AS WE ENTER the month of May, everyone is getting energized for Cinco de Mayo celebrations. You’ll find them and much more right here.
■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Jerry’s Country Jam features from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with special guest Jim Hanson.
On Saturday, rock to MLR (Moderately Loud Rock) from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
■ On Saturday at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 W. U.S. Highway 101, dance to Chantilly Lace from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dave, Davey, Chuck and Chris deliver the tunes. Cover.
Transportation will be available free with All Points Charters & Tours. Phone 360-775-9128 to make a reservation.
On Tuesday, Ches Ferguson will be joined by Julie at 7 p.m.
■ On Friday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., enjoy vocalist Sarah Shea at 7:30 p.m. $3 cover.
■ Justin Scott Rivet does two solo acoustic shows weekly. On Fridays, Justin plays at the Barhop Brewery, 110 N. Laurel, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Mondays, you’ll find him at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
■ On Sunday at The Landing mall, 115 Railroad Ave., Jimmy Hoffman provides country and rock from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $5 single; $8 couple.
■ On Sunday at Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., the Winterlings perform at 4 p.m.
■ On Friday, Les Wamboldt and Olde Tyme Country, with special guest Mike Bare, play at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Sunday, join the country jam from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band play with guests Kelly and Barry from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
■ Get a jump on Cinco de Mayo on Friday at China First, 633 E. First St., with Jason Mogi and Paul Stehr-Green playing at 9 p.m. $3 cover.
■ Every Tuesday at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., the Port Angeles Senior Swingers present Wally and the Boys playing ballroom dance favorites from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $5 cover; first-timers free.
■ On Wednesday at Dupuis Restaurant, 256861 U.S. Highway 101, Bob and Dave play from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Discovery Bay Pirates perform at 5:30 p.m.
On Saturday, dance to Testify at 9 p.m.
■ Fret Noir will perform at Rainshadow Coffee, 157 W. Cedar St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.
■ At 6 p.m. Friday, enjoy Lee Tyler Post in the wine room of Dungeness Bay Wine & Cheese, 123 E. Washington St.
■ “Jazzy Judy” Clark sings at Pondecherri, 119 E. Washington St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.
On Saturday, Judy returns from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
■ On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, enjoy Lorrie Kuss and All About Me from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ It’s All the Buzz Wednesdays at the Sequim Senior Activity Center, 921 E. Hammond St., with Kelly and Victor hosting an open mic from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
■ On Friday in Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, dance to Dana Osborn and Two Miles High from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
On Saturday, dance to The Machine from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Sunday, get your country fix with the Mike Pratt Band and the Warren Brothers from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ On Saturday at the Ajax Cafe, 271 Water St., Mick and Barry perform at 6 p.m.
■ Three big bands set off the weekend at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., beginning with Ash Devine’s Appalachian Evening at 7:30 p.m. today. Sliding-scale cover of $3 to $8.
On Friday, Ron Hendee Band’s birthday bash will get you moving at 8 p.m. $10 cover.
On Saturday, blues/rock legend Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers performs at 8 p.m. $25 cover.
On Sunday, Mark Pearson will perform with guitarist Mike McCoy at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., it’s an evening of music and stories with Byron Pinegar and friends. $8 cover.
Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.
■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Cort Armstrong and Blue Rooster perform at 10 p.m. $5 cover.
On Saturday, Kevin Lee Magner and Locos Only perform at 10 p.m. $5 cover.
On Sunday, satisfy your fetish with Pretty Little Feet at 7 p.m.
■ The Port Townsend Brewery, 330 Water St., begins its outdoor music season Friday with Simon Lynge on the guitar from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Sunday, Gerald Braude plays solo acoustic guitar from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
■ On Saturday at Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, the Solvents perform from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $8 cover.
■ On Saturday at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., enjoy The Blue Crows at 7 p.m.
At 9 p.m., What Hearts, Damn the Dooms, Ripe Mangos and Sea of Horses perform. $3 cover.
■ Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Tres Piedras on Saturday at La Isla Family Restaurant, 1145 Water St., from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
■ Steve Grandinetti plays guitar at the Owl Sprit Cafe, 218 Polk St., today and Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ Today, classical guitarist Trevor Hanson plays at Ichikawa Japanese Cuisine, 1208 Water St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ Every Monday Trevor Hanson plays at Alchemy, 842 Washington St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ Steve Grandinetti plays and sings at the Northwest Maritime Center Cafe, 421 Water St., Port Townsend, on Thursdays and Fridays from noon till 2 p.m.
■ The last contra dance of the season takes place Saturday at the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, Port Angeles, with Odd Hack from Victoria from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Adults $6; 18 and younger $2.
■ The First Saturday Square Dance at Quimper Grange, 129 Corona St., Port Townsend, features Gabe Strand calling and the Geezertones providing music from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Adults $6; 18 and younger $3.
■ On Saturday at Pioneer Park, Sequim, Men with Guitars provides music at 7 p.m. Musicians appearing are Ron Muro and Noel Price, Jim Faddis and Cort Armstrong, Steve Koehler, Forrest and Steve Gilchrist, Dan Maguire and Clarke Driese. This is a fundraiser for the Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation for indigenous women and children in Chiapas, Mexico. A donation of $15 is suggested. Phone 360-683-8979 for more details.
■ Remember the Sequim Open Aire Market is opening Saturday. Erma and Mike (Naki’i) will provide music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
■ The North West Big Band and workshop participants, including vocalists Mary Lou Montgomery and Jenny Davis, will put on a show Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, corner of Water and Monroe streets, Port Townsend. $5 donation.
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 email@example.com, 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.