JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Music bustin’ out in new venues in Port Angeles, Sequim

I DON’T KNOW about you, but it sure seems like live music is bustin’ out all over. There’s another new venue in Port Angeles and three in Sequim this week.

Support our local musicians by dining, dancing or just sitting and listening with a sip or two.

Port Angeles

■ Tonight at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Jerry’s Country Jam entertains from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with featured musician Jim Hanson singing and playing favorite country songs.

On Saturday, the Jimmy Hoffman Band will rock your socks off from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ At Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., Friday marks the return of jazz duo Linda Dowdell and Craig Buhler at 7:30 p.m. $3 cover.

Saturday is the first show in Paul Chasman’s “new” musical career as a singer-songwriter at 7 p.m. $3 cover.

■ On Saturday, Justin Scott and the Riveters play at the Coo Coo Nest, 1017 E. First St., at 10 p.m.

■ Justin Scott Rivet does two solo acoustic shows weekly: On Fridays, Justin plays at the Barhop Brewery, 110 N. Laurel St., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Mondays, you’ll find him at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ At The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave., Old Tyme Country will play country tunes Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $8 per couple; $5 per single.

■ On Sunday at Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., singer-songwriter Scott Sullivan performs at 4 p.m.

■ On Friday, Les Wamboldt and Olde Tyme Country perform at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Erma and Mike (Naki’i) perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, join the country jam from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band play old-time music with guest guitarist and vocalist Bob Driver from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ Today at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 W. U.S. Highway 101, Jason Mogi and Paul Stehr-Green of Deadwood Revival play at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, Ches Ferguson will be joined by Julie at 7 p.m.

■ Every Tuesday evening at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., the Port Angeles Senior Swingers present Wally and the Boys, playing ballroom dance favorites from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $5 cover; first-timers free.

■ On Wednesday at Dupuis Restaurant, 256861 U.S. Highway 101, Bob and Dave play blues with a brew and barbecue from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sequim and Blyn

■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Old Sidekicks will get you on the dance floor at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, take a Magic Carpet Ride in the Born to Be Wild Irrigation Festival Benefit with the songs of Steppenwolf at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 each, including an appetizer buffet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Oasis and various Sequim merchants.

On Wednesday, the Blue Hole Quintet jazzes it up from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Three Crabs Restaurant, 11 3 Crabs Road, Denny and Bobby return from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Awesome Bob performs his one-man-band show from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ It’s All the Buzz Wednesdays at the Sequim Senior Activity Center, 921 E. Hammond St., with Kelly and Victor hosting the open mic from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

■ On Wednesday at Ming’s Buffet, 10181 Old Olympic Highway, join Lecia’s Acoustic Jam from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday in Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, dance to Author Unknown from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, Randy Linder performs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Port Townsend

■ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Matt Sircely hosts renowned vocalist, banjo player, guitarist and mandolinist Jason Stewart. Sliding-scale cover of $5 to $8.

On Friday, Kevin Lee Magner, Elora Bradley and Scott Bradley, along with bassist Kurt Jensen and drummer Russ Lowery, otherwise known as Bound to Happen, plays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Jenny Davis Live Jazz with the Jazz Singer Showcase will be from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Sunday, three acts will get you going starting at 7:30 p.m.: Maray Rose, Danta Manalo and Hot Damn Scandal from Seattle. Sliding-scale cover of $5 to $8.

On Tuesday, Ukuleles Unite meets again at 5 p.m.

The Wednesday Northwest Big Band Free Concert is at 6 p.m.

Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Hazelnut Grove (Ches and Julie from Deadwood Revival) perform at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Joe Crecca & the Homewreckers play rock and blues from 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Sunday, jazz vocalist Eugenie Jones sings from 7 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, Ranger & the Re-Arrangers plays Gypsy jazz from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $8 cover.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., enjoy Locust Street Taxi at 9 p.m. $7 in advance; $10 at the door.

■ Locust Street Taxi rolls on over to Undertown, 211 Taylor St., on Saturday at 7 p.m.

■ Steve Grandinetti plays guitar at the Owl Sprit Cafe, 218 Polk St., today and Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ Today, classical guitarist Trevor Hanson plays at Ichikawa Japanese Cuisine, 1208 Water St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ Every Monday Trevor Hanson plays at Alchemy, 842 Washington St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Steve Grandinetti plays at the Northwest Maritime Center Cafe, Port Townsend, on Thursdays and Fridays from noon till 2 p.m.

High notes

■ On Saturday at Fern Hollow, 1195 Taylor Cutoff Road, Ranger & the Re-Arrangers plays Gypsy jazz from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in a free event that includes food, wine and beverages.

■ On Saturday, Washington Old Time Fiddlers play live music at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, Chimicum. All-players jam from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; performance from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Donations support scholarships. More information is at

■ On Saturday at the Port Townsend Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., Whozyamama plays Cajun and zydeco for an all-ages dance from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $12 for adults; discounts for children.


John Nelson is a self-styled music lover and compulsive night owl who believes in “KLMA — 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 emailing, with John Nelson in the subject line. And note: Nelson’s deadline is Monday at 5 p.m. preceding Thursday’s column.

Also, check out “Nightlife,” a listing of entertainment at nightspots across the Peninsula, in Friday’s Peninsula Spotlight magazine.

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