JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Make it Mom’s Day to remember


Oh, you already know it, and you have the flowers ordered and reservations for brunch made.

Good for you. She expects and deserves that, but put her day over the top by taking her dancing to live music before Sunday and make it a truly memorable weekend.

There’s live music for dancing and listening all over the Peninsula.

For example, there are lots of live music events at the Sequim Irrigation Festival.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, it’s Jerry’s country jam with guest singers and musicians Rusty and Duke from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, swing to the country, blues and classic rock of the Trespassers (Jim Lind, Gerald Pierce and Rudy Maxion) and get moving to the groove from 7 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 their guests, the Soul Ducks, playing rockabilly, Motown and rhythm and blues for a good old time from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave, Bill Tiderman and Rudy Maxion perform classic rock ’n’ roll from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., dance to the reggae of Aisle of View at 8 p.m. $3 cover.

■ On Saturday at R Bar, 132 E. Front St., the new manager and former manager of the Junction Roadhouse, Marie McKean, presents the Soul Ducks with their rockabilly, R&B and Motown sound at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

■ 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.


■ 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, Cort Armstrong and Strider Yokem play blues and Americana from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. No cover.

On Wednesday, Bill Volmut showcases original tunes and covers from the 1960s and ’70s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. No cover.

■ On Friday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., dance to Dixieland by the Dukes of Dabob from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, come back for more dancing fun with the Olympic Express Big Band from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, follow up Mother’s Day with more dancing with Final Approach and their boomer (as in baby) music from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, Tres Lobos (Kevin Lee Magner, Scott Bradley and Taylor Ackley) from Locos Only play from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Sequim VFW, 169 E. Washington St., the public can dance to the old-time country of Kai James Fuller and His Tin Shed Band twanging away from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No cover.

■ On Sunday at Nourish, 1345 S. Sequim Ave., Naki’i (Bill and Erma) sing and play unique Hawaiian harmonies and familiar old songs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Reservations suggested.

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.


■ Today in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 U.S. Highway 101, dance to the country and originals of the Buck Ellard Band from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday, dance to the Fabulous Johnsons with Roni Lee, guitarist for Joan Jett and the Turnabouts, for a rocking good show from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, Notorious 253 plays the very best of new dance music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, Joey James Dean plays your favorite songs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, enjoy the Americana of Jason Mogi on the guitar and banjo from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Port Hadlock

■ On Friday at the Ajax Cafe, 21 N. Water St., Trevor Hanson plays classical guitar 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 4 p.m. to closing.

Port Townsend

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Seattle-based Science performs at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Port Townsend’s Blue Holiday performs blues, funk and soul with a jazzy sound at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Sunday, Crosby Tyler, a one-man band, brings his American troubadour experience at 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., a Northwest alternative folk string band, Blackberry Bushes, performs two shows from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 Tenth St., T.S. Fisher & the Smoothe Operators play the brewery garden from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, solo guitarist Gerald Braude performs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. No cover.

On Wednesday, the country and blues band Armstrong Lawton Katz plays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. No cover for customers.

■ On Saturday at the Pourhouse, 2231 Washington St., Robin Bessier and the BBC Jazz Trio perform new originals and twisted, highly rhythmic takes on classic pop and jazz standards 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.

High notes

■ On Saturday, the Rose Street Ramblers play tunes to the calls of Nan Evans at the Port Townsend Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St.

The contra dance begins at 7:30 p.m. and ends around 10:30 p.m. $6 cover; $3 for those 3 to 18 years old; free for those younger than 3. Visit for more information.

■ On Saturday at Dry Creek Grange, 3130 W. Edgewood Drive, Port Angeles, Serendipity hosts a country music jam from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and then performs with guests Les Wamboldt of Silver and Gold and Rusty and Duke of High Country from 3 to 5 p.m.


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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