JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Put a spring in your step

IT’S TIME TO get out, dance and put that spring back in your step, or at least tap your toes, because we have an incredible load of musical talent on the Olympic Peninsula.

Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Jerry’s Country Jam features Phil Adams singing country favorites from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., rock the night away with MLR (Moderately Loud Rock).

■ On Friday at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 W. U.S. Highway 101, Junkyard Jane will get you grooving from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

All Points Charters & Tours will be there, so if you need a ride, give John a call at 360-775-9128.

On Tuesday, Ches Ferguson will be joined by Julie Campbell at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Hazelnut Grove will be rocking at around 7:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., Barleywine Revue, a bluegrass band from Tacoma, makes its WOW debut at 8 p.m. $3 cover.

On Saturday, Fret Noir returns with its “sweet, dark blend” of Celtic and English folk, blues and rock with dashes of jazz and New Age at 8 p.m. $3 cover.

On Sunday, chill out and warm up with the harp-playing of John Manno from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

■ 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 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 old-time music with guests Denny Secord Jr. and Haywire from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Sunday at The Landing mall, 115 Railroad Ave., High Country provides country music for your dancing pleasure from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $5 per single or $8 per couple. Food and drink available from Smugglers Landing Restaurant.

■ Charlie Ferris is back at the Bushwhacker Restaurant, 1527 E. First St., on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Wednesday, Dave and Rosalie Secord, with Barb Priebe on washtub base, will entertain from noon to 1 p.m. at the senior center, Seventh and Peabody streets.

■ On Monday, Justin Scott Rivet goes solo at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ 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 and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Discovery Bay Pirates will regale listeners from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, local rockers Turner Brothers Band will have you rocking at 9 p.m.

On Wednesday, Final Approach lands with some great boomer tunes for dancing at 5:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Three Crabs Restaurant, 11 3 Crabs Road, Paul Sagan tickles the ivories from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Damiana’s Best Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., features Locozonly during the First Friday Art Walk from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ Fret Noir will be playing at Rainshadow Coffee, 157 W. Cedar St., on Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

■ On Friday at Pondicherri West, 119 E. Washington St., Judy Clark sings a variety of genres, including songs from her new CD, “Bag O’ Tunes,” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday, Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, jazz vocalist Jenny Davis entertains from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday in the Club Seven Lounge, 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Awesome Bob performs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the Jimmy Hoffman Band will get you rocking country-style from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., followed by the Country Rock Association from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Ride the mechanical bull to great country music from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, dance to Payday Daddy with its rock ‘n’ roll covers and original songs from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Hadlock

■ The Ajax Cafe, 271 Water St., is host to the music of Mick and Barry on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Marc Black plays roots, rock and folk from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

On Friday, catch two acts: The Stevie G. Band plays rock, blues and roots at 7 p.m., followed by Mike D.C. with hip-hop and rap at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Freddy Pink returns to its roots Saturday for the first time in 25 years at 8 p.m. $15 cover.

On Wednesday, Steve Grandinetti is on piano starting at 6 p.m., followed by the original acoustic Americana of Misner & Smith at 7:30 p.m. Sliding-scale cover of $5 to $8.

Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Matt Sircely and New Forge meld diverse forms of new and roots music at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, the Crow Quill Night Owls, Kit “Stymee” Stovepipe and Calliope Kane share their love of old music at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Sunday, Cyndi Harvell and Jesse Brewster perform at 7 p.m.

■ Trevor Hanson plays classical guitar at Lanza’s Ristorante, 1020 Lawrence St., on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Saturday, Andy Koch and the Badd Dog Blues Society bring their rocking blues to the Highway 20 Road House, 2510 Sims Way, at 9:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Pies on the Run plays western swing, bluegrass, country and other stuff from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 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, Port Townsend, on Thursdays and Fridays from noon till 2 p.m.

High notes

■ On Saturday at the Vern Burton Community Center, Fourth and Peabody streets, Port Angeles Parks and Recreation and Just for Fun Dance sponsor a community dance from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dance music is provided by Denny Secord Jr. and Haywire. It’s an all-ages event, so bring your own nonalcoholic beverages and snacks. $5 cover, younger than 16 admitted free.

■ On Saturday at the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, the Black Diamond Fiddle Club plays for the monthly contra dance from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Suggested donation for adults is $6 to $10, younger than 18 $3 and younger than 10 free.

■ Seniors and college students will dance the night away Tuesday at the Peninsula College Pirate Union Building, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., at 7:30 p.m. Wally and the Boys will provide the music, and senior citizens will provide lessons for college students who haven’t experienced ballroom dancing. Free.


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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