Love Songs

Musical valentines in the North Bay

Hey, lovebirds, check your calendar: Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and this year the romantic holiday falls on a Saturday. For music lovers, this means a big bouquet of Valentine’s Day concerts that night. Plan ahead for your night of passion, and take a look at some of the eclectic and enchanting shows planned for Feb. 14 throughout the North Bay.

In Marin County, the lovey-dovey celebrations come in all sounds. One of the most exciting lineups takes place in Point Reyes Station when the “Sweethearts of the Radio” musical tradition returns to the Dance Palace. The party is put on by community radio station KWMR, the listener-supported and volunteer-programmed source for music, talk and news in West Marin. The evening kicks off with the soulful pop of singer-songwriter Keeley Valentino. Heidi Clare and Ron Thomason are also on the bill, whose headliner is local super-group Blue Diamond Strings; the rotating ensemble features Paul Knight, Suzy and Eric Thompson, and Kate Brislin, among others.

Down the road in Bolinas, Smiley’s Schooner Saloon has DJ Margarita Azucar hosting a Valentine’s Day ’80s dance party. Dress your new wave best and boogie to the throwback vibes.

If you’re looking for a spicier sound, the passionate Latin groove of Rolando Morales and the Carlos Reyes Quintet perform at the Sausalito Seahorse in a special Cuba-inspired show.

In Napa County, beloved Bay Area violinist Yasushi Ogura shares the love with a classical concert at the Jarvis Conservatory in the city of Napa. The program features works by Mozart and the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla.

In Yountville, love don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing—San Francisco’s Martini Brothers Band jump and jive at the Lincoln Theater. Brass horns and Champagne flutes are paired for a glamorous night of romance and dancing.

All over Sonoma County, clubs and venues will rock with popular local acts out of the North Bay. Out in Monte Rio, the man whose name was made for this holiday, Bobby Jo Valentine, plays at the Rio Theater in a fundraising show to benefit Sonoma County Pride.

In Cotati, North Bay Music Award winners Dylan Chambers & the Midnight Transit rock a Valentine’s Day bash at Spancky’s Bar. And in Sebastopol, 775 After Dark and Cabaret de Caliente host “Whole Lotta Love III,” a burlesque valentine to Led Zeppelin, featuring popular striptease routines set to music from the iconic rock and rollers. When the pasty breaks . . .

For a complete list of Valentine’s Day concerts, see full music listings at