JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Blitz out to dance fever pre-Super Bowl

THIS WEEK, THE blue-and-Day-Glo-green fever will reach its peak.

It is 12th Man fever, and it will peak Sunday.

This fever brings on angst one minute and unbelievable joy the next — and for some, the dread of Peyton Manning and for others the power of the Legion of Boom.

To counteract the extremes of these feelings, listen to live music and dance when you can because you’ll feel better when the fever reaches its peak — unless there’s a feeling of euphoria for a few days after.

This causes one to bask in the glow of a Super Bowl win.

If this happens, the antidote is the same: dance, dance, dance.

Maybe next week, we’ll get back to some sense of normalcy.


Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, Jerry Robison hosts a jam with featured band High Country, with Rusty and Duke Moroz singing country classics from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Soul Ducks will bring their Motown, hopping rockabilly and danceable rhythm and blues from 8 p.m. to midnight.

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave, Locos Only will get you into the groove from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, Olde Tyme Country plays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, join the country jam from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, Dave Thielk’s Rose Street Ramblers play with Tom and Amy Wimmer calling the contra dances from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

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

Sequim and Blyn

■ On Friday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., dance to the mid-20th-century pop of Nostalgia from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, boogie down to the old-time, funk-influenced original songs and cover tunes of Joy in Mudville (Jason Mogi, Paul Stehr-Green and Colin Leahy) from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Wednesday, dance to the jazz of the Blue Hole Quintet from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ Today at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Cort Armstrong entertains from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, Trevor Hanson plays classical and jazz on acoustic guitar from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday, dance to the music of Silver and Gold at the Sequim VFW, 169 E. Washington St., from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No cover.

■ On Saturday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, dance to the high energy of 4More fronted by two talented young gals from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday and Saturday in the Rainforest Bar, Chicago bluesman Keith Scott performs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Wednesday at Nourish, 1345 S. Sequim Ave., musicians and storytellers can sign up for open mic, hosted by Victor Reventlow, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Port Ludlow

■ Today in the Fireside Room at the Resort at Port Ludlow, 1 Heron Road, Trevor Hanson plays classical guitar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ On Friday at Sirens, 823 Water St., Swansea performs alternative/folk melodic rock at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Northwest alternative/folk string band the Blackberry Bushes brings its innovative acoustic sound drawn from the roots of American traditional music for a night of joyful singing and playing at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Sunday, famed Chicago bluesman Keith Scott performs at 8 p.m. No cover.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., The Mogis, featuring members of Deadwood Revival, play two special shows with their unique mix of bluegrass, folk and Americana from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ Every Monday, Trevor Hanson plays classical guitar at Alchemy, 842 Washington St., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Tuesday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., the Blue Crows play old-time jazz, swing and blues from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No cover.

On Wednesday, join the jam session from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., with house band Blue Holiday as backup. No cover.

High notes

■ On Friday, the Peninsula Friends of Music Performance present their first concert featuring Kate Powers, violin, and Scott Wahlquist, piano, at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road, Sequim, at 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation.

The Peninsula Friends of Music Performance was formed last year by four music teachers: Taylor Ackley, Mary Moon, Gary McRoberts and Craig Buhler.

Can’t say this enough: GO HAWKS!


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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