JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Face the music and celebrate spring

NOW THAT WE’VE had some sun and are all feeling better, it’s time to go dancing and celebrate spring.

Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Jerry’s Country Jam features Terry Roszatycki singing country favorites from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Testify rocks the room from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ Today at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 W. U.S. Highway 101, Jason Mogi and Paul Stehr-Green of Deadwood Revival play for their friends at 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, Ches Ferguson plays at 7 p.m.

■ On Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., Abby Mae & the Homeschool Boys make one of their final appearances before going their separate ways. No cover, but donations will be accepted for their CD project.

Saturday marks the return of Lee Tyler Post, who now makes the Peninsula home. It’s a night of rock ‘n’ soul starting at 8 p.m. $3 cover.

On Sunday, chill out and warm up with the harp playing of John Manno from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

■ On Friday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., during 2nd Friday Art Rock (2FAR), dance to the Cruisin’ Bluesers at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Cort Armstrong and Blue Rooster play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3 cover.

On Monday, Justin Rivets plays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Saturday during 2nd Saturday Art Walk, Judy Clark sings a variety of tunes at Elliott’s Antique Emporium, 135 E. First St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday, Les Wamboldt and Olde Tyme Country, with special guest Howly Slim, perform 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 old-time music with guest Howly Slim from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Sunday at the Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., Locos Only, with Elora Bradley, Kevin Lee Magner and Scott Bradley, performs its high-energy acoustic music at 4 p.m.

■ On Friday at Smoke N’ Hot Espresso, 108 DelGuzzi Drive, Trinity Avenue, Robot Pi and the Estafets play at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Sunday at The Landing mall, 115 Railroad Ave., Country Gold provides golden oldies from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $5 single, $8 couple. Food and drink available from Smugglers Landing.

■ 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 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 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., get your Dixieland up with the Dukes of Dabob from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Denny Secord Jr. Trio, with Bobby and Ray, countries up at 5:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Three Crabs Restaurant, 11 3 Crabs Road, Denny and Bobby play country and classic rock from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Rachael and Barry perform Motown and classic rock from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday in Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, the Billy Shew Band plays blues, classic rock and contemporary covers and originals from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, the Hitmen play funk, Motown and soul from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, Junkyard Jane returns to the Peninsula with its rocking country blues from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ On Friday at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Jim Nyby and the F Street Band play New Orleans-style rock, rhythm, roots and blues at 8 p.m. $6 cover.

On Saturday, Sandy Diamond brings comedy, poetry and the blues at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday has two shows: Stars of Tomorrow and Port Townsend High School Band Projects at 5 p.m., and then Maray Fuego and the Crow Quill Night Owls provides jug band music at 8 p.m. $5.

On Wednesday, internationally known Genticorum, Canadian Folk Music Award winners from Montreal, plays. $18 in advance; $20 at the door.

Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.

■ At the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., Choro Tocando brings flute and guitar music today at 7:30 p.m.

The Better Half Band provides the music for a Port Townsend High School Optional Education Program fundraiser Saturday at 8 p.m.

■ Jack Dwyer and Tim Connell play mandolins with world music at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., on Friday at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, the rootsy music of Jack Acid prevails at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

John Nelson (not me) plays country, folk and originals Sunday at 7 p.m.

■ Also Saturday, the Brian “Buck” Ellard Band plays at the Highway 20 Road House, 2510 Sims Way, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3.

■ On Saturday at Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, the Elspeth Savani World Jazz Trio performs from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $10 cover.

■ 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 guitar at Alchemy, 842 Washington St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Steve Grandinetti plays and sings at the Northwest Maritime Center Cafe, Port Townsend, on Thursdays and Fridays from noon till 2 p.m.

High notes

■ On Sunday, the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts welcomes back Arlo Guthrie in concert at the Port Angeles High School auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave., at 7 p.m. The band features Abe Guthrie, Krishna Guthrie and Terry A La Berry.

Tickets are $21 and $30, and are available in Port Angeles at Port Book and News, 104 E. First St.; in Sequim at Pacific Mist Books, 121 W. Washington St.; or at

■ On Saturday, Washington Old Time Fiddlers play live music at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road. All-players jam from noon to 1:30 p.m.; performances from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. Donations support scholarships. Details are at


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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