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You’ve worked hard this summer, and you need a break. You know it. You deserve it.
So get out there, kick up your heels and dance, dance, dance.
■ Today at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, Chesnut Junction comes together with soulful blues numbers, classic rock hits and original tunes starting at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Joy in Mudville makes a rare weekend appearance at 9 p.m.
On Wednesday, the Mudville boys return to their regular weekday slot at around 8 p.m.
■ On Friday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 E. Railroad Ave., vocalist and all-around entertainer Charlie Ferris promises to work three or four new songs into his show featuring music from the 1950s-’70s.
■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., enjoy rhythm-driven rock ’n’ roll infused with funk, soul and reggae when SuperTrees entertains from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, the Olde Tyme Country Band plays classic country from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ On Tuesday at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., Wally’s Boys provide musical accompaniment for your ballroom dancing pleasure from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $5 cover; first-timers free.
■ On Friday and Saturday at Dupuis Restaurant, 256861 U.S. Highway 101, Bob and Dave play the blues from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, High Country plays old-time country favorites from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
■ On Friday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., enjoy the bluesy classic rock stylings of Black Rock starting at 9 p.m. $3 cover.
■ On Saturday at the Port Angeles CrabHouse Restaurant, 221 N. Lincoln St., the Mogis (also known as Kim Trenerry and Jason Mogi) strum, pick and harmonize from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the waterfront patio at the Red Lion’s Hot August Saturday Night Beach Front Barbecue.
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■ On Friday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., eclectic singer-songwriter Gil Yslas performs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, it’s an evening of Port Townsend rhythm ’n’ blues and soul with the Blue Holiday Band keeping it tight from 8 p.m. to midnight.
On Wednesday, Dee Coburn and the Night Beats deliver old-time rock ’n’ roll and country music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
■ On Thursday, it’s a Pick ’n’ Pair evening at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., with Cort Armstrong and Friends playing traditional acoustic music from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz perform from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Kevin Lee Magner and Scott Bradley, members of Locos Only, perform as a duo from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
■ On Wednesday, the Sequim Senior Activity Center, 921 E. Hammond St., holds its weekly open mic from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Victor Reventlow hosts. Sign-ups start at 6 p.m.
■ On Friday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Seattle-based classic pop rockers the Pop Offs play rock ’n’ roll hits from the past 40 years from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Saturday, Whiskey River offers a rip-roaring, reverential tribute to the Ronnie Van Zant era. You’ll hear Lynyrd Skynyrd hits from their mid-’70s heyday, including a soaring, note-for-note rendition of the epic “Free Bird,” starting at 9 p.m.
On Sunday, take a trip down memory lane from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the Timebenders. This talented crew performs danceable hits from over the years, complete with costumes and impersonations of some of your famous artists.
On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, singer-guitarist Joey James Dean plays a solo set from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Saturday in the Rainforest Bar, bluesman Thom Davis plays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
■ On Saturday at the Resort at Port Ludlow’s Fireside Restaurant, 1 Heron Road, Trevor Hanson performs classical pieces on guitar from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Wednesday, Trevor returns, entertaining diners from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ On Friday at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th Street, R and B — also known as Rachael Jorgenson and Barry Burnett) entertain from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a diverse mix of ’50s and ’60s rock ’n’ roll, rhythm and blues, Motown and country.
On Sunday, the Alternators perform Cajun and zydeco music from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, Allyn and Guthrie perform their style of “Heavy Wood,” acoustic rocking blues with attitude, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ On Friday at Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., the Twins, Julie and Meg, perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by Simon Lynge from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
On Saturday, the Groove Merchants play upbeat jazz and Latin grooves starting at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., the Crow Quill Night Owls perform their last “hometown” show before relocating to Asheville, N.C. Music starts around 10 p.m. $5 cover.
On Saturday, the Solvents make their Sirens debut with a brand-new backing band, Hardvark.
■ On Thursdays and Friday, Steve Grandinetti plays and sings at the Northwest Maritime Center cafe, 431 Water St., from noon till 2 p.m.
■ Today, “Stevie G” also 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.
■ Today, the Concert on the Dock in Port Townsend features George Rezendes and his ToolShed Trio playing from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
■ On Tuesday, Porto Alegre plays Latin jazz from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the latest offering from Sequim’s Music in the Park Series, held at the James Center Band Shell north of Carrie Blake Park.
■ On Wednesday in Port Angeles, the Concert on the Pier Series presents vintage folk rock from Twisted Roots from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
All of the above community concerts are all-ages, so bring the kids, pack a picnic, chairs, blankets, sunglasses or whatever else you need to ensure a good and comfortable time. (We’ll let you finish compiling your own lists.)
■ On Saturday at the Port Angeles Farmers Market at The Gateway center, corner of Front and Lincoln streets, Howly Slim will be picking and grinning from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
■ On Saturday at Olympic Cellars, 255410 U.S. Highway 101, soul/R&B singer Leroy Bell headlines a benefit for the Clallam County League of Women Voters at 7 p.m. Leroy is perhaps best-known for appearing on the first American season of “The X Factor,” a televised talent contest in which he finished eighth overall. Advance tickets are available for $13 by calling 360-452-0160 and will cost $15 at the door.
■ On Saturday at Battery Bankhead at Fort Flagler State Park, the venerable Port Angeles band Chantilly Lace plays old-time rock ’n’ roll, rockabilly, country rock, classic rock and blues — the sum of which they just call “crock” — from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $8 adults; free for children 12 and younger.
■ On Friday, it’s a free Summertime Music! show at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave., featuring the classic country sounds of the Old Sidekicks from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ On Sundays in August, Music@McComb is “where bluegrass grows.” This week, the West End bluegrass band Loose Gravel entertains at 1 p.m. in the shade garden at McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road, Sequim.
■ On Saturday at Dry Creek Grange, 3130 W. Edgewood Drive, Port Angeles, Serendipity welcomes its special guests, High Country’s Rusty and Duke, for an afternoon of country music from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
■ This week, the Clallam County Fair features a heaping helping of live music. Check out the program for stage and schedules. One thing’s for sure, though: You’ll be sure to spot Dave and Rosalie Secord strolling the fairgrounds each day playing country and bluegrass.
My friend Maureen McDonald, longtime owner of Dupuis Restaurant where she hosted live music every weekend, passed away recently from cancer. The food just got better in heaven.
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.