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Posted at 9:18 PM ET, 02/ 9/2010

A musical Valentine's Day

By David Malitz

When it comes to live music on Valentine's Day in D.C. there will always be a handful of the same options every year: Jerry "the Ice Man" Butler at Blues Alley, Felicia Carter at Twins Jazz and Lalah Hathaway at some theater are the trio of reliables. For shows that are a little more unique, see the picks below. After all, the "Ice Man" cometh every Valentine's Day.

The Al Green concerts have been postponed until March 12-13. When you think of people known for sensual songs, Al Green is one of the first that comes to mind. Of the Reverend's countless hits, "Let's Stay Together," "I'm Still In Love With You" and "You Ought to Be With Me" are sure to get people in a Valentine's state of mind. Now into his fifth decade of performing, he still has as powerful and silky smooth a voice as ever. Green plays at Constitution Hall on Friday and Saturday.

Ask anyone who grew up in the '80s what the most memorable new wave love song was and they'll probably say "Don't You (Forget About Me)." But ask them for the second most memorable one and they very well may say "Don't Dream It's Over" by New Zealand group Crowded House. Songwriter Neil Finn is the subject of a Saturday night tribute at Wolf Trap that features local musicians Jon Carroll, Luke Brindley and Margot MacDonald performing many of Finn's best-known tunes.

A much more low-key option is a concert featuring local indie-pop groups Sweater Set and Olivia Mancini. This one takes place on Valentine's Day itself at alternative venue the Fridge. There will also be champagne, martinis and a chocolate fountain to add a touch of romance to the occasion.

-- David Malitz

By David Malitz  | February 9, 2010; 9:18 PM ET
Categories:  Music, Valentine's Day  | Tags:  Al Green, Valentine's Day  
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