JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Let live music keep the chill away

SUMMER SEEMS TO have left us and colder and damper fall has fallen upon us early so get out and warm up to some live music to keep the chill away.

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, the Sammy Eubanks Band comes over from Spokane to play for your dancing pleasure. Classic rock, country and originals from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3 cover.

• The Tim Hall Band plays blues, rock and more at The Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, Friday 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.

• At the BarN9ne, 229 W. First St., Saturday, Dirty Joe will get you movin’ and groovin’ to rock hits from the ’70s to today’s top 40 at 9 p.m. Come and check out one of Port Angeles’ newer venues if you haven’t yet. $3 cover.

• Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., has three big nights of music beginning tonight.

You’ve seen her perform with other groups, but tonight Linda Dowdell goes solo, playing jazz at 7 p.m.

On Friday, Charlie Ferris brings back his Melodies and Memories Show, crooning pop, rock and country favorites from the ’50s to the ’80s at 7 p.m. Charlie’s girl Fridays, Charlie’s Angels, will be there, too! $3 cover.

On Saturday, the SuperTrees return for a night of acoustic “genetically enhanced ’50s to ’70s” covers, as they put it, 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.

• 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.

• Vic Reventlow hosts the acoustic jazz at the Fairmount Restaurant, on U.S. Highway 101 west of Port Angeles, from 6 p.m. to 9 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, from 7:30 p.m.

• Dave and Rosalie Secord’s Luck of the Draw Band and special guests will be playing a variety of music at Smugglers Landing Restaurant and Lounge, 115 Railroad Ave., every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• 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!

• Craig Logue hosts the open mic and plays tunes, too, at the Coo-Coos Nest, 1017 E. First St., Wednesdays, at 8 p.m.

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 kicks off Oktoberfest at the Oasis with some country, roots and bluegrass from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Oktoberfest continues with the rockin’ blues of the Tim Hall Band at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

On Monday, the Blue Hole Quintet plays a mixed bag of tunes from many eras and genres laid out on a jazz foundation from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Bring your dancin’ shoes.

Next Wednesday, catch the sonic boomer music of Final Approach 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 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

• On Friday at Stymies Bar and Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, the Al Harris Trio, with Ed Donahue and special guest Dave Mathews, plays jazz for a mellow dining experience from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• At Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Friday, Dysfunksion, first time at Club 7, plays the dance tunes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, the Sammy Eubanks Band plays classic rock, country and originals from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Hadlock

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

On Friday, Ahmad Baabahar plays soulful originals on guitar with vocals at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Howly Slim plays guitar at 6 p.m.

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

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

Port Townsend

• Tonight at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., “Hammerin’ Hank” Sondie and “JJ” Jenkins with Bruce Cannavaro play blues, folk, jazz, originals and funny stuff, too, in addition to a rare appearance by Rachel Sondie belting out some blues and ballads, at 7 p.m. $5 cover.

On Friday, the Washington Blues Society’s award-winning Red Hot Blues Sisters Band ignites the Upstage with its hard-hitting rock and blues act at 8 p.m. $11 cover.

On Saturday, the Muddy Best Blues Act 2009 winner, Kevin Selfe and the Tornados, will twist the blues this way and that and spin you, too, at 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, Hawaiian legend Led Kaapana, whose fret-board technique on many stringed instruments has brought him on stage with the likes of Allison Kraus, Chet Atkins, Leo Kottke, Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal, among others, takes the stage from 8 p.m. He is also a master of ki hoalu (slack key guitar). $14 cover.

Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

• At Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th St., Friday enjoy the music of Timber Town from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, Marylyn Kay and Company stop in from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, the jazz and blues of Jenny Davis will soothe your soul from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• On Saturday at Castle Key Restaurant, Seventh and Sheridan streets, the Skip Morris Trio plays jazz from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $8 cover.

• On Friday, at the Uptown Pub and Grill, 1016 Lawrence St., Lowire plays funk and grooves at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, folk-rock singer-songwriter Jake Asher and special guest perform at 8 p.m. $5 cover.

• Sirens, 823 Water St., hosts Cort Armstrong Friday starting at 9 p.m. $5

On Saturday, the Pitfalls entertain at 9 p.m. $5.

• Every Friday at 5 p.m., you’ll find Howly Slim at the Banana Leaf Thai Restaurant, 609 Washington St.

More music news

• Skidder Hill plays bluegrass, old-time and country at the WAG Tails to Trails picnic Saturday at Carrie Blake Park, 202 N. Blake Ave., Sequim, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• On Friday, Olympic Peninsula Dance presents George Rezendes and the Toolshed Trio at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St., from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Adults $15, students/disabled $10, 12 and younger $7. For information, phone James at 360-385-5327.

• On Saturday at the Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Place, Port Ludlow, the Performing Arts in Port Ludlow presents “Swingin’ Vegas is back!” Ned Rifkin and Nancy Osborne bring back the memories of Vegas legends and their songs at 8 p.m. Phone the Bay Club for more information at 360-437-2208.

• Hey, kids, mark this date on your calendar: Sunday, Oct. 2, ‘cuz Dave and Rosalie Secord will teach you how to play Andy Mackie’s strumsticks at the Boys & Girls Club flea market at the Port Angeles Eagles Club, 110 Penn St., at noon or so. And then you can play with the Luck of the Draw Band later in the afternoon. For vender space and music slots, phone John at 360-565-1139.


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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