JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Spice up Valentine’s with dance, fun

THERE’S A LOT happening in the live music world this week, including a new dancing venue, a venue reopening in Sequim and some places you might want to take your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day.

Port Angeles

■ This month’s Second Friday Art Rock (2FAR) event at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., features the Port Angeles Latin band Tanga and Port Angeles artist Deedee Gonzales starting at 8 p.m. $3 cover.

Then on Monday, catch Justin Scott Rivet playing solo acoustic jazz, blues, rock and country from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday, The CornStalks (Paul, Stephanie and Kim) bring their exciting new sound to 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. Cover.

On Tuesday, Ches Ferguson stops by for some picking and grinning at 7 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., Ches Ferguson puts down his Tongue and Groove bass and picks up his guitar and shows off his picking and vocal style at 7 p.m. He will be joined by Julie Campbell on the fiddle. $3 cover.

Classical guitarist Geralde Baude will entertain Sunday afternoon starting at 3 p.m.

■ 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, the Jimmy Hoffman Band plays your favorite classic rock and country tunes for your dancing pleasure from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ The new dancing venue is downstairs at The Landing mall, 115 Railroad Ave., on Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Country Gold starts out this new weekly event with some nostalgic country dance music. Food and drink are available from Smugglers Landing. Couples $8, singles $5.

For details, phone Dave and Rosalie Secord at 360-461-6999.

■ On Sunday at the Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., Redwing (Dan Maguire, Jenny James, Eric Neurath and Doug Parent) plays original and classic songs from 4 p.m. to 7 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.

Stop in Sunday for a great jam from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band play old-time music with guest Denny Secord Jr. for an old-fashioned good old time from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ Front Street Alibi, 1605 E. Front St., hosts Ain’t Dead Yet and its rocking country blues Friday at 7 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.

West End

■ Have a sweet time in Forks on Saturday when the Forkestra (Forks Community Orchestra) plays for a special event at Peninsula College Extension, 71 Forks Ave., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Get into the lovely Valentine’s Day mood.

Sequim and Blyn

■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Fret Noir (Mary Tulin and Gil Yslas) plays an eclectic mix of English and Celtic folk and originals with strong dashes of jazz, blues and rock from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, legendary Chicago blues musician Keith Scott performs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Tuesday, grab your sweetie for a special Old Sidekicks Valentine’s edition at 5:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, the multi-talented Denny Secord Jr. Trio will get you on the dance floor starting at 5:30 p.m. Ask Ray Wood to play “Caravan” for me.

■ 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, Thom Davis plays classic blues, rock and originals from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Three Crabs Restaurant, 11 3 Crabs Road, the Old Sidekicks reopens the venue with a performance from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the pub.

■ On Friday in Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Chasing Mona, in its first time at 7 Cedars, plays classic rock, dance and top-40 tunes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, Rhythm Nation plays high-energy dance music to really get you going from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m.

On Sunday, Lorrie Kuss (The Works) brings her rocking vocals and All About Me band for a 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. dance program.

On Tuesday, Chez Jazz and Sarah Shea play and sing music for lovers (and dancing) from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., legendary roots and blues guitarist Keith Scott performs starting at 7:30 p.m. $5 to $8 sliding scale.

On Friday, the Todd Wolfe Band, reminiscent of the best rock ’n’ roll bands of the 1960s, plays at 8 p.m. $12 cover.

On Saturday, the Red Hot Blues Sisters performs hot and soulful vocals and searing rock and blues starting at 8 p.m. with a $12 cover.

On Wednesday at 5 p.m., Steve Grandinetti plays dinner-hour piano.

Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Kasey Anderson and the Honkies play roots, rock and country at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Red Jacket Mine with Port Townsend’s Clay Bartlett digs out some shards of soul, country, blues, rock and pop and, with a little alloy alchemy, blends it all into its own unique sound starting at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Saturday at Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, the lovely vocals of Jenny Davis and her quartet will add to your dining and dancing experience from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., with a $10 cover.

■ The Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., features the rock ’n’ roll of The West at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Friday at the Highway 20 Road House, 2510 Sims Way, Buck Ellard performs in a dinner show from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Buck returns Tuesday with a dinner show for you and your sweetheart from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ Today at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., Tangosphere (Bertram Levy and Michael Townsend) provides the entertainment starting at 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, the Undertown celebrates Valentine’s Day when the Crow Quill Night Owls flies in with its ragtime, jazz and country blues at 8 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

■ The Second Saturday Community Dance at the Port Townsend Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend, has Joe Michaels calling with Homemade Music playing the tunes from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $6 adults, $3 for folks 3 to 18, younger than 3 admitted free. Visit for details.

■ On Saturday, Washington Old Time Fiddlers plays live music at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, Sequim, with an all-players jam from noon to 1:30 p.m. and a 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 Saturday, the Sequim Education Foundation benefit for students presents a variety show emceed by Jim and Carol Swarbrick Dries. The show features the Sequim City Band, Sequim High School Jazz Band, vocalists Amanda Bacon and Sarah Shea, the Sequim High Trash Can Band and more at Sequim High School, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

A $10 donation is requested for the 2 p.m. show.

■ The Second Annual Juan de Fuca Festival Talent Show takes the stage Saturday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m. at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St. Get an entry form at 360-457-5411 or and turn it in by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.

Good luck to all.


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 new 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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