JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC: Who’s playing on the North Olympic Peninsula?

WITH THE HOLIDAYS and all the bowl games behind us (Go Seahawks!), the live music scene is once again gearing up for a banner year.

Port Angeles

• At the Junction Roadhouse, at the junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112 west of Port Angeles, a favorite returns Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Junkyard Jane brings its roots, rock, blues and raucous mayhem for a great dance time party. $5 cover.

Phone 360-460-7131 for All Points Charters & Tours’ shuttle, to and from, 7 p.m. to closing.

On Sunday, Barry Burnett hosts the jam from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Wednesday, Jason Mogi plays roots music and more from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

• Tonight at Castaways Restaurant and Nightclub, 1213 Marine Drive, the Sundowners host a jam from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. These fellas really know how to have fun!

The Jimmy Hoffman Band returns to its roots Friday and Saturday at the new hours of 8 p.m. to midnight. Dance to classic country and rock hits from the ’50s to today’s contemporaries as well as Jimmy’s own originals. $3 cover.

• On Friday, Ed Donahue and Tanga bring their potent jazz, powered by swing, funk, rock and the rhythms of Brazil and the Caribbean to Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., at 8 p.m. $5 cover.

• Barry Burnett and Cindy Mae Lauder host the Allstar Jam on Wednesday at the RBar, 132 E. Front St., from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

• On Friday at Coogs Budget CDs, 111 W. Front St., Allison Ice (nee Campbell, 2004 Port Angeles High School grad) performs with her band in a free CD release party for her debut album, “Time to Move,” at 7 p.m.

• On Monday at Blackbird Coffee House, 336 E. Eighth St., cellist of the band Third Seven, Billy Mickelson, performs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• Howly Slim performs at the Landing Art Gallery, 115 E. Railroad Ave., on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• On Wednesday, Howly Slim performs vocals and guitar at Kokopelli’s Underground, 203 E. Front St., from 6 p.m.

• Tonight and every Thursday, Larry and Rene Bauer direct the goings-on at the open mic hosted by the Cracked Bean, 108 DelGuzzi Drive, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• Chuck Grall and the Sound Dogs perform Monday at Smuggler’s Landing, 115 Railroad Ave., from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Every Tuesday 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 folks 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.

• Victor Reventlow hosts the acoustic jam at the Fairmount Restaurant on U.S. Highway 101 west of Port Angeles from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday. Don’t be left out!

Sequim and Blyn

• On Friday at the Oasis Sports Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Gil Yslas and Rick May perform from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Monday, get your dancing fix with Cats’ Meow from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, dine and dance to Jubilee from 5:30 pm. to 8:30 p.m.

• On Saturday, Howly Slim will be at Las Palomas Mexican Restaurant, 1085 E. Washington St., at 5 p.m.

• At The Buzz, 128 N. Sequim Ave., Kelly Thomas and Victor Reventlow host the popular 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, enjoy the country solo side of Denny Secord Jr. of Haywire from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• On Friday in the Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Sequim rockers Turner Brothers Band will get you on the dance floor and in a party mood from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, dance to the blues, country and rock of the Joey James Dean Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, get your country up with the Jimmy Hoffman Band from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Ludlow

• On Saturday, the Performing Arts in Port Ludlow presents the Colin Ross Trio with vocalist/guitarist Mig O’Hara in a “Roadhouse Cabaret,” featuring boogie-woogie, roots, blues and jazz at the Bay Club, 120 Spinnaker Place, at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the Bay Club. Phone 360-437-2208 for availability.

Port Townsend

• Tonight, celebrate the music, lore and meaning of the sea shanty, at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., with Steve Lewis and friends. Cover, if any, to be announced.

On Friday, the Quantum Mechanics Blues Band plays from 8 p.m. $10 cover.

On Saturday, hold on to your hats with Vagabond Opera and its Balkan Cabaret Show featuring vintage Americana, opera, gypsy-tinged dark jazz and more in 15 languages from 9 p.m. $10 cover.

On Sunday, drop in for the jazz jam from 6 p.m. $5 cover.

For info and reservations, phone 360-385-2216.

• On Saturday at Castle Key, Seventh and Sheridan streets, internationally acclaimed jazz singer Kim Rushing and equally famed pianist John Hanson perform from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. If you like jazz in the style of the Great American Songbook with a sultry, smoky alto voice, then you won’t want to miss this show. A steal at an $8 cover.

• Rozendal performs Americana, Indie and rock at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., on Friday at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday the Blue Rooster wakes you up to mountain blues and country. $5.

• On Saturday, Undertown Coffee and Wine Bar, 211 Taylor St., hosts Fisher King at 8 p.m.

• Sylvia Heins sings the jazz standards Friday at 8 p.m. at Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St.

Music notes

I’m happy to see everyone has apparently kept a safe and sane New Year’s Eve. Now, let’s all go forth and Keep Live Music Alive!


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 e-mailing (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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