JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Live music notes: 8 years and counting

BROTHER WILLIE HAS kept me so busy that I forgot that last week was my last column — of my seventh year.

So, here we go with the first column of my eighth year of letting you know where to go to tap your toes, beat your feet, move with the groove, jump and jive, cut a rug, trip the light fantastic or rock on.

Port Angeles

• On Friday, Junkyard Jane returns to the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, with their rockin’ roots blues from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, touring from Colorado to their farthest Northwest stop comes Celestial Hoedown with a bandful of funk rock 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 plays roots music and more from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

• Two popular local rock ‘n’ roll bands invade the RBar, 132 E. Front St., this weekend.

On Friday, it’s the classic top 40 sound of the Big Fine Daddies (forget the fact that they have a beautiful gal singer) rockin’ from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3 cover.

On Saturday, SuperTrees will be playing their high-energy mix of rock ‘n’ roll classics and originals from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3 cover.

• On Friday at 8 p.m., Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., Cort Armstrong’s chicken pickin’ guitar, rusty vocals and vintage songwriting evoke a throwback to the music of the southern Appalachians. $5 cover.

On Saturday, local singer-songwriter Scott makes a third appearance at Wine on the Waterfront to put on a fun show of pop-folk songs at 8 p.m. $5 cover.

• 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, rock out with Dirty Joe at Front Street Alibi, 1605 E. Front St., from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3 cover.

• Howly Slim performs vocal and guitar every Thursday at Kokopelli’s, 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.

• Victor Reventlow hosts the acoustic jam at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, Tuesday 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, at 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 a tune, 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, stop in and catch Pies on the Run, but don’t be late ‘cuz they’re only running from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Monday, get your ballroom fix with Mary Lou Montgomery and Nostalgia from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Next Wednesday for your midweek dining pleasure it’s Chez Jazz and the vocals of Sara Shea 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, enjoy the vocal stylings of Robin Lynn from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• On Saturday, at the 7 Cedars Casino Event Center, “American Idol’ winner Taylor Hicks performs at 8 p.m. The $40 tickets are available in Totem Rewards.

On Friday, at Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Pop Culture returns with their classic top 40 sound from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, the Stardust Big Band waxes nostalgic with the big band tunes of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s 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., at 6 p.m.

On Friday, Greg Vinson plays his original style of jazz and blues at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Barry and Bill of BBR play classic rock from the ’50s and ’60s at 6 p.m.

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

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

Port Townsend

• Tonight’s fare at the Upstage, 923 Washington St., comes from Argentinian Gonzalo Bergara and his acoustic Latin/Django-esque jazz quartet. A DjangoFest review says “his fingers fly across the fret board and the music wraps itself around you.” Show time is 7:30 p.m. with an $8 cover.

Django Reinhardt-inspired jazz continues Friday with Hot Club of Detroit at 8 p.m. $10 cover.

On Saturday, the Seattle blues band featuring former Port Townsendite David Gorden, Zizzy Zi Zixxy Band, plays dancin’ roadhouse blues at 8 p.m. $6 cover.

Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

• On Friday at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th St., enjoy the Cajun/Delta blues of the Delta Rays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, Gerald Braude plays acoustic guitar from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, being in the middle of the week, is filled with Pitfalls, playing from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Tonight at the Uptown Pub and Grill, 1016 Lawrence St., Crow Quill Night Owls, Belowthe Salt and Stalebread Scotty provide music from the underworld and that of a traditional jug band from 9 p.m.

Apples of Eden plays original rock ‘n’ roll at 9 p.m. Friday. $3 cover.

On Saturday, Brian “Buck” Ellard plays covers and originals on fiddle and guitar at 9 p.m.

• Tonight at the Boiler Room, 711 Water St., the open mic at 8 p.m. features touch guitarist Tom Catts.

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

• Sirens, 823 Water St., has an eclectic fest Friday with Sam Doores & the Tumbleweeds providing country, soul and rockabilly; Hurray for Rif Raf contributing Indie folk and blues; and Crow Quill Night Owls, hootin’ out the blues, jazz and country, at 9 p.m. $5.

Smoke Brothers get the fires burnin’ on Saturday with honky-tonk country sounds, from 9 p.m. $5.

• And then, The Blue Crows, George Rezendes and John Morton “go to the movies” at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., (must have something to do with that Film Festival thing goin’ on). Anyhow, they’ll be there on Friday, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with special guest Fred Nussbaum on the cello.

More Music News

• On Saturday, Washington Old Time Fiddlers play live music at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, Chimacum. 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. More information is at their website, www.

• 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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