JOHN NELSON’S LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Sounds of spring on musical horizon

EUPHORIA! THE 12TH Man fever broke last Sunday into a state of euphoria, resulting in dancing in the streets and all around the house.

How sweet that music was!

The Seahawks’ defense and offense was a major performance worthy of a standing ovation.

For now, the fever is abating but will surely return in August when the next seasonal round begins.

While in this euphoric state, it is wise to get out and find your musical muse and dance, dance, dance.

Though we’re still in the throes of winter, listening and dancing to live music can be a harbinger of spring and perhaps the 10th-man fever?

We can only hope.

Go Mariners!

Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, it’s Jerry Robison’s musical jam with special guest Jim Lind singing country classics from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Junction Roadhouse, 242701 U.S. Highway 101, join in the celebration of life for Dave “Goose” Goolsby and dance to his favorite band, Fat Chance, from 8 p.m. to midnight. A potluck begins at 6 p.m.

Too far to drive? All Points Charter & Tours will provide free transportation that evening. Phone 360-775-9128 for a ride.

■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, Dave and Rosalie Secord and the Luck of the Draw with guest Sarah Shea provide an entertaining evening of “bluegrass meets jazz” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

■ On Saturday, Dry Creek Grange, 3130 W. Edgewood Drive, features Serendipity with country fare from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. No admission fee; coffee and cookies available.

■ On Saturday, Hawaii Amor’ performs at Elliott’s Antique Emporium, 135 E. First St., 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.

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, The Mogis (Kim and Jason of Deadwood Revival) play lively, upbeat tunes a la Deadwood Revival from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Kim will share the new Seahawks fan-ditty written moments before kickoff last Sunday.

On Saturday, the Skip Morris Trio (artists Skip Morris on guitars and vocals, Ted Enderle on string bass, Tom Svornich on drums) 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 Discovery Bay Pirates play Celtic and sea chanteys from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, dance to the tunes of the Olympic Express Big Band from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, dance to the boomer music of Final Approach from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Friday in Club Seven lounge at 7 Cedars Casino, Blyn, dance to the new, old, funk, Motown and classic rock of The Hitmen from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, dance to your favorite high-energy ’80s tunes played by The M-80s from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, Joey James Dean is on from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Jeremy Pederson and two friends play contemporary folk and rock from 7 p.m. to 10 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 Wednesday at the Shipley Center, 921 E. Hammond St., Craig Buhler’s Dance Combo provides music from the 1940s through the ’80s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. $4 for members; $5 for nonmembers.

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., Pies on the Run performs Western swing, yodeling cowgirl songs, bluegrass, country ballads, polkas, originals and more with artists Claudia Neva, George Radebaugh, Baila Dworsky and Nancy Fitch from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Stick around to hear Simon Lynge, a local soulful singer/songwriter, perform originals and covers from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. No cover.

■ On Friday at Sirens, 823 Water St., Science!, winners of Weekly Volcano’s 2012 Best New Band and Best New Record in 2013, with Justin Stang and Jim Elenteny play “riveting acoustic music” at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Saturday, Ezra Bell, the Jackalope Saints and Camp Wisdom from Portland, Ore., bring their indie rock sound starting at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Saturday at the Highway 20 Road House, 2152 W. Sims Way, Seattle band 3rd Degree Burns plays classic rock at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

■ On Saturday, the second anniversary of the Pourhouse, 2231 Washington St., features the old-time/jam band/rock/Celtic/funk-flavored music of Joy in Mudville from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No cover.

■ 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., the Jenny Davis Quartet offers jazz vocals from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. No cover.

High notes

■ Join in the dance Saturday at the Port Townsend Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St.

Jo Yount will call some solid contras and other shapes while Fiddlers for the Floor play the tunes. The dance begins at 7:30 p.m. and ends at about 10:30 p.m. $6 fee; $3 for those 3 to 18; free for those younger than 3.

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.

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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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