JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Hot spots for music across the Peninsula

“THEY” SAY IT’S going to get warmer outside, but don’t wait for the weather report ‘cuz I’m goin’ to tell ya where all the live music hot spots are inside and out.

Port Angeles

■ Returning Friday to the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, is Blu Meadow, which has packed the place in the past.

Yes, I know there is highway work being done, but All Points Charters & Tours will be running the shuttle from 8 p.m. to closing. Just phone 360-460-7131 or 360-775-9128 to arrange your ride. $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.

■ On Saturday night at Wine on the Waterfront (WOW) at The Landing mall at 115 Railroad Ave., it’s going to be a party with a free concert by Sarah Shea and the release of her new CD at 7:30 p.m. So go on down for some jazz.

■ 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.

■ Enjoy the classic rock of Toll City Trio on Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Bar N9ne.

■ 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 Marty Kaler and Bob Lawrence of Twisted Roots for a rousing evening of acoustic country, bluegrass and old-time music from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the farmers market at The Gateway, Dave Hannon and Automatic Theory play from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Wednesday, Franco Bertucci treks to Port Angeles for a 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. performance.

■ Sundays are special at the R Bar, 132 E. Front St., when the Voo-Doo BBQ Blues Band entertains at 10 p.m.

■ On Monday, Rusty and Duke entertain at the 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.

Sequim and Blyn

■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Discovery Bay Pirates stir things up from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday Final Approach brings boomer music in for a landing from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Three Crabs Restaurant, 11 3 Crabs Road, the Old Sidekicks kick up their heels and 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, dine to the lovely, lilting voice of Lili Crabb from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Friday at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, the Roger Enders Smokin’ Hot Blues Band will rock you from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, dance to the country of Chris Ward and get your two-steppin’ in gear from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Keep the two-steppin’ and movin’ and grooving Sunday with Denny Secord Jr. and Haywire from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

At 8 p.m., sit back and relax and enjoy Ted Vigil’s terrific tribute to John Denver until 9:30 p.m. This is a great show.

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

■ This weekend, Centrum presents Jazz in the Clubs 2011, as well as at McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Warden State Park, for its Jazz Port Townsend Festival

■ Today at 8 p.m., you’ll find live jazz at the Public House, 1038 Water St., and at The Upstage, 923 Washington St.

On Friday and Saturday, jazz will be played at the Public House; The Upstage; Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets; the Rose Theater, 235 Taylor St.; Undertown, 211 Taylor St.; and Key City Playhouse, 419 Washington St. For more info and updates, visit

■ At The Upstage, in addition to Jazz in the Clubs, on Friday and Saturday, the Louis Aissen Sextet will be jazzing it up at 6 p.m. $6 cover.

There’s a change of pace Sunday with the zydeco of the New Iberians at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, Old Pledge, a group of young musicians from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, bring you old tunes from the golden era of country, hillbilly and blues music. Adults $8, youths $5 and sliding scale.

Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

■ On Friday at the Banana Leaf, 609 Washington St., Howly Slim with his vocals and guitar provides a touch of country at 6 p.m.

■ Steve Grandinetti plays solo guitar at the Owl Sprit, 218 Polk St., on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Port Townsend Brewing Co., 330 10th St., boogie to the Cajun strains of the Delta Rays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, Gerald Braud performs on acoustic guitar from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

■ On Friday, Sirens Pub, 623 Water St., has Marilyn Kay and Co. on tap at 9 p.m. with acoustic Americana, bluegrass, country and blues. $5 cover.

On Saturday, the Sour Mash Hug Band, an Americana/folk/jug band, plays old-time dance music to Gypsy swing and originals at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

Area concerts

■ Tonight in Port Townsend’s Concert on the Dock series in the Pope Marine Park Plaza, it’s rock ‘n’ roll with the Pitfalls at 5:30 p.m.

■ On Tuesday for Music in the Park at Sequim’s James Center for the Performing Arts, get your country up with The Old Sidekicks from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Wednesday in Port Angeles’ Concert on the Pier, rock ‘n’ roll with Bound to Happen from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

High notes

■ The Clallam County Fair is having a variety and talent show at the fair Sunday, 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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