JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Spring up and dance to local talent this week

GET SOME SPRING in your step and dance, dance, dance, or at least support your favorite live music.

Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, come on down for Jerry’s Country Jam, hosted by Rusty, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Jimmy Hoffman and his band return from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ On Friday at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 W. U.S. Highway 101, Ravin’Wolf and special guest Ches Ferguson perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Tuesday, Ches Ferguson stops by at 7 p.m.

■ On Friday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., Bound to Happen will be rocking at 8 p.m. $3 cover.

Cort Armstrong entertains Saturday at 7:30 p.m. $3 cover.

■ On Sunday, Deadwood Revivals Jason Mogi and Paul Stehr-Green perform at China First, 633 E. First St., at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

■ 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 with Denny Secord Sr. from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Front Street Alibi, 1605 E. Front St., the Bucky Briggs Blues Band plays at 9 p.m.

■ On Friday, Coog’s Budget CDs, 111 W. Front St., features local high schoolers Decapitate the Disciples; the debut of Port Angeles group Mydlyfe, Crysys, Fluffy and Dimmel; and Seattle bands Koozbane, Cosgrove and Buckbye starting at 7 p.m. All ages. $5 cover.

■ On Sunday at Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., Fret Noir performs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

■ On Sunday at The Landing mall, 115 Railroad Ave., Country Gold plays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $5 single; $8 couple.

■ Every Tuesday evening at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., the Port Angeles Senior Swingers present Wally and the Boys 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 Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Denny Secord Jr. goes solo at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Kevin Lee Magner and Bound to Happen perform at 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, dance to Final Approach at 5:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Three Crabs Restaurant, 11 3 Crabs Road, the Old Sidekicks kick back from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Join Kelly and Doug at The Buzz, 128 N. Sequim Ave., on Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sign up at 6 p.m.

■ On Friday, Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, High Maintenance plays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, the Joey James Dean band plays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, the Fabulous Johnsons, fronted by Lynn Sorenson, rocks from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, swing to the Stardust Big Band from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Monday, Barry Burnett and Tom Svornich return for more fun from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Port Hadlock

Today and Friday at the Ajax Cafe, 271 Water St., Buzz Rogowski plays at 6 p.m.

On Saturday, Simon performs on guitar at 6 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Ash Devine, Laurence Cole, Aimee Ringle and special guests play. Sliding-scale cover of $3 to $8.

On Friday, The Darn opens for The Mad Maggies at 8 p.m. $10 cover.

On Saturday, the John Nemeth Blues Band performs at 8 p.m. $14 cover.

On Sunday, Lloyd Jones plays at 7:30 p.m. $6 to $8 sliding-scale cover.

Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.

■ On Saturday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., party with Eddie Spaghetti from 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Sunday, Matt Sircely of New Forge performs at 7 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Castle Key, 651 Cleveland St., Port Angeles favorite Chez Jazz with Sarah Shea perform from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $8 cover.

■ On Friday at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., Jim Oliver and Chuck Easton team up at 7:30 p.m. $3 cover.

■ On Friday, catch Pies on the Run at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Crypto Zoo, with performances from Endgame, Side Pony, Zany the Mic Smith and MC Sean V, plays at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ 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 at Alchemy, 842 Washington St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Steve Grandinetti plays at the Northwest Maritime Center Cafe, Port Townsend, on Thursdays and Fridays from noon till 2 p.m.

High notes

■ On Saturday, Washington Old Time Fiddlers play at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, Chimacum. All-players jam from 11:30 a.m. 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


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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