JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Holidays hectic; relax with live music

AS WE GET deeper into the ho-ho season and things become more hectic, take some time to take in some live music, relax and enjoy what the season offers, and ho-ho-ho with spirit.

Port Angeles

• Tonight at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, the Sundowners host a jam from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. These fellas really know how to have fun!

On Friday and Saturday, dance to the country rock of the Jimmy Hoffman Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3 cover.

• On Friday at the Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., following Second Friday Art Walk, enjoy the music of Seattle-based rock band Gem at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

• On Friday, Charlie Ferris brings his inimitable Memories and Melodies Show to Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., at 7 p.m. Jazz, classic rock ‘n’ roll, blues and country from the ’50s through the ’70s, as well as holiday tunes, are part of his vast repertoire. $3 cover.

On Saturday, a rare, intimate treat awaits with the Deadwood Revival Trio in the relaxing atmosphere of WOW’s entertainment suite at 8:30 p.m. $5 cover.

• On Friday at Studio Bob, 118 1/2 E. Front St., Chez Jazz with Sarah Shea, Craig Buhler and Linda Dowdell perform amid the art during the second Friday art tour at 7:30 p.m.

• Chuck Grall and the Sounddogs will feature NakiSSLqi doing Hawaiian and Christmas music Monday at Smuggler’s Landing, 115 Railroad Ave., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• On Friday, Howly Slim will be performing at the Landing Art Gallery, 115 E. Railroad Ave., at 6 p.m.

• Tonight at the RBar, 132 E. Front St., the 2nd Thursday All Star Jam with hosts Barry Burnett and Cindy Mae Lowder, with Tom Svornich on drums, invites musicians to come and play rock, blues, jazz and more from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

• Barry Burnett does his Sunday Jam from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles.

On Wednesday, Jason and friends play roots music and more from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

• Every Tuesday evening at the Port Angeles Senior Center, Seventh and Peabody streets, the Port Angeles Senior Swingers presents Wally and the Boys playing ballroom dance favorites for the dancing pleasure of all seniors 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.

• Victor Reventlow hosts the acoustic jam at the Fairmount Restaurant on U.S. Highway 101 west of Port Angeles from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday. Don’t be left out!

• On Friday night, the Veela Cafe, 133 E. First St., has Jim Lind providing both rock and country, fast and slow, from his impressive repertoire at 7:30 p.m.


• On Saturday at the Salt Creek Restaurant and Lounge, state Highway 112 and Camp Hayden Road, dance to the classic Southern country rock of Family Traditions at 9 p.m.

Sequim and Blyn

• On Friday at the Oasis Sports Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Denny Secord Duo plays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Monday, dance to the Cat’s Meow from 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

On Wednesday, dance to Jubilee from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• On Friday at Damiana’s Best Cellars, 143 Washington St., acoustic trio MLR performs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Get into the holiday spirit Saturday at the Starbucks near the Home Depot when Judy Clark performs smooth jazz, a little old country and Christmas standards at 11 a.m., with special guest Mike Bare joining in on ukulele and vocals at noon.

• On Saturday, Howly Slim will be at Las Palomas Mexican Restaurant, 1085 E. Washington St., at 5 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 Stymies Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Jimmy Hoffman goes solo acoustic from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with his intimate country style.

• On Friday at Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, the Ricky Venture Revue takes you on a dance journey through the decades from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, Dana Osburne plays your favorites, originals and classics that most bands won’t attempt from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, Junkyard Jane plays a great mix of blues, country and funky folk from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Hadlock

• Tonight at The Ajax Cafe, 271 Water St., Buzz Rogowski plays jazz and originals at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Jim Nyby plays blues, ballads, jazz and soul at 5:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Jess is styling on the piano at 6 p.m.

• On Saturday, Brian “Buck” Ellard plays fiddle and guitar at Ferino’s Pizza, 846 Ness’ Corner Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Port Ludlow

• On Sunday, the Port Ludlow Arts Council presents “A Broadway Christmas” with Dean Regan at the Bay Club. He’ll perform holiday family classics and popular songs accompanied by musical director Nicholas Fryman on a baby grand at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 adults, $10 students younger than 17.

Limited seats are also available for a matinee performance at 3 p.m. at the same price. Phone 360-437-2208 to check availability. For more information, visit

Port Townsend

• Tonight at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Pastor Bill and the Wolfe Gang play country blues, country, gospel and roots at 7 p.m. $5 cover.

On Friday, family-friendly club favorite the New Iberians play Cajun, zydeco, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and more at 8 p.m. $10 advance, $12 at the door.

On Saturday, enjoy the vocals of Charmaine Clamor and her band at 8 p.m. $10 cover.

Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

• On Friday, Alyse Black brings indie/acoustic/pop to Sirens, 823 Water St., at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Money Jungle rocks the room at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

• Have a romantic evening with the Romanteek, pop cabaret, at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., tonight at 8. $3 cover.

• On Tuesday, it’s open mic night with Greg Vinson at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., at 8 p.m.

Music news

As the holiday season progresses, the parties come closer together, and the spirits flow faster. So, please, have a designated driver or phone a cab or a friend to see you home safely. We all want you to dance again.


John Nelson is a self-styled music lover and compulsive night owl who believes in SDLqKLMA — 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 e-mailing [email protected] (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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