LIVE MUSIC: Music scene heats up for summer

As we enter into the summer season, we’ll find more opportunities to take in some live music, with festivals, farmers markets and more.

Don’t let these opportunities pass you by.

Port Angeles

Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Jerry’s Country Jam features golden oldies from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the Jimmy Hoffman Band plays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Today at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 W. U.S. Highway 101, the Deadwood Experiment, featuring Jason Mogi and Paul Stehr-Green, will perform its mix of original songs and cover tunes at 8 p.m.

On Friday, Testify will rock the house from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cover.

All Points Charters & Tours will be providing free transportation to and from the Junction from 7:30 p.m. to closing. Phone 360-775-9128 to be picked up.

On Tuesday, Ches Ferguson plays at 7 p.m.

On Saturday at Wine on the Waterfront, 115 Railroad Ave., Deadwood Revival performs at 8:30 p.m. $5 cover.

On Sunday, harpist John Manno performs at 3 p.m.

Justin Scott Rivet does two solo acoustic shows weekly: On Fridays, Justin plays at the Barhop Brewery, 110 N. Laurel St., from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Mondays, you’ll find him at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Sunday at The Landing mall, 115 Railroad Ave., Rusty and Duke provide golden oldies for your dancing pleasure from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. $5 single; $8 couple.

On Friday, Les Wamboldt and Olde Tyme Country play and sing at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 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 old-time music with musical guest Fred Davis of the Washington Old Time Fiddlers from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Sunday, singer/songwriter Scott Sullivan performs at Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., at 5 p.m.

Every Tuesday evening at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., the Port Angeles Senior Swingers present Wally and the Boys playing ballroom dance favorites from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $5 cover; first-timers free.

At Dupuis Restaurant, 256861 U.S. Highway 101, Bob and Dave play blues Wednesday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thom Davis will perform at the Port Angeles Farmers Market at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Sequim and Blyn

On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Discovery Bay Pirates play sea shanties and Celtic tunes from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, dance to Chantilly Lace and its classic rock at 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Blue Hole Quintet plays jazz-infused hits from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday at Three Crabs Restaurant, 11 3 Crabs Road, the Old Sidekicks return for another night of classic country from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Friday at Pondicherri West, 119 E. Washington St., “Jazzy Judy” Clark sings during the First Friday Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

It’s “All the Buzz” Wednesdays at the Sequim Senior Activity Center, 921 E. Hammond St., with Kelly and Victor hosting the open mic from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Fret Noir will play from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rainshadow Coffee, 157 W. Cedar St.

On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Gina Alto of country fame sings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Friday in Club Seven Lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Buck Ellard warms up with a little country and a little classic from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., followed by the classic party tunes of High Maintenance from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, Whiskey River, with its tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd, plays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday, get your country up with Denny Secord Jr. and Haywire from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Every Saturday at Dungeness Bay Wine & Cheese, 123 E. Washington St., Lee Tyler Post performs an evening of rock and soul from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Port Townsend

Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., Matt Sircely and New Forge perform at 8 p.m. Sliding-scale cover of $4 to $8.

On Friday, Jim Nyby and the F Street Band perform a New Orleans-style gumbo of blues, rock and rhythm and blues at 8 p.m. $6 cover. Phone 360-385-2216 for details and reservations.

On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Lone Madrone play original western-tinged blues at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, the Blasted Kids and the Pitfalls share time on the stage at 10 p.m. $5 cover.

On Sunday, Steve Grandinetti plays piano at 7 p.m.

On Friday at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th St., the Shed Boys play a mix of bluegrass and folk from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, the Alternators kicks up its heels with Cajun and zydeco from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Low Ones play pop funk and folk rock from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, get out your ’50s duds for a Summer Lovin’ ’50s Dance Party with the James Howard Band in the Castle Ballroom at Manresa Castle, Seventh and Sheridan streets, from 8 p.m. to midnight. $8 cover.

Mick and Barry perform at the Ajax Cafe, 271 Water St. in Port Hadlock, on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Saturday at the Undertown, 211 Taylor St., the Blue Crows perform at 6 p.m., followed by the acoustic trio Locos Only at 8 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, Port Townsend, on Thursdays and Fridays from noon till 2 p.m.

High notes

On Saturday, All About Me plays acoustic classic rock at the Trey Green Guild for Children’s Hospital Gala at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Sequim. It’s a wine tasting/appetizer/live and silent auction party. Tickets are $50 each, and reservations are suggested at 360-477-8206.

Charlie Ferris will be doing the honors from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Queen of Angels Church, 209 W. 11th St., Port Angeles, for the annual Italian dinner benefiting the Sons of Italy Scholarship Fund. The public is welcome.

Camp Heebie Jeebies, the summer school for musicians at Lake Crescent, needs your help to sponsor youth musicians. Phone Bud Critchfield at 360-582-3082 or send a check to the nonprofit Karayco Productions Inc., 500 W. Hendrickson Road, No. 5035, Sequim WA, 98382.

On Friday at 8 p.m., Key City Public Theatre, 419 Washington St. in Port Townsend, turns into a venue for the modern jazz compositions of Wayne Horvitz and Sweeter Than the Day. Tickets are $15 and are available at

Washington Old Time Fiddlers plays music at its annual three-day campout, scheduled for June 8-10 at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road.

Musicians learn, teach, jam and perform. The public is invited to join members June 8 for a dance that begins with a refresher lesson at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, June 9, the public is invited to a musical performance at 1 p.m. and another at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 10, the public is invited to a gospel performance at 10 a.m.

The events are free. Donations are welcomed and go toward scholarships and other expenses.

RV parking with no hookups, and dry camping are available for a $7 nightly fee. Visit for more information.


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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