JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Music scene heats up as temperatures rise

THE LIVE MUSIC scene continues to heat up on the Peninsula just as the weather heats up (hope I didn’t jinx it).

The music doctor has just one prescription: Get out and enjoy the music.

Port Angeles, Joyce

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Rusty and Duke will host the Country Jam from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the Jimmy Hoffman Band returns from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ On Friday at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 W. U.S. Highway 101, enjoy the rocking blues of BluMeadows from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

All Points Charters & Tours will be providing free transportation today; phone 360-775-9128 to get picked up.

On Tuesday, Ches Ferguson will be picking and grinning from 7 p.m.

■ On Friday and Saturday, the Nasty Habits return to Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., for two nights of rollicking fun from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ Today at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., the Jenny Davis Trio with Chuck Easton and Ted Enderle will jazz up your evening at 7:30 p.m. $3 cover.

On Friday, the inimitable Charlie Ferris croons classic tunes of the ’50s through ’70s from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $3 cover.

Saturday sees the return of Thom Davis at 7 p.m. $3 cover.

On Sunday afternoon, John Manno returns with his harp at 3 p.m. in the main bar.

■ On Saturday, Charlie Ferris does some more crooning during the Saturday night gala of the Esprit Convention at the Red Lion Hotel Lounge, 221 N. Lincoln St., from 8 p.m. to midnight. The event is open to the public. A $5 charity donation is appreciated.

■ Today at Bella Italia, 118 E. First St., the acoustic trio Locos Only performs at 8 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.

■ On Sunday at The Landing mall, 115 Railroad Ave., High Country provides music for your dancing pleasure from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $5 single; $8 couple.

■ On Friday, Les Wamboldt and Olde Tyme Country, with special guest bluegrass band Crescent Blue, play at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 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 with guest Loose Gravel from Forks from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Sunday, Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., has Mike Ferguson performing at 4 p.m.

■ Every Tuesday evening at the Port Angeles Senior Center, Seventh and Peabody streets, 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.

■ At Dupuis Restaurant, 256861 U.S. Highway 101, Bob and Dave play blues Wednesday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ Out in Joyce, stop by the Salt Creek Restaurant and Lounge, 53821 state Highway 112, for Jason Mogi and Paul Stehr-Green this Saturday at 9 p.m. $3 cover, and the first draft is on the house.

Sequim and Blyn

■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Ruby Jean performs at 5:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Final Approach with Amanda Bacon performs boomer music at 5:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Three Crabs Restaurant, 11 3 Crabs Road, the Old Sidekicks play classic country from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, the Discovery Bay Pirates liven things up from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Every Saturday at Dungeness Bay Wine & Cheese, 123 E. Washington St., Lee Tyler Post performs an evening of rock and soul from 8 p.m. to 11 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 Friday in Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Denny and Bob perform from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday at the Spring Fling party, Goldigger plays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, dance to the Stardust Big Band from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

Port Townsend

■ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., singer/songwriter Kia Occhun and friends perform roots and folk music at 7:30 p.m. Sliding scale cover of $3 to $6.

On Friday, the Lionel Young Band hits its stride at 8 p.m. $12 cover.

On Saturday, piano legend Commander Cody visits at 8 p.m. $30 in advance; $35 at the door.

On Sunday, two shows you don’t wanna miss:

At 5 p.m., it’s the Penultimate Sunday Jam with Rex Rice. $5 cover.

Then at 8 p.m., Janiva Magness and her band deliver the real blues deal. $25 cover.

On Wednesday, Maray Fuego and friends perform multiple genres on multiple instruments from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.

■ On Saturday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Spoonshine makes a splash at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Sunday, Montana Skies performs at 7 p.m. No cover.

■ On Friday at Port Townsend Brewing Co., 330 10th St., Tim Halpin & the Better Half welcome Andy Koch (Badd Dog Blues Society) and Fat James for a rousing evening of funky tunes and blues from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, the Skip Morris Trio (Skip, Tom Svornich and George Radebaugh) plays at 3 p.m.

On Wednesday, indie vocalist ione o angeles brings some pop, reggae and roots to the brewery from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, the Brad Gibson Trio plays jazz from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $8 cover.

■ On Friday at the Highway 20 Road House, 2152 W. Sims Way, Brian “Buck” Ellard will be on acoustic guitar, fiddle, and vocals with percussionist Brad Pather from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. No cover.

■ On Friday at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., the rock trio Champagne Sunday provides eclectic acoustic music at 8 p.m. $3 cover.

On Saturday, Skip Morris brings his guitar and vocals from 6 p.m. to 8 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 guitar at Alchemy, 842 Washington St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Steve Grandinetti plays and sings at the Northwest Maritime Center Cafe, 431 Water St., Port Townsend, on Thursdays and Fridays from noon till 2 p.m.

High notes

■ The Port Angeles High School Orchestra will present a very special fundraising event, “An Elegant Evening of Waltz,” on Saturday at the Masonic Temple, 622 S. Lincoln St. in Port Angeles.

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with an hour of professional dance instruction, followed by two hours of ballroom-style dancing to live orchestra music.

Light refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

Elegant attire is encouraged.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

■ On Sunday, Jon Persson, accordionist, is in concert at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 MacLeay Road, at 1 p.m. A $5 donation is requested.


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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