The band wore mittens. Listeners huddled in hoodies. But summer at Larkinville is up and running.
Luckily, the featured attraction at the second of Larkinvilleâ€™s Food Truck Tuesdays was the Joey Giambra Big Band. These guys, veteran musicians all, are troupers. When sound problems derailed them 10 minutes into their first set, they took advantage of the quick break not only to greet friends but to buy beers. By the time the glitch was fixed, a few minutes later, they were warmed up and ready.
They kept the standards coming â€“ with songs including â€śI Canâ€™t Give You Anything But Love, Baby,â€ť â€śAll of Meâ€ť and â€śOver the Rainbow,â€ť with a radiant saxophone solo by Carol McLaughlin. Giambra, sitting in the middle of the front row and sporting shades, did some singing, and the entire band cooked up a sound that was soulful and robust. Let us again give thanks for Buffaloâ€™s rich music scene. If you went to New Orleans and stumbled on this band playing in the French Quarter, you would be bragging to your friends about how fortunate you were.
And talk about fortunate, Brian Bauer, â€śDr. Jazz,â€ť was performing with the band and gave the crowd a lot of his trademark deadpan retro laughs.
â€śI want to thank Buffalo and Mayor Francis X. Schwab,â€ť he announced. He also thanked President Herbert Hoover and hoped that by the 1940s there would be world peace.
A decent crowd turned out for Tuesdayâ€™s event. So did a decent crowd of what looked like about 30 food trucks. Sure, there would have been more people had it been 80 degrees. On the other hand â€“ no lines.
Food Truck Tuesdays continue Tuesday with blues by the one and only Jony James Band. Look over the full schedule â€“ there is bound to be something you like. All the concerts are free.