The DC metropolitan area is home to many performing arts centers, pavilions and other musical venues. Plenty of musical artists will be in town on Valentine’s Day. This year, grab your sweetie and try something new on Valentine’s Day.
Event Time: 9 p.m.
Escape from the cold February temperatures and get a taste of Jamaican music at Patty Boom Boom, a Jamaican-influenced dance hall located in the heart of the U Street Corridor. Enjoy delectable treats like spicy beef and guava goat patties, a glass of rum punch and some classic reggae music. While other nights of the week features dancehall DJs, Tuesday nights feature a special performance from the locally-bred reggae group the Archives Band. The Archives Band play a variety of cover and original songs that will keep you and your sweetie dancing until way past your bedtime.
Yasmin Levy with special guest Omar Faruk Tekbilek
Event Time: 8 p.m.
Enjoy love songs that blend the smooth sounds of flamenco and the traditional melodies of Middle Eastern music into a soulful sound you can’t resist this Valentine’s Day. Yasmin Levy and special guest Omar Faruk Tekbilek, a legendary Turkish flautist, will create an unforgettable sound for you and your lover on this special day.
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Burlesque-a-Pades! Featuring the World Famous Pontani Sisters
Event Time: 7:30 p.m.
For something spicy, check out the Pontani Sisters in this all-out sexy burlesque performance. Burlesque is a lot like the Broadway or theatrical hit Chicago, where it combines singing and dancing with a tasteful striptease. Burlesque-a-Pades contains more than 40 routines, featuring golden lassos, sizzling shimmies and more. You can enjoy the show while enjoying delicious food and drinks. Known as one of America’s legendary music halls, the Birchmere Music Hall features a full bar and kitchen.
Event Time: 6:40 p.m.
Grab the kids and head over to the Fillmore Silver Spring to check out Allstar Weekend, a teen pop rock band. Fresh from their nationwide tour with Selena Gomez, Allstar Weekend will perform many of their popular hits from their latest album. Located in Downtown Silver Spring, the Fillmore provides enough seating for 2,000 screaming pre-teens, teens and their parents.
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Event Times: 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Reserve tickets to see V. Rich, a contemporary R&B artist, for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. His soulful lyrics have been compared to R&B veterans Maxwell, Stevie Wonder and Prince. His music is R&B meets hip-hop meets neo soul. V. Rich made his mark in DC when he found the successful hip-hop band Lauda. Since then he’s traveled with R&B star Amel Larrieux, and worked with other singing greats like Lauryn Hill and Mya. Enjoy the show at Blues Alley, the nation’s oldest continuing jazz and supper club. The venue provides a wide variety of entrees and late night fare, plus delectable adult beverages.
Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.