JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Toe-tappin’ tunes spice up week on Peninsula

HERE WE GO with another week of the finest and best live music that can be found on any level in the state.

Port Angeles

■ Those gals with the Nasty Habits are back in town, and the Bar N9ne, 129 W. First St., has ’em. They’ll be dressed to the nines (no pun intended) and rockin’ Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. They consider Port Angeles their home base as their first gig ever was for the Esprit convention some years ago and are enjoying a long run in Port Angeles this week.

$5 cover.

■ Tonight at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, come on down for Jerry’s Country Jam (no jelly here) 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, dance to Sequim’s own Turner Brothers Band from 8 p.m. to midnight. Dance to classic rock from the ’70s through today.

■ On Saturday at the Junction Roadhouse, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 five miles west of Port Angeles, Port Angeles-based rock ’n’ rollers SuperTrees rock on from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. They cover the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin and more, as well as their own original tunes. $3 cover.

On Sunday, the Goodfellows host the Junction Jam from

7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Next Wednesday, banjo craftsman Jason Mogi and bassist Paul Stehr-Green play from

8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at Wine on the Waterfront at The Landing mall, 115 Railroad Ave., the tunes of Sinatra, Darin, Martin, Presley, Orbison and many more are on tap in the crooning of Charlie Ferris from 7 p.m. to

10 p.m. If you like ’50s through the ’70s pop, this is your show.

$3 cover.

On Saturday, our favorite local jazz diva, Sarah Shea, returns with Chez Jazz at 7 p.m.

$3 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 guest Victor Reventlow for an evening of acoustic country, bluegrass and old-time music from 6 p.m. to 8:30 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 adults 45 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.


■ Even tho’ the sun’s shining, you might still have those gray, rainy-day blues, so come on over to the Forks extension site of Peninsula College, 71 S. Forks Ave., for a rousing Therapy Session with some high-spirited tunes as well as soulful ballads Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sequim and Blyn

■ At the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Friday, Denny Secord plays from

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. unplugged. Come and hear the other side of Denny.

On Wednesday, dance to the “boomer” (as in baby, not sonic) music of Final Approach at 5:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Randy’s Place at Three Crabs Restaurant on 3 Crabs Road, Old Sidekicks play country, bluegrass and more from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Wednesday at Mugs ’n’ Jugs Bar and Grill, 735 W. Washington St., Jimmy and Friends perform unplugged from 7 p.m. to midnight. Donations welcome.

■ Tonight, taste the music of Gerauld Braude as well as the wine at Damiana’s Best Cellars, 143 Washington St., at

7 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, dine with the music of Bagley Creek (Jim Hoffman and Buck Ellard) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The music is country, and the food is divine.

■ On Friday at Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, 2 Miles High (duo led by Dana Osborne) gets your evening started with classic rock, originals and tunes by request from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, top 40 dance and party band Rae Ann’s Groove will get you on the dance floor from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, the “Pearl of the Peninsula,” the Stardust Big Band, will get you swingin; and swayin’ to the tunes of the Big Band era 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

■ Tonight at the Upstage, 923 Washington St., guitarist, singer and songwriter Cliff Eberhardt, one of the “new folk” artists, performs at 7:40 p.m.

$8 cover.

On Friday, Cliff Self and Friends play at 7 p.m. Cliff has taught violin, viola and fiddle in the Port Townsend area as well as at Peninsula College Washington Old Time Fiddlers gatherings and other locations. The Upstage is suggesting a donation for repair and maintenance of his well-used, well-traveled and well-loved violin.

On Saturday, the 2010 Washington Blues Society Female Vocalist of the Year, Stacy Jones, and her band will be playin’ and singin’ the blues at

7:30 p.m. $10.

On Sunday, Rex Rice heads up the Penultimate Sunday Jazz Jam at 6 p.m. $3 cover, jammers free.

On Wednesday, the Brian “Buck” Ellard Band plays country rock, blues, roots and favorites at 7 p.m. $5 cover.

Phone 360-385-2216 for reservations.

■ Two bands fill the Sirens, 823 Water St., stage this weekend.

On Friday, the Unsinkable Heavies, a subgroup of the mega-all-star funk orchestra Polyrhythmics, play at 9 p.m.

$5 cover.

On Saturday, the Fun Police from Tacoma play Americana, folk, rock and reggae at 9 p.m.

$5 cover.

■ On Sunday at Port Townsend Brewing Co., 330 10th St., soulful singer/songwriter Brooke Parrot performs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, Electric Blue Sun plays from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

$10 cover.

■ On Friday at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., The Pitfalls play at 8 p.m. $3 cover.

On Saturday, Jim Nyby and the F Street Band jazz it up at 8 p.m. $5 cover.

On Wednesday, Cort and Kia Armstrong play at 6 p.m.

■ Howly Slim provides the country and original folk entertainment at Banana Leaf Thai Bistro, 609 Washington St., on Friday at 6 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Highway 20 Road House, 2152 Sims Way, the Blacky Sheridan Band is having a CD release party from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

■ At the Uptown Pub and Grill, 1016 Lawrence St., Shark, Shark and Def Bridges perform pop and rock Friday at

9 p.m.;

On Saturday, Better Half brings some funky dance music at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

Farmers markets

■ On Saturday at the Port Angeles Farmers Market, downtown at The Gateway, singer/songwriter Chris Eric brings his heartfelt lyrics and alternative folk rock style for a performance from 10 a.m. to

1 p.m.

Musical notes

■ At the Red Lion Hotel, 221 N. Lincoln St., Port Angeles, the Esprit Convention invites one and all to the talent show Friday and the dance Saturday.

The Fabulous Boomers, a Seattle-based classic rock ’n’ roll band, will provide the music Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The charge of $5 will be donated to charity. There will be a no-host bar, and the event is open to those 21 and older.

■ The Whidby Street Review, playing bluegrass and some country/folk, will liven up the grand opening of the new Fifth Street Community Garden (on Fifth Street near Peabody Street) on Saturday. Music and food begin at 3:30 p.m. Group members include Clark Driese on guitar, Eric Prust on mandolin and banjo, and Donna Prust on bass. Celebrate spring with toe-tapping tunes in the garden!


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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