Should you want to take your sweetie out for an evening of live music this Valentine's Day, there is no shortage of options. But if the holiday devoted to love brings out your inner curmudgeon, might I suggest a night less focused on romance? Starting at 9 p.m. Saturday at Deep Ellum's LaGrange, a trio of top-shelf North Texas bands will blast away any bummer feelings with the Valentine Blues Ball. Dallas-based singer-songwriter Kirby Brown headlines, with support from Fort Worth's Quaker City Night Hawks and Dead Mockingbirds. Tickets are $5 in advance on prekindle.com.
Certainly one of the more interesting blends of art and live music on the calendar this month is Groove, which kicks off at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie. A quintet of musicians -- Jad Fair, David Fair, Will Johnson, Tim Kerr and Dan Phillips -- each contributed a tune to a limited-edition LP, produced on vinyl by Dallas' Good Records Recordings. Art created by the musicians to go along with it will be displayed during this release party. Worth the drive? Absolutely.