JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Music, dance easy-to-keep resolutions

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to work on our New Year’s resolutions, and I’m here to help.

■ Resolution 1: Become less stressed.

Solution: Enjoy more live music.

■ Resolution 2: Exercise more.

Solution: Dance to live music.

■ Resolution 3: Socialize more.

Solution: Listen and dance to live music.

■ Resolution Four: Enjoy each week more.

Solution: See above.

Detect a pattern here? Follow the solutions, and you’ll feel a lot better.

Don’t thank me for this public service message. Thank the musicians and venues for providing the solutions.

Now go out there and keep these resolutions.

Port Angeles

■ On Friday at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, Billy Roy Danger and the Rectifiers play rocking roots blues for your resolution-keeping pleasure from 8 p.m. to midnight. $5 cover.

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) performs a unique mix of old-time/jam-band/rock/Celtic-funk-influenced original and cover tunes at 7:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., Rachael, Mick and Barry play classic rock and Motown 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., Joy in Mudville stirs up a mix of Americana, roots, jam-band improv and more at 4 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, Olde Tyme Country plays 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 Discovery Bay Pirates play Irish pub songs and sea chanteys from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Final Approach lands with a load of boomer music for the dance crowd from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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

On Friday, Howly Slim and Sandy Summers play original songs of love, trains, tramps and tree planters during First Friday Art Walk from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, The Professors play jazz from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ 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.

■ On Friday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, dance to the hot tunes of Boy Blue and the Moon from Port Orchard from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, dance to the classics and originals of 3 Miles High with Dana Osborn from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, Chris Switzer plays contemporary blues to Pearl Jam from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Billy Shew plays originals, blues and rock 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 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Brian Douglas performs jazz standards and originals from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

At 9 p.m., the Pine Hearts play bluegrass, Americana and folk until 11 p.m.

■ On Tuesday at Sirens, 823 Water St., is a fiddler jam session at 7 p.m. No cover.

■ On Saturday at The Pourhouse, Robert Sarazin Blake & Jan Peters play mandolin and bouzouki with vocals from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. No cover.

■ On Tuesday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., the Chuck Easton/Ed Donohue Quintet play jazz from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Wednesday, enjoy the blues jam from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ 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

■ On Saturday at the Black Diamond Community Hall, 1942 Black Diamond Road, the Black Diamond Fiddle Club plays, with Lindsey Dono from Tacoma calling the dance. A beginners lesson starts at 7:30 p.m., and dancing goes from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.

■ On Sunday, the Dukes of Dabob invites the public to dance Dixieland-style at the Sequim Elks, 143 Port Williams Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Low notes

■ Ben Bowman, trumpet player for the Stardust Big Band, passed away at home with his family Dec. 21.


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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