Assorted chocolate candies packaged in obnoxious fashion, bouquets of red roses and oversized stuffed animals are just a few of the cliché things that fall under Valentine’s Day’s heart-shaped realm.
For some, these items speak louder than words, perhaps saying “I love you” or “I’m not creative enough to get you something that won’t make you want to gag.” Either way, Valentine’s Day is possibly one of the most commercial holidays where a cherubic boy with less-than-impressive archery skills is hailed for making love (or arguably “lust”) connections.
While couples are busy showering themselves in candy and flowers, singles are left cursing the holiday and shamefully saying, “Table for one.” While this may be taking the scenario to an extreme, singles in the CU area should not fret, for there are many activities going on Valentine’s Day weekend to keep love off the brain.
On Saturday, Feb. 14, Memphis on Main, at 56 E. Main St. in Champaign, is offering an alternative to all the sappy love stuff that seems practically inescapable around this time of year with the Black Hearts and Broken Roses Bash featuring rock band Renegade.
Renegade covers songs from Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Eagles and the Rolling Stones, as the band itself has Southern and classic rock influences. They are a local band with some of their own members originating from the CU area, while others are from different parts of Illinois.
The Black Hearts and Broken Roses Bash is the perfect place to grab some friends and a drink for Valentine’s Day, especially if you are single. No love ballads will be played there, and instead of wallowing in self-pity, singles can come out and rock. Couples who are not into stereotypical V-Day events are also encouraged to come as a new way to celebrate.
This show is 21+ unless with a parent and $5 for cover. Keep in mind Renegade and the Black Hearts and Broken Roses Bash as the weekend approaches as a new and exciting way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Nothing says “I love you” quite like “Free Bird.”

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