JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Lovin’ feelin’ found with advent of spring strains

OMG! SPRING HAS finally sprung.

I hope you can feel it, but I don’t think that spring feeling is going to happen overnight.

So in the meantime, if it’s dark and dreary at night, get out to your favorite nightspot, kick up your heels and dance, dance, dance.

If you do, you’ll feel better and be better able to face the next day and feel that spring air.

Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, it’s Jerry’s country jam with guest singer and musician Terry Roszatycki from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, there’s more country dance music with The Trespassers (Jim Lind, Gerald Pierce and Rudy Maxion) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ Today at Bella Italia, 118 E. First St., RMB (Rachael, Mick and Barry) play classic rock, country and Motown at 8:30 p.m. Dinner reservations are recommended. Phone 360-457-5442.

■ On Friday at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, boogie down with the Soulshakers from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, local band Redwing throws a CD-release party of its album “Toe in the Water” from 9 p.m. to midnight. Doug Parent, Dan Maguire, Jenny James and Eric Neurath comprise this band, which plays Americana, folk, blues and rock with originals and covers. $3 cover.

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

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave, groove to Locos Only and get that spring in your step 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 guest 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 Tuesday, Jim Armstrong and friends play rock ’n’ roll from 6 p.m. to 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.

Sequim and Blyn

■ 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, Mary Tulin plays Celtic music from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Sarah Shea vocalizes the music of Chez Jazz 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.

■ Today in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, the Jimmy Hoffman Band will get you boot-scooting to a country groove with some country blues and classic rock from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday and Saturday, Nitecrew rocks the night away from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, Jimmy Hoffman goes solo with covers and originals from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Justin Kausal-Hayes plays it all from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., Gil Yslas plays classic guitar from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Then rock out to Testify from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, get out your dancing shoes and dance to the hit parade songs of the ’40s and ’50s and others of the Stardust Big Band from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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

■ On Friday at Nourish, 1345 S. Sequim Ave., Gerald Braude plays acoustic jazz/classical guitar from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 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 Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Trevor and Sam the Pirates play Irish pub music and folk songs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Sequim VFW, 169 E. Washington St., dance to the old-time country music of Still Kickin’ from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No cover.

Port Hadlock

■ On Friday at the Ajax Cafe, 21 N. Water St., Trevor Hanson plays classic 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 8 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Matt Sircely has two shows playing bluegrass, folk and Americana from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Sirens, 823 Water St., those rousing funksters Locos Only play funky blues and rock at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Saturday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., the Toolshed Trio with David Conklin (bass), Tomoki Sagemaster (drums) and George Rezendes (guitar/vocals) at 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, the Skip Morris Quartet (Skip Morris, George Radebaugh, Ted Enderle, Tom Svornich) plays straight-ahead jazz and funky jazz from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Wednesday, join the jazz jam with Rex Rice and Friends from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Public House, 1038 Water St., The Upstage presents award-winning soul-blues artist John Nemeth with a legendary band rooted in Otis Redding and B.B. King’s style, The Bo-Keys with Percy Wiggins. Tickets are $25 to $30. For more information and reservations, phone 360-385-2216 or email

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

High notes

■ On Friday, the Olympic Peninsula Dance Club presents Stickshift Annie with Kimball & the Fugitives playing rocking blues, swing and country at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St., from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

General admission is $15; students with ID and those with disabilities are admitted for $10.

Singles and couples welcome; no partner needed. Smoke-free.

There will be a free (with admission) pre-dance lesson in intermediate East Coast swing taught by Janice Eklund at 7 p.m.

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

■ On Saturday, Toot Sweet plays selections of the Victorian Age for Port Townsend’s Victorian Festival at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St., at 3:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Quimper Grange, 1210 Corona St., Port Townsend, Folichon invites you to dance to Cajun music at 7:30 p.m. with dance lessons at 7 p.m. $12 cover. For more information, phone 360-385-1667.

■ On Sunday in the Sequim High School auditorium, 601 N. Sequim Ave., the Sequim City Band starts its 23rd season of free public concerts with “Marches & More — in March” at 3 p.m.

Refreshments prepared by the band will be provided during a short intermission.

This month’s program will feature various styles of marches, written from 1908 to 1998 by various composers such as John Philip Sousa and John Williams.

For more information about the Sequim City Band and its performances, visit or find it on Facebook.

■ On Wednesday at the Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St., Sequim, the five-piece Cat’s Meow Jazz Band plays dancing music from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Grab your favorite partner and find that spring in your step.

$4 for members; $5 for nonmembers.


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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