JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Forget about Mother Nature and partake of music scene

IT’S MARCH, AND Old Man Winter doesn’t seem to want to let go.

Sure, it’s nice today, but what about the weekend?

Forget Mother Nature and her whims — get out and enjoy live music.

Whether you just sit and listen, tap your toes or swing and sway on the dance floor, live music is good for the soul, so partake and enjoy all across the beautiful Olympic Peninsula.

Port Angeles

■ At the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles on Tuesday, Ches Ferguson stops by for some picking and grinning at 7 p.m.

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, come on down for Jerry’s Country Jam from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ At Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., the Second Friday Art Rock gives you wings — the Americana roots of Redwing, that is, at 8 p.m. Port Angeles artist Jeff Tocher will be artist-in-residence. $3 cover.

Justin Scott Rivet, recent Juan De Fuca Festival of the Arts talent contest winner, entertains solo with acoustic jazz, blues, rock and country Monday from around 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Kate Lily will provide the musical entertainment during the All Girl Pop Art Show reception Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Studio Bob, 118 ½ E. Front St.

■ On Saturday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., Kelly Hoch and Barry Burnett perform country-meets-rock ’n’ roll/Miranda Lambert-meets-Buddy Holly starting at 7:30 p.m. $3 cover.

Sunday’s “live in the bar” series features harpist John Manno from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

■ On Sunday at the Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., Twisted Roots plays at 4 p.m.

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

Stop in Sunday for a great 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 the solo side of Jimmy Hoffman with original and cover tunes from 6 p.m. to 8:30 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.

Sequim and Blyn

■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Ruby Jean performs at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Mister Sister rocks at 9 p.m. with Rachael and the boys putting out top-40 hits from several decades.

On Wednesday, Final Approach plays its “boomer” music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Three Crabs Restaurant, 11 3 Crabs Road, Denny Secord Jr. and Bobby perform country from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ 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 Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Sammy Eubanks brings his straight-ahead, all-out, full-steam-ahead, no-holds-barred rocking country blues for an evening of great dancing fun from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, 4-More plays current chart-topping dance music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, Sammy Eubanks returns to shake up your Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ Today at the Upstage, 923 Washington St., Thistle Breath, Kia Ochun’s “solo band,” presents “Music Shot Out of the Sky.” $3 to $7 sliding-scale cover.

On Friday, the Sound Posse Band plays country rock, soul, blues, rock and more starting at 7:30 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, there are two shows. The first show is Eliza Rickman at 6 p.m., followed by Santana tribute band Mantra at 8 p.m. $10 cover.

On Wednesday, the Ben Rice Blues Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. $8 to $3 sliding-scale cover.

Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Southern Skies presents acoustic music of southern Appalachia and its hometowns in the Ozarks at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Leif Totusek’s freestyle candela on African rumba soukous guitar starts at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

■ Today at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., Nathaniel Talbut from Portland, Ore., plays indie/folk at 8 p.m. $5 cover.

On Friday, the Witherow & Gibson duo play Northwest alternative folk at 8 p.m. $3 cover.

On Saturday, the Stray Dogs play bluegrass and more at 7 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.

■ The Robin Bessier Trio performs at Castle Key, 751 Cleveland St., on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Robin combines a wide range of music, including a mix of songs from the Great American Songbook — swing, Latin, blues, ballads and bop and a growing body of Brazilian jazz, new gospel, Motown, R&B and originals.

■ 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 Friday at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody, Art Blast, the community drum circle, takes place starting at 7 p.m.

■ Here’s a heads-up for an event coming up Sunday, March 18, at the Sequim High School auditorium, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

The Washington Old Time Fiddlers will hold its annual concert titled “Rosin the Bow” at 2 p.m. More details next week.


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 new 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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