By SEAN ROWLEY
With the corner hopefully turned on winter, many Tahlequah restaurants and clubs will host talented musicians over the next few weeks to warm up local music fans with good tunes and dancing.
A Valentine’s Day dinner is set for Friday at the Elks Lodge, 18843 Murrell Road, with music provided by the Pumpkin Hollow Boys.
“Reservations are still available, but they are coming in quickly,” said Connie Parnell, coordinator of events for the lodge. “It will be a fun party with lots of food and dancing.”
Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner begins at 5:30. The band takes the stage around 9:30. Admission is $6. Reservations for the lodge’s Valentine’s Day celebration can be made by calling (918) 456-9358 or (918) 708-2684.
With the exception of Feb. 14, Friday nights are karaoke nights at the Elks Lodge, with dinner served from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Country-western concerts are on Saturdays, starting around 9 p.m. with a $6 admission. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Crossfire performs Saturdays, March 1 and 29, and Rebel Heart is booked for Feb. 22. Living Country takes the stage March 22.
The lodge has two special events planned for March. The Mardi Gras party is March 8, with music by Barefoot Kickers. The event includes food and door prizes. Admission is $8. The St. Patrick’s Day celebration is March 15, featuring green drinks and specials. Music will be provided by Gerry Verrette and admission is $6.
The Hole in the Wall Band with Carl Farinelli performs weekly on Fridays at 7 p.m. at the Tahlequah Senior Citizens Center, 230 E. First St.
Iguana Cafée has resumed its Pickin’ and Poetry open mic nights. The next is March 4 at 6 p.m.
The Branch, 505 N. Muskogee Ave., hosts a number of musical guests. The restaurant puts on a Valentine’s Day party on Friday with music by the Vintage Wildflowers. A special menu will be available with the eatery’s regular fare, and reservations are recommended.
The Purple Traders visit The Branch on Saturday, and N8 Jones performs Feb. 19. DocFell and Co. give a show Feb. 21, Chris Lee Becker plays Feb. 22, and Sneaky Pete is the guest Feb. 28.
Weeknight shows begin at 7:30 p.m., while Saturday concerts start at 9 p.m. Admission is free. The Branch can be contacted at (918) 456-1500.
On Feb. 14, Brewdog’s, west of Tahlequah on State Highway 51 at Bryant Road, hosts its Valentine’s Day Massacre, featuring Hanger, Angel Flesh, Savage Spawn, Brass Knuckle Riot, and the Living Undead Zombies.
War Pony, Regular Rayce and Sherman Connelly play sets Feb. 15. Austin Cobb performs on Feb. 20, and Outlaw Son and Whiskey Gene and the Bootleggers visit on Feb. 21.
Hip-Hop Havoc 2014 is at Brewdog’s Feb. 22. Guests include Garrett Heck, 45ive, The Master Plan, Ea$y Money, BoneMagic, D-HOG and Lavadian.
Whiskey Gene and the Bootleggers return Feb. 28 with Garrett Heck and Galactic Indians and the White Trash Banditos. Call Brewdog’s at (918) 718-1160.
Jazz artist Jaimee Paul performs at the Northeastern State University Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Call (918) 448-2075 for tickets or further information.
Performing at the NSU CPA on Feb. 20 is the NSU Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Norman Wika and featuring baritone Robert Daniel. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Call (918) 444-2706 for information.
Trombone Day is Feb. 17 at the NSU CPA at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information call (918) 444-2706.
Saxophonist Joel Frahm is the special guest for the 47th Annual Green Country Jazz Festival, which opens March 2 at 8 p.m. in the Jazz Lab with the Ninth Annual Judges Jam and moves to the NSU Center for the Performing Arts March 3 for the 7 p.m. festival. Sunday admission is $5. Monday admission is $6 for students and $12 for the public. For information call the NSU Jazz Lab at (918) 444-4603 or visit nsujazzlab.com.