JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Get out with the vibe for summertime fun on Peninsula

SUMMERTIME, AND THE dancin’ is easy. Get out on the floor and don’t be queasy. Just take a step or two, that’ all you have to do, and the rest will be easy.

Now here’s a list of places, times and dates to put that into practice. If not to dance but at least to tap to the beat, get the vibes, shake your booty and let this summer’s doldrums out.

Port Angeles

■ On Friday at Bar N9NE, 229 W. First St., come for the glam, hard-hitting, slam-dunk, classic top 40 rock ‘n’ roll as only those gals of Nasty Habits can do. They’ll rattle the rafters and shake the floor till you dance your socks off from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5 cover.

■ If da blues is more your style, head out to the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, on Friday where Hambone Wilson will be playing your favorites as well as tunes from his new CD from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. I wonder if he’ll bring his old red tennis shoes? $5 cover.

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.

■ 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, Jimmy Hoffman and the boys will play new country as well as old, classic rock ‘n’ roll, a pop tune or two and his own original tunes, so there’s something for everyone to dance to from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ On Friday, Kevin Lee Magner and Bound to Happen return to Wine on the Waterfront (WOW) at The Landing mall at 115 Railroad Ave. with their eclectic mix of American roots music combining blues, soul, gospel, rock and country at 8 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, the Clark Driese Trio plays acoustic blues, bluegrass and jazz at 8 p.m. $3 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 welcome guests Bill and Rudy (guitar and bass) for a rousing evening of acoustic country, bluegrass and old-time music from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Sunday, the Voo Doo Bbq Blues Band plays from 10 p.m. to closing at the RBar, 132 E. Front St..

■ On Saturday at the Farmers Market at The Gateway, Chris Eric performs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Wednesday, Cort Armstrong picks and grins and entertains from 4 p.m. to 6 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 Salt Creek Inn, state Highway 112 and Camp Hayden Road, Voo-Doo Bbq Blues Band plays from 9:30 p.m. to closing.

Sequim and Blyn

■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Old Sidekicks play old classics from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday is metal night with Elephant Graveyard, Super Happy Story Time Land and a special guest at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

On Wednesday, fly in (don’t walk, run or drive) for Final Approach at 5:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Three Crabs Restaurant, 11 3 Crabs Road, the Bretheren perform 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, Bagley Creek perform acoustic rock and country from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Please note the new times.

■ On Friday at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Pop Culture plays new and old rock, country and classics so you can party and dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, those glam gals The Nasty Habits bring their outrageousness for an outrageous dance party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. “Glam up” and get down!

On Sunday, swing and sway to the strains of the Stardust Big Band from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Monday, we be jammin’ with host Barry Burnett and friends, so bring your ax and/or vocal talents for the fun from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ Tonight at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Hawaiian ukulele legend and recent National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship winner Led Kaapana treats you to a performance that only a living legend can at 8 p.m. $20 cover.

On Friday, the Zimbabwean mbira touring group Mbira Dzemuninga performs at 7:30 p.m. $8 cover. At 5 p.m., there is a workshop in the genre. $25 fee.

On Saturday, dance to the Blues Redemption Band at 8 p.m. $8 cover.

On Sunday, join Rex Rice for the Penultimate Sunday Jazz Jam at 6 p.m. $3 cover.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, participants in Centrum Jazz Week jam at 6 p.m.

Also, on Wednesday at 10 p.m., the Yesberger Jazz Band performs.

Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

■ It’s a big weekend at the Port Townsend Brewing Co., 330 10th St.

On Friday, the Blues Counselours play rockin’ blues from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the Low Ones play from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Kim and Robert Rushing are joined by Jose Gonzales on piano and vocals and Ted Enderle on bass in playing jazz from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. There’ll be special guests, too!

On Wednesday, Jenny Davis sings jazz from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at Sirens, 623 Water St., Chris Chandler performs his music with a message at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ Tonight at Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, singer Sylvia Heins will be accompanied by Buenos Aires jazz pianist Johnny Z during Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. $10 cover.

On Saturday, Jenny Davis sings for your supper from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $10 cover.

■ On Friday at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., Anja Claire performs at 6 p.m., followed by the Yogoman Burning Band at 8 p.m. $6 cover.

On Saturday, Cort Armstrong plays at 6 p.m.

At 8 p.m., Trash Fecta opens for Yogoman Burning Band. $6 cover.

■ Tonight at the Owl Sprit, 218 Polk St., and every Thursday, Steve Grandinetti goes solo on guitar from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Friday, Steve returns for another performance from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Saturday, Steve Grandinetti plays solo piano/guitar/vocals at Lanza’s Ristorante, 1020 Lawrence St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ And then, Mr. Grandinetti hops next door to the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., with his band playing original funky blues rock from 9 p.m. to closing.

■ On Friday, Howly Slim grins and picks at the Banana Leaf, 609 Washington St., at 6 p.m.

Community concerts

■ Tonight in Port Townsend’s Concert on the Dock Series at the Pope Marine Park Plaza, Mongo Smash plays hard rock at 5:30 p.m.

■ On Tuesday for Music in the Park at Sequim’s James Center for the Performing Arts, Testify plays blues and classic rock from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by Hawaiian dancers and a movie at 9 p.m.

■ On Wednesday in Port Angeles’ Concert on the Pier, enjoy Appalachian folk with Abby Mae & the Homeschool Boys from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

High notes

■ This week, Arts In Action in Port Angeles has sand castles, arts and crafts vendors, and live music featuring various Peninsula performers Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (street dance from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with BBR) and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

■ Check out http://vimeo.com24950928 for some visual highlights of the Juan de Fuca Festival by Christopher Wright.

■ The Clallam County Fair is having a variety and talent show at the fair Aug. 21 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wilder Stage. Those interested in performing can get more info at Tune up that old guitar, tweak those tonsils and join the fun.


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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