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VIDEOS: Diversionary Cabaret to present Bobby Jo Valentine and Tom Goss

SAN DIEGO -- Award-winning singer/songwriter Bobby Jo Valentine will present a special one-night concert with singer-songwriter Tom Goss on Friday, May 18, at the Diversionary Theatre.

Bobby Jo Valentine's clever melodies

Valentine, who has been recognized by LA Weekly for his "witty wordplay and clever melodies" is currently touring the coast of California, performing selections from his new album, "A Place To Belong," which includes his single "Be Mine," which had radio airplay before the album was released.

His warm, accessible melodies and often-profound lyrics have developed a following around the nation. In August 2011, a song from the album "Fly" won Song of the Year at West Coast Songwriter's Association.

Valentine is comfortable on stage in front of large crowds, having played at locations like Hard Rock Cafe, The Fillmore Poster Room and Pride festivals, but his favorite performances are the intimate theaters and house concerts that enable him a strong connection to the audience. Bursting with energy at times and filled with uplifting, honest messages about hope and life's struggles, Valentine continues to gather new listeners with every show.

Tom Goss' unique voice

Goss is a unique voice among gay singer-songwriters — a former Catholic seminarian turned guitar-toting troubadour whose heartfelt lyrics, hooky melodies and quirky charm have earned him a dedicated national following.

Since he started performing in DC coffeehouses in 2006, the tireless 29-year-old hasn’t let any moss grow under his trademark flip-flops: two full-length CDs -- "Naked Without" and "Back to Love" -- two EPs, a live DVD, four music videos — two rose to the No. 1 and No. 2 viewer-choice slots on MTV’s LOGO network — and nearly 500 shows in 100 cities nationwide.

His latest CD, "Turn It Around," releases April 12, supported by a 10-week, 50-city tour.

Goss is an unabashed romantic, known for his songs about love, many inspired by his new husband Mike, whom he married in October 2010, and longing.

Recorded in Steubenville, Ohio, at Innovation Studios in December, "Turn It Around" glides from soulful, pensive ballads to infectious pop, from tender melodies to muscular rhythms, buoyed by an unflagging belief in the healing power of love. Drawing comparisons to his contemporaries such as Matt Nathanson, Jason Mraz and Lee DeWyze, Goss' intimate live performances reflect his gift for incisive personal narratives.

Goss is committed politically as well, having released songs and videos in support of marriage equality and the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

The details

The special show is part of Diversionary Theatre's "Diversionary Cabaret" program that presents outstanding and diverse music, comedy and performing arts entertainment in a fun, informal atmosphere. Shows include a full bar, open prior to and during the show.

Doors open at 7 pm with showtime at 8 pm.

Tickets for shows are available online or by calling (619) 220-0097.

Tickets are $20 for general admission. VIP tickets, including reserved seating and a complimentary cocktail are $29.