Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend a high school dance as an adult? Forget the acne and awkward dancing, and spend your Valentine’s weekend reveling in all the best parts of first love at the Make-Out Party.
The Make-Out Party has been celebrating love for its own sake every Valentine’s weekend since 2005. The 15th-anniversary edition goes down on Saturday, February 15, beginning at 7 p.m., with the theme “love is love.”
Unlike your high school dance, the entertainment is provided by a roster of more than 30 all-star musicians and dancers. The Make Out All Stars will pull at your heartstrings as they perform original love songs, arrangements of romantic film music, and other classic love themes from all around the globe in an evening of “aural intercourse.”
Any number of amorous musical arrangements may set off Cupid’s arrow, from Herb Alpert–inspired tunes, dirty blues ballads, and ’70s soul to ’80s rock anthems, frenetic dance numbers, and transcendent Eastern melodies.
Created by composer Jefferey Thomas and bassist Ryan Hembrey in 2005, the Make Out All Stars has included such musicians as Mucca Pazza, Poi Dog Pondering, and the Lowdown Brass Band. Other creatives, poets, and personalities have been known to join the ensemble for these unique one-night-only performances, among them Chinese guzheng virtuoso Xu YuYen and Boston Red Sox organist Josh Kantor.
This year the party moves from its cozy host at the Hideout to a proper ballroom at the Irish American Heritage Center. Expect prom decorations and the smell of fresh-cut roses. Just bring your dancing shoes and your own corsage.
Details: February 15, 7 p.m., at Irish American Heritage Center Ballroom; $20–$200