JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Come into bloom while boogeying to the beat

THE WEATHER IS warming up, so now is the time to get out and work out those kinks by dancing to live music.

Hey, you don’t have to dance; you can just stand or sit on a stool and boogie to the beat, move to the groove and . . . well, you get the idea.

After all, spring is just a month away, and when your spirits soar at this new awakening, you’ll want your body to be able to respond.

So get out there, enjoy the music and musicians, and let the venues know you appreciate that they bring live music for you to enjoy.

It’s not always easy this time of year.

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 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ Today at Bella Italia restaurant, 118 E. First St., enjoy Joy in Mudville (Paul, Colin and Jason) from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, get your groove on to the roots rock, Southern rock and blues of Junkyard Jane at 8 p.m. $5 cover.

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

To get picked up, phone 360-775-9128.

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave, boogie to the Motown, hopping rockabilly and danceable rhythm and blues of the Soul Ducks at 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., Howlin’ Zephyr plays funky originals and great covers 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 the bluegrass of the Tony Flaggs Band from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

■ On Sunday at Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., Howly Slim and Sandy Summers perform from 5 p.m. to 7 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

■ Today at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Cort Armstrong and Jim Faddis will be joined by Bob Lawrence on dobro and lap steel from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz perform songs from the Great American Songbook from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., kick up your heels and stomp to the Old Sidekicks from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, dance to Jack Havoc at 10 p.m. in a benefit concert for the family of Andrea Huntsman-Vandiver, who died of a cerebral aneurysm at the age of 34 in January.

On Wednesday, country up to Buck Ellard from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Trevor and Sam the Pirates play Irish pub songs and folk music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, dance to the Popoffs, who play everything from classic rock to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British invasion with Creme Tangerine playing the music of the Beatles from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, enjoy the blues, contemporary and folk of Rachael at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, dig the country, folk and originals of Brian “Buck” Ellard from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Sunday, the Stardust Big Band invites you to dance at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $5 cover; open to the public.

■ 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 Wednesday at the Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St., the five-piece Cats Meow Jazz Band plays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. $4 for members; $5 for nonmembers.

Port Hadlock

■ On Saturday at the Ajax Cafe, 21 N. Water St., Trevor Hanson plays classical guitar from 5 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 closing.

Port Townsend

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., the Blackberry Bushes perform Northwest alt-folk and bluegrass in two shows from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. No cover.

On Saturday, T.S. Fisher & the Smoothe Operators play blues to make you move at 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at Sirens, 823 Water St., Jackrabbit Starts combines soul melodies, rhythm and blues, and rock ’n’ roll with a punch to make your feet move at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Saturday at the Boiler Room, 711 Water St., acoustic rock band Below the Smile opens for the country and bluegrass of Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw Band from 6 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., the Solvents play from 9 p.m.

On Tuesday, grab your ax, toot your horn, stick the drums in the jazz jam session with Tony Petrillo from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No cover.

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

High notes

■ On Wednesday at Park View Villas, 1430 Park View Lane, Port Angeles, everyone is invited to enjoy the bluegrass and country of the Old Sidekicks at 2 p.m. Cake will be served so you can have your cake and bluegrass, too.


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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