JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Get jump on end of shortest month

THE SHORTEST MONTH of the year, even with an extra day, comes to an end this week, and you know what that means?

Spring is just a few weeks away, and that’s when a young man’s fancy turns.

But gals, you can get the jump on them Wednesday ’cause that’s Sadie Hawkins Day, the day you gals can get your man.

After all, that’s when Daisy Mae got Li’l Abner.

Kids, you’ll have to go online to find out what that’s all about.

So grab your guy or grab your gal and go dancing the Dogpatch way.

Port Angeles

■ Tonight 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. If country’s your style, come and dance or play plugged or unplugged.

On Saturday, Jimmy Hoffman brings his band for a rousing evening of country and rock. Catch them from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ On Saturday at the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112, 5 miles west of Port Angeles, Hazelnut Grove (Ches and Julie of Deadwood Revival) plays a variety of tunes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Tuesday, Ches Ferguson stops by for some picking and grinning at 7 p.m.

■ This Saturday, Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., has Twisted Roots, with Mossback Ramblers original musicians Marty Kaler and Bob Lawrence-Markarian, in a concert dedicated to its love of acoustic roots music. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. $3 cover.

■ This week’s band for the Sun­day dance at The Landing mall, 115 Railroad Ave., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is Haywire with Denny Secord Jr. They not only play classic country, but some country rock and newer country tunes.

Unfortunately, this is the last Sunday night dance. Food and drinks are available from Smugglers Landing. Couples $8, singles $5, younger than 16 admitted free with a parent.

For more details, phone Dave and Rosalie Secord at 360-461-6999.

■ On Saturday at the Front Street Alibi, 1605 E. Front St., the Bucky Briggs Blues Band plays at 9 p.m.

■ On Sunday at the Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., singer-songwriter Edmund Wayne performs from 4 p.m. to 7 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 guest musician, storyteller and author Mitch Luckete for an old-fashioned good old time 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., the Old Sidekicks wax nostalgic from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, relive the good old days of rock ’n’ roll with the dynamic sounds of Chantilly Lace at 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, get your Dixieland fix with the Dukes of Dabob at 5:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Three Crabs Restaurant, 11 3 Crabs Road, the Luck of the Draw Band with Dave and Rosalie Secord play 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, Stymie’s Bar and Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Joey James Dean goes solo from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, catch the solo side of Jim Hoffman from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, a big band with a big sound, Whiskey River, performs a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd and some of the best classic rock ever from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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

On Monday, We Be Jammin’ with hosts Barry Burnett and Tom Svornich returns for more jamming fun from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Port Hadlock

■ On Saturday at the Hadlock House, 141 Chimacum Road, Buck Ellard and the Buck Naked Band play country covers and originals from 9 p.m. to midnight. $3 cover.

Port Townsend

■ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Matt Sircely hosts a night of song with songwriter and vocalist Aba Kiser. You may recognize her smiling face from check stand No. 3 at the Food Co-op. Sircely will be alternating sets with Kiser.

On Friday, Steve Grandinetti, friends and locals join at The Upstage at 5 p.m. $4 after 7 p.m.

On Saturday, The Upstage has two shows. Alice Stuart and the Formerlys play at 6 p.m. $12. And after 10 p.m., the Crow Quill Night Owls play jug band, country blues, hillbilly and pre-war jazz. $5 cover.

On Wednesday, gals grab your guy for the Leap Year Day Dance with the Steel Madronas and Jennifer Blomgren starting at 7:30 p.m. $5 cover.

On Wednesday at 5 p.m., Steve Grandinetti plays dinner-hour piano.

Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.

■ On Saturday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Sam Russell and the Harborrats play a mix of doo-wop, rockabilly and rock at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

The Sunday music series features Maggie Vee performing blues with the Soul Pattern Project from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. No cover.

■ On Saturday at The Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Joe Crecca and the Homewreckers perform rock and blues grooves at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

■ On Friday at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., a folk music showcase features Ash Devine with indie-Appalachian music — Muriel Powers on autoharp and Thistle Breath (Kia Ochun) on ethereal banjo music — starting at 8 p.m. $5 cover.

On Sunday, Herb Payson performs at 2 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.

■ 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 Saturday at the Port Townsend Quimper Grange, 1210 Corona St., dance to the zydeco/blues of the New Iberians from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $12 cover.

■ On Saturday, the Friends of Fort Flagler will sponsor a community dance with Homemade Music providing the grooves from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. $10 singles, $20 couples or families with children.

■ The second annual Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts Talent Show takes the stage Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 Seventh St.

For more details, phone 360-457-5411 or visit Good luck to all.


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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