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Lining up the Live at Larkin concerts

blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

Western New York offers an abundance of cheap live music during the summer months, especially Buffalo Place’s free Thursday at the Harbor season, the Buffalo Place Rocks the Harbor series, Artpark’s weekly Tuesday and Wednesday shows, the Molson Canal Concert Series and Bidwell Park’s Tuesday night concerts through the Elmwood Village Association.

Aside from Bidwell, most of these summer concert promoters book out-of-town bands, relegating talented local artists to opening acts—if they’re allotted any stage time at all.

There’s little wrong with this approach, as Buffalo’s music fans are excited by the once-a-year (at most) opportunity to see a specific nationally-known band.

Still, if Buffalo wants to show pride in its homegrown talent, featuring budding local artists makes sense regardless of the season or the venue.

The second year of the Live at Larkin concert series places a huge emphasis on local music, inviting bands like the Albrights, the Tins, Son of the Sun, Peter Case and Aqueous to showcase their talents in one of Buffalo’s up and coming districts: Larkinville.

Concerts run from 5 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday beginning June 19 at the corner of Seneca and Swan streets in downtown Buffalo, and the shows are free to attend. All of the Larkin District restaurants—The Grill, Square 1 Sandwiches and The Filling Station vend food, while a number of food trucks often participate as well.

Nearly 3,000 people gathered together on at Larkin Square for “South Buffalo Night” on Aug. 8, 2012, the series’ highest attendance in the first summer of shows. Here’s the 2013 Live at Larkin schedule as released by the Good Neighborhood on Tuesday.

6/19  John & Mary and the Valkyries + The Ragbirds
6/26  George Caldwell Quintet + Boyd Lee Dunlop Trio

7/3    Chris Nathan + Vitamin D
7/10  Dive House Union + Jony James Band
7/17  Aqueous + Universe Shark
7/24  Around the World in 180 Minutes w/Critt’s Juke Joint + Hot Club of Buffalo + Skiffle Minstrels + Slyboots Drum & Dance
7/31  Women of Robot Holiday + Flatbed

8/7   Steam Donkeys + Jim Whitford Band
8/14  Andrew J Reimers’ CPX + Tom Stahl & the Dangerfields
8/21  South Buffalo Night w/Stone Bridge Band, The Informers and more*
8/28  Terry Sullivan + Lazlo Hollyfeld

9/4     Son of the Sun +The Tins + Poindexter
9/11  The Albrights + Ten Cent Howl
9/18  Peter Case + Leroy Townes

(Photos courtesy of Chuck Alaimo from last year’s Stacy Clark and Son of the Sun Live at Larkin show— full gallery here).

TAGGED: aqueous, larkin district, larkin square, live at larkin, live at larkin concert series, peter case, seamus gallivan, son of the sun, the albrights, the tins

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