Whether you love love or just need an excuse to celebrate on a Tuesday night, fill your Valentine’s Day not just with chocolate and flowers, but with local live music. From the sensual sounds of Freddie Jackson in Times Square to fun interactive Rock ‘n Twang karaoke at Hill Country, there’s something in NYC for everyone.
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Freddie Jackson

Price: $45 in advance, $50 day of show
Hours: Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.Freddie Jackson sings bluesy R&B love songs, and is best known for his tune “You are my Lady.” He fell in love with singing in the choir at the White Rock Baptist Church, belting out soulful gospel tunes for the congregation. In 1985 he got a deal at Capitol Records and released his first album called “Rock Me Tonight.” Since then he has been crooning for audiences across the world. See Freddie at B.B. King Blues Club February 14th for what should be a lights-down-low, romantic night with the one you love.

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The Philadelphia Orchestra

Price: $19.50 to $118
Hours: Show starts at 8 p.m.

The Philadelphia Orchestra is playing a show on Valentine’s Day in the Stern Auditorium on the Perelman Stage at the world famous Carnegie Hall. The program includes “Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments” by Martin, “Violin Concerto” by Mendelssohn, and “Concerto for Orchestra” by Bartók. Charles Dutoit is the Chief Conductor and James Ehnes is featured on violin for this show. If you’ve never heard these pieces, or this phenomenal orchestra, Valentine’s Day is the night to get gussied up and appreciate the finest Philly has to offer.

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

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Price: $55 to $145
Hours: Show starts at 7 p.m.”The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” is a musical about African-American life set in Charleston, S.C. in the early 1920s. Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis and David Alan Grier star in this Valentine’s Day version of the classic opera playing on Broadway. Take a journey to Catfish Row and immerse yourself in the intriguing story and music.

Rock ‘n Twang Live Band Karaoke

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Price: Free
Hours: Karaoke starts at 8:30 p.m.Karaoke is a fun, interactive night of music, and Rock ‘n Twang Live Band karaoke at Hill Country BBQ Market is one of the best venues for singing along to your favorite songs because it features a live band. Browse the collection of tunes before you go, and get ready to impress (or embarrass) the one you love with your vocal style. The best part is free admission, leaving the cash for flowers, chocolate and a little somethin’ special.

Jessica Costello is a freelance writer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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