Best Shows In The Bay Area To See On Your Valentine’s Day Date

February 8, 2016 5:00 AM

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If you’re thinking of heading out for a concert or some stand-up comedy or a stage show on Valentine’s Day weekend, here are some of the best options for a date night. Don’t forget about the San Francisco standby, “Beach Blanket Babylon.” Always a hoot, the ever-changing script makes this the longest running musical revue in theater history. Here are the best shows in the Bay Area to see on your Valentine’s Day date this year.

Jersey Boys
SHN Orpheum Theatre
1192 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(888) 746-1799

“Oh, What a Night” will be what you’ll be singing when you catch this Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning musical, featuring the unlikely but true story about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. This show about one of the biggest pop acts of the 60s has been seen by more than 20 million people since it opened on Broadway in 2005. Running through February 14, 2016, there’s just enough time to squeeze it in for Valentine’s Day weekend.

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Dianne Reeves (credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Dianne Reeves
SF Jazz Center
201 Franklin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(866) 920-5299

Jazz, R&B, pop and Latin music come together in Reeves’ “Beautiful Life.” Dianne Reeves is the winner of the 2015 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. On February 11-14, 2016, Dianne Reeves shows audiences why she’s been a superlative star performer for three decades. SF Jazz says, “For swooning romance and pure sensuous delight, no voice in American music can rival the divine Dianne Reeves,” while the Huffington Post calls her “one of our generation’s definitive jazz masters, a vocal stylist of extraordinary skill and vivacity.”

Stanford Philharmonia
Stanford University – Bing Concert Hall
327 Lasuen St.
Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 724-2464

On the evening of February 13, 2016 and in the afternoon of February 14, 2016, Bing Concert Hall hosts a concert of Beethoven, Saint-Saëns and Brahms. Conducted by Anne Wittstruck, the Saint-Saëns “Piano Concert No. 2 in G Minor” will be performed by the winner of the 2015 Stanford Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Niuniu Teo. In an intimate setting with great sight lines, 842 seats are arranged in a vineyard format ringing the stage.

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Josh Wolf
Cobb’s Comedy Club
915 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 928-4320

If your date isn’t too serious, make it a stand-up comedian routine from “Chelsea Lately” regular, Josh Wolf. Generally considered one of the funniest guys around, expect some great material. Over Valentine’s Day weekend, Wolf is onstage at Cobb’s Comedy Club in North Beach doing five shows, including the evening of February 14, 2016. All shows are 18-plus with a two drink minimum.

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Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra
Yoshi’s Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 238-9200

Pete Escovedo is a legendary percussionist credited with breaking down barriers between smooth jazz, salsa, Latin jazz and contemporary music. Pete was one of the early members of Santana and has performed with a host of great artists over a career spanning 50 years. Pete’s Grammy-nominated daughter Sheila E. carries the drumsticks for Ringo and the All Stars, among others, while his two sons carry on in a musical family tradition to be reckoned with. Tour dates are February 13-14, 2016.

Paula West
Feinstein’s at the Nikko
222 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 394-1167

Bay Area favorite, the jazz and cabaret contralto singer will appear at the nightclub on February 11-14, 2016 during her third annual winter residency. West has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Maison de la Musique and the White House. She’s in San Francisco presenting an all new show backed by a four piece band to perform her unique interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, Glen Campbell, Pearl Bailey, Ethel Waters and more. Two shows take place on Valentine’s Day.

Laurie Jo Miller Farr loves walkable cities. A tourism industry professional and transplanted New Yorker by way of half-a-lifetime in London, she’s writing about the best of the bay and beyond for Bay City Guide, AXS, Examiner and more.