JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this weekend

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.

Port Angeles

■ 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.

Sequim and Blyn

■ 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.

Port Hadlock

■ On Saturday at the Ajax Cafe, 271 Water St., Mick and Barry perform at 6 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ 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.

High notes

■ 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, 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.

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