JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Heat up summer days, nights with tunes on Peninsula

THERE SIMPLY IS no excuse not to get out and enjoy your favorite genre of live music now that the days are longer and the weather warmer.

Plan your dinner dates at restaurants and cafes that offer live music for your dining pleasure.

It can add romantic ambiance to your evening.

Grab your partner and go dancing.

I know you’ll love it.

Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, it’s Jerry’s country jam welcoming special guest Terry Roszatycki’s country classics from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Locos Only (Kevin Lee Magner, Scott Bradley, Russ Lowry and Taylor Ackley) plays house-rocking blues, rock and country from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ Today at Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., David Rivers and Christian Jensen stir up folk, blues and gospel as Kings of the Wild Frontier from 7 p.m.

■ Today at Cafe New Day, 102 W. Front St., Dan Maguire, solo singer-songwriter, performs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave, R and B (Rachael and Barry) play classic rock and Motown from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., Eggplant has a reunion at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, Serendipity hosts a jam from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by Serendipity with guests Chuck Grall and Pete Cross 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 R Bar, 132 E. Front St., Junkyard Jane mounts the stage with its roots rock at 8 p.m.

On Wednesday, Jim Lind hosts the jam session from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Saturday, Coog’s Budget CDs sponsors the “Punk Prom” upstairs at Studio Bob, 118½ E. Front St., and features Decapitate the Disciples, SST, Toxic Shock, Trinity Avenue and MCFD at 7 p.m. Dress up in your best punk/prom attire. $5 cover; for all ages.

■ 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 Friday at Salt Creek Saloon and Grill, state Highway 112 and Camp Hayden Road, Joy in Mudville, (Jason Mogi, Paul Stehr-Green and Colin Leahy) plays roots rock and Americana with jam band improv from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

All Points Charters & Tours will provide free transportation from Port Angeles for this event.

Phone 360-775-9128 to make a reservation for pickup and return.


■ On Friday at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Taylor Ackley plays a solo gig with blues and 1960s and ’70s rock from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz perform jazz standards for your wining pleasure from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 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., listen to old Irish pub songs and sea chanteys by the Discovery Bay Pirates from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Final Approach plays oldies dance music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Sequim VFW, 169 E. Washington St., kick up your heels with the Old Sidekicks from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Special guest Jim Faddis of Prairie Flyer and Farmstrong fills in for Bill Camuso, who is on vacation. 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.


■ Today in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 U.S. Highway 101, Chicago bluesman Keith Scott plays a very upbeat and interactive Cajun style with Americana blues from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday, Sucker Punch comes to the Seven lounge for the first time with its seven-piece rock show from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, Whiskey River plays tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd and others with its concert-quality music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, Jeremy Pederson goes contemporary-acoustic on stage from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Keith Scott returns to the Rainforest stage from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Port Hadlock

■ On Saturday at the Ajax Cafe, 21 N. Water St., R and B (Rachael and Barry) play acoustic classic rock and Motown 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 6 p.m. to closing.

Port Townsend

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., welcome back PT favorites The Blakes as they play gritty rock at 9 p.m. $7 cover.

On Saturday, check out Dan and the Juan de Fuca Band (Dan Maguire, vocals and acoustic guitar; Clark Driese, electric guitar; Eric Neurath, bass; and Declan Westcott, drums) at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Friday at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th St., the Dirty Beat Duo (Pete Lack and Jesse Watson) plays funky dance music from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, solo acoustic guitarist Gerald Braude performs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, enjoy the Celtic tunes of Lobo Del Mar from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Lowire, a bass/drummer/vocal power trio, performs at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, funky, groovy jam band Swindler plays at 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Pourhouse, 2231 Washington St., Erin Hennessey and David Rivers play folk and blues from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

■ On Tuesday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., Jim Nyby and the F Street Band jazz it up from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. No cover.

High notes

■ On Friday, the Heritage Barn Dance, sponsored by the Keeting-Hansen families, stages at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 240 Macleay Road.

The benefit seeks to raise matching funds from the state to restore the historic Sequim-Dungeness Valley barn.

The great boot-stomping American roots music of Dead Peasants Society, Good Machine and the Mad Fiddler will get you going at 7 p.m. $5 per person; kids younger 12, free.

■ On Friday, hear popular singer/songwriter Dana Lyons perform works from his new CD, “The Great Salish Sea,” at 7:30 p.m. at the Elwha Heritage Center, 401 E. First St., Port Angeles. Admission is $10.

Lyons, best known for his song “Cows and Guns,” is touring to raise awareness of the proposed export of fossil fuels through the region and its effect on orcas and people.

■ On Saturday at the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, the Country Capers are featured with Jean Gibson-Gorrindo doing the calling for the final dance of the season at 8 p.m.

Come with or without a partner. All dances are taught from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Requested donation: $8 for adults; $4 for those younger than 18.

Visit for more information.


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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