JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Take sweetie out for swinging, two-stepping time

JUST BECAUSE VALENTINE’S Day is over doesn’t mean you can’t take your sweetie out for a two-stepping, swinging, slow-dancing good time, including a chance to relive your prom night.

Read on and make your plans accordingly.

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.

■ This weekend, Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., has three days of live music.

On Friday, it will feature the top jazz duo of Linda Dowdell and Craig Buhler at 7:30 p.m. $3 cover.

On Saturday, the duo of Michael Stephen Rivers and Larry Murante perform. Both have recorded numerous, well-received CDs. Get there early for the 7 p.m. start because it will be a packed house for this singer/songwriter pair. $5 cover.

On Sunday, harpist John Manno returns to the main bar starting at 3 p.m.

■ Today at Bella Italia, 118 E. First St., the wonderful, dynamic, soulful Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz (Chuck Easton on guitar and Ted Enderle on bass) enhance your dining pleasure from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ This week’s band for the Sunday dance at The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the Old Sidekicks. It not only plays golden oldies of country, but you also might find some rockabilly and later country tunes that make for some good dancing starting at 6 p.m. Food and drink are available from Smugglers Landing. Couples $8, singles $5, younger than 16 admitted free with a parent.

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

■ On Sunday at the Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., singer/songwriter Lola Parks performs 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 the Hawaiian music of guest Mahina for an old-fashioned, good old time from 6 p.m. to 8:30 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.

■ On Tuesday at the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112, 5 miles west of Port Angeles, Ches Ferguson stops by for some picking and grinning at 7 p.m.

Sequim and Blyn

■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Ruby Jean performs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, get your Irish up with Irish Sessions from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, come in for a Final Approach at 5:30 p.m. and dance to some boomer music.

■ On Saturday at the Three Crabs Restaurant, 11 3 Crabs Road, Denny Secord Jr. and Bobby pick and grin from 6 p.m. to 9 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, Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, will be boarded by the Discovery Bay Pirates from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, The Hitmen bring you the hits of funk, soul and top 40 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Saturday is prom night, so dress up in your best prom attire for Prom Court and win cash prizes. And there is no better prom band than the Fun­addicts; it’ll take you back from 9 p.m. to 1 p.m.

On Sunday, the fun continues with the Funaddicts with a lot more swing added in for a 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. dance program.

Port Townsend

■ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Alaskan songstress Emma Hill with a honeyed voice, lonesome steel guitar and catchy, folksy Americana style will show you why radio loves her. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Jim Nyby and the F Street Band play a New Orleans-style gumbo of roots, classic early rock and blues music starting at 8 p.m. $6 cover.

On Sunday, Rex Rice and his band host many jazz musicians and vocalists for the Penultimate Sunday Jazz Jam at 6 p.m. $5 cover.

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

Phone 360-385-2216 for info and reservations.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., the exciting guitar work of the Scott Pemberton Band will rock your socks off starting at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, a ragged band of Untrustables, The Horde and The Harem will curse you with their vocal harmonies and sizzling guitars, all anchored by a piano producing an inherent catchiness at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

Sunday’s music series features Ches Ferguson on 12-string guitar, tongue drums and cedar flutes at 7 p.m. No cover.

■ On Saturday at Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, it’s a Mardi Gras ball with the James Howard Blues Band from 8 p.m. to midnight. $10 cover.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., the Whidby Street Review plays country and blues from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., singer/songwriter John Common performs at 8 p.m.

Putumayo brings Brazilian Mardi Gras music to the stage Saturday starting at 8 p.m. $5 cover.

On Sunday, Herb Payson performs at 2 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, 431 Water St., on Thursdays and Fridays from noon till 2 p.m.

High notes

■ On Friday at 8 p.m., Olympic Peninsula Dance presents Stickshift Annie with Kimball and the Fugitives playing rhythm and blues, Latin and swing at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St., Port Townsend. This is their fifth appearance, and they have built a solid fan base. Adults $15, disabled or students with school ID $10, 12 and younger $7.

■ 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 Seventh St.

All you need is to get an entry form at 360-457-5411 or and turn it in by 5 p.m. Friday.

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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