"THE UN-VALENTINE'S SHOW~SONGS & TALES OF UNFORGIVENESS, HEARTBREAK, DYSFUNCTION & REVENGE".
Valentine's started as a day devoted to a saint, but nobody remembers that anymore. We're awash in a deluge of commercial sentimentality, forced attentiveness, chocolates and pink ribbon---an event as mercantile and manufactured as Sweetest Day or those nasty little candy hearts.
Had enough? Of course you have, and here's the antidote: an evening of laughs, healthy cynicism and fine music titled "The Un-Valentine's Show: Songs and Tales of Unforgiveness, Heartbreak, Dysfunction and Revenge."
What started as a one-off, themed evening in 2006 quickly formalized into an ongoing event, filling and selling out venues in an ever-widening area in Michigan and beyond. Presented in a relaxed, singers-in-the-round format, "Un-Valentine's" typically features multi-award-winning songwriter John Latini, singer-label queen-musical entrepreneur Jamie-Sue Seal, actor-comedian-songwriter Andre Villoch and Michigan songster Dave Boutette sometimes referred to as The Campfire Kid.
An Un-Valentine evening is a sparkling, freewheeling event that can veer from songs designed to tug at the heartstrings and tearducts to an original song about a love triangle at a gun-and-knife swap meet, Villoch's serio-comic "Day the Bearded Lady Died," Latini and Seal's politically incorrect "Stalker Song," a twisted retake on "Frankie and Johnny" and much more---as well as the sort of sharp, spontaneous interplay that can develop only among four such simpatico artists, honing "Un-Valentine's" over the years into a can't-miss event.
The immediacy, directness and sheer honesty of a singer, a guitar and a song---in front of a live audience---is the direct opposite of the prefab, mass-produced sentimentality of so much popular music regarding love and its many disappointments. Unforgiveness, heartbreak, dysfunction and revenge are with us always---but for that reason the "Un-Valentine's" musical revue has become increasingly in demand the year around, a lively evening of song and hilarity that's welcome in any season. References, video and song samples available.