JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Patriotic concerts on tap this week

IT’S GONNA BE a firecracker weekend with jazz, blues, country, rock and more, including patriotic concerts.

Port Angeles

■ Today 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 Friday and Saturday, Sequim’s Turner Brothers Band plays ’70s through ’90s rock ‘n’ roll plus originals from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ On Friday at Wine on the Waterfront (WOW) at The Landing mall at 115 Railroad Ave., Skip Morris plays and vocalizes jazz from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $3 cover.

On Saturday, WOW welcomes back jazz diva Jenny Davis with songs both old and new on the jazz scene at 7:30 p.m. $5 cover.

On Monday, the Fourth of July, Jason Mogi and Paul Stehr-Green play a special Independence Night open air show on the upper parking lot at The Landing mall from 8 p.m. till fireworks bloom and boom. Beer and wine garden, too.

■ On Friday, Chuck Grall, 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 guests Bob Edwards (guitar) and Wayne Shields (fiddle) for a rousing evening of acoustic country, bluegrass and old-time music from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ At the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, there are two great nights of music this week.

Johnnie Mustang hosts the Sunday Junction Jam from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Next Wednesday, banjo craftsman Jason Mogi and bassist Paul Stehr-Green play from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ R Bar, 132 E. Front St., hosts Freesound on Sunday and Monday at 9:30 p.m. Coming from Hawaii, they do blues, reggae and rock.

■ On Monday, Rusty and Duke entertain at Smuggler’s Landing at The Landing mall at 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.

Sequim and Blyn

■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar & Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Discovery Bay Pirates come aboard for a great time from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, The Blue Hole Quintet will be performing danceable hits from many eras with a mix of jazz, standard Latin, Dixie, waltzes and more with vocals in the mix from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Damiana’s Best Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Kevin Lee Magner and Scott Bradley from Bound to Happen will be playing their blend of Americana for the first Friday Art Celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Wednesday at Mugs ‘n’ Jugs Bar and Grill, 735 W. Washington St., Jimmy Hoffman and friends perform unplugged from 7 p.m. to midnight. Donations welcome.

■ 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, in Stymie’s Bar & Grill of Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Robyn Lynn returns for another great evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Aloha! Friday, in Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, local Hawaiian duo Naki’i plays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Country Rock Association is one rockin’ country band that’ll have you dancin’ from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

CRA returns Sunday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. to extend your holiday dancin’.

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., the Jenny Davis Quartet performs and showcases local pros and semi-pros including Patricia Willestoft, 15-year-old Amanda Daily and Robin Bessier. They’ll be accompanied by Chuck Easton, Ted Enderle, Tim Sheffel and guest sax player Timothy Stone, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. $8 cover.

On Friday, Jim Nyby and the F Street Band play Big Easy-style classic rock, blues and roots at 8 p.m. $6 cover.

On Saturday, the multi-award-winning Red Hot Blues Sisters from Seattle, featuring Suze Sims (vocals) and Teri Anne Wilson (guitar), plays at 8 p.m. $12 cover.

On Sunday, country up and rock to the Brian Buck Ellard Band at 7:30 p.m. $5 cover.

On Tuesday, Shenandoah Davis brings indie, folk and roots at 7:30 p.m. Voluntary cover.

On Wednesday, blues legend James Harman Band plays the blues at 8 p.m. $15 cover.

Then Thursday, Grammy award winner Susan McKeown brings modern Celtic from Ireland.

Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

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

On Sunday, Howly Slim picks and grins from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, catch ’em while you can ’cause they’ve got Pies on the Run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ Tilted Stilts brings country blues to Sirens, 823 Water St., on Friday at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Sue Quigley rocks the room at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Saturday, at the Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, the James Howard Blues Band plays from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., the Blue Crows perform at 6 p.m., followed by the Crow Quill Night-Owls at 9:30 p.m. $3 cover.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Sylvia Heins plays Happy Hour jazz, blues and originals from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the Steve Grandinetti Band returns at 9 p.m. for more great fun, music and dancing. $3 cover.

■ On Friday, Steve Grandinetti goes solo on guitar at the Owl Sprit, 218 Polk St., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at Banana Leaf Thai Bistro, 609 Washington St., Howly Slim plays at 6 p.m.

High notes

■ Enjoy the bluegrass of the Blackberry Bushes String Band of Seattle at Wednesday’s Concert on the Pier in Port Angeles from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Saturday, an extra contra dance at the Quimper Grange, 1210 Corona, Port Townsend, features Two Fiddles at 8 p.m. Adults (16 and older) $10, 15 and younger $3.

■ On Saturday, Deadwood Revival is at Fort Flagler. Friends of Fort Flagler are bringing them back by popular demand. It’s outside, so bring the requisite gear, and this time add the sunblock you require. Their foot-stompin’, knee-slappin’, toe-tappin’ concert starts at 7 p.m. A $5 donation would be appreciated.

■ The Port Townsend Summer Band will present its 10th annual Independence Day Concert on Monday at 7 p.m. in the American Legion Hall of Post 26 at Water and Monroe streets. No admission, but donations to the band are welcome.

■ The Olympic Music Festival presents “American Music to Celebrate Independence Day” on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 2 p.m. at 7360 Center Road, Chimacum. On Monday, you’re invited to an all-you-can-eat barbecue before the concert. $10 per person.

Tickets may be purchased by phone at 360-732-4800 or online at

■ Last but not least is music on City Pier in Port Angeles after the parade and before the fireworks display over the harbor.

The Old Sidekicks play old country at 7 p.m., followed by Fat Chance, closing in on 30 years playing rock ‘n’ roll favorites right up to the fireworks display at 10 p.m.

Sunset Do It Best Hardware is sponsoring the live music.

■ Finally, have a safe and sane Fourth of July. Party but have a designated driver, an adult-designated fireworks igniter. Thank your designated barbecue provider! And, especially, remember those who have served to make this day possible for 235 years. Happy Fourth of July!


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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