Valentine’s Day: Celebrate With Live Music

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Last minute. It’s go time. What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?

Dinner = Amateur hour, crowded restaurants. No significant other? No problem. Go catch some live music! Here’s a roundup of some area shows for the big V-Day….

Get funked up with the one you love at Toad’s Place with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. It’ll probably be the wildest Valentine’s Day ever. Tickets are $30 at the door.

The Space in Hamden has a bunch of local bands on the bill: Logan’s Run, Civil Pilots, John Jorge, The All Ways, and Face The King. Not exactly romantic stuff, but whatever. Tickets are $10.

Across the parking lot at The Outer Space is Lily Henley and Andrew Small Trio. Pony up to the bar for a craft brew like a Stone Arrogant Bastard for some Valentine’s Day courage. Cover is $5

For the real deal on Valentine’s Day, head to the Ridgefield Playhouse for a Valentine’s Day Gala featuring the one and only Michael Bolton. The $130 tickets come with a buffet starting at 6:30, and there’s a raffle with a chance to win jewelry or a weekend’s use of a BMW. Say ‘hi’ to Bolton himself with a meet and greet pass for $185.

Ryan Montbleau Band is playing two shows on Thursday at the Iron Horse in Northampton: one at 7pm that is seated, and another that’s open floor at 10. Tickets to either are $18 at the door.

Infinity Hall has Tony Award winner Duncan Sheik performing, and Darlingside opening. There’s also a bistro at the venue, so show up early (and call ahead for reservations) and grab some grub before the show.

Cafe Nine is hosting the third annual Lip Gloss Crisis – it’s a circus themed burlesque show with dancing, games, and music from The Blondettes. Cover is $10.

If casinos are your bag, MGM Grand at Foxwoods has R&B performer Trey Songz, performing with Elle Varner. Tickets to the concert ar $65 and $85.

Italian pop crooner Patrizio Buanne will be at the Wolf Den. Seating is free, and first come first serve.

And while at Mohegan, another REAL solid option for something unorthodox and fun would be to check out the Harlem Globetrotters (tickets $17.50 – $72). Nothing says ‘I Love You’ like watching the Washington Generals get spanked for the 800th time.

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