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Liven up Valentine’s with these concerts

Cupid’s big day is coming up, and hearts will be fluttering all week in the North Bay, where a plethora of Valentine’s Day events dominate the calendars through Thursday, Feb. 14.

While candlelit dinners and heart-shaped boxes get some folks in the mood, others prefer to put on their dancing shoes and party for Valentine’s Day, and there are several local concerts in the coming days that are sure to conjure up some close encounters of the romantic kind.

Music lovers will be feeling the love all week at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, where tribute shows to Bob Marley and Prince commence on Feb. 7 and 8 respectively. Platinum-selling singer Joan Osborne shows her love for Bob Dylan by singing his songs for two already sold-out shows, Feb. 9 and 10. Finally, eclectic guitarist Steve Kimock (Zero) takes over for three nights of spirited jams featuring several special guests, Feb. 12–14.

For couples looking for a more intimate experience, KWMR-West Marin Community Radio presents “Sweethearts of the Radio,” its annual fundraising concert at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station this Saturday, Feb. 9. This year’s lineup includes Bolinas acoustic trio LoWatters, singer-songwriter Rainy Eyes and fingerstyle guitarist Teja Gerken.

On Feb. 14, several Marin venues present their Valentine’s events. Rancho Nicasio welcomes Rhumba Bums bandleader Steve Lucky and vocalist Carmen Getit for a special night of dancing. Fenix in San Rafael hosts blues and Gospel star Lady Bianca for a special dinner show. At the Station House in Point Reyes Station, Our Fireside Romance, featuring Oakland duo Larrie and Lisa Noble, share signature harmonies and unique arrangements of classic hits, standards and originals.

Up in Petaluma, the Mystic Theatre gets an early start on the holiday on Saturday, Feb. 9, when it hosts “Whole Lotta Love,” a Led Zeppelin–themed night of rock-’n’-roll burlesque. Set to classic Zep songs performed live by Scarlett Siren & the Howlin’ Tramps, the show boasts several risqué performers from the Bay Area and beyond, such as Sebastopol’s Bella Dukess, Oakland’s Bunny Pistol and Portland, Ore.–based Eva D’Luscious. The show supports charitable group the Russian River Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence with an awesome raffle.

In Napa, five-man a cappella sensation Rockapella lights up the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center on Valentine’s Day for an evening of doo-wop, pop and R&B created without instruments or backing tracks, but with plenty of heart and harmony.

For more info on these and other shows, see calendar listings, p23.

Charlie Swanson
Charlie Swanson is a North Bay native and an arts and music writer and editor who has covered the local scene since 2014.


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