The Un-Valentine's Day Lonely Hearts Ball is presented by KFMU/Jack FM/Z-Rock radio and The Steamboat Fun Warriors Friendship Alliance.

The Un-Valentine's Day Lonely Hearts Ball is presented by KFMU/Jack FM/Z-Rock radio and The Steamboat Fun Warriors Friendship Alliance.

'Lonely Hearts Ball' is anti-Valentine's Day


Past Event

DJ PB&J, w/ The Heartbreakers Club, spinning anti-Valentine's Day music

  • Friday, February 13, 2009, 10 p.m.
  • Mambo Italiano, 521 Lincoln Ave., Steamboat Springs
  • Not available / $2


DJ PB&J's anti-Valentine's Day playlist

1. "Love Stinks," by J. Geils Band

2. "Heartbreaker," by Pat Benatar

3. "Puke," by Eminem

4. "Roses," by Outkast

5. "Everything About You," by Ugly Kid Joe

6. "One," by Three Dog Night

7. "So Lonely," by The Police

8. "Heartache Tonight," by the Eagles

9. "Damaged," by Danity Kane

10. "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)," by Meatloaf

11. "Love Hurts," by Nazareth

12. "I'm Losing You," by The Temptations

13. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin,'" by The Righteous Brothers

14. "I Want to Know What Love Is," by Foreigner

When Lee Smith and Jill Wernig started talking about plans for a Valentine's Day party, they came up with a not-so-surprising thought: a lot of people think Valentine's Day is a made-up, pointless celebration.

"There are so many single people in this town who don't care about Valentine's and think it's a stupid holiday," Smith said. They decided to throw a party anyway.

Smith, as office manager for KFMU 104.1 and Jack FM 95.5, teamed with Wernig and The Steamboat Fun Warriors Friendship Alliance to plan the "Un-Valentine's Day Lonely Hearts Ball." The dance party and costume ball starts at 10 p.m. today at Mambo Italiano.

Singles get in the door for $2, as do "un-couples." Mambo will serve up anti-love specialty drinks throughout the night, and event sponsors including Mountain Mama's crepe and cookie caboose, Tall Tulips Flower Shop, Wildhorse Salon, Over the Moon and KFMU/Jack FM will give away door prizes.

Wernig - a co-owner of Mountain Mama's who performs at parties as DJ PB&J - said she plans to spin a mix of breakup songs (in the vein of Pat Benatar's "Love Is a Battlefield") and cheesy love songs (in the vein of any song recorded by the band Whitesnake). "The Heartbreakers Club," featuring locals Ryan Browning, Will Cheesebro and Meredith Urband, will perform sappy love songs during DJ set breaks, with a finale rendition of Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)."

"It's really going to be a comical, fun night of dancing," Wernig said. The cover charge at the door will be given as a prize for the best costume following a black-grey-and-red color scheme. Anti-lovers are encouraged to wear real or painted masquerade-style masks. Wernig said she plans to dress as a dead Cupid.

The party is the first event of a new community outreach effort by KFMU and Jack FM, Smith said. The radio stations hope to plan a public party or event each month.

"It's just to get people involved and doing fun stuff in the community," Smith said. "You don't just have to go to a bar every night to have fun : there are other events."

Wernig said the event originally was advertised as a Sadie Hawkins-style dance, where Steamboat Springs women could better their luck against the "odds are good but the goods are odd" theory by choosing their dates. That idea was dropped to stay closer to the party's forlorn theme, she said.

"You do not have to bring a date at all, because it's a lonely hearts - we encourage loneliness," Wernig said. "But if you have a date, that's fine."


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