JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Oil up dancing joints with tunes

FROM FORKS TO Port Ludlow and all places in between, there is enough live music to soothe your musical desire.

Blues, classic rock, Americana, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, classic country, country rock, rockabilly, rhythm and blues, glam rock and more will get you into a movin’-to-the-groove mood.

Summer festivals begin next week, so get out and shake the rust off your dance steps this week so you’ll be ready.


■ On Saturday at Blakeslee’s Bar and Grill, 1222 S. Forks Ave., the Soul Ducks play danceable Motown, rockabilly and rhythm and blues from 8 p.m. to midnight.


■ Today at Salt Creek Saloon and Grill, state Highway 112 and Camp Hayden Road, Chip Norris hosts the music jam from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, it’s Jerry’s country jam featuring Les Wamboldt singing popular country swing music with new summer hours from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Locos Only gets you dancing to a rock ’n’ roll groove from 8 p.m.

■ Today at Cafe New Day, 102 W. Front St., Dan Maguire, local singer and director of next week’s Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts, performs original tunes from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ Today at Bella Italia Restaurant, 118 E. First St., The Mogis, Kim and Jason, are joined by bassist Paul Stehr-Green at 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, Serendipity hosts a country jam from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Then, Ed and Gary of the Tony Flagg Band join Serendipity 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 and Saturday at Bar N9ne, 229 W. First St., those glam gals are back with their glam rock in high gear.

That’s right, the Nasty Habits are in town, pounding out their glam groove from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5 cover.

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., the Soulshakers do blues and soul from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at R Bar, 132 E. Front St., Seattle bluesman Blumeadows plays his blues, rock and reggae at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Joy in Mudville (with Jason, Paul and Colin) plays roots, Americana and more at 9 p.m.

■ On Monday at the Bushwhacker Restaurant, 1527 E. First St., Charlie Ferris brings his “Memories and Melodies” show with smooth renditions and tales of the classic pop hits of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s 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.


■ Today at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Cort Armstrong and Jim Faddis entertain from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, the Skip Morris Trio plays jazz to barely jazz from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Wednesday, Bill Volmut showcases original tunes and covers from the 1960s and ’70s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, country singer/songwriter Brian “Buck” Ellard performs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., dance to the big hits of the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s with Nostalgia from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, dance to the country originals and covers by the Buck Ellard Band, with vocals, acoustic guitar, piano and percussion from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Wednesday, groove to the Americana of Joy in Mudville with Jason, Paul and Colin 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. No cover; open to the public.

■ On Saturday at Nourish, 1345 S. Sequim Ave., Stringology, with Eric and Terrianne, plays gypsy jazz 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 Sunday, it’s family dance night at the Sequim Prairie Grange Hall, 290 Macleay Road, with the Buck Ellard Band playing country originals and covers from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Snacks and refreshments are included.

Admission is $10 for adults, $15 couples and $25 for families of five or less; kids younger than 12 are admitted free.


■ Today in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, 270756 U.S. Highway 101, the Soul Ducks perform Motown, rockabilly and rhythm and blues for your dancing pleasure from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Friday, dance to the old and new country of the Michael Anthony Pratt Band from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, dress up ’80s style, join the ’80s-themed party and dance to the M-80s from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, Billy Shew plays a little blues, some classics and originals from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Justin Kausal-Hayes plays some old, some new and some in-between 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 closing.

Port Townsend

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., it’s all about Western swing, bluegrass, country ballads and yodeling cowgirls with Pies on the Run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., enjoy the country blues, ragtime, folk and roots rock of the Toolshed Trio.

On Saturday, the power trio Lowire shows a new groove at 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at Port Townsend Brewing, 330 10th St., the Chuck Easton Jazz Sextet plays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, singer/songwriter Susy Sun performs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, Serina and Barry Burnett, with Chuck Easton and Terry Smith, play classic rock and blues from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., the Dirty Beat Duo plays at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, the Toolshed Trio plays at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Tuesday, the Blue Crows play from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No cover.

On Wednesday, Tanga plays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No cover.

■ On Friday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Call Me Ladro with guests brings a new blend of hip-hop, jazz, soul, reggae and poetry starting at 9 p.m.

If you miss him Friday, he’s back Saturday with the Seattle reggae dance band Culture Yard at 9 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Pourhouse, 2231 Washington St., the Better Half kicks off the summer music season in the beer garden 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, the Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association, or WOTFA, has its monthly meeting and public performance at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, with guitars, banjos, mandolins, etc., along with fiddles at 1:30 p.m. The Old Sidekicks also join the show.

Then, WOTFA invites the public to a contra dance from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Nan Evans calls while the WOTFA band, led by Kristin and Otto Smith, plays the reels, jigs, waltzes and more.

Donation of $5 for adults is suggested. Ages 16 and younger are admitted free.

■ On Saturday, the final square dance of the season is at Quimper Grange, 1217 Corona St., Port Townsend, with Peckin’ Out Dough and caller Dave Thiek providing the old-time music. Dancing starts at 7:30 p.m.

A donation of $5 for adults is suggested. Ages 16 and younger are admitted free.

■ On Sunday, an English country dance is held at the Rosewind Common House, 3131 Haines St. at the corner of Umatilla Avenue, Port Townsend, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Dancing patterns will be taught by Nan Evans, with music provided by the Rosewind Country Dance Band.

The dance will be followed by a potluck dinner; $5 suggested donation.

The Rosewind Common House is a fragrance-free facility, and no street shoes are allowed (dance shoes or slippers are fine).

For more information, email Dan Post at

■ On Sunday, a free band concert combines the Sequim City Band and the Port Angeles High School Wind Ensemble at 3 p.m. in the Port Angeles High School auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave.


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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