JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: New talent, fair fare on Olympic Peninsula this week

IT’S FAIR TIME in Port Angeles at the Clallam County Fairgrounds today through Sunday.

There will be carnival rides (screams), animals (a cacophony of bleats, oinks, baas and moos), food venders (get your red hots here!) and, of course, live music (tribute bands, bluegrass and more on two stages) and new talent (I’ll be a judge Sunday to help discern who’s best).

Come and enjoy the fair with all of its many sounds (aromas, too). Check the program schedules at

There is more music across our Peninsula.

Port Angeles

■ On Saturday at the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, the VooDoo BBQ Blues band will cast a spell on you with its rock, funk and reggae. The spell will get you on the dance floor from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5 cover.

Johnnie Mustang hosts the Sunday Junction Blues Jam from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. There have been some great jams and blues improvisations lately. Come and join in.

■ Tonight at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, come on down for Jerry’s Country Jam from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. If country’s your style, come and dance or play plugged or unplugged.

On Saturday, dance to the vintage, classic rock of Chantilly Lace as it takes you down memory lane and onto the dance floor from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ Bring your dancing shoes to Wine on the Waterfront (WOW) at The Landing mall at 115 Railroad Ave. on Friday night for an evening of Latin jazz from Kevin MacCartney, Ed Donohue and the boys in Tanga. The fun is $5 and starts at 8.30 p.m.

On Saturday night at 8 p.m. is almost the return of the wonderful Bound To Happen — but this time in its acoustic format, Locozonely. Kevin Lee Magner and the gang will serve up a night of acoustic rock, blues, jazz and gospel and will show that they don’t need electricity to be electric. $5 cover.

■ On Friday at BarN9ne, 229 W. First St., Blumeadows returns to perform your requests in blues, rock, reggae and more from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5 cover.

■ 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 Tuesday, Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band welcome guest Dan Maguire (guitar and vocals) for a rousing evening of acoustic country, bluegrass and old-time music from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Monday, Rusty and Duke entertain at Smugglers Landing, 115 Railroad Ave., with some pickin’ and sweet singin’ from 6 p.m. to 8 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 for the dancing pleasure of all adults 45 years and older 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.


■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Discovery Bay Pirates come on board from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aarghh!

■ On Wednesday, Final Approach lands with some great tunes for your dining enjoyment from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, Woodcock Road, the Al Harris Trio performs jazz from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Wednesday, weather permitting, Howly Slim will be performing at Alderbrook Bistro, 139 W. Alder St., at 5 p.m.

■ At The Buzz, 128 N. Sequim Ave., Kelly Thomas and Victor Reventlow host the very popular and rousing open mic Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, watch out for that Dirty Old Man, first time in the lounge, playing classic rock, and dance party tunes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, another band new to the lounge, the M-80’s, will rock you with classic ’80s rock from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ On Sunday, country up with Haywire and Denny Secord Jr. and your favorite style of country from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Monday, we be jammin’ with host Barry Burnett and friends, so bring your ax and/or vocal talents for the fun from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ Tonight at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., award-winning country legend and the voice of Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl in the “Toy Story” series, Devon Dawson and the Wolf Gang with Outlaw Jessie Wales perform at 8 p.m. $10 cover.

On Friday, Canadian blues and swing stars the Twisters spin at 8 p.m. $12 cover.

On Saturday, enjoy the old-timey, jugband, roots music of Misner and Smith with special guests Cahalen Morrison and Eli West at 8 p.m. $5 to $10 sliding scale cover.

On Sunday, join Rex Rice for the Penultimate Sunday Jazz Jam at 6 p.m. $3 cover.

On Tuesday, enjoy the blues, rock and western of the Cory McDaniel Band at 6 p.m.

Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

■ On Friday at the Port Townsend Brewing Co., 330 10th St., enjoy the rock and stone blues of Janie Cribbs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, Gerald Braude performs on acoustic guitar from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, Port Angeles’ Deadwood Revival plays old-timey, newgrass and more from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 623 Water St., Ahmad and the Bluesters will take you on a journey through blues, rhythm and blues, funk, soul and rock ‘n’ roll at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Mongo Smashmongo will get you movin’ and groovin’ with this energized, hard-rockin’ band at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Saturday at Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, Kim Rushing and Jose Gonzales perform jazz from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $10 cover.

■ On Friday at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., Jump Juice performs at 9:30 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, finger-picking and slide guitarist Steve James performs with such exuberance you’ll think you’re listening to a full band. $10 cover.

■ Steve Grandinetti will be performing at the Owl Sprit, 218 Polk St., tonight, and Friday from 5:30 p.m. till closing.

■ On Friday, Howly Slim picks and grins at Banana Leaf, 609 Washington St., at 6 p.m.

Area concerts

■ Tonight in Port Townsend’s Concert on the Dock Series in the Pope Marine Park Plaza, enjoy the old-time, foot-stompin’ tunes of Deadwood Revival at 5:30 p.m. This is truly an all-ages band.

■ On Tuesday for Music in the Park at Sequim’s James Center for the Performing Arts, Electric Blue Sun performs original jazz fusion from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Wednesday in Port Angeles’ Concert on the Pier, marimba with the Sequimarimba band from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

High notes

■ On Saturday, you can dance to The Fabulous Roofshakers and help children through the Elks Foundation Children’s Fund at the Elks Naval Lodge ballroom, 131 E. First St., Port Angeles. The group plays high-energy rhythm, blues and classic soul dance music from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $12 cover for adults, younger than 18 admitted free.

■ Saturday’s benefit at Olympic Cellars Winery, 255410 U.S. Highway 101, features the classic rock of Fat Chance at 7 p.m. with half the $10 cover going to Volunteers in Medicine of the Olympics.

■ On Sunday at McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road, Sequim, the Music at McComb 2011 Series continues with the Craig Buhler Trio at 1 p.m. Linda Dowdell (piano) and Ted Enderle (bass) join Buhler (woodwind) for a memorable afternoon of jazz.

■ I’ll see you Sunday at the Clallam County Fair at the Wilder Stage from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. And remember, I take no bribes. Anyone got a corn dog?


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 (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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