JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Get out of blues funk with live music

THIS ARTICLE HAS been revised to reflect the following correction: Tacoma’s T-Town Aces will perform the blues at the Front Street Alibi, 1605 E. Front St., Suite A, in Port Angeles from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday.

FALL HAS FALLEN with a decidedly sloshy thud and put many of us into a blue funk — not to be confused with the music genre of the same name.

This week, take advantage of blue funk antidotes at many of the live music venues across the North Olympic Peninsula.

Port Angeles

■ Friday is the day Deadwood Revival fans have been waiting for as they unveil the new band at the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Joining the dynamic duo of Kim Trenerry and Jason Mogi is Moe Provencher (bass) and Aimee Zoe Tubbs (drums), both from the Seattle band The Starlings. The new quartet will get you on the dance floor to shoo your blue funk away. $5 cover.

Need a ride for this one? All Points Charters & Tours can be reached at 360-775-9128 to set up a pickup.

On Sunday, Johnnie Mustang hosts the Sunday Junction Blues Jam from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. There have been some great jams and blues improvisations lately. Come and join in.

On Wednesday, Jason and Paul Stehr-Green are joined every week by Kim for an eclectic mix of music gleaned from Deadwood Revival, SuperTrees, Tongue and Groove, Grateful Dead tunes and more. This new trio is sure to liven up your Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

■ 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, Sequim’s Turner Brothers Band is gonna rock from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. It’ll play your favorite dance tunes from the ’80s and ’90s as well as some earlier 1960s-1970s classic rock.

■ If you like your rock ‘n’ roll raucous and outrageous, you won’t want to miss the Nasty Habits when it returns home to Port Angeles and the Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., on Friday and Saturday.

These gals will amp up your energy level on the dance floor from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5 cover.

■ On Friday at Wine on the Waterfront (WOW) at The Landing mall at 115 Railroad Ave., Abby Mae & the Homeschool Boys provide an evening of good ol’ foot-stompin’ fun with a mix of ol’-timey, Gaelic, blues and gospel music at 8 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, come on down for WOWstock 3, its annual benefit and food drive for the Port Angeles Food Bank. The featured musical theme is the music of Lennon and McCartney as performed by SuperTrees, Scott Sullivan, the Whidbey Street Band, Rock Paper Sisters, The Lemon MacCartney Magical Mystery Tour (featuring Jim “Blind Lemon” Rosand and Kevin MacCartney) and Shawn McCurdy. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. and goes until late. Admission is by nonperishable food or cash donation to the food bank.

■ On Friday at Front Street Alibi, 1605 E. Front St., Steve Wik & Soul Funk from Chicago play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3 cover.

On Saturday, get your blues fix with Tacoma’s T-Town Aces from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ The R Bar, 132 E. Front St., has a special treat for you Friday when the Hell’s Belles rock back into town with its ACDC tribute band. Catch it at 9 p.m. $10 cover.

■ On Friday, Les Wamboldt and Olde Tyme Country perform at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band play old-time music with guest Terry Roszatycki from Granny’s Cafe (guitar/vocals) for an eclectic mix 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 & Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Old Sidekicks will get you kickin’ up your heels to some old-time country and bluegrass from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Saturday, dance to classic rock tunes from the ’50s to the ’80s and wax nostalgic with Chantilly Lace from 8 p.m. to midnight. It might even throw in some Cash with the Orbison, Four Seasons, Presley and other rock ‘n’ roll classics.

On Tuesday, join Irish Session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, enjoy the tasty jazz-flavored hits from all eras by the Blue Hole Quintet from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Three Crabs Restaurant, 11 3 Crabs Road, Dave and Rosalie Secord return for some more ol’ country and bluegrass tunes 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 Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, the very lovely Lili Crabb sings for your dinning pleasure from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Friday at Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Expertease, an old favorite with a new singer, Chrissy Alexander, continues the classic rock and party band’s legacy from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, Whiskey River plays a fantastic tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd and other classic rock bands from 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. It starts early to help commemorate Vietnam veterans festivities.

On Sunday, dress in your ’50s best when Wally and the Beavs play a ’50s dance and costume contest with $300 in prizes. The band features Danny Vernon of “Elvis” fame. This is a very special Sunday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. dance party.

On Monday, join Barry Burnett and world-class drummer Tom Svornich for We Be Jammin’, so bring your ax or tickled tonsils and join the fun from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Port Hadlock

■ On Saturday at the Ajax Cafe, 271 Water St., Kelly and Barry perform country and classic rock tunes from 6 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ Tonight at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Mia Nicholson devotes the evening to the songs of Billie Holiday at 8 p.m. Renowned pianist Steve Christofferson will accompany Mia in this tribute. $8 cover.

On Friday, the New Forge Band heats up with new and roots music, bluegrass improvisations, funk, reggae and rock grooves at 8 p.m. This forge doesn’t need bellows to get you on the dance floor. $6 cover.

On Saturday, the Mark Dufresne Band returns to the familiar stage for an evening of award-winning blues at 8 p.m. $10 cover.

On Monday, two shows will get your week going.

At 6:30 p.m., songstress Danielle Oliver sings her way through your supper.

At 8:30 p.m., the Stellarondo Band with special guest Matt Sircely will take you on a journey of folk and country music. Voluntary cover.

On Wednesday, Daniel Macke and friends make music at 7:30 p.m. $5-and-up cover.

Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

■ On Friday at the Port Townsend Brewing Co., 330 10th St., The Low Ones perform folk rock from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 623 Water St., The Tilted Stilts with pedal steel, sax, trumpet, keys, guitar, bass and drums create an eccentric country and blues sound at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ The Undertown, 211 Taylor St., hosts the F Street Band for a “kinetic party” Friday at 8 p.m. $5 cover.

Then Saturday, the Blue Crows fly in. Catch them at 7 p.m.

■ Steve Grandinetti plays guitar at the Owl Sprit Cafe, 218 Polk St., every Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and every Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ Every Monday, Trevor Hanson plays classical guitar at Alchemy, 842 Washington St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

High notes

■ Saddle up and head out to the Clallam County Fairgrounds on Saturday at 7 p.m. for the Horseman’s Ball sponsored by the Peninsula Performance Horse Association. Denny Secord Jr. and Haywire provide the foot-stompin’, two-steppin’ country music to keep you dancin’.

There is a silent auction to support the Peninsula Youth Equestrian Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Concessions will be provided by various 4-H groups.

There is also a toy and food drive, donations appreciated.

Cover of $5 per person, $20 for a family.

■ Saturday’s farm tour mixes in some live music at the Lazy J Tree Farm, 225 Gehrke Road off Old Olympic highway, with Howly Slim, Barry and Friends and Mike Kamphouse performing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

■ Ending up the farm tour festivities is Nash’s Farms annual barn dance and features the new Deadwood Revival at 7:30 p.m. at 1873 E. Anderson Road. This foot-stompin’, knee-slappin’ band is sure to shake the dust out of your rafters as well as the barns.


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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