JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Let live music be the fruit of your labor

IT’S THE LAST holiday weekend of the summer, so take a break from your labors and enjoy some live music this Labor Day weekend.

Port Angeles

• Port Angeles Eagles Aerie 483, 110 Penn St., has its annual open house Friday, throwing the doors open to the public all day. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Jimmy Hoffman Band plays your favorite rockin’ country music on the best dance floor in six counties. And it’s Jimmie’s birthday party, too! In lieu of gifts, Jimmy just wants you to come and have a good time. $5 cover.

• On Saturday, you’ll find rockin’ blues at The Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, by Tim Halpin and the Better Half from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5 cover.

On Sunday, Barry Burnett will be doing his Sunday jam from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Wednesday, Jason and friends play roots music and more from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

• Tonight at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, the Sundowners host a jam from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday, it’s the Turner Brothers Band that’ll get your groove on from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3 cover.

• You may remember an 11-year-old girl singing in and around Port Angeles not so many years ago. Well, JoAnna Lee Sousa is making her Wine on the Waterfront (115 Railroad Ave.) debut Friday at 8 p.m. JoAnna Lee has built a strong following in Central Oregon for her style of acoustic soul. $3 cover.

On Saturday, Kory Nagler returns by popular demand with his solo acoustic show at 8 p.m. $3 cover.

• Howly Slim performs vocal and guitar every Thursday at Kokopelli’s Grill, 203 E. Front St., at 6 p.m.

• Every Thursday, Larry and Rene Bauer direct the open mic at the Cracked Bean, 108 DelGuzzi Drive, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• On Saturday at the Port Angeles Farmers Market at The Gateway Front and Lincoln Streets, Howly Slim performs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Dave and Rosalie Secord and the whole Luck of the Draw gang are 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.

• 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.

• Every Tuesday evening, the Port Angeles Senior Swingers present Wally and the Boys playing ballroom dance favorites for seniors 45 years plus from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Port Angeles Senior Center, Seventh and Peabody streets. $5 cover, first-timers free!

Sequim and Blyn

• Tonight, don’t miss the jam hosted by Chantilly Lace at the Oasis Sports Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Any Thursday night, you’ll find some of the best jammers from your favorite bands joining in the fun. Classic rock and country from the ’50s and ’60s, blues and pop from later decades are all in the broad repertoire honed over 35 years. Jammers come in early and sign in on the sign-up sheet.

On Friday, Skidder Hill comes to a stop with some bluegrass, old-time and country tunes from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Oasis is the place to keep your Monday dance mood groovin’ with Wally and the Boys from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Next Wednesday, it’s the boomer music of Final Approach from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• Kevin Lee Magner and Mary Pender of Bound to Happen will perform their eclectic blend of blues and soulful folk as a duo Friday at Damiana’s Best Cellars Wine Bar and Bistro, 144 W. Washington St., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Howly Slim will be at Las Palomas Mexican Restaurant, 1085 E. Washington St., Saturday at 5 p.m.

• Howly Slim also performs at Alderwood Bistro, 139 Alder St., every Tuesday, weather permitting, at 5 p.m.

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

• On Friday at Stymies Bar and Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, enjoy the beautiful voice of the equally beautiful Lili Crabb from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Get there early because it’s sure to go SRO!

• On Friday at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, in the Club Seven Lounge, the fantastic guitar action of Author Unknown will ramp up blues, classic rock and current tunes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, the Lonely H makes one of its last local appearances before heading off to Nashville, from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Port Hadlock

• On Sunday, Jim Nyby plays blues, ballads and boogie-woogie at the Ajax Cafe, 271 Water St., at 5:30 p.m.

Port Townsend

• It’s an extreme blues weekend at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., with Jim Nyby and the F Street Band kicking things off Friday with the gumbo mix of blues, roots and rock ‘n’ roll at 8 p.m. $6 cover.

On Saturday, direct from New Orleans, five-time “Best of the Best” harmonica award winner “Rockin’ Jake” and his band play at 7:30 p.m. $10 cover.

Capping off the weekend is David Vest and his boogie-woogie barrelhouse piano style of blues, gospel, jazz and old-time country at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. $10 cover.

Three-day pass for all shows is only $20.

Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

• On Friday, Tim Halpin goes solo at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, Skip Morris plays jazz from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Next Wednesday, John Nelson (I gotta meet this guy!) plays folk, blues and country from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• On Friday at Sirens, 823 Water St., there is a benefit concert/silent auction for Elyse Garving, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. The action begins at 6 p.m. with the music of Matt Sircely, followed by The Solvents at 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Money Jungle entertains at 9 p.m. $5.

On Sunday, Gwyneth and Monko play indie folk with a style rooted in old-time, blues and true American country at 8 p.m.

• Howly Slim brings his vocals and guitar to the Banana Leaf, 609 Washington St., Friday at 5 p.m.

• On Saturday at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., the Blue Crows, George Rezendes and friend John Morton play at 7 p.m.

• On Saturday at Castle Key Restaurant, Seventh and Sheridan streets, the Bruce Cowan Quartet, with Joel Levy, plays jazz from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $8 cover.

• Tonight at the Boiler Room, 711 Water St., the open mic will feature a world-renowned accordionist and bagpiper at 8:30 p.m.

On Friday, Avalanche Symphony performs at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Panther Attack and Eighteen Individual Eyes play at 8 p.m.

Community concerts

• In Port Angeles, the last Concert on the Pier for 2010 is Wednesday featuring the big band sound of the Sequim City Band from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring chairs and your favorite coat.

Music news

• When you go out this weekend to celebrate the fruits of your labors, if you drink, let a designated driver, friend, cab, bus take you home safely.


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@peninsuladaily (subject line: John Nelson).

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