JOHN NELSON ON LIVE MUSIC: Warm up on dance floors on these chilly nights

YESSEREE BOB, MARY, Dick and Harry, the nights are getting more than just cooler, they are gettin’ down right cold.

Frost will be on the pumpkin before you know it.

The best way to keep warm on these chilly nights is dancing or, at least, tappin’ your toes to some live music.

Port Angeles

nAfter an absence of about five years or so, Hambone Wilson returns to the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway112 five miles west of Port Angeles, Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wilson and his band play some down-to-Earth southern style blues that will have you shuckin’ the mud off your boots. $5 cover.

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

On Tuesday, Rusty, Duke, Crash and Dale, the Hi-definition Band plays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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

nOnce again, this month’s Second Weekend Art Walk Friday night culminates at The Lyre’s Club, 229 W. First Street. SuperTrees will be playing your favorite tunes from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, from the Rolling Stones to Dave Dudley. Catch them from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., along with an interactive art program by Jeremy Caleb Mason.

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.

nStart your weekend on the right foot tonight at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave. with the smooth vocal stylings of Lynn Peterson, backed by the Phatt Kattz, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, BB and R (Barry, Bill and Rudy) return with acoustic folk rock from 8 p.m.

Tuesday’s Jazz on the Waterfront features the Sarah Shea Combo from 7:30 p.m.

If you have not heard any of these musicians before, this intimate setting is a good place to get to know them and their music.

• 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 Street. Charlie has added some new songs and stories for your listening and dining pleasure.

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

nGet 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 to 9 p.m.


nThe Big Fine Daddies are back in town and the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington, has them Friday and Saturday night rockin’ out from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dance a coupla’ tunes and your blood circulation will be good for another week. $3 cover.

nPete Barthell will be pickin’ and singin’ those good ol’ tunes from pre-World War II days Friday, at Galare Thai, 120 W. Bell Street, from 5:30 p.m. to closing.

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

• On Friday, Thom Davis brings his unique guitar style to Stymies Bar and Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

nCountry, rock and blues master Sammy Eubanks comes to Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, tonight from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and returns Friday from 9 p.m. to 1a.m.

On Saturday, dip into some “New York Salsa” with Johny Conga from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Bring your best dancing partner for this great act.

On Sunday, the Olympic Express Big Band, with vocalist Sarah Shea, will get you on thedance floor from 5:30 to 9 p.m. No cover.

On Monday, enjoy Mary Lou Montgomery and Nostalgia for some Monday Night Jazz from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

nThe Old Crusty Minstrels perform tonight at the Upstage, 923 Washington from 6 p.m. There is no cover for this fun show, but voluntary donations are accepted for the Key City Public Theatre.

On Friday, the Cee Cee James Blues Band plays from 8 p.m. $10 cover.

On Saturday, ham it up with Hambone Wilson and his southern blues band from 8 p.m. $10 cover.

Phone 360-385-2216 for more info.

• On Friday, Skidder Hill gets the music vibe groovin’ at Water Street Brewing, 639 Water St. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with some good ol’ bluegrass, country, and old time music.

At 9 p.m. the Cort Armstrong Band plays bluegrass, country and blues.

On Saturday, the funky groove-oriented jam band, Olympic Sound Collective plays from 9 p.m.

Music news

• On Saturday, Washington Old Time Fiddlers play music at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road. All players jam, 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., performance, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Donations support fiddler scholarships.

Phone Hershel Lester at 360-417-6950, or e-mail with questions.


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 (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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