JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Long weekend offers much live music

THE SUPER BOWL is behind us, but another big weekend is before us with Valentine’s Day on Sunday and Presidents Day on Monday. (I hope you have the day off!)

And then there’s Tuesday, and it’s Fat.

Let’s see how live music fits into all of this.

Port Angeles

• C’mon downtown to the Landing Mall for a Mardi Gras Celebration Saturday that will get you movin’ and groovin’.

Rollin’ Waters kicks things off from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with their unique sound, sponsored by Odyssey Book Store.

From 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. the Port Angeles Downtown Association sponsors the Peninsula’s newest band, Bdumpbump, playing just about any genre of music on a plethora of instruments.

The Ed Donahue Quartet, also sponsored by the downtown association, will be playing jazz from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. to finish out the celebration.

• If you miss Sammy Eubanks tonight at 7 Cedars Casino, or want to see him again, he’ll be at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sammy does get around with his blues, country and classic rock. $3 cover.

• Billy and the Rectifiers play their roots rock and blues at the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, on Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5 cover.

On Sunday, Barry Burnett invites you to come out early and dance to a variety of music during the open mic jam from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

OnWednesday, The Good Medicine Band with Jason, Ches and Justin, plays from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

• Tonight, enjoy some great jazz with Lynn Peterson and two of her Phatt Kattz, Linda Dowdell and Ron Newton, from 7 to 9 at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave. $2 cover.

Saturday sees a return appearance of the Ed Donahue Combo with a night of jazz for Valentine’s Day, from 7:30 p.m. $5 cover.

• For the second week in a row, Charlie Ferris and his Memories and Melodies Show got kicked over to Thursday (tonight) at Kokopelli Restaurant, 203 E. Front St., from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. It sure makes for a nice evening when you can dine at Kokopelli’s with Charlie, then stroll over to Wine on the Waterfront for some great jazz tunes with Lynn Peterson.

• Also tonight, you can dance to George Snyder’s Oly Jazz Band in the Fourth Annual Healthy Heart Valentine Dance at the Vern Burton Community Center from 7 to 9 There’s a $10 minimum donation with proceeds benefiting the Olympic Medical Center Cardiac Services Program.

• This month’s Art Rock event features a pre-Valentine’s Day “Sweetheart Sock-hop” at Studio Bob, 118 ½ E. Front St., from 8 p.m. BBR+1 will play their mix of classic rock, country, blues and folk. Stop in after the gallery walk and enjoy the art, food and drink. $3 cover.

• Friday night, the Veela Café, 133 E. First St., has Jim Lind providing both rock and country, fast and slow, from his impressive repertoire, from 7:30.

• Tuesday, Chuck Grall will be hosting the acoustic jam at the Fairmount Restaurant, on Highway 101 west of Port Angeles, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., while Dave and Rosalie Secord of Luck of the Draw Band are on the road with their music.

Sequim and Blyn

• Sunday at the Oasis Sports Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Final Approach and special guest Joey Lazzaro with his trumpet play a Valentine’s program from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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

• Chris Anderson plays Friday at Stymie’s Bar and Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, for your dining pleasure from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• At the Old Mill Cafe, 721 Carlsborg Road, John Erskine will entertain Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a Valentine’s Day “Jazz for Lovers” program on his keyboard.

• Tonight at Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Sammy Eubanks and his band play country, blues and classic rock that’ll keep you on the dance floor from 7 to 11

Friday and Saturday, top 40 dance band Nite Crew plays all your current dance tunes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, take your sweetheart to a special Valentine’s show featuring an “Illusion of Elvis” by Danny Vernon from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Monday, celebrate Presidents Day with the Time Benders and 50 years of hits, making them a Club Seven favorite, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tuesday (yes, Tuesday) Lynn Peterson and all the Phatt Kattz will get you celebrating Phatt Tuesday with party favors and specials from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Hadlock

• Tonight at the Ajax Café, 271 Water St., Buzz Rogowski plays jazz and originals on piano from 6.

On Friday, Jess plays tunes on the piano from Beatles to Billy Joel from 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Mark and Bruce play jazz standards from 6 p.m.

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

• On Saturday drop in at the Valley Tavern, 21 Chimacum Road, for some bluegrass, old-time and country by Skidder Hill from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Port Townsend

• Friday, Jim Nyby and the F Street Band play New Orleans style blues, rock and roots at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., from 8 p.m. $6 cover.

On Saturday, get into the swing of things with the Seatown Rhythm and Blues Band from Seattle. These seasoned musicians play blues, funk, and soul from 8 p.m.

Two acts will show up Sunday for a special Valentine’s Day program.

At 2 p.m., Walter Strauss puts on a “one man folk festival.” $6 cover.

At 7 p.m., the Steel Madronas play the Valentine Party and Dance from 7 p.m. with their country/swing and country blues favorites, featuring vocalist Jennifer Blomgreen. $6 cover.

Call 360-385-2216 for reservations.

• Saturday at the Undertown Coffee and Wine Bar, 211 Taylor St., George Rezendes and the Toolshed Trio play from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring their Americana roots, rock and country blues.

On Sunday, Joel Levy and Pete Toyne play at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, there will be a celebration from 7 p.m. to closing with live music, beads, gumbo and costumes.

• Sirens, 823 Water St., hosts the Jelly Rollers, with blues and rock, Friday from 9 p.m., $5.

Saturday, Luc and the Lovingtons perform, also starting at 9 p.m. $5.

Brandon Stanley plays Sunday from 8 p.m.

• Looking for that Cosplay Masquerade Ball? Look no more. It’s at the American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St., Saturday, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dance to the Olympic Express Big Band and support your local 4-H’ers. Doors open at 6 p.m. and there is free dance instruction from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $20, or $25 at door if available. For more information and to order tickets, visit www.

• The Port Townsend second Saturday Community Dance features the Ragged Mountain String Band and caller Rita Mandoli at the Quimper Grange, 1217 Corona St., from 8 p.m. Adults $8, youth $3. Bring your Valentine. For info contact Dave Thieck, 360-385-3308.


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@ (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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