JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Make it a lucky 13 with holiday cheer

NOW THAT IT’S warming up, there is no reason not to go out and enjoy live music.

Many of the musicians/ groups are including tunes to get you into the Christmas spirit.

It’s a great way to relax after a hard day of shopping.

If that doesn’t get you out, then get into your inner superstition and face Friday the 13th with all the bravado you can muster and dance, dance, dance.

And remember my admonition about finding a cab, friend or someone to give you a ride if you are going to be drinking.

Port Angeles

■ Today at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, Chesnut Junction with Ches Ferguson, guitar; Kevin Briggs, guitar; Ron Daylo, flute; Paul Eyestone, bass; and percussionist Zubrie Kamau will have you grooving from 8 p.m. to midnight. $5 cover.

On Saturday, dance to the blues with the award-winning Sammy Eubanks Band from Spokane. Music goes from 8 p.m. to midnight.

All Points Charters & Tours can get you there and back free of charge. Phone 360-775-9128 for a ride.

On Wednesday, Joy in Mudville (Jason Mogi, Paul Stehr-Green and Colin Leahy) hosts the Junction’s annual Ugly Sweater Night from 8 p.m. to midnight.

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., Bill & Rudy play and sing the golden oldies of rock ’n’ roll and country from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, it’s Jerry’s Country Jam with Jim Lind and Gerald Pierce from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

■ On Sunday at Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., RowanTree (Mary Tulin and Mike Saunders) offers Celtic music with fiddle, guitar and bousouki at 4 p.m.

■ On Monday at the Bushwhacker, 1527 E. First St., Charlie Ferris makes his last Port Angeles appearance until April. The crooner plans a night of holiday cheer with his cavalcade of holiday classics from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Elliott’s Antique Emporium, 135 E. First St., Hawaii Amor sings songs of Hawaii in both Hawaiian and English with ukulele accompaniment from 2 p.m. to 5 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 Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw welcome you to hear them and guest musician, novelist and poet Patrick Loafman for a good ol’ time from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

Sequim and Blyn

■ On Friday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Dukes of Dabob play their Dixieland jazz from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for your dining and dancing pleasure.

On Saturday, the Olympic Express Big Band plays ballroom dance music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, country up with the Danny Secord Jr. Trio playing both country and classic rock from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Wednesday at Nourish restaurant, 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 Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Dos Locos (Kevin Lee Magner and Scott Bradley of Locos Only) play acoustic blues and country rock from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ Today at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Cort Armstrong plays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, enjoy an evening of jazz and fun with Lee Oskar and friends from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets, which include a glass of wine, are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, via or 360-681-0690. Donations of new toys and food items are encouraged.

On Saturday, Craig Buhler and friends play West Coast jazz from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, the Julie Duke band plays funk, blues and dance music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, there’s Triple Shot, a six-piece party band, playing a mix of favorite dancing music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, Buck Ellard plays covers as well as country originals from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Julie Duke brings her powerful voice and keyboard from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Wednesday at The Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St., The Cat’s Meow Dance Band plays swing, waltzes, polkas, Latins, Dixie, ballads and a little rock. $4 for members; $5 for the public.

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 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ On Tuesday, make sure you find time for the Blue Holiday Band at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All ages welcome. No cover.

Today, Kevin Mason presents a Christmas show from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. $7 cover. Come early due to limited seating.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Brandon, a local virtuoso on cello, plays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sam Maynard picks it up at 9 p.m. until 11 p.m. with originals and covers. No cover for either.

■ On Friday, the Mogis, (Jason Mogi and Kim Trenerry) climb the 33 steps up to Sirens, 823 Water St. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Carolyn Mark and Her New Best Friends return for another night of the Canadian artist’s acclaimed music at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ Today, Steve Grandinetti plays guitar at the Owl Sprit Cafe, 218 Polk St., 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.

High notes

■ Today, the Peninsula College Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Olympic Express Big Band join for a night of jazz and holiday cheer to benefit the Peninsula College Foundation in the Peninsula College Little Theater.

Tickets for $10 can be purchased through the Peninsula College website,; via; or at the door for $15 on a space-available basis.

■ On Friday, Olympic Peninsula Dance presents the Malo Combo playing Latin and swing 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. No partner needed. Smoke-free.

There will be a free (with paid admission) pre-dance lesson in salsa, meringue and bachata taught by Malo Castro at 7 p.m.

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

■ On Saturday, Serendipity plays dance music at the Dry Creek Grange, 3130 W. Edgewood Drive, Port Angeles, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

■ Join the Second Saturday Contra Dance at the Port Townsend Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St. Wild Phil and the Buffalo Gals will play the tunes while Sherry Nevins calls.

The dance begins at 7:30 p.m. and ends at about 10:30 p.m.

Cost is $6; 3 to 18 years old, $3; younger than 3, free.

Visit for more details.


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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