A Monadnock Musical Valentine’s Weekend

By Lynn Merlone

There is lots of music to be heard this month, and Valentine’s weekend covers a wide range of genres and venues. Here are four from around the region; guaranteed to meet your style and your budget.

Friday, February 12 7:00

Zombie Beatdown and Friends at the Back Room at Good Fortune Jewelry

Zombie Beatdown portrait
Yes, punk music is alive and well in the Monadnock region! Zombie Beatdown’s music is fast, upbeat, and full of good humor – a fine introduction to the local punk scene. Bassist Eric Hedin organizes shows throughout the year, often with holiday themes. The Punk Rock Valentine Massacrealso includes The Burnouts, Lobotomobile and Monster Machine. Free admission.

Saturday February 13 6:00 – 8:00

Diane Stolar and John Sepe at Sunflowers Restaurant

Diane Stolar and John Sepe

Sunflowers Restaurant offers artistically prepared meals and libations, with music accompaniment for Sunday brunch and Friday dinner. This weekend, there will be even more music, including a repertoire of folk, blues and jazz standards by Diane Stolar and John Sepe on Saturday. Expect rich vocals accompanied by guitars for a night of songs rooted in love.

February 14 3:00

The Faces of Love – A Valentine’s Concert in Bass Hall

Virginia Eskin at Bass Hall

The Monadnock Center for History and Culture hosts an annual Valentine’s Day concert in its acoustically superior Bass Hall. This year, pianist Virginia Eskin, guitarist Jose Lezcano and mezzo- soprano Jazimina MacNeil perform a program of classical and contemporary music in celebration of love. Tickets are $18; $15 for members, students and seniors.

February 14  8:00 – Midnight

BooBoo Groove at  Turismo Tavern

BooBoo Groove is a jazz trio led by master percussionist Luke Moss. Turismo Tavern is a restaurant in Hillsborough whose menu features selections from around the world, inspired by chef/owner Alyson Kelly’s extensive travels. Plan a festive evening of dining and dancing to jazz, swing, blues and funk to cap off a romantic weekend.

For more musical offerings, visit the Monadnotes music calendar also available on Discover Monadnock.

About the Author
Lynn Merlone has been a resident of the Monadnock region since 1995. Throughout her life she has dabbled with music on various instruments and is master of none. She salutes the courage and dedication of musicians who hone their craft, find their style, and put their music out for us to enjoy. You make this world a better place. Lynn is the creator and editor of Monadnotes, a blog about the Monadnock music scene.

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