CHICAGO, Illinois (Febraury 1, 2019) — Sure, you could opt for a romantic, candlelit dinner when February 14 rolls around. But if you really want to wow your sweetheart (or whoever you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with) this year, go the extra mile and treat them to a concert. Travel and event site CheapTickets has compiled a list of 11 awesome concerts across the U.S. that are perfect for serenading your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.
Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden, NYC
Date night in New York City doesn’t get much more New York-y when Billy Joel is involved. Sure, thousands of other fans will be swaying along to the Grammy winner’s hits, but when Joel performs “Just The Way You Are,” it’ll feel like he’s personally serenading just you and your date.
Andrea Bocelli at American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
Record producer David Foster has often said Andrea Bocelli’s voice is the most beautiful in the world. So if you’re gonna go big—like take your relationship to the next level big—on Valentine’s Day, go with the kind of voice that will not only make you appreciate opera, but also might inspire you to propose.
Blake Shelton at Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Everyone’s favorite judge on The Voice (sorry Adam Levine) is the headliner here, but it’s a packed bill that also includes Lauren Alaina, The Bellamy Brothers, Trac Adkins and more. Yep, there’s a country crush for every member of the family. And since it’s Valentine’s Day, don’t be surprised to Shelton’s sweetheart Gwen Stefani makes a surprise appearance.
Jeff Dunham at BOK Center, Tulsa, OK
Quirky couples who appreciate a good laugh will surely get a kick out of comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, who’s introducing new characters (including a puppet who works as Trump’s Twitter advisor) in his new show. And if you’re feeling lonely on this lover’s holiday and need a laugh, just remember that at least your date’s not a puppet. Talk about a funny valentine…
Anita Baker at Radio City Music Hall, NYC
Anita Baker is an iconic R&B singer. Radio City Music Hall is an iconic venue. Baker’s smooth jams like “Sweet Love” and “Giving You the Best I Got” are iconic love songs. Long story short, attending this concert means you’re going to have an iconic Valentine’s Day.
Dierks Bentley at Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA
This country singer recently scored his 18th number one single with the song “Burning Man,” which means he’s probably in a celebratory mood. So if you and your significant other are also in a festive mood (celebrating a milestone in your relationship, perhaps?), this would be a fun concert to attend.
Panic! At The Disco at Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
Here’s a fun fact about Panic! At The Disco: Brandon Urie is the only remaining member of the band. The other guys performing are just touring musicians who allow Urie to shine in the spotlight all on his own. If you’re also feeling single and fabulous, and are craving a solid early 2000’s pop-punk moment, pull a Urie and show up solo.
Kelly Clarkson at Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
The original American Idol winner can definitely belt out the kind of love songs that can make you soon, but it’s her single gal (and guy) anthems that really get the crowd going. Turning Valentine’s into a “Galentine’s” Day? Grab your besties and rock out to “Since U Been Gone.”
2Cellos at Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Want to wow your date with an unexpected show that’ll blow them away? 2Cellos should do the trick. The two guys behind this duo are selling out arenas, but they’re still under-the-radar. If you happen to be on a first date at this show, watching them rock out on songs like “Smooth Criminal” will make a good first impression-—and set the bar for future dates.
Air Supply at Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, WA
If you’re in the mood for a chill night out, the soothing sounds of this ‘80s soft-rock duo will set the tone for a smooth February 14. Fingers crossed the set list favors more love songs over breakup tunes like “All Out of Love.”
Cher at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Since Cher’s career spans decades, there’s a song in her catalogue for just about every type of relationship, from true love (“I Got You Babe”) to a bitter break up (“Strong Enough”). Add into the mix the ABBA covers she’s also performing (to promote her latest album Dancing Queen), and there’s definitely a song here for every type of couple.