NOW THAT IT’S warmed up and you’ve been working in the yard or garden, mowing and weeding and rototilling, it’s time to take a break away, get out and enjoy some live music.
Before spring can be sprung next week, you’ll also have to get through all of the St. Paddy’s Day parties.
I know it’s tough, but I’m sure you can get out and dance a jig or two.
Take it from your friendly scribe: You can do it!
■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, it’s Jerry Robison’s musical jam with two Terrys: Terry Roszatycki and Terry Ketchum playing classic country western from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Saturday, trespass because the Trespassers (Jim Lind, Gerald Pierce and Rudy Maxion) will be there to get you dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
■ On Friday at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, relive the era of the Golden Oldies of rock ’n’ roll and country with the Night Beats from 8 p.m. to midnight.
On Saturday, enjoy real country swing with Donn Allard and Renegade Train from Olympia playing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.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 Friday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., it’s time again for 2FAR (Second Friday Art Walk) and the music of Locos Only, fronted by Kevin Lee Magner, Jeff Tocher and Mike Pace of the Soulshakers, will provide the visual artistry at 8 p.m. $3 cover to support the musicians and artists.
■ 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 NBR (No Batteries Required) barbershop quartet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Tuesday, Jim Armstrong and friends play rock ’n’ roll from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
■ On Saturday at Mount Pleasant Grange, 2432 Mount Pleasant Road, Dave and Rosalie Secord and Luck of the Draw play at the annual St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner at 6 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.
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■ 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, Americana duo Twisted Roots plays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On Saturday, the Professor’s Jazz Trio plays standards of the 1950s and ’60s 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 play traditional and Dixieland jazz for your dancing pleasure from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
On Saturday, rock out to Black Rock from 8 p.m. to midnight.
On Monday, enjoy St. Patrick’s Day specials with the Old Sidekicks from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., followed by DJ O.B.1 at 9 p.m.
On Wednesday, dance or just listen to Awesome Bob from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
■ On Saturday at Nourish, 1345 S. Sequim Ave., join in on the new Jazz Jam with Jason and friends and enjoy some St. Patrick’s Day specials from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Wednesday, Victor Reventlow hosts the open mic from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with sign-ups at 6 p.m.
■ On Saturday, the Sequim VFW, 169 E. Washington St., invites the public to dance to lively classic country music by Silver and Gold from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No cover.
■ Today in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, the Soul Ducks will perform three dance sets beginning at 6 p.m. with rockabilly, Motown and rhythm and blues, launching the new live dance bands series on Thursdays in the lounge. No cover.
On Friday, dance to the Jet City Rock Show with a lot of party rock from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Saturday, it’s a St. Paddy’s party with Dana Osborn and 3 Miles High with lots of Irish specials from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, Jeremy Pederson plays a little folk and some acoustic Pearl Jam from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
On Saturday, Mary Tulin plays Celtic music with Kip and his accordion, making everything extra Irish, for the Rainforest Bar’s St. Patrick’s Day party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
■ On Friday at the Ajax Cafe, 21 N. Water St., Trevor Hanson plays classical guitar from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ Today in the Fireside Room at the Resort at Port Ludlow, 1 Heron Road, Trevor Hanson plays from 4 p.m. to closing.
■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., local singer-songwriter Sue Logg plays originals and covers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Saturday, George Rezendes and the Toolshed Trio perform American roots, rock and country-blues from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
On Monday, celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with two sets from the Northwest alt-folk and bluegrass string band Blackberry Bushes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. No cover. The 9 p.m.-to-midnight show has a $5 cover (free to Main Street pub crawlers).
■ On Saturday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., Lowire play multilayered rhythms and funky grooves from 9 p.m. to midnight. $3 cover.
On Tuesday, Tony & the Roundabouts perform from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On Wednesday, join the jazz jam session with Rex Rice and friends from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ On Saturday at the Highway 20 Road House, 2125 Sims Way, dance to Dakota Poorman Band at 9 p.m. Ladies get in free for one of Seattle’s top bands; gents pay $5.
■ On Saturday at the Pourhouse, 2231 Washington St., come and hear The Blue Crows play early jazz, blues and ragtime from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
■ Every Monday, Trevor Hanson plays guitar at Alchemy, 842 Washington St., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
■ On Friday at Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St., Port Townsend, enjoy The Better Half and Band Lab benefit concert from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Band Lab is made up of six local teens mentored by Tim Halpin of Better Half that will perform alternately from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Proceeds benefit Band Lab’s trip to Guatemala this summer with the Global Visionaries Youth Leadership Program. $10 for adults; $5 for kids.
■ On Saturday at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road, the Old Sidekicks perform at a spaghetti dinner and fundraiser for Jerry Peterson, playing their country and gospel music between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
■ On Saturday at the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend, North Meets South Ramblers play tunes while Gabe Strand calls the dances from 7:30 p.m.
All dances are taught, so no experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome. Bring your own water and snacks to share. Adults $5; 16 and younger free.
For more information, visit www.ptcommunitydance.com or phone Dave Thielk at 360-301-6005.
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 email@example.com, 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.