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Plan your dinner dates at restaurants and cafes that offer live music for your dining pleasure.
It can add romantic ambiance to your evening.
Grab your partner and go dancing.
I know you'll love it.
■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, it's Jerry's country jam welcoming special guest Terry Roszatycki's country classics from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On Saturday, Locos Only (Kevin Lee Magner, Scott Bradley, Russ Lowry and Taylor Ackley) plays house-rocking blues, rock and country from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
■ Today at Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., David Rivers and Christian Jensen stir up folk, blues and gospel as Kings of the Wild Frontier from 7 p.m.
■ Today at Cafe New Day, 102 W. Front St., Dan Maguire, solo singer-songwriter, performs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave, R and B (Rachael and Barry) play classic rock and Motown from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
■ On Friday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., Eggplant has a reunion at 9 p.m. $3 cover.
■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, Serendipity hosts a jam from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by Serendipity with guests Chuck Grall and Pete Cross from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Sunday, join the country jam from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
■ On Saturday at R Bar, 132 E. Front St., Junkyard Jane mounts the stage with its roots rock at 8 p.m.
On Wednesday, Jim Lind hosts the jam session from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
■ On Saturday, Coog's Budget CDs sponsors the “Punk Prom” upstairs at Studio Bob, 118½ E. Front St., and features Decapitate the Disciples, SST, Toxic Shock, Trinity Avenue and MCFD at 7 p.m. Dress up in your best punk/prom attire. $5 cover; for all ages.
■ 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.
■ On Friday at Salt Creek Saloon and Grill, state Highway 112 and Camp Hayden Road, Joy in Mudville, (Jason Mogi, Paul Stehr-Green and Colin Leahy) plays roots rock and Americana with jam band improv from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
All Points Charters & Tours will provide free transportation from Port Angeles for this event.
Phone 360-775-9128 to make a reservation for pickup and return.
■ On Friday at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Taylor Ackley plays a solo gig with blues and 1960s and '70s rock from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz perform jazz standards for your wining pleasure from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, Bill Volmut performs original tunes and covers from the 1960s and '70s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ On Friday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., listen to old Irish pub songs and sea chanteys by the Discovery Bay Pirates from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, Final Approach plays oldies dance music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
■ On Saturday at the Sequim VFW, 169 E. Washington St., kick up your heels with the Old Sidekicks from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Special guest Jim Faddis of Prairie Flyer and Farmstrong fills in for Bill Camuso, who is on vacation. Open to the public.
■ 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 Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 U.S. Highway 101, Chicago bluesman Keith Scott plays a very upbeat and interactive Cajun style with Americana blues from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Friday, Sucker Punch comes to the Seven lounge for the first time with its seven-piece rock show from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Saturday, Whiskey River plays tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd and others with its concert-quality music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, Jeremy Pederson goes contemporary-acoustic on stage from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Saturday, Keith Scott returns to the Rainforest stage from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
■ On Saturday at the Ajax Cafe, 21 N. Water St., R and B (Rachael and Barry) play acoustic classic rock and Motown from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ Today in the Fireside Room at the Resort at Port Ludlow, 1 Heron Road, Trevor Hanson plays classical guitar from 6 p.m. to closing.
■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., welcome back PT favorites The Blakes as they play gritty rock at 9 p.m. $7 cover.
On Saturday, check out Dan and the Juan de Fuca Band (Dan Maguire, vocals and acoustic guitar; Clark Driese, electric guitar; Eric Neurath, bass; and Declan Westcott, drums) at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
■ On Friday at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th St., the Dirty Beat Duo (Pete Lack and Jesse Watson) plays funky dance music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Sunday, solo acoustic guitarist Gerald Braude performs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, enjoy the Celtic tunes of Lobo Del Mar from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Lowire, a bass/drummer/vocal power trio, performs at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, funky, groovy jam band Swindler plays at 9 p.m.
■ On Friday at the Pourhouse, 2231 Washington St., Erin Hennessey and David Rivers play folk and blues 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.
■ On Tuesday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., Jim Nyby and the F Street Band jazz it up from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. No cover.
■ On Friday, the Heritage Barn Dance, sponsored by the Keeting-Hansen families, stages at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 240 Macleay Road.
The benefit seeks to raise matching funds from the state to restore the historic Sequim-Dungeness Valley barn.
The great boot-stomping American roots music of Dead Peasants Society, Good Machine and the Mad Fiddler will get you going at 7 p.m. $5 per person; kids younger 12, free.
■ On Friday, hear popular singer/songwriter Dana Lyons perform works from his new CD, “The Great Salish Sea,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Elwha Heritage Center, 401 E. First St., Port Angeles. Admission is $10.
Lyons, best known for his song “Cows and Guns,” is touring to raise awareness of the proposed export of fossil fuels through the region and its effect on orcas and people.
■ On Saturday at the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, the Country Capers are featured with Jean Gibson-Gorrindo doing the calling for the final dance of the season at 8 p.m.
Come with or without a partner. All dances are taught from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Requested donation: $8 for adults; $4 for those younger than 18.
Visit www.blackdiamonddance.org for more information.
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 email@example.com, 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.