glow green.
This fever is not harmful but is actually a deterrent to the dreaded red-and-gold fever attempting to move north from California.
Stand your ground, but when the clamor dies down, get into your beast mode and move ahead, running and passing any obstacles that deter your path to the goal where you can dance.
We can only hope to dance many times.
Dancing to live music helps slow down the effects of spontaneous jumping and shouting that come when the fever reaches its peak, usually on Sunday.
Or, to put it another way: GO HAWKS!
■ On Friday at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, dance to the banjo-driven bluegrass and Americana of The Lowest Pair from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3 cover.
All Points Charters & Tours can get you there and back free of charge. Phone 360-775-9128 for a ride.
■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Jerry's Country Jam with Jim Lind and Gerald Pierce 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, Olde Tyme Country entertains for a good ol' time from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Sunday, join the country jam from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., newly formed Olympic Grooves with Rachael Jorgensen, Tamatha Dannewitz, Morgan Smith, Brian Thomson and Israel Butler provide music from Motown to Daft Punk with a focus on funky grooves from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
■ On Friday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., dance to Howlin' Zephyr with originals and covers in a wide variety of styles at 9 p.m. $3 cover.
■ On Friday on the Alle Stage upstairs at Studio Bob, 118½ E. Front St., the Soul Ducks perform high-energy, dance-inducing rockabilly, blues, rhythm and blues, and Motown at 8 p.m. No cover, but donations appreciated for this family-friendly event.
■ On Saturday at the Dry Creek Grange on West Edgewood Drive, Serendipity hosts a jam from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. All musicians are invited to join in.
■ 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
■ Today and every Thursday at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., hear Cort Armstrong & Friends play from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, RowanTree plays Celtic folk from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Taylor Ackley and Chuck Easton play jazz from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
■ On Friday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Old Sidekicks kick up their heels and more from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the Discovery Bay Pirates perform from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., followed by Awesome Bob from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Wednesday, Buck Ellard goes old rock and country from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
■ On Friday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, dance to Doublewide with a little country and a lotta rock from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Saturday, dance to the high energy of New Jack City. Wear your dancing shoes.
On Friday, Jim Hoffman plays country, blues and classic rock in the Rainforest Bar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Saturday in the Rainforest Bar, Justin Kausal-Hayes, lead for Author Unknown and Buckets of Rain, brings his solo act from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
■ On Sunday, the 1940s-'50s dance band Nostalgia invites you to dance at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $5 cover.
■ On Wednesday at Nourish, 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.
■ Today in the Fireside Room at the Resort at Port Ludlow, 1 Heron Road, Trevor Hanson plays from 4 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.
■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Joy in Mudville plays its mix of old-time/bluegrass/jam band rock/funk and blues in two shows from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
■ Every Monday at Alchemy, 842 Washington St., Trevor Hanson plays guitar from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ On Saturday, Chuck Easton and George Radebaugh are at the Pourhouse, 2231 Washington St., from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. No cover.
■ On Tuesday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., Rex Rice and Friends play jazz and swing from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No cover.
■ On Saturday at the Old Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road north of Sequim, the Old Sidekicks will host a CD-release party of their CD “Still Here,” with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.
Jim Faddis and Cort Armstrong will open the program. $15 per person includes a new CD; ages 16 and younger admitted for $5 (no CD).
To reserve seats, visit www.oldsidekicks.com or phone Steve at 360-683-9566 or Jack at 360-504-2440.
■ On Saturday, the Ukuleles Unite! Rendezvous at Grace Lutheran Church, 1120 Walker St., Port Townsend, will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There are classes for beginners and all levels. $3 donation.
■ On Sunday at the RoseWind Common House, 3131 Haines St., English country dancing will be taught by Nan Evans, with music provided by the Rosewind Country Dance Band from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
A potluck dinner follows, with $5 suggested donation.
It is a fragrance-free facility. No street shoes, please; dance shoes or slippers are acceptable.
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.