LIVE MUSIC COLUMN: Swing into holiday spirit with festive fare on Peninsula

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014 12:01am
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WITH ONE WEEK to go before Christmas, there are plenty of venues with holiday musical fare to get you into the spirit of the season.

Port Angeles

■ Today at Castaways Restaurant and Night Club, 1213 Marine Drive, it’s Jerry’s country jam with host band High Country from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

■ Today at Jasmine Bistro, 222 N. Lincoln St., Bread and Gravy — Jess and Stephanie Doenges — play Americana, classic rock, jazz and some contemporary music on a variety of instruments from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

■ Today at Bar N9NE, 229 W. First St., the open mic starts at 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at Barhop Brewing, 124 W. Railroad Ave., the Fabulous Hayshakers dish out country and dance-friendly rock starting at 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Fairmount Restaurant, 1127 W. U.S. Highway 101, there’s a jam session from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by Serendipity and High Country with special guest Julie Silveria and Jerry Robison until 8 p.m.

■ On Friday at Easy Street Coffee and Tea House, 128 W. First St., there’s a festive open mic (only original music) planned from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Stop by for more information.

■ On Friday at The Lazy Moon Craft Tavern, 130 S. Lincoln St., Dan Maguire plays original folk and Americana songs from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by special guest Ron Munro till 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Rogues’ End brings Gypsy and Celtic music at 7 p.m. Admission is a donation, as the band is raising money to help a local family in need.

On Tuesdays, Doug Parent plays his acoustic Americana from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On Wednesdays, Ches Ferguson & Friends perform classic rock with a few originals thrown in from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Friday at The Metta Room, 132 E. Front St., a boot-stompin’ good time is promised by Kings of the Wild Frontier and Good Machine starting at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

■ On Friday at The Dam Bar, junction of U.S. Highway 101 and state Highway 112, Gordon Bowlby hosts a jam session from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

■ On Tuesdays at the Port Angeles Senior Center, 328 E. Seventh St., Wally’s Boys play 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 friends — this time Jim Faddis, Ron Munro and Donna Rankin — entertain from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Friday, Rufus & the Blue Hares play rock, folk and blues from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, the Robin Bessier Trio, with vocalist Bessier, pianist George Radebaugh and bassist Ted Enderle, provide an evening of swinging jazz, Latin and original music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Friday at The Oasis Bar and Grill, 301 E. Washington St., the Old Sidekicks play country for dancing from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the Buck Ellard Band plays Buck’s signature country hits and originals from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Sequim VFW, 169 E. Washington St., Silver and Gold step on stage with live classic country for dancing from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

■ On Sunday at the Sequim Prairie Grange, 290 Macleay Road, the Buck Ellard Band plays country hits and originals for dancing from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is $10 per person, $15 per couple or $25 per family. Children younger than 10 get in free with family. Refreshments provided.

■ 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, 270756 U.S. Highway 101, dance to Sway and its new Top 40s dance tunes with a little rock added from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Saturday, 4 More, a dance band with two female vocalists, plays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Friday in the Rainforest Bar, listen to the country tunes and more of Jim Hoffman from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, Joey James Dean plays country, folk and classic 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 classical guitar from 5 p.m. to closing.

Port Townsend

■ Today and every Thursday at the Cellar Door, 940 Water St., it’s local DJ night starting at around 8 p.m.

On Friday, three bands — Hey Lover, Squalid and Static Illusion — offer up localized rock and funk at 9 p.m. $3 cover.

On Saturday, it’s the Dirty Beat Duo Jingle Ball, with dancing to original electronica starting at 9 p.m. $5 cover.

On Tuesdays, join in the weekly free jazz night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This week, it’s the Val James Christmas Jazz Show.

■ Every Thursday, The Boiler Room, 711 Water St., host an all-ages open mic at 8 p.m., with sign-ups at 7 p.m.

On Friday, L.A.’s Mythological Horses; The Jawbone Club of Ashland, Ore.; and The Shiver Twins of Juneau, Alaska, offer a free punk show from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday, locals Cradle Cap and Dr. Light; Murrieta, Calif.’s Cento; Usana of Tin Can 262; Erik Conradi of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and more fill The Boiler Room with a variety of tunes during the Embers of December event from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Uptown Pub, 1016 Lawrence St., Rob Rigoni and Budapest West play a blend of rock, exotica, jazz, country and more starting at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Shoot Dang plays upbeat bluegrass and Americana at 9 p.m.

On Tuesdays, join in the open mic with Jarrod Bramson at 9 p.m.

■ On Saturday at Sirens Pub, 823 Water St., Locos Only brings its funky blues and eclectic rock from 9 p.m. to closing. $5 cover.

On Tuesdays, there’s a fiddler jam session at 7 p.m.

On Wednesdays, join in the open-mic night starting at 9 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Public House Grill, 1038 Water St., Sam Amazyan plays original compositions inspired by nature from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

■ On Saturday at the Pourhouse, 2231 Washington St., Greenland recording artist Simon Lynge performs melodic rock, soul and R&B from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

■ Every Saturday at Snug Harbor Cafe, 281732 U.S. Highway 101, Skeeter Ezell plays covers of Roy Orbison and the like from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

High notes

■ On Friday at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St., five bands play from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. to raise funds and take food donations for the Sequim Food Bank.

Never Met A Dead Man plays its final show, followed by Jack Havoc and a DVD release. Prestige, Forgetter and Estafets will keep locals moving to the beat after that.

Admission is $5 or five cans of food. Open to all ages.

■ On Friday at the Port Townsend Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St., the Olympic Peninsula Dance Club presents Seattle “Gator Boy” DJ Sean Donovan with a rich stew of swing, waltz, cha-cha, blues, two-step and West Coast swing from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Admission is $10, and there’s free instruction of the Whiskey River jitterbug at 7 p.m.

■ On Friday at the Chimacum Grange, 9572 Rhody Drive, it’s a honky-tonk dancing evening for all ages with DJ Phoenix from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Bring snacks, water and $5 cover.

■ On Saturday, the Quimper Grange, 1219 Corona St., Port Townsend, hosts the Third Saturday Contra Dance at 7:30 p.m., with Greywolf playing the tunes and Jeanie Murphy calling the dance until 10:30 p.m.

Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for those ages 3 to 18 and free for those younger than 3.

For more information, visit

■ On Sunday at the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle, singer Lynne Ferguson is accompanied by guitar flatpick champion Roger Ferguson in an all-ages concert at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is by donation, with proceeds to benefit the Native Horsemanship Youth Program.

For more information, visit

■ On Sunday at the RoseWind Common House, 3131 Haines St., Port Townsend, it’s the monthly English Country Dance.

Dancing is taught by caller Nan Evans starting at 4 p.m. and going until 6 p.m., with music performed by the Rosewind Commons Band.

A potluck dinner follows for a $5 suggested donation.

This is a fragrance-free facility; no street shoes allowed.

For more information, phone Dan Post at 360-554-0417.


Live Music appears every Thursday. It is compiled by News Assistant Anne Sargent.

Contact the news desk by phoning 360-417-3527 or emailing [email protected] with “Live Music” in the subject line. And note: The 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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