Larkinville

Live at O’Larkin 3.17.17

By Leslie Zemsky  
March 03, 2017

olarkin_nieman_017Join us in Larkin Square on Friday, March 17 from 5-8pm for the fifth annual KeyBank Live at O’Larkin!

For the first time in its five-year history, one of Buffalo’s newest St. Patrick’s traditions will fall on the actual holiday in 2017, as Larkin Square will again welcome the public to an Irish-American celebration with live Celtic music and dance along with food trucks and drinks.

This year, KeyBank Live at O’Larkin will feature the familiar faces of Celtic rockers McCarthyizm, traditional folk trio Emerald Isle, students from Clann Na Cara School of Irish Dance, and the first responders of Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes & Drums, all performing individual sets along with an encore ensemble jam on the square’s covered and heated boardwalk. Drinks will also be served on the boardwalk and in the Square along with food from over a dozen food trucks.

As always, this family-friendly event is free, including free parking, and open to all, presented by KeyBank and sponsored by Independent Health.

Photo Credit: Don Nieman Buffalo.com

olarkin_nieman_135 olarkin_nieman_109

olarkin_nieman_107

Live at Larkin 2016, presented by First Niagara and sponsored by Independent Health, kicks off Wednesday, June 1st, 5-8:30 pm

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 23, 2016

With more theme nights and more acts than ever including 24 of 38 making their Live at Larkin debut, Larkin Square will celebrate its fifth summer of free Wednesday concerts with another diverse collection of Buffalo-bred musical acts.

Beginning earlier than ever with a wild June 1st kickoff, Live at Larkin will again offer 14 Wednesdays of at least two bands, complete with its signature collaborative encore in which the acts perform together for a uniquely fun finale.

Just a few highlights of the series include a six-act Opening Night headlined by annual favorites John and Mary & the Valkyries, with each act representing at least one local music nonprofit organization; new theme nights in “Buffalo ’66: Cash & Stones Revisited” marking the 50th anniversary of the week in which both legends performed in Buffalo (June 29th), “Latin at Larkin” complete with dance lessons before each band (July 6th), and “Sinatra’s Second Century” featuring a look both back and forward on the Frank Sinatra songbook (August 24th); and a rare performance for closing night from special-occasion supergroup The Buffalovebirds (August 31st).

Admission is free. Free parking available along with $5 premium parking in the ramp behind Larkin Square. Each event also features food trucks, beverages for purchase and an occasional visit from community groups.

Thank you to Presenting Sponsor First Niagara and Sponsor Independent Health for Buffalo’s best night for music, food and fun!

Here is the full line up: Read More

Live at Larkin Week 8 – West Side Bazaar Night with Outer Circle Orchestra & Drea d’Nur!

By Seamus Gallivan  
July 31, 2015

OCO-Drea Larkin 8-5-15

Following another phenomenal Live at Larkin finale jam in which the Alison Pipitone Band welcomed longtime cohort Pamela Ryder back onstage to tear the house down, we look ahead to the opposite scenario for West Side Bazaar Night in Week 8- while Outer Circle Orchestra and Drea d’Nur are both well-established on Buffalo’s music scene, our signature dual band encore will mark the first time they’ve performed together!

Read More

Live at Larkin Music Lineup announced

By Leslie Zemsky  
May 08, 2015

Live at Larkin, presented by First Niagara and sponsored by Independent Health, has become synonymous with summertime in Buffalo; entering its fourth year of free Wednesday night concerts in Larkin Square, the 2015 installment of the series will present its most ambitious lineup to date with 35 homegrown bands including more homecomings and theme nights, plus an increased offering of food carts and vendors.

Live at Larkin 2015 lineup

6/17 – John & Mary and the Valkyries w/Zak Ward
6/24 – New Orleans Swamp Donkeys w/Black Rock Zydeco
7/1 – David Michael Miller w/Miller & the Other Sinners ft. Zuri
7/8 – The Tins w/Applennium
7/15 – The Ragbirds w/Stoneflower
7/22 – Vinnie DeRosa w/Toney Rhodes
7/29 – Alison Pipitone Band ft. Pamela Ryder w/Whiskey Reverb
8/5 – West Side Bazaar Night: Outer Circle Orchestra w/Drea D’Nur
8/12 – Caitlin Koch w/Lady Lush & the Vinyls
8/19 – Eric Starr Group w/Grūvology
8/26 – South Buffalo Night: Brian Higgins & the Exchange Street Band, South Buffalo All-Stars, Crikwater, John Higgins
9/2 – East Side Night: Unity Band, Buffalo All-Star Band, Buffalo Touch
9/9 – Buffalo Heritage Night: Twang Gang, Sabu Adeyola & Friends, Lynne Fredericks Band ft. Hayden Fogle, Cosmic Kat ft. Eric Crittenden, 12/8 Path Band, Slyboots Drum Ensemble
9/16 – Dive House Union w/Jony James Band

Perfect Holiday weekend in Buffalo!

By Leslie Zemsky  
December 02, 2014

We love December in Buffalo! This first weekend of December is shaping up to be a fun one! Thanks to Buffalo Rising and the Buffalo News Gusto for always providing great ideas for big and small activities around town!  This weekend I have a friend coming to Buffalo from NYC. I am excited to show off Buffalo at its winter finest!  We just need a dusting  of snow to complete the holiday wonderland!  We suggest starting in Larkinville on Friday and going from there! Here is our suggested holiday weekend game plan..its all about local eating, drinking, shopping and entertainment!  Read More