JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Spice up summer with strains of live music

THERE’S A FRAGRANCE in the air, and it seems to be drifting east and west of Sequim, accompanied by the strains of live music. But there’s more live music all across our Peninsula.

Port Angeles

■ 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 and Saturday, I will be taken back to my college days and my first girlfriend there. She had a pretty face, a ponytail hanging down, a wiggle in her walk — well, you get the picture. Chantilly Lace plays the rock tunes you remember when they were still tunes and not today’s slam-bang rock. Chantilly Lace plays music you can boogie, swing or slow dance to from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ On Saturday at the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, you’ll find rock ‘n’ roll from the ’80s to the present with a few earlier classics thrown in for good measure by Mister Sister. Dance away from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ On Friday at Wine on the Waterfront (WOW) at The Landing mall at 115 Railroad Ave. Linda Dowdell and Craig Buhler will provide an evening of jazz starting at 7:30 p.m. $3 cover.

On Saturday, Lorrie Kuss and All About Me return for an evening of rock and pop classics that’ll get you groovin’ at 8 p.m. $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 guests Locos Only (Kevin Magner, Mary Magner and Scott Bradley) for a rousing evening of acoustic country, bluegrass and old-time music from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., female country artist Lana Rebel performs from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., followed by the modern rock of Dramady from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. $3 cover.

On Saturday, stop by for the Toll City Trio Birthday Bash with classic rock from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. No cover.

■ On Saturday at the Farmers Market at The Gateway, Stacy Unck performs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Wednesday, Howly Slim picks and grins from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

■ 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 seniors 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., Tulin and Yslas bring their “Sweet Bark Blend” to the stage from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Denny Secord Trio gives you country at 5:30 p.m.

On Friday, Locos Only will be performing an eclectic blend of originals and covers at Damiana’s Best Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Howly Slim will be playing at Cedarbrook Garden Cafe, 1345 S. Sequim Ave., on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and again Sunday from 2 p.m. to 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 Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Rachael and Barry perform Motown and classic rock from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Please note the new times.

■ On Friday in the newly remodeled Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, come and see what an electric violin can do in a master’s hands as Geoffrey Castle plays Celtic, classics and rock ‘n’ roll from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, Dance Factory with a big dance sound will have you itchin’ to get on the dance floor from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, 3 Miles High (Dana Osborne and friends) will play it all, just ask, 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

■ On Friday at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., get the best in blues and jazz with Maia Santell and House Blend at 8 p.m. $10 cover.

On Saturday, rock, blues and country legend Commander Cody of Lost City Airmen fame brings his unique boogie woogie swing, country and rock classics to The Upstage stage at 8 p.m. $30 advance, $35 at the door.

On Wednesday, the folk political songs of the Atomic Duo will entertain from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

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

On Sunday, Nathaniel Talbot plays guitar and sings from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Alternators play Cajun and zydeco from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at Sirens, 623 Water St., Gwyneth and Monko evoke a feeling of nostalgia rooted deep in classic country at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, enjoy Money Jungle at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Friday and Saturday, Steve Grandinetti goes solo on guitar at the Owl Sprit, 218 Polk St., from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., catch Pies on the Run at 6 p.m. followed by Lost in the Shuffle at 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Sylvia Heins sings and plays guitar with special guest Johnny Z at 5 p.m.

Area concerts

■ Tonight in Port Townsend’s Concert on the Dock series in the Pope Marine Park Plaza, enjoy the folk rock of the Low Ones at 5:30 p.m.

■ Tuesday’s Music in the Park at Sequim’s James Center for the Performing Arts has the standards, jazz and Dixieland of Dixi-Blu from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Wednesday in Port Angeles’ Concert on the Pier, the Starling performs Americana and folk from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

High notes

■ The two lavender events this weekend in Sequim have a host of live music at the street fair in downtown Sequim and at Carrie Blake Park during the day. Check the lavender weekend program distributed in the Peninsula Daily News last week for times and performers.

On Friday, Tangerine Dream closes out the James Center at Carrie Blake Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Cort Armstrong and Blue Rooster play country blues and ragtime from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the James Center.

■ On Saturday, the Friends of Fort Flagler present Rita Hoskings, a singer-songwriter that has earned many honors for the grit and toughness to her songs. Catch her outside performance at Battery Bankhead at 7 p.m.

Remember the “rules” for all the community concerts: Bring your own chair, blanket and refreshments. (No alcohol)

■ The Clallam County Fair is having a variety and talent show at the fair Aug. 21 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wilder Stage. Those interested in performing can get more info at Tune up that old guitar, tweak those tonsils and join the fun


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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