Vic Varner (right) with Ann and John Oden

Looking for a romantic way to spend your Valentine’s evening? How about dinner downtown with music?

On February 14th, Beaufort musician Vic Varner will be joined by his Charleston friends Ann and John Oden at Panini’s on the Waterfront, where the trio will play early Americana tunes from 6 – 8:30 pm.

“John and I have been playing together since the 70s,” says Varner. “We had a gig on Meeting Street in Charleston at a place called The White Horse Inn three nights a week. It went on for years.”

John Oden was the first guitarist for The Charleston Jazz Orchestra, formed in 2012. His wife Ann teaches music and plays upright bass. Varner plays guitar and sings.

“We’re thinking of calling the band ‘Daddy’s Records’ because that’s our repertoire,” says Varner. “Stuff my father made me listen to as a kid. We just learned a tune called ‘My Walking Stick’ by Irving Berlin . . . Also ‘South of the Border,’ a Western swing tune.

“These old songs have great melodies, which I find lacking in so many on the current ‘hit parade.’”

Sounds like a perfect date night.

Panini’s on the Waterfront is located at 926 Bay Street in downtown Beaufort.