JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Rock, country, blues on stage this week

THEY SANG, JUGGLED, danced, yodeled and performed their way into the inaugural Clallam County Variety and Talent Show stage Sunday at the Clallam County Fair, and in the end, it was the yodeling cowgirl, Wanda Bumgarner, taking first place.

Judging by the applause, the large audience agreed with the judges (including me).

The talent show next year will be bigger and better ’cause you’ll have a full year to get ready.

Now, here’s what’s on stage this week.

Port Angeles

■ On Friday at Wine on the Waterfront (WOW) at The Landing mall at 115 Railroad Ave., it will be “A Night to Remember” with Charlie Ferris as he reprises the great pop, rock and country hits of the past. There will be a folk, jazz or blues tune in the mix as well. Catch his Memories and Melodies Show at 7 p.m. $3 cover.

■ 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 Friday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., Missionary Position plays modern rock from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., $5 cover, followed by Old School Dance Party from 11 p.m. to 2 a.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 8:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band welcome the Black Diamond Fiddle Kids (various instruments and vocals) for a rousing evening of acoustic country, bluegrass and old-time music from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Don’t be late because this show will go standing room-only.

■ At the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, 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.

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

Sequim and Blyn

■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Old Sidekicks perform old country the old-fashioned way, complete with mandolin, guitar, banjo, harmonica and doghouse bass, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Denny Secord Trio plays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Rachel and Barry perform acoustic rock and Motown from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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

■ On Wednesday, weather permitting, Howly Slim will perform 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, 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, rock (dance) to the rock (music) of Rock Candy, a great party and dance band, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, swing and sway to the Stardust Big Band 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., Brian “Buck” Ellard plays roots, country, blues and favorites from 7 p.m.

On Friday, The Upstage proudly presents the multi-awarded master blues guitarist Duke Robillard and the Duke Robillard Band at 8 p.m. $25 cover.

On Saturday, folk/blues legend Jack Williams performs at 6 p.m. ($10 cover) followed by Hot Rod’s Blues Revue at 8 p.m. $12 cover.

On Sunday, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and composer Carolyn Cruso performs at 7 p.m. Sliding scale cover from $5 to $10.

On Wednesday, youth music nonprofit Savor the Sound, which provides programs from prekindergarten through high school, presents Garth Hudson — of The Band fame — and Maud Hudson with friends in a benefit performance at 8 p.m. $25 cover.

Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

■ On Friday at the Port Townsend Brewing Co., 330 10th St., the Better Half plays funky tunes from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, rock icon Kip Winger (band Winger and Alice Cooper bassist) performs a powerful solo acoustic concert in the beer garden from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Sunday, folksy string band Shady Grove plays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Low Ones play pop, punk and folk rock from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 623 Water St., Leafeater, an indie/pop/rock band from Portland, Ore., plays at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Run On Sentence performs at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Saturday at Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, the Bassic Saxx Trio plays jazz from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $10 cover.

■ Tonight at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., The Solvents and Hive Dwellers play at 8 p.m. $3 cover.

On Friday, Combo Choro performs at 8 p.m. $3 cover.

■ Steve Grandinetti will be performing at the Owl Sprit, 218 Polk St., today 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, funk and jazz fusion band Impulse plays the final summer concert at 5:30 p.m.

■ On Tuesday for Music in the Park at Sequim’s James Center for the Performing Arts, the Stardust Big Band plays the final concert from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Carol Hathaway will be giving dance lessons. There may be a movie, too!

■ On Wednesday, in Port Angeles’ Concert on the Pier, SuperTrees rock the waterfront with old and new rock ‘n’ roll favorites from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

High notes

■ On Saturday, Olympic Peninsula Elks present Re-creation’s Everyday Heroes patriotic concert at the Port Angeles High School auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave., at 6:30 p.m. This is good family fun for everyone. Tickets are $10 each or $25 for a family of six or fewer, available at North Olympic Peninsula Elks lodges. For info, phone 360-640-0296.

■ Saturday’s benefit at Olympic Cellars Winery, 255410 U.S. Highway 101, features Creme Tangerine at 7 p.m. with half the $10 cover going to the Planned Parenthood Gynocare Fund.

■ On Sunday at McComb Gardens, 751 McComb Road, Sequim, the Music at McComb 2011 Series continues with the Dixi-Blu Jazz Band playing music from the Great American Songbook at 1 p.m.

■ On Friday, the Sequim Library presents Abby Mae & the Homeschool Boys from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. outside, using the new bleachers and stage.

■ On Saturday, Abby Mae & the Homeschool Boys will be at the Port Angeles Farmers Market, under The Gateway pavilion at Front and Lincoln streets, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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 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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