JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Festival adds to full list of live music this weekend

TIRED OF WET and rainy campouts on Memorial Day weekend?

Then take in the 17th annual Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts this weekend in Port Angeles for 145 performances of dance, theater and live music from around the world from Friday evening through Monday at four locations.

All the program listings, ticket information, etc. can be found in the program that was delivered in your favorite daily newspaper last Friday or at”

Co-sponsored by the Peninsula Daily News, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington Arts Commission and many other local businesses and organizations, this has become the major arts event on the Peninsula.

And remember: kids 12 and younger are admitted free!

But wait, there’s more! There is a lot more live music across our beautiful Peninsula.

Port Angeles

• Tonight at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, the Sundowners host a jam from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. These fellas really know how to have fun!

The Jimmy Hoffman Band returns Friday and Saturday for some hit kickin’ country and rock ‘n’ roll dancin’ favorites from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3 cover.

The Sundowners and their old-time country music are back Saturday afternoon from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. following the Halibut Derby and leading up to the Jimmy Hoffman Band.

• Out at the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S Highway 101 and state Route 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, two nights of entertainment await this weekend.

On Friday, the acoustic sagebrush blues power duo Ravinwolf stops in on their tour in support of their CD, “Live at the Columbia City Theater,” from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. They are nominated for best solo/duo blues act by the Washington Blues Society. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Washington Blues Society winner Nicole Fournier and her band perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Nicole’s birthday bash. It’s great to have her back at the Junction. $5 cover.

Need a ride for this one? All Points Charters and Tours will again be providing safe transportation Saturday night. Just call John at 360-775-9128 to make a reservation for pickup starting at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, Barry Burnett invites you to come out early and dance to a variety of music during the open mic jam from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Wednesday, The Good Medicine Band with Jason, Ches and Justin play from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

• Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., has the irrepressible Charlie Ferris crooning you favorite tunes at 7 p.m. He’s added some country tunes (without the twang, I’m sure) to his broad repertoire. I’m happy because since day one I’ve called out for a country tune or two at his performances. $3 cover.

On Saturday, WOW gives a warm welcome back for Scott Sullivan and his folk-styled pop songs with crafty melodies and high-energy performance at 8 p.m. $5 cover.

• On Saturday, Bob Calabria and the Bluenotes are playing late night jazz at Kokopelli’s Underground, 203 E. Front St., from 9 p.m. to 1a.m.

• Dave Secord and Rosalie and the whole Luck of the Draw gang are back at the Fairmount Restaurant, on U.S. Highway 101 west of Port Angeles, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the Tuesday acoustic jam. Don’t be left out!

• On Friday night, The Veela Cafe, 133 E. First St., has Jim Lind providing both rock and country, fast and slow, from his impressive repertoire, at 7:30 p.m.

• Every Tuesday evening, the Port Angeles Senior Swingers present Wally and the Boys, playing ballroom dance favorites for the dancing pleasure of all seniors 55 years plus, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Port Angeles Senior Center, Seventh and Peabody streets. $5 cover, first-timers free!

Sequim and Blyn

• Tonight, don’t miss the jam hosted by Chantilly Lace at the Oasis Sports Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Any Thursday night you’ll find some of the best jammers from your favorite bands. Classic rock and country from the ’50s and ’60s, blues and pop from later decades are all in the broad repertoire honed over 35 years. Jammers come in early and sign in on the sign-up sheet.

On Friday, stop in early for some bluegrass, country and old-time music from Skidder Hill, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Stop in later for some louder, wilder heavy side when metal bands Elephant Graveyard, Lenore and Super Happy Story Time Land turn it up from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3 cover.

By next Wednesday, the dust and vibes will have settled back to normal for the Blue Hole Quintet and their light jazz and pop hits from all eras from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• Howly Slim will be pickin’ and grinnin’ and singin’ tunes fer ya Saturday at Las Palomas Mexican Restaurant, 1085 E. Washington St., Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

• At The Buzz, 128 N. Sequim Ave., Kelly Thomas hosts the very popular open mic Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

• On Friday, Joey James Dean goes solo at Stymies Bar and Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• Rock it up Friday and Saturday at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, in the Club Seven Lounge, with City Knightz classic rock, funk and R&B from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The Stardust Big Band steps up to the plate and delivers the music both Sunday and Monday, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Hadlock

• Tonight at the Ajax Cafe, 21 Water St., Buzz Rogowski plays jazz and originals on piano from 6 p.m.

On Friday, Gene Vinson brings his unique beatnik jazz at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Mark Holeman and Bruce Cowan carry on the jazz theme with standards from the ’50s, and ’60s at 6 p.m.

On Sunday and Thursday, Buzz Rogowski and jazz are back with piano jazz and originals.

Port Townsend

• Tonight at the Upstage, 923 Washington St., roots and rock legend Country Joe McDonald rocks the house in his award-winning style. Lauren Sheehan opens at 7 p.m. $25 cover.

On Friday, Kiely, Kelly and Collins play jazz at 7:30 p.m. Cover.

On Saturday, American blues singer and pianist Marcia Ball brings her Texas stomp-rock and Louisiana swamp blues for a change of pace at the Upstage at 8 p.m., $35.

On Sunday, a Turning 60 roots, rock, folk and country celebration for locals Raven and Gerri Sherman’s birthday celebration rocks at 7 p.m. No cover.

On Thursday, Bill Shepherd and Friends bring on the rags, roots and more.

For info and reservations call 360-385-2216.

• Pete Lack and the Buddha Sons entertain at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th St., Friday at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, the acoustic sagebrush blues duo of Ravinwolf performs at 3 p.m. Pick up their new CD “Live at the Columbia City Theater.”

• Need some extra cash? Don’t “go” to Rose’s Pawn Shop cuz they’re playin’ at Sirens, 823 Water St., at 9 p.m. $5 cover. This L.A. band plays authentic bluegrass, roots — sometimes upbeat and sometimes slow and sorrowful. Cover.

• On Friday at Castle Key Restaurant & Lounge, Seventh and Sheridan streets, Pearl Django plays jazz in the Django Reinhardt style from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $12.

• Water Street Brewing, 639 Water St., brews up some Bitter Roots, with Americana, folk and bluegrass, Friday at 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Professor Gall gives ya’ a lesson in folk and jazz at 9 p.m. — and it’s a wild lesson. The cover for these gigs will be $3 to $5.

Music News

For something different, you may want to check out the play at the Paradise Theatre School, 161 Center Road in Chimacum. “Blood Orange Bakerfield” is for mature audiences, and it has a live honky-tonk band led by George Rezendes, playing throughout the performance.

Performances are Friday and Saturday and June 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 18 and 19.

For more information, call 800-838-3006. Tickets are $12.


John Nelson is a self-styled music lover and compulsive night owl who believes in SDLqKLMA — 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 e-mailing (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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