JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Musicians give to charity, go live for you

BEFORE WE GET to this week’s lineup of live music on the Peninsula, I would like to thank all the musicians who donated their time and talent at the Boys & Girls Club spring flea market May 1-2 at the Eagles Club.

Thanks also to the Eagles for the use of the annex, to donors of merchandise and to all of you who came and purchased the bargains.

All in all, more than $1,200 was raised.

See you again in the fall!

Now let’s get out there and hear some good music SEmD as alive as it gets.

Port Angeles

• 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 Saturday, Port Angeles-based SuperTrees plays the Coo Coo Nest, 1017 E. First St., at 9 p.m. SuperTrees plays hard-driving, dance-friendly rock ‘n’ roll covers and originals. $3 cover.

• On Saturday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., check in for an exciting musical debut in Port Angeles of Buffalo Death Beam, described by one newspaper as “The best kept secret in the Palouse.” This young band has been exciting audiences across Eastern Washington and Idaho with their alternative country and folk style. Catch their beautiful harmonies and musicianship at 8 p.m. $5 cover.

• On Sunday at the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112, five miles west of Port Angeles, 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.

• Dave Secord and Rosalie and the whole Luck of the Draw gang are back at the Fairmount Restaurant, on U.S. Highway 101 west of Port Angeles, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the Tuesday acoustic jam. Don’t be left out!

• 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.

• Every Tuesday evening, the Port Angeles Senior Swingers present Wally and the Boys playing ballroom dance favorites for the dancing pleasure of all people 55 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!

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. Classic rock and country from the ’50s and ’60s and blues and pop from later decades are all in the band’s broad repertoire honed over 35 years. Jammers come in early and sign in on the sign-up sheet.

On Friday, enjoy the bluegrass and fiddle music of Skidder Hill from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Saturday at 9 p.m., be sure to catch the final local performance of the award-winning Lonely H before they embark on a summer-long national tour. $3 cover.

Next Wednesday, enjoy the old-time country tunes and bluegrass of the highly entertaining and informative Jubilee 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.

• On Friday at Stymies Bar and Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Denny Secord Jr. goes solo for your country dining pleasure from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• Tonight at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, in the Club Seven Lounge, dance to the hot jazz licks of Electric Blue Sun from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday, dance to the expertise of Expertease as they cover timeless classic rock and top 40 party tunes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Enjoy the Sunday concert series with a tribute to Pink Floyd by Blind Floyd. This band nails it from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Monday Night Jazz presents Jazz in Blume with vocalist Jenny Davis from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Hadlock

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

On Friday, Jack Reid will play a unique blend of Americana folk, a little blues, some cowboy tunes and blue-billy swing at 6 p.m. You may not know the name but you’ll know the music.

On Saturday, Aaron James will play high-powered acoustic rock and folk at 6 p.m.

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

Port Townsend

• On Friday at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., dance zydeco-style to the New Iberians at 7:30 p.m. This family-friendly festival and club favorite from the Pacific Northwest is guaranteed to get you up and dancin’! $10 cover.

On Saturday, the Balkan Cabaret performs with passion and poetry the traditional ballads and favorite old standards from the cafes and cabarets of Belgrade, Sofia, Sarajevo and other Balkan cities at 8 p.m. $12 cover.

On Sunday, starting at 7:30 p.m., Janam (formerly Black Olive Babies) plays an exciting mix of music from around the world. From the Bay Area of California, they perform songs from the Black Sea to Appalachia. $12

On Wednesday, join the Northwest Big Band Workshop Jam at 7 p.m.

Call 360-385-2216 for reservations.

• On Friday, at Port Townsend Brewing Co., 330 10th St., enjoy the music of House of Cards from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, The Alternators perform from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

• If you like your jazz funky and bluesy, be sure to catch The Brad Gibson Trio on Friday at Water Street Brewing, 639 Water St., at 9 p.m.

And, join The Funk Revolution, the six-year anniversary celebration and all-night funky dance party, on Saturday at 9 p.m.

• Kim Rushing and pianist Steve Christofferson perform at the Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $8 cover.

• Without the blues there is nothing — no jazz, no hip-hop, no pop, no rock’ n’ roll, no country — it’s the foundation for all that is American music. This tradition is carried forward by the Fabulous Jelly Rollers Friday at Siren’s, 823 Water St., at 9 p.m.

• The Undertown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., has a variety of music for you this weekend with Mike and Bob providing roots, blues and country on Friday at 5 p.m., followed by Pete Lack and alternative acoustic rock for their CD release party at 7 p.m., and the funky grooves of The Better Half playing at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Tim Halpin and The Better Half bring their funky grooves back at 9 p.m., $5.

• Mike D.C., a Seattle rapper, brings songs from his upcoming album to The Boiler Room, 711 Water St., Saturday, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

• Prepare to rock ‘n’ roll with Hard Drive on Saturday at Highway 20 Roadhouse, 2152 Sims Way, at 9:30 p.m. $5.

Music news

On Sunday, take a ride down to the Toandos Peninsula and the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, for a free concert by Terry Holder of Olympia. Terry is one of the finalists in the Zolo Kerrville (Texas) New Folk Songwriters Contest May 29. Stop in Sunday and wish her good luck.


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 (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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