JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Bop, boogie away to season’s close

THE SEAHAWKS WON the Super Bowl; the United States won gold, silver and bronze medals in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia; and the baseball season has yet to start.

So where does that leave us?

It’s time for the indoor sport of dancing to live music, dancing maybe with a partner or boogeying alone on the dance floor.

It may also be moving to the groove while seated or just simply tapping your toes to the music.

However you respond, you’re dancing.

This week, we have a lot of live music in a lot of venues, with many genres of music to put a spring in your step.

After all, spring is only a few weeks away.

Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, it’s Jerry Robison’s musical jam with High Country and Rusty and Duke featuring guest Wayne Franco on steel guitar from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, dance to the classic rock, Southern rock and blues of Testify from 8 p.m. to midnight.

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave, Twisted Roots is cramming as much dancing music as it can into its sets at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., dance to the classic rock of Black Rock at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, Dave and Rosalie Secord and Luck of the Draw are joined by guest Rusty of High Country from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

■ On Friday at Coog’s Budget CDs, 111 W. Front St., legendary punk rock band D.O.A. returns to Port Angeles for its 30th anniversary/farewell tour.

Opening are local favorites Decapitate the Disciples, the Estefets and MCFD for the 7 p.m. show.

Tickets are $10 for the all-ages event. Tickets are available at or by phoning Coog’s at 360-457-9211.

■ On Saturday at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, Locos Only get together after a three-month hiatus and get back to rocking and rolling with some rollicking roots rock at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

Too far to drive? All Points Charter & Tours will provide free transportation starting at 7 p.m.

Phone 360-775-9128.

■ On Saturday, Serendipity plays country at the Dry Creek Grange, 3130 W. Edgewood Drive, and invites attendees to bring instruments and voices to join in the fun. Free refreshments.

■ 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.


■ On Saturday at Blakeslee’s Bar & Grill (formerly Mill Creek Bar and Grill), 1222 S. Forks Ave., the Soul Ducks, featuring Pete Larsen, John Rollston and Phyllis Gale, perform their eclectic mix of blues, hopping rockabilly and Motown tunes at 8 p.m. on the recently remodeled dance floor.

Sequim and Blyn

■ Today at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Cort Armstrong and Jim Faddis will be joined by Bob Lawrence of Twisted Roots from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Friday, enjoy the classical guitar skill of Taylor Ackley from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Stringology plays Gypsy jazz from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Gil Yslas plays guitar from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, dance to the Golden Oldies of pop and rock with Nostalgia from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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

■ On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Rachael and Barry play classic rock and Motown from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Saturday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, Notorious #253 play Top 40 and new dance music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, Mary Tulin performs Celtic and folk from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Joey James Dean goes solo with country, folk and rock from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Wednesday at Nourish, 1345 S. Sequim Ave., Victor Reventlow hosts the open mic from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with sign-ups at 6 p.m.

On Sunday, Chez Jazz, with Sarah Shea and Al Harris, plays from noon to 2 p.m. No cover but reservations suggested.

Port Hadlock

■ On Saturday at the Ajax Cafe, 21 N. Water St., Mick and Barry play classic rock, folk and country from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Ludlow

■ Today in the Fireside Room at the Resort at Port Ludlow, 1 Heron Road, Trevor Hanson plays classical guitar from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Brian Douglas performs jazz standards and originals from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by the blues, jazz and rhythm and blues of Blue Holiday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at Highway 20 Road House, 2125 Sims Way, the Chuck Easton/Ed Donohue Quartet play jazz to get your Mardi Gras weekend started from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Andy Koch and the Badd Dog Blues Society continue the Mardi Gras party from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Fat Tuesday, the Mardi Gras Party ends with Captain Peacock from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Then Wednesday, Ukuleles Unite! invite you to happy hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” play gypsy jazz play from 9 p.m.

On Tuesday, it’s a Mardi Gras special with Jim Nyby and the F Street Band from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Wednesday, join the blues jam session from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Sirens, 823 Water St., the Solvents perform indie-folk music on a variety of instruments at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

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

High notes

■ On Friday and Sunday, two different Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts events will be at the Little Theater on the Peninsula College campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

On Friday, Scotland’s finest traditional band, Tannahill Weavers, performs at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, two-time Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) winner Ruth Moody and her band perform at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets — $20 or $35 for both concerts — are available at Pacific Mist Books, 121 W. Washington St., Sequim; Port Book and News, 104 E. First St., Port Angeles; or

■ On Saturday, there’s a big barn dance at the Big Barn Farm, 702 Kitchen-Dick Road, Sequim, in a benefit for Five Acre School from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., with the Old Sidekicks performing at 6 p.m. and Joy in Mudville at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is $5 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., $15 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., with those younger than 12 admitted free.

■ On Saturday, visiting caller extraordinaire Tim Jenkins calls this month’s contra dance at the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend, with Airstream Traveler playing the tunes. The dance begins at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m.

The fee is $6, $3 for those 3 to 18 years old and free for those younger than 3.

Visit for more information.

■ On Saturday, there’s another contra dance choice with caller Woody Lane at Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, with Fresh Cider playing from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Admission is $8 for adults, $3 for those younger than 18.

■ On Saturday at April Fool & Penny Too, 725 Water St., Port Townsend, the clarinet ensemble Toot Sweet in Victorian garb performs for the Port Townsend March Gallery Walk from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Tuesday, jazz lovers will have an opportunity to hear the Peninsula College Jazz Ensemble in its first spring concert, Jazz at the PUB, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on stage in the Pirate Union Building, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.


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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