JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Dance, dance, dance on Peninsula

IT’S BEGINNING TO look like spring, if it would just feel like spring. You don’t have to wait for it to warm up.

All you have to do is find your favorite dance floor and put that spring into your step and dance, dance, dance.

Port Angeles

■ Tonight at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, the Sundowners will host a jam from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can’t help but have a fun time with these guys.

Chantilly Lace will get you on the dance floor dancin’ to rock from the oldies through the ’70s into the ’80s Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight. They might even throw in some classic country and blues.

■ On Saturday at The Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, dance to the roots, rock and reggae of Blue Meadows from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5 cover.

On Sunday, the Goodfellas have taken over the Junction Jam from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Next Wednesday, banjo craftsman Jason Mogi and bassist Paul Stehr-Green will play from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at Bar N9ne, 129 W. First St., the Northwest roots rock of the Tan Bandana Manband will get you dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3 cover.

On Saturday, three bands will rock your socks off. Port Angeles’ Robot Pi and Bremerton’s French Fry Crow and Handlebar Mustang will rock from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. $3 cover.

■ As part of the Klallam Earth Day beach cleanup and celebration, Wine on the Waterfront, in The Landing mall at 115 E. Railroad Ave., is excited to have not one but two nights of top-notch live music this weekend. Friday night marks the return of dynamic musical duo Jason Mogi and Paul Stehr-Green for a night of old-time Appalachia, jam-band improvisation and good old rock ‘n’ roll from 8 p.m.

Saturday, Paul returns with his cohorts from SuperTrees for a night of environmentally friendly photosynthesis and classic rock and pop with covers from the ’50s onward at 8 p.m.

■ On Friday, Chuck Grall, Les Wamboldt and Olde Tyme Country will perform at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band will welcome internationally renowned guitarist Paul Chastman and Haywire’s Denny Secord Jr. for an evening of acoustic country, bluegrass and old-time music from 
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Monday, Rusty and Duke make their Smuggler’s Landing, 115 Railroad Ave., debut with some pickin’ and sweet singin’ from 6 p.m. to 
8 p.m.

■ Every Tuesday evening at the Port Angeles Senior Center, Seventh and Peabody streets, the Port Angeles Senior Swingers present Wally and the Boys playing ballroom dance favorites for the dancing pleasure of all adults 45 years and older from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $5 cover, first-timers free.

■ Howly Slim picks and grins at Kokopelli Grill, 203 E. Front St., at 6 p.m.

■ On Wednesday at Dupuis Restaurant, 256861 U.S. Highway 101, Bob and Dave will play blues with a brew and barbecue from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sequim and Blyn

■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Sequim, Gil Yslas and Rick May will perform from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Saturday, get your country up and dance to your heart’s content to Denny Secord Jr and Haywire from 8 p.m. to midnight. $3 cover.

On Wednesday, Final Approach will glide in with some boomer music (’50s through ’70s pop-rock-country hits) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

■ Every Wednesday at Mugs ‘n’ Jugs Bar and Grill, 735 W. Washington St., Sequim, Jimmy Hoffman and friends will perform unplugged from 7 p.m. to midnight. Donations welcome.

■ At The Buzz, 128 N. Sequim Ave., Kelly Thomas and Victor Reventlow will host the very popular and rousing open mic Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, Woodcock Road, Bagley Creek (Jim Hoffman and Buck Ellard) will pick, grin and sing their way through your supper from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino in Blyn, Barry and Kelly will play folk and early rock from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, dance to the classic rock of Sugar Pill, first time in Club Seven. Sugar Pill features the two gals from Sway! Check it out.

On Sunday, swing and sway to the Stardust Big Band from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Monday, we be jammin’ with host Barry Burnett and friends, so bring your ax and/or vocal talents for the fun from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ Paul Boyton and Brethren will perform bluegrass and country out at Three Crabs Restaurant, 11 3 Crabs Road, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Port Hadlock

Tonight at the Ajax Cafe, 271 Water St., Buzz Rogowski will play jazz and originals on piano for the monthly wine dinner at 6 p.m.

On Friday, Daniel Meche will play classic finger-style guitar at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Brett Townsend will play original songs on guitar accompanied by mandolin at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Jim Nyby will play piano and harmonica with vocals of blues, ballads, jazz and soul at 5:30 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ Tonight at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Nell Robinson is backed by John Reischman and the Jaybirds playing bluegrass, country and old-time music at 7:30 p.m. $15 cover.

On Saturday, The Upstage will rock to Phil Gates and the Red Hot Blues Sisters with some great blues, rock and rhythm and blues at 8 p.m. $12 cover.

On Wednesday, Cort Armstrong, the Broadcasters and Matt Sircely will perform at 7:30 p.m. $7 cover. Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

■ On Friday at Sirens, 823 Water St., Radiation City romps from 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Derek Kelly and the Speed Wobbles play at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Friday at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., Stomp Down with Abby Mae & the Homeschool Boys will get you goin’ at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

On Saturday, the Madronas will play at 6:30 p.m., followed by Conor Sisk and the Speed Wobbles at 7:30 p.m. Blue Rooster will finish up at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

On Tuesday, Stones in Flood will perform at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, Buzz Rogowski will tickle the ivories at 6 p.m.

On Saturday at The Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, prepare yourself for some great Gypsy jazz — Django style — from Ranger and the Re-arrangers from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. $8 cover.

■ On Friday, the Uptown Pub and Grill, 1016 Lawrence St., will bring you the Latin-inspired combo La Bahza at 9 p.m.

■ Ol’ Howly Slim will be at the Banana Leaf Bistro, 609 Washington St., on Friday at 
6 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Quimper Grange, 1210 Corona St., dance to the zydeco, blues, and good old rock ‘n’ roll of the New Iberians from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with a pre-dance lesson from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All ages welcome. $12 cover.

Musical notes

On Sunday, various local musicians will play a “Hope for Japan” benefit from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Guy Cole Convention Center at Carrie Blake Park, Sequim.

The event is free, but donations will be welcomed. There also is a silent auction. For more information, phone Owen Blake at 360-461-9252 or Izumi Noda at 360-461-5296.


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 (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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