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KeyBank Live at Larkin 2017 Wednesday concert series announced!

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 26, 2017

We are pleased to announce the line-up for  Larkin Square’s original flagship event, KeyBank Live at Larkin Wednesday concert series. Attracting thousands each week throughout the summer with a wide range of sounds that showcases the diversity of the local music scene. Plus, of course, a selection of food trucks and beverages to boot. Concerts are from 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

Returning for a sixth season beginning June 7th KeyBank Live at Larkin will welcome a 30-band combination of established local acts, young up-and-comers, both new and returning theme nights, and as usual, a few homecomings and reunions. The 14-week series is bookended by reunions, as Opening Night features reunited reggae ensemble One World Tribe with upstart soul group Empress & the Royals, and the finale again reunites blues-soul powerhouse Dive House Union along with blues legend Jony James Band.

Weeks in between include new theme nights Blues 4 Vets, Grateful Dead Cornell ‘77 Revisited, Colored Musicians Club Centennial, Viva Elvis and Music is Art Festival Preview, along with returning favorites Latin at Larkin and South Buffalo Night. The remaining lineup offers the traditional two-band feature; all concerts will conclude with the continued Larkin tradition of a collaboration between bands. Full lineup below.

We’re excited for our sixth season of KeyBank Live at Larkin, which has for us been a perfect way to spend a summer night in Buffalo. While Tuesdays are more a food truck event with live music, Wednesdays are more a live music concert with food trucks. We appreciate the support of KeyBank and Independent Health that allows free admission and parking for all these events.

KeyBank Live at Larkin 2017 Lineup
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm

6/7
One World Tribe Empress & the Royals + Slyboots Circus

6/14
Blues 4 Vets
Peter Case
Buffalo Blues Benefit Band ft. Dave Constantino, Grace Lougen, David Michael Miller & more

6/21
John & Mary & the Valkyries + Ten Cent Howl

6/28
The Jumpers + The Irving Klaws

7/5
Latin at Larkin
La Krema + Wendell Rivera + Salsa by Sarah

7/12
Miller & the Other Sinners + Freightrain

7/19
Grateful Dead Cornell ‘77 Revisited
Workingman’s Dead *2 sets*

7/26
Colored Musicians Club Centennial
Buffalo Afrobeat Orchestra + Brotha Perry

8/2
South Buffalo Night
Brian Higgins & the Exchange Street Band
Crikwater + John Higgins

8/9
Twang Gang w/many guests *2 sets*

8/16
Viva Elvis
Party Squad + Band Named Sue

8/23
Vin DeRosa & Vitamin D + Toney Rhodes

8/30
Music is Art Fest Preview
Future Sounds of Buffalo
Hayden Fogle & the Ambassadors + DJs & dance groups

9/6
Dive House Union + Jony James Band

Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology, April 26th, 2017

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 14, 2017

The Larkin Square Author Series is pleased to welcome to Larkin Square in a new role, as writers, the musicians Mary Ramsey, John Lombardo, Robbie Takac, and Jeff Miers in conversation with Jody Biehl on Wednesday, April 26th at 5:30 pm They will be speaking (and perhaps playing a little music)  about their written contributions to Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology (Belt Publishing, 2016) edited by Jody Kleinberg Biehl.


Mary Ramsey and John Lombardo are members of the alternative rock bank 10,000 Maniacs and the folk-rock band, John & Mary and the Valkyries. They have performed numerous times in Larkin Square playing at the Wednesday KeyBank Live at Larkin Series. The 10,000 Maniacs played at the opening of Larkin Square in 2012.  John and Mary each write about what inspires them about Buffalo.
Robby Takac is the founding member of four-time Grammy nominated, 10-time platinum-selling rock band The Goo Goo Dolls. He’s also the owner of Good Charamel Records and GCR Audio Recording Studios and the founder of the Buffalo-based not for profit Music Is Art.

He writes about creating the Music is Art festival and the organic way the community rallied for arts programming. Larkin Square has been proud to support Music Is Art through numerous instrument drives. Guests at the April 26th talk are encouraged to bring a musical instrument to donate to Music is Art.  Donated instruments will be refurbished and distributed to students in need.

Jeff Miers, is a musician and the music journalist and pop music critic for the Buffalo News.

He writes a nostalgic romp through “Buffalo’s cultural underbelly its old, weird, blurry blend of avant-guard art and punk rock, its boozy clubs that smelled like stale cigarette smoke, sweat and urine, its cheap apartments in Allentown, its air of artistic permissiveness…its acceptance of the fact that nothing was guaranteed and everything was allowed.” Jeff has also performed numerous times at the Wednesday KeyBank Live at Larkin series.

Jody K. Biehl is the editor of Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology. The book contains essays written by numerous writers with a Buffalo connection, including past Larkin Square Author Series writers Lauren Belfer and Margaret Sullivan.  Jody will lead a panel discussion with Ramsey, Lombardo, Takac and Miers on their contributions to the anthology.

Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology will be available for purchase at the event from Talking Leaves.  Wine, beer and snacks available  for purchase from The Filling Station. The event is free courtesy of presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Indpendent Health. For more information about Larkin Square, including upcoming author talks, please visit www.larkinsquare.com. For more information about the Buffalo Anthology, please visit  http://beltmag.com/the-buffalo-anthology/.

 

Parking at Food Truck Tuesdays

By Leslie Zemsky  
April 08, 2017

The 2017 season of Food Truck Tuesdays begins Tuesday, April 11th and runs through October 3rd from 5 pm – 8 pm. Thanks to the generosity of presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health both parking and admission are free.  We have a few parking suggestions to make your visit to Larkinville enjoyable from start to finish.

Larkin Square is located at 745 Seneca Street at intersection of Seneca and Swan Streets.  There is free parking in the Larkin Development Group lots along Exchange Street and the lot off of Hydraulic Street.  The parking ramp adjacent to Larkin Square will be open for $5 premium parking starting at 5:15 pm.  Drivers may access the ramp from both Van Rensselaer Street (Between Seneca and Exchange Streets) and Hydraulic Street (between Seneca and Exchange Streets). Simply walk out of the ramp into Larkin Square!

We ask drivers to please not park on residential streets and park in the lots instead. Please be respectful of the neighborhood.

Enjoy dozens of food trucks plus live music.  parked in Larkin Square plus beer and wine service. Additional trucks will be parked at Flying Bison Brewery. Guests are welcome to bring food truck purchased food into The Hydraulic Hearth Beer Garden (716 Swan St.) Flying Bison (840 Seneca St.) and BFLO Distilling Co. (860 Seneca St.). Here is a map showing the location of the Free Parking lots along with the Premium $5 ramp parking.  For a roster of bands and Food Trucks, click here. 

Food Truck Tuesdays 2017

By Leslie Zemsky  
March 21, 2017

Like the reappearance of robins, the sight of food trucks filling Larkin Square is one of the first signs of springtime in Buffalo. This year, “Buffalo’s biggest dinner party” will once again begin earlier than ever, as Food Truck Tuesdays return to Larkinville for another six-month season starting April 11th. Admission and parking are free thanks to the generous support of presenting sponsor KeyBank and sponsor Independent Health.

Every Tuesday, from 5-8pm, into October – with the exception of July 4th – Larkin Square will welcome dozens of food trucks and a diverse lineup of live, local music (see below for full food truck and music lineup). Beverages will be sold onsite, with colorful seating and hula hoops spread around the square; guests are welcome to bring their own seating. Each truck will offer at least one item certified as a Healthy Option by the Independent Health Foundation.  Read More

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

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