JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Peninsula music scene growing

THE LIVE MUSIC scene is getting bigger and wider in scope. We have the Irrigation Festival, Art Rock, the farmers market and community dance events to liven up the scene.

Heck, we ain’t even skeered of Friday the 13th!

Port Angeles

■ Tonight at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, come on down for Jerry’s Country Jam (no jelly here) 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, dance to the country rock of Denny Secord Jr. and Haywire from 8 p.m. to midnight. Denny will probably play a request or two, too.

■ On Saturday, Mister Sister (formerly Big Fine Daddies) rocks the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Rachel Jorgensen’s vocals backed by Mister Sister are sure to get you movin’ and groovin’.

On Sunday, The Goodfellows host the 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.

■ The Second Friday Art Rock at the Bar N9ne, 129 W. First St., features two bands with The JED Band (Johnny Rickenbacher, Eric Neurath and Doug Parent) opening at 8 p.m.

Rate Limiting Step kicks the art party into high gear at 
9 p.m. with rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, funk and originals with a bit of country thrown into the mix. $3 cover.

■ At the R Bar, 132 E. Front St., Jimmy Hoffman rocks the room Friday night with a little country at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

■ On Saturday night at Wine on the Waterfront, at The Landing at 115 Railroad Ave., the Deadwood Revival “trio” plays at 8 p.m. with Ches Ferguson starting out on acoustic 12-string guitar followed by the Kim Trennary and Jason Mogi duo with some new tunes and more. The evening ends with all three playing. $5 cover.

■ 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 Jack Reagan and Old Sidekicks Band for an 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 Smuggler’s 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.

Sequim and Blyn

■ At the Oasis Bar & Grill, 301 E. Washington St., what better way to spend a freaky Friday the 13th than with the Discovery Bay Pirates from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, Denny Secord and Jubilee play at 
5:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Randy’s Place in Three Crabs Restaurant on 3 Crabs Road, Paul Sagan returns with more songs from the Great American Songbook.

On Saturday, brother/sister act Kevin Lee Magner and Mary Magner of Bound to Happen are joined by bassist Rudy Maxion for a lively evening of music from 6 p.m. to 
8 p.m.

■ On Friday at Mugs ‘n’ Jugs Bar and Grill, 735 W. Washington St., stop in for the reggae, rock and ska from Everett-based DUBSIC from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. $3 cover.

On Saturday, get the drive to come and dance to The Drive from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. $3 cover.

On Wednesday, Jimmy Hoffman and friends perform unplugged from 7 p.m. to midnight. Donations welcome.

■ It’s Irrigation Festival weekend, and Deadwood Revival’s Jason Mogi is going to be at Damiana’s Best Cellars, 143 Washington St., with some solo pickin’ and grinnin’ Friday night from 6 p.m. to 8 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 Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, All About Me plays for your dining pleasure from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at Club Seven Lounge in 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Mister Sister rocks the dance floor from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, dance to the top 40, Motown and funk of the Hitmen from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday in the event center in the Music Room Series, platinum recording artist Jo Dee Messina brings her high-powered act for one night only at 
7 p.m. Tickets $35 or $30 with Totems Reward Card. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Locals Kelly and Barry will get you warmed up at 6 p.m.

In Club Seven Lounge, All About Me performs from 
7:30 p.m. to 10 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., renowned guitarist Daniel Macke plays roots and originals at 7 p.m. There is a $4 voluntary cover.

On Friday at 7 p.m., the Jazz Gals bring you three different vocal jazz styles by Val James, Karen Sullivan and Heather Dudley Nolette, with guest vocalist Alanna Daily. The Gals are backed by Herb Payson, Ted Enderle, Tim Sheffle, Pete Toyne and Joy Qualyle. $6 cover.

On Saturday, dance to the blues of the Fabulous Roof Shakers at 8 p.m. $10 cover.

On Tuesday, renowned Arizona blues band The Sugar Thieves play from 7 p.m. to 
10 p.m. $8 advance, $10 at door.

Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

■ On Friday at Sirens, 823 Water St., the Crow Quil Night Owls hoot it out with old-time bluegrass at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Cyndi Harvell, who grew up in the deep, deep, deeeep South, performs her smart folk pop at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ At Port Townsend Brewing Co., 330 10th St., it’s only natural it would have a band called Pitfalls for a Friday the 13th rock ‘n’ roll dance party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, the Jason Parker Trio features 2000 Sequim High School graduate Nate Omdaz on bass. Jason Parker, trumpet, and Josh Rawlins, piano, round out the trio. $10 cover.

Farmers markets

■ The Port Angeles Farmers Market kicks off its summer music season Saturday with the Dave Hannon Band from Tacoma. It’s a three-piece high-energy pop/rock acoustic band. Catch ’em from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Gateway, Front and Lincoln streets.

Musical notes

There are many music events outside the clubs this week:

■ Barrage, the high-energy fiddle band, is performing in Port Angeles one night only one last time on its final world tour Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Port Angeles High School auditorium. It’ll play everything from classic to Celtic to rock ‘n’ roll. Tickets are $20, $15 for 17 and younger. Proceeds go to Arts Northwest scholarships for young musicians.

■ On Friday at the Sequim Logging Show, Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys provide the music for the second annual Loggers Ball from 8:30 p.m. to 
11 p.m. with a 20-minute fireworks break. The show is free for all, with hot food and beverages available for purchase.

■ On Saturday, join in the fun at the community potluck and barn dance at Nash’s Organic Produce, 1865 E. Anderson Road, Dungeness. Potluck at 6 p.m. followed by the rockabilly and rhythm and blues of Junkyard Jane. Bring your own dishes and flatware if you can and a dish to share. $7 cover, younger than 16 get in free.

■ On Saturday, the Washington Old Time Fiddlers play live music at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, Sequim. All-players jam from noon 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 Sunday, the Sequim City Band begins its outdoor summer season at the bandstand at the James Center for the Performing Arts.

The Sequim High School Wind Ensemble opens at 2 p.m. with the city band concert at 
3 p.m.

■ On Friday, Olympic Peninsula Dance presents the Fabulous Roof Shakers at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St., from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dance to jump blues, swing, rhythm and blues, and soul. Open to all ages, smoke-free. Adults $15, students and disabled $10, ages 12 and younger $7.

There will be a free (with admission) pre-dance lesson in “Cha Cha” with Patti Conley and Marc Imlay at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit or phone 360-385-6919 or 360-385-5327.

■ On Saturday, the PT/PA Sister City Association band will perform for the Community Contra Dance at Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend. Dennis Schosboek on fiddle, Otto Smith on concertina and guitar, George Yount on harmonica and ukulele will feature familiar fiddle tunes with spirit, a sense of humor and style to make your feet do what needs to be done. Local favorite Jeanie Murphy will call the dance.

A dance workshop for new dancers will start at 7:30 p.m., with the dance to be held from 
8 p.m. to 11 p.m. $6 fee, $3 for those 3 to 18 years, free for younger than 3.

For more information, visit


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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