JOHN NELSON COLUMN: What’s shakin’ at Peninsula music venues?

WEATHER FORECASTERS SAY WE are in for a week or more of rain, but don’t let that dampen your enthusiasm for indoor fun and recreation. Keep your spirits up with some live music and dancing. There’s something for everyone across the Peninsula.

Port Angeles

• Local favorite top 40 rock ‘n’ roll dance band, Big Fine Daddies rock Castaways, 1213 Marine Drive, on Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. BFD’s variety makes the dancing fun. $3 cover.

• One of the favorite bands to play at the Junction Roadhouse, at the junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, returns Friday night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Junkyard Jane brings their roots rockin’ blues for another great night of foot stompin’ fun and music. $5 cover.

All Points Charters and Tours will be providing a shuttle service for this great show, so call 360-775-9128, to get a ride out to the Junction starting at 8 p.m., and safely back home again whenever you are ready.

On Sunday, Barry Burnett invites you to come out early and dance to a variety of music during the open mic jam from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The High-Definition Band is taking a month off from its Tuesday gig.

On Wednesday, Jason and Ches and friends play from 7 p.m. with some roots, folk and old-time music.

• On Saturday at The Lyre’s Club, 229 W. First St., Salem blends jazz, funk, spoken word, and some Afro-Cuban beats with a global message from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Based out of Boulder, Colo., they always make Port Angeles a popular stop on their Northwest Tour. Cover.

On Monday, Craig Logue hosts the open jam from 8 p.m.

Lynn Peterson and the Phatt Kattz are playing next Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

•Charlie Ferris brings his Memories and Melodies Show to Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’s musical therapy on these dark and dank fall evenings.

On Tuesday, Jazz on the Waterfront features the Ed Donahue Band from 7:30 p.m. $2.

• On Monday stop in for the dinner music show featuring Charlie Ferris and his Memories and Melodies Show from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bushwacker Restaurant, 1527 E. First St. Charlie has added some new songs and stories for your listening and dining pleasure.

• Tonight, Rene and Larry Bauer host the open mic at the Itty Bitty Buzz, 110 E. First St., from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

• On Friday night, the Veela Café, 133 E. First St., has Jim Lind providing both rock and country, fast and slow from his impressive repertoire, from 7:30 p.m.

• Get your acoustic bluegrass and old time music fix every Tuesday at Dave Secord’s Acoustic Jam at the Fairmount Restaurant, on Highway 101 west of Port Angeles, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


• The Olympic Express Big Band will be playing at the Sauer Kraut Restaurant, corner of Old Olympic Highway and Sequim-Dungeness Road, Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sequim’s own Tracy Blume will be the evening’s guest vocalist.

•Kelly Thomas hosts the open mic at The Buzz, 128 N. Sequim Ave., Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

• Just as the Joey James Dean Band opened the Oasis, 301 E. Washington St.,it will be one of the last bands to play it for outgoing owners Ken and Debbie Seavy.

The Joey James Dean Band plays Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., $3 cover.

On Saturday, the Usual Suspects finish out the weekend from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., $3 cover.

Ken and Debbie have booked music ahead for the new owners coming over from Seattle so there will be no interruption of service or entertainment.

• The vocals of Lynn Peterson grace Stymies Bar and Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Come and meet the newest “Kitty” in the Phatt Kattz, Linda Dowdell on keyboards.

• It’s a big weekend in the Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, beginning tonight with the classic rock and rockin’ blues of the Roger Enders Band from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday, rock at its glamorous best with the Nasty Habits from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, get dressed up for the “Evening Gown” competition and its $200 grand prize.

On Sunday, the vibe goes country with Robbie Walden and the Gunslingers for the first time at Club Seven, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. No cover.

Monday’s Jazz Night feature is Tracy Blume and Jazz in Blume from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is no excuse for not getting on the dance floor with this smooth combo.

Port Hadlock

• Tonight, at the Ajax Café, 271 Water St., Buzz Rogowski plays jazz on the piano from 6 p.m.

Saturday, BBR (Barry, Bill and Rudy) perform acoustic folk rock from 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Jim Nyby plays blues, ballads jazz, and soul from 5:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Jess plays Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John and other popular songs from the 1960s and ’70s from 6 p.m.

Port Townsend

• The Upstage, 923 Washington St., has hot blues from Portland, Ore., in the form of The Kolvane Blues Band Friday from 8 p.m. $10 cover.

On Saturday, Junkyard Jane, Northwest blues/dance favorite gets your juices flowing from 8 p.m. $10 cover.

On Sunday, the Penultimate Sunday Jazz Jam livens up the evening from 6 p.m. $3 cover/ players free.

Phone 360-385-2216 for more info.

• On Friday at Water Street Brewing, 639 Water St., experience the Fabuluxe Cabaret with burlesque, dancing, belly dancing and drag, with two shows, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $5 cover. On Saturday the raw organ sounds of the Ron Weinstein Trio featuring Colin Higgens on guitar and Brad Gibson on drums permeate from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

• On Saturday at the Castle Key Restaurant and Lounge, Seventh and Sheridan, the Bruce Cowan Trio jazzes it up from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $8 cover.

Music news

• On Saturday, the Stardust Big Band is doing a benefit for the Sequim High School Jazz Band at Sequim High School. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The Jazz Band plays first at 5:45 p.m. followed by the Stardust at 6 p.m., and then they join together for one great musical experience after dinner.

The price is $15 per person or $25 for couples and includes music, dancing, and dinner.

Tickets are available at the door or high school main office. For info, phone Sandi at 360-681-2529 or 360-775-6084.


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 e-mailing [email protected] (subject line: John Nelson).

Also, check out “Nightlife,” a listing of entertainment at nightspots across the Peninsula, in Friday’s Peninsula Spotlight magazine.

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