JOHN NELSON/LIVE MUSIC: Last chance to dance before school starts

IT’S HARD TO believe but the last weekend of August is upon us and the first day of sch ­– Whoops! I almost said it the dreaded “s” word, kids.

At any rate there is still plenty of music on the Peninsula.

Port Angeles

•Andy Koch and the Bad Dogg Blues Society bring their award-winning blues to Castaways, 1213 Marine Drive, Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dance the night away to this time-honored band. Cover.

• On Friday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., the Bluenotes return after their enthusiastic reception last month for another jazztastic night from 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Lee Tyler Post, the rock SSRqn’ soul gypsy troubadour returns also for an evening of powerful, passionate and moving music, from 8 p.m.

• At the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, 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.

On Tuesday, Rusty, Duke, Crash and Dale, the High Definition Band play from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Wednesday, Jason and Ches and friends play from 7 p.m.

• At the Lyre’s Club, 229 W. First Street tonight, stop in for the blues jam at 8 p.m.

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

Lynn Peterson and the Phatt Kattz are taking a week off but will return the following week.

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

• 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 U.S. Highway 101 west of Port Angeles, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.


• Way out west in the twilight zone, the Jimmy Hoffman Band returns fearlessly to the Mill Creek Bar and Grill, 1222 S. Forks Ave., Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. for some West End country stomp.

Sequim and Blyn

• Rock out Friday and Saturday on the music of Thin Ice at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

•Pete Barthel will be pickin’ and singin’ those good ol’ pre-World War II tunes on Friday at Galare Thai, 120 W. Bell St., from 5:30 p.m. till closing.

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

• On Friday at Stymies Bar and Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, enjoy Cris Anderson from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

•Howly Slim does it country style Saturday at Las Palomas, 1085 E. Washington St., 6 p.m.

• If you miss your country fix or just feel like more, catch Howly Slim again Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Sauer Kraut, 10181 Old Olympic Highway,

• It’s mostly about letters and numbers sprinkled with some Stardust this week in the Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn,

Tonight, BFD (Big Fine Daddies) rocks from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Friday, dance to the Top 40 tunes of 4 More from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, “hang ten” on the mechanical surfboard at the beach party with music by 4 More from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sunday and Monday get a double dose of Stardust Big Band with vocalist Sarah Shea and dance the way it’s supposed to be done from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Hadlock

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

On Saturday, The Dwyer Family Band plays bluegrass, old-time music with a jazz-influenced string band, from 6 p.m.

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

On Tuesday, (and every Tuesday) Jess plays Beatles, Billy Joel, Elton John and other popular songs from the ’60s and ’70s from 6 p.m.

Port Townsend

• Tonight, at the Upstage, 923 Washington St., five time winner and many times nominated “Best Blues Guitarist” by the Blues Music Awards, Duke Robillard and his band play from 8 p.m. $25 cover.

On Friday, Northwest blues favorites the Fabulous Roofshakers play from 8 p.m. $10 cover.

On Saturday, the mood and tempo change to music of the Belgrade, Sofia and Sarajevo, when the Balkan Cabaret perform from 8 p.m. $12 cover.

Would you believe the Penultimate Sunday Jazz Jam comes on the last Sunday this month? It does from 6 p.m. Players free, others $3 cover.

On Wednesday, enjoy Rex Rice Jazz Quartet from 7 p.m. $5 cover.

Call 360-385-2216 for more info.

•Skidder Hill plays old-time bluegrass and country Friday and Saturday at Water Street Brewing, 639 Water St., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

• On Saturday, the Katy Bourne Trio plays at the Castle Key Restaurant and Lounge, Seventh and Sheridan, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $8 cover.

Community concerts

• Tonight, Port Angeles’ The Lonely H play classic rock at the Concert on the Dock in Port Townsend from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This is the final dock concert of the season.

• Next Tuesday, at Sequim’s Music in the Park at the James Center Bandshell by Carrie Blake Park, the Stardust Big Band with Sarah Shea play tunes of the ’40s, and ’50s from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• On Wednesday, in the final Concert on the Pier in Port Angeles, Howly and Da Boyz play from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Music news

• On Saturday, in the final 2009 Concert of Summer at Olympic Cellars Winery, Deadwood Revival winds up the wind down with some good ol’ foot poppin’-hand clappin’-down home fun time music that makes you happy to be alive.

Built Green of Clallam County is this weeks beneficiary of the $5 cover.

• On Friday, the Olympic Express Big Band kicks off the Senior Olympics at the Port Angeles Senior Center, Seventh and Peabody, at 6:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.


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 news@ (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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