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Songs of romance are on Bohemian Caverns' Valentine's agenda


Shakespeare said it with gusto: "If music be the food of love, play on."

This Thursday at Bohemian Caverns both will be served up with panache in a Valentine's Day show featuring D.C.'s own Loide.

"I want people to come out and hear songs that they know; songs that remind them of love," she said in a speaking voice smooth as whipped cream. "I will do a few of my originals, but mainly it will be straight ahead" tunes like "Key Largo," made famous by Sarah Vaughan, one of her idols, "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars," a bossa nova classic written by Antonio Carlos Jobim in 1960. and, naturally, the Rodgers and Hart iconic ballad "My Funny Valentine."

Those familiar with Loide (pronounced "loy-deh") Rosa Jorge's story know that the gentle but straightforward D.C.immigration lawyer by day is a musical wonder in the evenings; combining contemporary jazz vocals with the warm, Afro-Lusophone rhythms that suit her best, as it is reflective of her roots.

Valentine's Day dinner and show featuring Loide
Where: Bohemian Caverns, 2001 11th St. NW
When: 7 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday
Info: $60; 202-299-0800; bohemiancaverns.com

"I am African by heritage; my parents are from Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau," she explained. "Both of these countries are former Portuguese colonies and so we speak [the language]. I incorporate the African-Portuguese influence that I grew up with. The Africa is the rhythm and the Lusophone is the fact that I sing my original music in Portuguese and English. Afro-Lusophone encapsulates everything neatly."

Loide expects to explain her vocal style to her audience since she enjoys bantering with listeners in an intimate setting such as Bohemian Caverns. And because this special gig has less of her original music and more of the American songbook, she is up for requests as long as she is familiar with the tunes.

"I had to find my niche with the music, just as I had to find my niche with my career," Loide said. "Even though I grew up singing ... mostly church music and classical music ... I never really set out to explore this as a main career for the rest of my life. I absolutely enjoy my day job as an immigration lawyer and won't leave it in the foreseeable future."