JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Ramp up Seahawks fever with hard-driving tunes starting today

THE BLUE AND Day-Glo green fever mentioned in the most recent column still prevails this week, albeit a little more subdued.

However, I have it on good authority that this fever will reach its peak a week from Sunday.

In the meantime, take the elation and exuberance that comes with this fever and control it by dancing to live music at the many venues across the North Olympic Peninsula.

Even if you don’t dance or your favorite venue is just for listening, this can help abate the effects of this seasonal fever.

We can only hope this fever will conclude successfully in the following week.

All I can say is: GO HAWKS!

Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, it’s Jerry Robison and Company with special guest Rusty Moroz singing country classics from 5 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

■ Today, Jim Lind sings country at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., at noon. No cover.

On Tuesday, 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 Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., Dan and the Juan de Fuca Band play original folk/rock and more with acoustic and electric guitar, bass and drums 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 welcome the Tony Flaggs Band with Ed, Gary and Mike as their guests playing bluegrass from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

■ On Sunday at Next Door Gastropub, 113 W. First St., Mick and Barry play acoustic music at 4 p.m.

Sequim and Blyn

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

On Friday, enjoy the blues of Gil Yslas from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz get your juices (wine) flowing from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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

On Saturday, dance some more to the 1940s and ’50s tunes of the Stardust Big Band from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, dance to the blues of Keith Scott from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday at Stymie’s Bar & Grill at Cedars at Dungeness, 1965 Woodcock Road, R and B (Rachael and Barry) play mostly acoustic classic rock and Motown from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, dance to the Billy Shew Band playing top 40, classic rock and blues from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, get into your Southern rock vibe with Whiskey River and their tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd and other Southern rock bands from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday, Jeremy Pederson entertains with contemporary guitar and vocals in the Rainforest Bar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Cris Switzer plays a mix of new and old on guitar in the Rainforest Bar, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Sunday, the Stardust Big Band plays again at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $5 cover.

■ 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.

Port Ludlow

■ Today in the Fireside Room at the Resort at Port Ludlow, 1 Heron Road, Trevor Hanson plays classical guitar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Port Townsend

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., soulful singer-songwriter Sue Logg performs originals and covers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by Todd Fisher and Dream City with their blues, reggae and rock ‘n’ roll from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at Sirens, 823 Water St., the Seattle-based Ian McFeron Band, on tour in support of its new album, “Time Will Take You,” performs at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Saturday, Jack Dunton returns to Port Townsend to call at the Quimper Grange square dance and social, 1219 Corona St., from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Skookumband provides hardcore Southern dance tunes.

All dances are taught, with partners not necessary, and all ages and experience levels are welcome. Dancers are encouraged to bring snacks to share and their own water bottle. Adults, $5; 16 and younger, free.

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

■ On Tuesday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., come and play or just listen to the jam session from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No cover.

High notes

■ On Friday and Saturday, the 10th annual Strange Brewfest is always ready to provide fun and frolicking at the American Legion No. 26, 209 Monroe St., Port Townsend.

Friday kicks off with Lowire, a dynamic two-man jam band, at 7 p.m., followed by Swindler and its “deep-pocket groove” at 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, begin with Joy in Mudville and its mix of old-time, bluegrass, jam band, rock, funk and blues at 2 p.m.

Then at 3:30 p.m., Rippin Chicken plays funk, bugaloo and soul jazz.

That evening starts out with the hard-driving, modern Afro-beat and syncopated, horn-driven funk originals of Polyrhythmics at 6 p.m.

Finish up the Brewfest by dancing to Lucky Brown and Funk Revolution at 9:30 p.m. Their reunion show brings gritty modern funk with a dusty vibe.

Tickets are $30 online or at the door.

■ On Saturday in the Port Angeles High School auditorium, 304 E. Park Ave., First Step Family Support Center invites you to the 12th annual Snowgrass Bluegrass Festival at 6:30 p.m.

Crescent Blue, The Fiddle Kids, Witherow, Good Machine with the Kings of the Wild Frontier and Luck of the Draw Band round out the ticket.

Advance tickets are $12 available at Odyssey Books, Strait Music, Port Book and News, KONP, Necessities & Temptations, Sound Community Bank in Port Angeles, Pacific Mist Books in Sequim and at Forks Outfitters. $14 at the door.

■ On Sunday at Peninsula College Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, the only Canadian winner of the Memphis, Tenn., International Blues Challenge, Matt Andersen, returns to deliver another evening of high-energy entertainment at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are $17 online at or at Port Book and News (Port Angeles) or Pacific Mist Books (Sequim).


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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