Beginning with her 2012 debut EP, Birmingham, England-born pop singer Laura Mvula has combined her interests in orchestral pop, R&B, and jazz with personal lyrics that often reflect her self-described “dark soul.” Her latest studio album, The Dreaming Room, is more upbeat and reflects the influence of other British singers like Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Shirley Bassey. While the numbers filled with instrumental flourishes have earned her mainstream attention, quieter tunes like “Bread,” with its use of choral harmony and the pings of a xylophone, best showcase her vocal skills. Read more >>> Laura Mvula performs at 8 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $29.50–$33.50. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org. (Steve Kiviat)
Service Bar DC is playing matchmaker tonight. Their enclosed cubbyhole of a bar within a bar (called the snug room) will be set up for singles to mingle with other singles this Valentine’s Day. Expect to be supplied with icebreakers, like games. In addition, the bar has two cocktail menus for the evening: “Singles” and “Mingles.” One cocktail to try is “The Mile High Club” with lemon maraschino rose liqueur, gin, and a rose bud garnish. If mingling isn’t working, there’s always the fried chicken to soak up your sorrows. The bar opens at 5 p.m. Service Bar DC, 928 U Street NW. (202) 462-7232. servicebardc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
New Orchestra of Washington, a chamber ensemble playing contemporary classical music, performs at AMP by Strathmore with violin soloist Nicholas Tavani. 8 p.m. at 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. $30–$40.
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