FOLKS, OLD MAN WINTER doesn’t seem to want to let go, with spring just days away, so it’s our job to help spring get here.
■ Tonight at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, come on down for Jerry’s Country Jam, hosted by Rusty and Duke, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Saturday, chase away those winter blues and have a St. Paddy’s Day party all in one with the rocking blues of Andy Koch and the Badd Dog Blues Society. They’ll be playin’ tunes from their new CD, “Off Leash,” and others from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
■ 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 at 7 p.m.
■ On Friday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., Witherow and Gibson perform contemporary folk with tight harmony and intricate instrumental accompaniment starting at 7:30 p.m. $3 cover.
On Saturday, it’s the St. Patrick’s Night Party featuring the duo of Paul Stehr-Green and Jason Mogi returning for the first time this year at 8 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., Ches Ferguson reveals much more than his bass side at 4 p.m.
■ On Friday, Les Wamboldt and Olde Tyme Country with Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of Draw Band combine for a St. Patrick party at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Sunday, join the country 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 Clallam County Fair Talent Show winner Wanda Bumgarner yodeling and singing her own originals from her upcoming CD, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
■ On Sunday at The Landing mall, 115 Railroad Ave., Wally and the Boys will get you swinging from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $5 single, $8 couple. Food and drink available from Smugglers Landing restaurant.
■ 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 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.
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■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Fret Noir (Gil Yslas and Mary Tulin) performs at 5:30 p.m.
On Saturday, enjoy Irish stew or corned beef and cabbage to the music of the Old Sidekicks from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by MLR (moderately loud rock) from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.
On Wednesday, the Denny Secord Jr. Trio plays at 5:30 p.m.
■ On Saturday at Three Crabs Restaurant, 11 3 Crabs Road, Cort Armstrong and Blue Rooster play at a crabby St. Paddy’s Party from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ Come join Kelly and Doug at The Buzz, 128 N. Sequim Ave., on Wednesdays for an acoustic evening 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 Discovery Bay Pirates party it up from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ On Friday, Joey James Dean flies solo at Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, with country, classic rock and requests from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the party starts early with the Discovery Bay Pirates from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by 3 Miles High from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Sunday, 3 Miles High returns with more classic rock and originals from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ On Friday at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Lisa Mann and her Really Good Band perform blues starting at 8 p.m. $10 cover.
On Saturday, join in the celebration with many guest performers, including the Unknown Fiddlers. Phone the number below and register your own voice and song to the mix. $5 cover.
On Sunday, Rex Rice’s Penultimate Sunday Jazz Jam gathers jazz musicians at 8 p.m.
On Wednesday, Rita Hosking and her band, Cousin Jack, perform at 7:30 p.m. $10 cover.
Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.
■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Mike D.C. brings his songs of reflections on life starting at 10 p.m. $5 cover.
On Saturday, the St. Patrick’s Day celebration begins with the folk-country-pop-rock-original songs by Caitlin Robertson at 9 p.m., followed at 10:30 p.m. by the return of the Pitfalls.
On Sunday, enjoy the blues of Ravin’Wolf starting at 7 p.m.
■ On Saturday, gather at the Port Townsend Brewing Co., 330 10th St., for a St. Patrick’s Day party featuring CB and C and the Irish Cajun and zydeco tunes from the Alternators from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ On Saturday at Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, enjoy the roots/blues of the Sam Marshall Blues trio from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $10 cover.
■ On Saturday, Mister Sister invades Port Townsend with its current and classic party rock at the Highway 20 Road House, 2510 Sims Way, starting at 9 p.m. $5 cover.
■ On Friday at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., Allyn Guthrie plays acoustic rock and blues with attitude at 8 p.m. $5 cover.
■ 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, today and Friday from noon till 2 p.m.
■ Kokopelli Grill in Port Angeles is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day concert featuring local blues band Cruzin’ Bluzers to benefit First Step Family Support Center. The benefit will be held in the Kokopelli Underground on Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Half the cover charge will be given to First Step. Chef Michael McQuay of Kokopelli will be featuring dinner specials before the concert, such as corned beef and cabbage, and diners will get $2 off the concert ticket price if they order dinner that evening.
■ On Saturday, Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band play at the Mount Pleasant Grange, 2432 Mount Pleasant Road, with a corned-beef-and-cabbage dinner from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
■ The Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association of Clallam and Jefferson counties will host its annual concert “Rosin the Bow” on Sunday at the Sequim High School auditorium, 601 N. Sequim Ave.
The concert, beginning at 2 p.m., will be a celebration of traditional fiddle music, played by local and regional musicians from age 7 to 94. It will include 20 performances featuring a variety of fiddle, mandolin, concertina and ukulele players backed up by guitar, banjo, piano and acoustic bass. Thirteen youth scholarship students will team up for four of the performances. They were enthusiastically received at last year’s concert.
■ The Friday Olympic Peninsula Dance presents Maia Santell and House Blend playing at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Adults $15, disabled and students with ID $10, 12 and younger $7.
■ A celebration-of-life concert for our friend and legendary music man Andy Mackie will be held at the Chimacum High School auditorium Sunday at 6 p.m. Students and ensembles who benefited from Mackie’s programs will perform as well as many others. The last guitar Andy built will be put up for silent auction to benefit the Andy Mackie Foundation. Many other music presentations also will be made.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.