JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Local tunes just what the doctor ordered

AMERICA’S NATIONAL TAX Day has come and gone, and you are now awaiting your refund.

At least I hope you are.

Even if you don’t have a refund coming, celebrate the fact that your 1040 form has been sent in by going out and kicking up your heels to live music.

You’ve earned it, and you know you deserve it, so just do it.

Port Angeles

■ Today at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, Joy in Mudville and guests kick off a three-night celebration prior to the sale of the business.

From 8 p.m. to midnight, come and thank the Junction staff for all the music they’ve supported over the years.

On Friday, local blues powerhouse the Soulshakers rock the roadhouse one last time from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Saturday, Whiskey Minstrels, the Tiller’s Folly duo of Nolan Murray and Bruce Coughlin, perform original tunes from 8 p.m. to midnight.

While you’re there, help Feather John celebrate his 85th birthday. Gals, this local icon of the music scene is waiting to dance with you.

Too far to drive? All Points Charter & Tours will be providing free transportation starting at 7 p.m. all three nights. To get picked up, phone 360-775-9128.

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

On Friday the Tiller’s Folly duo of Nolan Murray and Bruce Coughlin, aka Whiskey Minstrels, performs at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Sequim’s Turner Brothers band rocks from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

■ Today at Bella Italia Restaurant, 118 E. First St., Cort and Kia Armstrong play country and chicken lickin’ blues from 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., local rockers SuperTrees get you into the boogie groove from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ 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 Tony Flagg Bluegrass Band for bluegrass and a good ol’ time from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

On Tuesday, Serendipity and guests host a jam from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., so bring your voice and your instrument and join in the fun.

■ On Saturday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., the Robbie Walden Band plays original country from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $3 cover.

■ On Saturday at R Bar, 132 E. Front St., seven-piece world funk band Cedar Suede plays an Afro-Cuban beat, fiery salsa and sultry rhythm and blues at 9 p.m.

■ On Saturday, in celebration of National Record Store Day, Coog’s Budget CDs, 111 W. Front St., will have live music from noon to 8 p.m. with groups Dakota Long, Luke Meeker, SST, Toxic Shock, Urine Idiot, Trinity Avenue, AK-47, MCFD, Southender and Poorsport. Very special guest Wanda Bumgarner takes the stage at 6 p.m. No cover.

■ On Saturday at Coo Coo Nest, 1017 E. First St., Dah Wyrdos celebrate the release of their CD starting at 8:30 p.m. No cover.

■ On Monday, Doc Ferris (Charlie, that is) will fill your prescription — they say music can be the best medicine for the soul — with delightful musical diversions from the Golden Age of pop and rock ’n’ roll at the Bushwhacker Restaurant, 1527 E. First St., 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.


■ On Friday at the Salt Creek Saloon and Grill, 53821 state Highway 112, dance to local bands Inside Defiance and Estafets from 9 p.m. to 11 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, Taylor Ackley plays honky-tonk from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, The Professors Jazz Trio gigs it up 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 Old Sidekicks kick up their heels from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Awesome Bob performs from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Buck Ellard picks and fiddles from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Sequim VFW, 169 E. Washington St., dance to the classic country of Silver and Gold from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Sunday at Nourish, 1345 S. Sequim Ave., Sarah Shea and Al Harris jazz it up from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 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 Wednesday at the Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St., dance to the Cat’s Meow Jazz Band from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Members, $4; nonmembers, $5.


■ Today in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, dance to the country and blues and rock of the Jimmy Hoffman Band from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday, enjoy the Celtic, classics and techno-violin of Geoffrey Castle from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, Rachael Jorgensen plays and sings a little country, a little rock and a little contemporary from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Buck Ellard plays country, classics and originals 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 8 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., local virtuoso Brandon plays the cello from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Later, local singers/songwriters Billy and Drew play blues, Americana and rock ’n’ roll from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Highway 20 Road House, 2152 W. Sims Way, Joe Louis Walker, Blues Hall of Famer, and his Hornet’s Nest band play award-winning blues at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 general, $30 preferred. Phone 360-385-2216 for tickets.

■ On Saturday at Sirens, 823 Water St., special guests Wreckless, Nuvo Tha 1, Robin Kastles, Endgame and more hep it up with hip-hop at 10 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, Olympic Peninsula Dance presents Maia Santell and House Blend playing blues, swing, jazz, Latin and country at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St., from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. General admission, $15; students with ID and disabled, $10.

Singles and couples are welcome. Casual attire. Smoke-free.

There will be a free (with admission) pre-dance “foxtrot workshop” taught by Carol Hathaway at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit or phone 360-385-5327.

■ On Saturday at the Quimper Grange Square Dance and Social, 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend, Jesse Partridge and Jay Finkelstein, aka Cobbler, provide the music and Anne Marie Schaefer calls for the 7:30 p.m. dance.

All dances taught, all ages welcome and come as you are. Bring your own water bottles and snacks to share.

Adults, $5; 16 and younger, free.

■ On Saturday, Nash’s Farm Store, 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way, Sequim, kicks off its 2014 monthly dance series featuring the Cort Armstrong Band playing old-time, country and blues music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Suggested donation for the band is $5 for adults.


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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