JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Festival adds after-hours event

THIS WEEKEND IN Port Angeles is filled with fun, frivolity and festival, and that means a lot of live music in the many venues of the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts.

New this year is festival after-hours at 10 p.m. at Wine on the Waterfront, Bella Italia, Bar N9ne and R Bar, all for a single $5 admission.

Four-day passes are $55 (the best deal), or there is a $15 or $18 daily pass. Not a bad deal for more than 50 acts.

For all the information (venues, times, bios, etc.), check the program in last Sunday’s Peninsula Daily News or at the ticket booth.

But that’s not all the music on the Peninsula.

Port Angeles

■ On Friday at the R Bar, 132 E. Front St., Jerry Miller, of Moby Grape fame, and his band rock from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Jerry covers the classic rock ’n’ roll tunes of the ’60s through the ’90s. $3 cover.

■ Tonight at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, come on down for Jerry’s Country Jam (no jelly here) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. If country’s your style, come and dance or play plugged or unplugged.

On Friday and Saturday, dance to Celtic, Canadiana and Americana tunes of Tiller’s Folly from 8 p.m. to midnight. Their music will lighten your step, lift your heart and delight your soul.

■ On Friday, Chuck Grall, Les Wamboldt and Olde Tyme Country 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 welcome guest Denny Secord Sr. of the Northwest Country Boys for an evening of acoustic country, bluegrass and old-time music from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Sunday, Johnnie Mustang hosts the blues jam at the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Next Wednesday, banjo craftsman Jason Mogi and bassist Paul Stehr-Green play from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Monday, Rusty and Duke entertain at Smuggler’s Landing at The Landing mall at 115 Railroad Ave. 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!

■ 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.


■ On Saturday at the Salt Creek Restaurant and Lounge, state Highway 112 and Camp Hayden Road, Ain’t Dead Yet (Steve Ketchum, Cordy Ketchum and Patrick Melville) play country and more at 8 p.m.


■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Old Sidekicks play country and old-time music at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Testify plays classic rock, blues and Southern rock from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3 cover.

On Wednesday, the Blue Hole Quintet plays toe-tappin’, danceable jazz, including standards, Latin, vocals, Dixie, waltzes and more from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Randy’s Place at Three Crabs Restaurant on 3 Crabs Road, Denny Secord plays country and country rock from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

■ At The Buzz, 128 N. Sequim Ave., Kelly Thomas and Victor Reventlow 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, 1965 Woodcock Road, dine to the music of R and B (as in Rachel and Barry) and their classic rock and Motown groove from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, the Cody Rentas Band plays current rock and blues from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. This young man can flat play his guitar — no doubt about it.

On Saturday, dance to the ’80s music of That ’80s Show from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, Way Cool plays from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and again Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ Tonight at the Upstage, 923 Washington St., eminent slide guitarist and modern roots singer-songwriter David Jacobs-Strain performs at 8:30 p.m. If that’s not enough, come at 7 p.m. for Abby Mae & the Homeschool Boys. $5 youths, adults $10.

On Friday, get lost in the shuffle with Lost in the Shuffle Blues Band at 7:30 p.m. $5 cover.

On Sunday, there are two shows: At 3 p.m., catch the Gothic folk of Foxtail Brigade; $8 voluntary cover. At 7 p.m., three of the finest guitar players in the country perform as the Pacific Northwest Guitar Trio. Paul Chasman, Terry Robb and Doug Smith are formidable talents. Adults $7, youths $5.

On Tuesday, there’s a special treat for young and old as Andy Mackie visits to play music with his kids and friends to raise funds and bring attention to the Andy Mackie Music Foundation at 5 p.m. No cover, but donations certainly would be in order.

Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

■ On Saturday at Sirens, 823 Water St., enjoy the jazz mix of Bluestone at 9 p.m. Bluestone mixes jazz with rhythm and blues with a piano and vocal base. $5 cover.

■ On Sunday at Port Townsend Brewing Co., 330 10th St., Steve Grandinetti performs songs from his upcoming CD on guitar, harp and vocals from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

■ On Saturday at The Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, the Skip Morris Trio plays jazz from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $8 cover.

■ On Saturday at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., enjoy the music of MoZo at 9 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., The Solvents, with special guest bands Susurrus Station of Portland, Ore., and Youth Rescue Mission of Seattle, play from 9 p.m. to midnight. $3 cover.

■ On Friday, Steve Grandinetti plays jazz, blues and originals on piano at Lanza’s Ristorante, 1020 Lawrence St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Saturday, Steve Grandinetti (he’s a busy boy!) plays guitar and harmonica and vocals rock, blues and reggae covers as well as originals at the Owl Sprit, 218 Polk St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (he’s talented, too).

Musical notes

■ Washington Old Time Fiddlers play music Saturday at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, Chimacum. All-players jam from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., performance following from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Donations support scholarships. Phone Hershel Lester at 360-417-6950 or email with questions.

■ Tonight at 7:30 at the Vern Burton Community Center gym, 308 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, there is a strange mix of audio and visual as performed by Poor Man’s Whiskey with a screening of “The Wizard of Oz.”

The music is a bluegrass adaptation of Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon,” combined with the soundtrack of “Wizard.” This is sure to be a tasty treat for the ears.

For more fun, come in costume! (I want to see who comes as Toto.)

Sponsored by the Peninsula Daily News, this is a Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts special event (not part of the weekend event per se). Tickets $20 at the door, $7 for children 12 and younger.

You’re not in Kansas anymore! (Thank God for that.)


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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