Outdoor summer concerts are in full swing in Port Angeles, Sequim and Port Townsend.
Free concerts are Tuesdays in Sequim, Wednesdays in Port Angeles and Thursdays in Port Townsend. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets as well as picnics.
The Buck Ellard Band will perform Tuesday at Sequim’s Music in the Park at the James Center for the Performing Arts at Carrie Blake Community Park, 500 N. Blake Ave.
The Sequim series kicked off last Tuesday with a Family Jazz Night featuring Sarah Shea and Jean Lenke. The concerts take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. from Tuesday to August 30 at the center. They are co-sponsored by the City of Sequim and the City’s Arts Advisory Board with Sequim Community Broadcasting/KSQM Radio!
At 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sweet Justice, the only Pacific Northwest band to use a box, will perform at the Port Angeles Concerts on the City Pier at Lincoln Street and Railroad Avenue. They will feature classics from Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Eva Cassidy, Eddie Money and Etta James.
In addition to the festivities this summer, a beer and wine garden.
Sponsors are Erika Ralston Word of Windermere Real Estate, DA Davidson, Elwha River Casino, the Washington State Department of Commerce and the Peninsula Daily News.
The series began last Wednesday with the Olympic Peninsula’s own Olympic Express Big Band featuring Jessie Lee. The Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts will host the concerts until August 31.
The Port Townsend concerts on the quayside will feature dance group Uncle Funk and the Dope Six at Pope Marine Plaza on Thursday. The band members were hand-picked to form the ultimate party/dance group, according to Port Townsend Main Street.
The room opens at 4:30 p.m. and the music will be played live from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
A beer, wine and cider garden showcasing local beers is planned and a variety of vendors will participate. Port Townsend Main Street and Homer Smith Insurance will host the concerts until August 25.
Other sponsors include Windermere Real Estate, Peninsula Hearing, SYSCO Foods, Aldrich’s Market, James A. Doros Law Firm, The Kellogg Building and the City of Port Townsend. The media sponsors are KPTZ 91.9 FM and the PDN.
Here are the schedules for the rest of the summer.
Concerts in the park
• July 12 — John Hoover & the Mighty Quinns, John Denver tribute band.
• July 19 — The Shift, modern folk.
• July 26 — Backwoods Hucksters, Americana and mountain blues.
• August 2 — Bread & Gravy Quintet.
• August 9 — Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers”, gypsy jazz.
• August 16 — Navy Band NW Wind Ensemble/Concert Band.
• August 23 — Black Diamond Junction, who were voted Best Live Band of PDN 2016-2021.
• August 30 — Expert advice, Motown, soul and rock.
To learn more, see visitssunnysequim.com/202/Concerts.
Concerts on the pier
• July 13 — Backwoods Hucksters.
• July 20 — Antbath, surf garage.
• July 27 — Cedar Teeth, with Levon Helm, Rick Danko and company.
• August 3 — Sarah Shea and Chez Jazz, classical standard and hot jazz.
• August 10 — Bread and Gravy Quintet.
• August 13 — Chandra Johnson and the Homeschool Boys, non-traditional bluegrass and country.
• August 24 — Honey of the Heart, music influenced by folk, soul, jazz and world/flamenco styles.
• August 31 — Black Diamond Junction.
To know more, jffa.org.
Concerts on the quay
• July 14 — Fortress of the Bear, rock.
• July 21 — Global Heat, funk rock.
• July 28 — Cedar Teeth.
• August 4 — Daring Greatly, five pieces known for their harmonies.
• August 11 — Band of Kilcid. psych pop.
• August 18 — Backwoods Hucksters.
• August 25 — Kevin Mason and the PT All Stars, soul, rhythm and blues, rock.
For this grand finale, the music will continue with a Late Night DJ Party from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Cotton Building, 607 Water St.
To learn more, see ptmain street.org