JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Get dose of dancing with a heap of local harmony

I THANK ALL of you who turned out for the Oso Fire Department fundraiser at the Junction Roadhouse in Port Angeles last Saturday.

It was wall to wall with generous people, and more than $4,500 was raised.

There will be another raffle Friday night, so come on out and support the first responders at the Oso Fire Department, whose resources have been stretched to the limit.

I thank Chuck Darland for the idea and the rest of Chantilly Lace for their reunion, as well as the many other musicians who showed up and loaned their support.

The musicians on our Peninsula are absolutely awesome.

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 playing country oldies from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, take a little of the Soulshakers, add some Haywire and stir till it gels, and you have a generous helping of Hayshakers playing blues, country, rock and dance music from 8 p.m. to midnight.

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

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

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., the Soul Ducks will play Motown, rockabilly and danceable rhythm and blues from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

On Sunday, let off some steam with Steam Donkey from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

■ Second Friday Art Rock (2FAR) turns 5 years old at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., and the pairing of musicians with artists continues. Scott Sullivan and his band provide the music while Sarah Tucker paints as a series of her art films provides background images for the 8 p.m. art and music program. $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 guests Bill and Lil Tinsley for a good time with bluegrass and soft rock 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 Elliot’s Antique Emporium, 135 E. First St., Hawaii Amor performs the music of Hawaii from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Studio Bob’s Allé Stage upstairs at 118½ Front St., Locos Only rocks at 8 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.


■ Today at the Salt Creek Saloon and Grill, 53821 state Highway 112, Chip Norris hosts the Salt Creek Music Jam at 7 p.m.


■ Today at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Cort Armstrong and Jim Faddis entertain from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Friday, Gil Yslas plays blues from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Port Townsend jazz band Blue Holiday performs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Wednesday, Bill Volmut performs original tunes and covers from the 1960s and ’70s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Dukes of Dabob will get your Dixieland vibe a-movin’ from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, dance some more to the hits of the ’40s with Olympic Express Big Band from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, dance to the Cort Armstrong Band from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Tres Locos (Kevin Magner, Scott Bradley and Taylor Ackley) plays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Sequim VFW, 169 E. Washington St., you can have dinner at 5 p.m., then country music and dancing with the Old Sidekicks from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Wednesdays 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., Joey Lazzaro and the Cat’s Meow Jazz Band play a variety of jazz and pop standards for dancing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Members, $4; nonmembers, $5.


■ Today in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Sequim’s Locos Only plays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday, dance to Chrome Molly, an AC/DC tribute band, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, cowboy up to the Country Rock Association from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, Jeremy Pederson performs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Jason Mogi shows off banjos he makes with a performance from 7 p.m. to 10 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 Hadlock

■ On Friday at the Ajax Cafe, 21 Water St., Trevor Hanson plays classical guitar from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Sam Maynard performs originals and covers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

At 9 p.m., the dynamic two-man jam band Lowire blends acoustic with electronica until 11 p.m.

On Saturday, have fun with the energetic dance band Locust Street Taxi from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5 cover.

■ On Friday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., the Sjokani Charlatans perform at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Band Lab plays from 9 p.m.

On Tuesday, the Blue Holiday jazz band plays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

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

High notes

■ On Saturday, the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association meets and performs at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road.

An all-players jam will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with on-stage performances starting at 1:30 p.m.

The performances are free and open to the public, with any donations supporting fiddler scholarships.

■ On Saturday, the third annual Men With Guitars concert will be at 7 p.m. at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim.

Enjoy an evening of music and song featuring local musicians Forrest Gilchrist, Kevin Munro, Dan Campbell and Jake Reicher, among others. Wine, beer and snacks available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Suggested donation is $15. All proceeds go to the educational programs of Mujeres de Maiz Opportunity Foundation, a Sequim-based 501(c)(3) organization working with indigenous women and children in Chiapas, Mexico.

Phone Steve Gilchrist at 360-683-1651 for details.

■ On Saturday, guest caller Lindsey Dono calls some fun and lively dances at the Port Townsend Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., backed with tunes by Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals.

Dance begins at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m. $6 adults; $3 for 3- to 18-year-olds; younger than 3, free.

Visit for details.

■ On Tuesday, the Peninsula College Associated Student Government will host senior citizens from all over the North Olympic Peninsula at its 17th annual all-ages dance at 7:30 p.m. in the Pirate Union Building, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles. The event pairs college students and senior citizens for a night of dancing “old school.”

The band Wally’s Boys will perform.

Admission is free.


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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