JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Take time for live music and dancing

JANUARY HAS GONE by already and we are heading into the first week of February, which will go by even faster than January.

Slow down time by taking in some live music this weekend and dance the days away.

Port Angeles

• Seattle folk-rockers The Westerly Band bring their dynamic ’60s-’70s rock-country sound to Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The band members come from all over the West Coast, hence the name, and while listening to covers of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Buffalo Springfield and others, find the PA connection. $3 cover.

• Renowned Northwest jazz vocalist Jenny Davis returns to Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., Friday by popular demand, from 7:30 p.m.

Jenny will be performing jazz standards and tracks from her new CD “Inside You.” $5 cover.

• Tonight, catch Charlie Ferris and his Memories and Melodies Show (last night’s show had to be postponed until tonight) at Kokopelli Restaurant, 203 E. Front St., from 5:30 to 8 in the upstairs lounge.

Charlie will return next Wednesday with more of his renditions of the hits of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and more, complete with a little history of each, in the same time slot.

• You can also find Charlie Ferris Monday at Bushwhackers, 1527 E. First St., from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Charlie can really open up with the hits in the larger room at Bushwhackers.

• The Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, offers up its two fun evenings of local musical talent.

On Sunday, Barry Burnett invites you to come out early and dance to a variety of music during the open mic jam from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Good Medicine Band, with Jason, Ches and Justin, play from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

• On Friday, The Veela Café, 133 E. First St., has Jim Lind providing both rock and country, fast and slow, from his impressive repertoire, from 7:30 p.m.

• Chuck Grall will be hosting the acoustic jam Tuesday at the Fairmount Restaurant, on U.S. Highway 101 west of Port Angeles, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., while Dave and Rosalie Secord of Luck of the Draw Band are on the road with their music.

Sequim and Blyn

• In the dark, dank days of winter, there is nothing like an old-fashioned barn dance to beat the blues, and no one knows that better than the Five Acre School Parent Service Organization when they lined up Deadwood Revival for their second Beat the Blues Barn Dance at the Cedarfield Barn on the Big Barn Farm Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Juanita and the Black Diamond Fiddle Club play for a dance from noon to 4 p.m.

There are also games and crafts for this family-friendly event.

Food is available from Blue Flame BBQ and Bella Italia, as well as barn portraits and a raffle.

The daytime dance is $5 for kids 5 to 15 years with 4 and under free.

Adults 16 and over are $15, which includes both the day and night dances.

Park at Kings Way Four Square Church, 1023 Kitchen-Dick Road, and take shuttle to and from the barn.

• Port Townsend’s Skidder Hill comes to the Oasis Sports Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Skidder Hill plays bluegrass and country to get you on the dance floor.

On Saturday night, Denny Secord Jr. and Haywire get you two-steppin’ to country tunes both old and new from 9 to 1. $3 cover.

• At The Buzz, 128 N. Sequim Ave., Kelly Thomas hosts the open mic Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

• On Friday, Lynn Peterson belts out your favorite songs at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, Woodcock Road, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This dynamic songstress honed her craft in Las Vegas Clubs before gracing us in the Pacific Northwest. She may soon be heading south again, so catch her while you can. Lynn will be accompanied by Linda Dowdell.

• Hey, country singers, get it together and come out to the Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, tonight at 5:30 and vie for a chance to sing with Denny Secord Jr. and Haywire from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday, The Hitmen return to Club Seven with their Motown, funk and dance music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, there is no music because of some football game on the big screen.

Live music returns Monday with Mary Lou Montgomery and Nostalgia from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Hadlock

• Tonight at the Ajax Café, 271 Water St., Buzz Rogowski plays jazz and originals on piano from 6.

On Friday, Franco Bertucci, a baritone of Italian heritage, performs his cabaret-folk-piano-pop with unusual vocal abilities, baring his “awkward soul to the wind,” from 6 p.m.

On Saturday, enjoy the ride of 41 Miles, with their original folk rock songs and vocals from 6 p.m.

Next Wednesday on Kid’s Night, enjoy Harmonica Pocket from 6.

Port Townsend

• Tonight, enjoy “An Evening of Spanish Flamenco” at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., featuring Vicente “El Cartucho” Griego (vocals), Savannah Fuentes (dancer) and Ricardo Diaz (guitar), $18.

If Patsy Cline and Billie Holiday met and formed a band it might sound like Torch and Twang, appearing Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Former Port Townsendite Mia Nicholson heads the ensemble, which blends jazz with old school country and swing for a musical experience that’s original and danceable. $10 cover.

On Saturday, 2009 Washington Blues Society Contemporary Blues Act of the year winner Kevin Selfe and the Tornados do blues from 8 p.m. $10 cover.

Call 360-385-2216 for reservations.

• Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., hosts the Celtic duo of Gil Yslas and Rick May, Friday starting at 9 p.m. $5.

On Saturday, Tippy Canoe and AttonetteG present the Cupcake Diaries, with solo and duo vocal performances accompanied by guitar, bass, washboard and ukulele, at 9 p.m. $5.

• Shine up with a little Blue Shinola (George Rezendes and John Morton), Saturday night at the Undertown, 211 Taylor.

On Sunday, Pete Lack performs at 2 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 e-mailing news@ (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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