JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Many contribute to musical relief effort for Haitian quake victims

THANK YOU TO all who came out to the live music venues of Junction Roadhouse, Wine on the Waterfront, Fairmount Restaurant and Castaways Restaurant and Night Club this past week and gave generously to the Haiti relief effort of the American Red Cross.

Also, thanks to the Duke of Flowers, Smugglers Landing Restaurant, Kokopelli Grill, Golden Gate Restaurant, Petit Oil Co., Boys in Black Estate Sales, Elwha River Casino, Blue Dolphin, Captain T’s, Junction Roadhouse, Wine on the Waterfront, Alley Cat Boutique and Strait Music for donations of items sold in the silent auction or raffle Saturday night at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club.

Kudos also to Chantilly Lace for hosting the jam at Castaways Saturday and local musicians Kevin Macartney, Rudy Maxion, Terry Rozyticki, Bill Tiderman, Jerry Robison and Tom Maley, as well as Andy Koch and Big Al from Bellingham’s Badd Dog Blues Society for stopping by and putting an exclamation point on a great evening of fun, music and fundraising for the Haiti relief effort by the American Red Cross.

All told $1,741 was raised for the relief effort. If you have not yet donated please do so now. Haitians need all the help we can give.

You people are great on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Now for some live music . . .

Port Angeles

• At Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, dance to Country Gold on Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. This is classic country from the golden era of country music — the ’50s and ’60s — with some early classic rock ‘n’ roll thrown in. $3 cover.

• Out at the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, the blues of Hambone Wilson returns Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. After a five-year hiatus, this is Hambone’s second appearance in six months. Welcome back! $3 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.

On Wednesday, the Good Medicine Band, with Jason, Ches and Justin, plays from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

• Tonight the inimitable Charlie Ferris returns to Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., for the first time this year with his Memories and Melodies Show, from 7 to 9 $2 cover.

On Friday, an evening of top quality jazz is in store with Ed Donahue and Friends from 7:30 p.m. $5 cover.

• The Jimmy Hoffman Band returns to Steele’s Sports Bar and Grill, 1605 E. Front St., Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. Jimmy may be a little late on Friday getting into town from his solo Stymie’s show, which ends at 9 p.m.

•SEnSCharlie Ferris and his Melodies and Memories Show gets around, and this Saturday you’ll find him back at Kokopelli Grill, 203 E. Front St., in the upstairs lounge from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Now the really good news is, beginning next week, Charlie will be at Kokopelli every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• On 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.

•SEnSChuck Grall will be hosting the acoustic jam Tuesday at the Fairmount Restaurant on U.S. 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

• The Oasis Sports Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., has two nights of Robot Pi Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. $2 cover.

Final approach lands at the Oasis next Wednesday with their soaring boomer music 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 to 9:30 p.m.

•SEnSJim Hoffman flies solo Friday at Stymie’s Bar and Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• Tonight, listen to the Jim Hoffman Band on the big stage in Club Seven at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, from 7 to 11.

There’s more country Friday and Saturday with the Chris Ward Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, the Sara Shea Band plays contemporary dance and jazz, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday Night Jazz features The Reflections, from 5:30 to 9.

Port Ludlow

• On Sunday, the Port Ludlow Arts Council hosts a Celtic Cabaret featuring the Golden Bough Celtic Trio performing music of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and other areas, from 3 p.m. at the Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Place. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on line at www.brown or at the Bay Club. Phone 360-437-2208 for information or availability.

Port Hadlock

• At the Ajax Café, 271 Water St., Sunday, Jim Nyby plays blues, ballads, jazz and soul from 5:30 p.m.

Port Townsend

• Tonight at the Upstage, 923 Washington St., Jim Trefetman, Rex Rice, Tim Sheffle, George Radebaugh, and Chuck Easton combine their many musical talents for a great evening of jazz from 7. $6 cover.

On Friday, Tangoheart is in concert at 8 p.m. followed by a dance.

On Saturday, the blues takes over with Paul Green and Straightshot delivering hard-driving blues, rhythm and blues, and funk from 8 p.m. $8 cover.

Sunday is the Penultimate Sunday Jazz Jam from 6 p.m. $3 cover, players free.

Towns-end Live features multitalented, multi-instrument musician Les Izzmore (Greg Vinson) on Tuesday from 7 p.m.

Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

• The Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., has two shows this weekend beginning Friday with Ramblin’ Maggie and their high energy “newgrass” and country sound from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The high energy continues Saturday with Deadwood Revival playing from 9 p.m.

Music news

• Saturday, at the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road in “Quilcene,” Jon Doll plays and sings original songs about the truths of life from 7:30 p.m. The address says Quilcene but it is actually down in Coyle at the end of the Toandos Peninsula. By donation.

•SEnSWashington Old Time Fiddlers play music at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, Chimacum. All players jam from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., performance following from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Donations support fiddler scholarships. Phone Hershel Lester at 360-417-6950 or e-mail with questions.

• Here’s a heads-up for next week. Snowgrass 2010, benefiting First Step Family Support Center, takes place Saturday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Port Angeles High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 adults, $6 seniors, and kids 10 and under free. Denny Secord Sr. will introduce Deadwood Revival, Crescent Blue and The Finleys and Marilyn K. and Company.

For more information, call 360-457-8355. Tickets are on sale at KONP, Strait Music, Odyssey Books, Port Book and News, and Necessities & Temptations in Port Angeles. In Sequim tickets can be purchased at Pacific Mist Books.


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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