JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Hope for Haiti Concert adds to offerings this weekend

HERE ON THE North Olympic Peninsula, we are certainly blessed with nature’s grandeur — we can sail or scale — as well as a large arts community. Let’s not take it for granted.

On Sunday, the American Red Cross and 7 Cedars Casino present a Hope for Haiti Concert in the Club Seven Lounge. Yours truly has the emcee duty for the “country style” concert.

There is no charge for admission, but donations will be accepted and a raffle and silent auction will also raise money, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the American Red Cross.

More details for this event are in the 7 Cedars listing below, under Sequim Blyn.

Port Angeles

• On Friday, a very special Art Rock takes place at Studio Bob, 118 ½ E. Front St. Sarah Shea and Al Harris will perform tunes from the Great American Song book at 9 p.m. Sarah Tucker is the artist in residence for the evening. So, after the Second Friday Art Walk about town, stop in for more art and some great tunes. Food and beverage is also available. $3 cover.

• Nick Vigorino and his Meantown Blues Band slide into the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, Friday and Saturday with some great slide-driven blues from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. each night. If you haven’t seen his show, now is the time. $5 cover.

All Points Charters and Tours will be available both nights for your transportation needs. On Friday night call 360-775- 9128 and on Saturday night call 360-460-7131 to make a reservation for pickup.

On Sunday, Barry Burnett invites you to come out early and dance to a variety of music during the open mic jam from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Wednesday, The Good Medicine Band, with Jason, Ches and Justin, plays from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

• On Wednesday, Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, hosts Country Gold, with dance music country style, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• On Friday at Kokopelli’s Grill Underground, 203 E. Front St., Robot Pi plays from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Cover.

On Saturday, Alien Culture, an ’80s cover band from Everett, plays from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Cover.

• On Saturday, Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., is proud to host the release party for Thom Davis and his “Ocean of Blues” CD from 7 p.m.

• Charlie Ferris is back in town after an early spring break, and you’ll find him at Bushwhacker Restaurant, 1527 E. First St., Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Charlie will get your nostalgic juices flowing with his Memories and Melodies Show.

• Dave Secord and Rosalie and the whole Luck of the Draw gang are back at the Fairmount Restaurant, on U.S. Highway 101, west of Port Angeles, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the Tuesday acoustic jam. Don’t be left out!

• On Friday, 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.


• BFD (Big Fine Daddies) is taking their show west to Mill Creek Bar and Grill, 1222 S. Forks Ave., Friday and Saturday with a great mix of covers and originals, including new covers. Cover.

Sequim and Blyn

• Tonight at the Oasis Sports Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Chantilly Lace hosts the open jam at 7. All musicians and vocalists are invited to join the fun.

• On Saturday, the Jim Hoffman Band plays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Jim and the boys will get you into country overdrive and out on the dance floor. $3 cover.

Next Wednesday, Final Approach lands from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with some great “boomer” tunes.

• At The Buzz, 128 N. Sequim Ave., Kelly Thomas hosts the very popular open mic Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

• On Friday, at Stymies Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Denny Secord Jr. goes solo with his country tunes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Tonight at 7 Cedars in the Club Seven Lounge, Blyn, Jubilee performs with some country, folk, and fiddles from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday, dance to the big band sounds of Freddy Pink from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, join Freddy and the band for a video production shoot and a “Roaring ’20s” costume party replete with $100 prizes for “Best Gangster” and “Best Flapper,” from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The “Hope for Haiti” concert is on Sunday with the Jimmy Hoffman Band kicking things off at 4 p.m., followed by Jubilee and then by Haywire with headliner Ted Vigil as John Denver.

Monday’s Jazz Night feature is Nostalgia — take a trip back in time and trip the light fantastic 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 on piano at 6 p.m.

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

• Skip Morris on guitar with vocals performs Friday at the Inn at Port Hadlock, 310 Hadlock Bay Road, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Port Townsend

• Tonight at the Upstage, 923 Washington St., Shady Grove performs country, swing and rock at 7:30 p.m. $5 cover.

On Friday, Port Townsend favorite Sol Duc rocks from 8 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Blues Attitude, hailing from Olympia, performs a raucous style of blues that combines traditional blues, classic rock and new country, at 8 p.m. $8 cover.

Call 360-385-2216 for reservations.

• We might have stormy skies today, but you can find Southern Skies Friday at Water Street Brewing, 639 Water St., playing bluegrass, folk and Americana from 9 p.m. Cover.

On Saturday, the Paul Benoit Band plays roots, blues and Americana from 9 p.m. Cover.

• And now for something totally different (if you remember that we’re in the same generation). Catch Pete Lack and the Buddha Sons playing psychedelic blues rock on Friday at 9 p.m. at Sirens, 823 Water St. $5.

On Saturday, at 9 p.m., Sirens hosts Oxcart, an innovative group hailing from Portland, Ore., influenced by Pink Floyd, Soundgarden and Muse. Check them out! $5.

• Undertown, 211 Taylor St., has jazz pianist Sylvia Heins Friday starting at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, George Rezendez and the Toolshed Trio play American roots, rock and country blues from 7:30 p.m.

• On Saturday at The Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, the Four Professors Quartet plays jazz for you from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $8 cover.

Music news

• The Port Townsend Second Saturday Community Dance at the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., features Cal’s Beach Band, with Sandy Strand calling contras, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Adults $8, 16 and under $3.

• On Saturday, the Washington Old Time Fiddlers play music at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road. All players jam, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; performance, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Donations support fiddler scholarships.

Phone Hershel Lester at 360-417-6950, or e-mail with questions.


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 news@peninsula (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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