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“It was time for a breather — time for a good, long break and to do something different,” he said in an interview this week.
He's been working in his brother Willie's business, Port Angeles-based All Points Charters & Tours, driving a van, booking clients and being a guide to out-of-town visitors.
“When I started my column, 'John Nelson's Live Music,' on Sept. 18, 2002, I thought it was a project — to spotlight where to find live, local music on the North Olympic Peninsula — that I was going to do for no more than two years,” said Nelson, a longtime manager and event planner in the Peninsula's music scene.
“Well, it became something bigger, lasting for almost 12 years.”
John said he's in good health, enjoys working with his brother — “It's been a busy summer for tourism” — and compliments PDN News Assistant Anne Sargent, who now compiles the music column — simply called “Live Music” — for publication every Thursday.
“I think Annie is doing a very good job,” he said.
Will he return to doing the column?
“I'd like to, but I'm just not sure when,” he said.
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There are still a lot of outdoor concerts and events to enjoy.
■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, it's Jerry's country jam with guest singers Rusty and Duke and guest musician Jim Hensen from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On Saturday, the Soul Ducks play rockabilly and danceable blues from 8 p.m. to midnight.
■ Today at The Dam Bar, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112, Chip Norris hosts the jam session from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
■ Today at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., the open-mic variety show begins at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, Sequim's Hookeys play ska-oriented rock at 9 p.m. $3 cover.
■ On Saturday at Studio Bob, 118½ Front St., Abney Park, a self-described post-apocalyptic steampunk band, and Sideshow, a steampunk-cabaret ensemble headed by Merryn Welch, plays from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25 at Odyssey Bookshop, 114 W. Front St.
■ On Friday at Barhop Brewery, 124 W. Railroad Ave., Joy in Mudville kicks off the weekend at 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Three Too Many plays classic rock to support Hog Wild, a benefit event for the Olympic Medical Center Foundation, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Tickets for Hog Wild are $25, which includes a pig roast and drinks, but patrons can come for the band only at no cost.
■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, there's a jam session from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by Dave and Rosalie Secord with Luck of the Draw hosting special guest Yodeling Merle from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ On Sunday at Next Door Gastropub, 131 W. First St., singing-songwriting acoustic duo Lisa Housman and Dave Falk from Boston perform in concert as Sweet Wednesday at 6 p.m. No cover.
■ On Tuesdays 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.
■ Today at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Cort Armstrong and friends entertain from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On Friday, Rick Meade with Me and the Boys cut up both bluegrass and “newgrass” from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Saturday, Jenny Davis, a jazz vocalist from Port Townsend, entertains from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Wednesday, Bill Volmut showcases original tunes and acoustic folk rock from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ On Friday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Old Sidekicks play country for dancing from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., stopping early for the preseason Seattle Seahawks game.
On Saturday, Dream City plays 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, Buck Ellard plays country covers and originals from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
■ On Friday at Stymie's Bar and Grill at the Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Mick and Barry play acoustic classic rock and country from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ On Friday at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., local band Power House, with Kate Powers, fiddle; Ethan Powers, guitar and banjo; Kristina Tormala, Oregon bass; Chris Burt, guitar and mandolin; and backup caller Amy Carroll of Seattle, performs in an all-ages community contra dance and concert from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Family-oriented. Free.
In case of rain, the dance will be in the Sequim High School cafeteria, 601 N. Sequim Ave.
■ On Saturday at the Sequim VFW, 169 E. Washington St., Round Trip, featuring Dee Coburn along with Rodger Bigelow and Jim Noble, provides a variety of music for the public to dance to from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No cover.
■ On Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express, 1441 E. Washington St., Gil Yslas entertains at the weekly Music on the Roof from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ 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, Keith Scott, imported from Victoria, plays real roots and more from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Friday, Notorious 253 plays today's top hits from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Saturday, Disco Ballz plays hits from the '70s and current rock from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, listen to mellow tunes by Bob Seeley from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Saturday, Keith Scott stays over to play softer rock from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
■ On Saturday at the Ajax Cafe, 21 N. Water St., Trevor Hanson plays classical guitar from 5 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., Nathan Kalish and the Lastcallers bring original country, written by Kalish, at 9 p.m. Compared to John Prine, Tom Petty and Paul Westerberg, you'll find his variety worth the trip. $5 cover.
On Saturday, Mustered Courage, a quartet based in Melbourne (yes, Australia), bridges the gap between traditional bluegrass and modern roots at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
On Tuesdays, there's a fiddler jam session at 7 p.m.
On Wednesdays, join in the open-mic night starting at 9 p.m.
■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Matney Cook and Paul Benoit bring classic honky-tonk, roots-rock and bluesy jam fun starting at 9 p.m.
On Saturday, Benoit returns with Damien Aitken, this time playing original blues, roots and funk with some Americana thrown in, from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
■ On Friday at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th St., Janie Cribbs and the T. Rust Band are in the beer garden playing soulful “folkadelic” rock from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Sunday, Pies on the Run, with Nancy Fitch on guitar and Claudia Neva on fiddle, offer hillbilly ballads and old-time swing tunes for entertainment from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On Monday, Lobo Del Mar plays global music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the beer garden.
On Wednesday, experience Lowire with multilayered funk and rock using traditional instrumentation and electronica from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ On Friday at the Pourhouse, 2231 Washington St., Southbound (from Seattle) performs Southern rock in the impound lot from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For those 21 and older. Free.
On Saturday, the Junk Parlor plays funk, Gypsy jazz, rock and Americana in the impound lot from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For those 21 and older. Free.
■ On Friday at Pippa's Real Tea, 636 Water St., Alanna Dailey sings jazz with Bruce Cowan from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
■ On Saturday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., Blue Holiday Band plays danceable blues from 9 p.m. to midnight. $5 cover.
On Tuesday, Combo Choro plays popular Brazilian music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
■ Every Monday, Trevor Hanson plays guitar at Alchemy, 842 Washington St., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ Today at Pope Marine Plaza in downtown Port Townsend, the Concert on the Dock imports from Seattle the improvisational earth-rock band High Council.
The event opens at 4:30 p.m., with music from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Free.
Attendees can bring picnics or find food to-go at local businesses.
A beer, wine and cider garden will be available.
■ On Saturday, Olympic Cellars, 255410 U.S. Highway 101, winds down its summer concert series with Creme Tangerine at 7 p.m.
Seattle's premier Beatles cover band brings the Magical Mystery Tour era back to life with its versions of hits and B-sides.
This is a benefit performance for Habitat for Humanity of Clallam County.
Tickets are $13 in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com or $15 at the door.
■ On Saturday at Fort Flagler, 10541 Flagler Road, Nordland, Joy in Mudville plays an outdoor concert from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Offering up a variety of musical influences from old-time bluegrass to jam-band, Motown, rock and funk, Jason Mogi on claw-hammer banjo/guitar, Paul Stehr-Green on bass and Colin Leahy on bodhran/djembe are known locally for their fresh performances.
■ On Monday at the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, a special contra dance called by Vermonter Will Mentor will be at 6:30 p.m. Perpetual e-Motion is the band. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for teens/seniors and $5 for kids.
■ On Tuesday in Carrie Blake Park, 202 N. Blake Ave., Sequim, the last summer concert for Music in the Park will feature the Navy Band Northwest starting at 6 p.m., with free fun for all.
■ On Wednesday, leave work and head to Port Angeles City Pier for Joy in Mudville on stage from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free.
Live Music appears every Thursday. It is compiled by News Assistant Anne Sargent.
Contact the news desk by phoning 360-417-3527 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with “Live Music” in the subject line. And note: The 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.