JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Let live music fill days before school starts again

AUGUST IS ALMOST over and dare I say it?

School is about to start.

All the more reason to get out and listen to live music.

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!

Jimmy Hoffman winds up his August run this Friday and Saturday with great classic country rock ‘n’ roll mixed in with his own original tunes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3 cover.

• Three big nights of music start tonight at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., with the debut of the classic and original blues of Brenton Earl Brown at 8 p.m.

On Friday, Charlie Ferris (that means Charlie’s Angels, too) will croon into nostalgia nirvana with tunes from Sinatra, Presley, the Beatles and maybe with some country twang thrown in here and there at 7 p.m. $3 cover.

Jazz it up Saturday with Sarah Shea and a night of classic jazz and your favorite tunes from the “Great American Songbook” at 8 p.m. $5 cover.

• On Friday at the RBar, 132 E. Front St., the Spence Brothers will get your blues juices flowin’ at 9:30 p.m. $3 cover.

On Saturday, Portland, Ore.-based Skelly Riot brings a unique blend of reggae, funk and jazz at 9:30 p.m. $3 cover.

• Tonight and every Thursday, Larry and Rene Bauer direct the goings on at the open mic hosted by the Cracked Bean, 108 DelGuzzi Drive, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Welcome to the live music mix.

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

• 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.

• The Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, has Barry Burnett doing his Sunday Jam from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Jason Mogi is on summer hiatus and will not be appearing every Wednesday

• Every Tuesday evening, the Port Angeles Senior Swingers present Wally and the Boys playing ballroom dance favorites for the dancing pleasure of all 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!

• Dave and Rosalie Secord 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 to 9 p.m. with the Tuesday acoustic jam. Don’t be left out!

• Bar N9NE, 229 W. First St., hosts Chez Jazz with Sarah Shea providing those jazzy vocals with Al Harris on the piano and Craig Buhler adding sax, clarinet or flute, Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cool sounds!

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.

Next Wednesday, the Blue Hole Quintet plays for your dining and dancing pleasure from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• Howly Slim 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 very popular and rousing open mic Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

• On Friday, Jim Hoffman goes solo at Stymies Bar and Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• Kelli Houk and Barry Burnett provide the music for the “Deadliest Catch” Crab Feed Friday at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, with the Captain and First Mate of the “Wizard.” Tickets ($30) are available at the Totem Rewards counter in the casino.

It’s a country weekend with the rockin’ country of Latigo Lace Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, Denny Secord Jr. and Haywire, along with the mechanical bull, start things out at 5 p.m., followed by Latigo Lace at 9 p.m.

On Sunday and Monday, you get two big nights of the “Pearl of the Peninsula,” the Stardust Big Band, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Hadlock

• Tonight at the Ajax Cafe, 271 Water St., Buzz Rogowski plays at 6 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday, Baila Dworsky plays at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Jim Nyby plays blues, ballads, boogie-woogie and more at 5:30 p.m.

Every Tuesday, Jess styles on the piano from 6 p.m.

Port Townsend

• On Friday at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., enjoy the music of David Jacobs Strain with Abby May and the Homeschool Boys at 8 p.m. Cover.

On Saturday, it’s the blues of the Delta Rays prevailing at 8 p.m. $6 cover.

On Sunday, with guitar and hammered dulcimer, singer-songwriter Carolyn Cruso weaves a web with her vocals and poetic storytelling.

Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

• On Friday at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th St. SEmD following their record-breaking performance at the Port Angeles Concert on the Pier SEmD Deadwood Revival plays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Get there early!

On Sunday, listen to the Cajun and zydeco of The Alternators from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Next Wednesday, a Port Townsend favorite, Locust Street Taxi, plays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Sirens, 823 Water St., will beckon this weekend with The Gasoline Lollipops providing alternative, country and rock on Friday, starting at 9 p.m. $5.

On Saturday, the music continues in a Celtic flavor with The Stout Pounders, hammering it out at 10 p.m. $5.

• At the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Mango Smash performs at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

• On Saturday, at Castle Key Restaurant, Seventh and Sheridan streets, John Worley and his Worldview Quartet play jazz from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $10 cover.

• The Boiler Room, 711 Water St., has Bryan Minus and the Disconnect stopping by Saturday with some tunes at 8 p.m.

Community concerts

• The Port Townsend Summer Band plays the Concerts in the Park series Saturday, compliments of Friends of Fort Flagler, at Battery Bankhead, Fort Flagler State Park, Marrowstone Island, at 3 p.m.

• Next Tuesday, Sequim winds up its Music in the Park series at Carrie Blake Park, 202 N. Blake Ave., with the gypsy jazz of Ranger and the Re-arrangers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• In Port Angeles’ Concert on the Pier series next Wednesday, Dave Secord and his popular Luck of the Draw Band perform bluegrass and old-time favorites that’ll get you tappin’ your toes and clappin’ your hands from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Bring chairs and your favorite fur jacket.

Music news

• The David Rivers Band will be playing bluegrass at the Port Angeles Farmers Market at The Gateway, Front and Lincoln streets, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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 (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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