For the fifth year running, the collective of Buffalo musicians known as Robot Holiday will gather at Larkin Square on Dec. 2 to celebrate the season with a program of original holiday songs. The concert will take place on the heated, covered boardwalk stage area, where guests will be able to mingle, sample the fare offered by a fleet of food trucks, a host of vendors, and sample some hot apple cider spiked (or not) with BFLO Distilling Co.’s signature Apple Brandy.
Formed by songwriters Jonathan Hughes and Alex Lynne, Robot Holiday has grown to become a multi-idiomatic collective of at times as many as 40 musicians, all of whom bring their own twist to the holiday song tradition.
“We do pride ourselves on writing original material that isn’t super schmaltzy and that kind of falls outside the usual umbrella of holiday songs you’d typically hear,” Lynne said prior to last year’s Holiday at Larkin performance. It might not be schmaltzy, but even at its most eclectic, the music of Robot Holiday is certainly family friendly, and the performances are always offered in that spirit of “peace on earth, good will to men” that makes the season a time when we can all exhale a little bit, turn off the television, put the cell phone on mute, and enjoy some quality tunes.
Over the years, the Robot Holiday gang has included, in addition to Lynne and Hughes, the talents of singers, songwriters and musicians like Dee Adams, Rob Falgiano, Seamus Gallivan, Cathy Carfagna, Rob Lynch, Hussalonia and Guillermo Izquierdo. Some formation of these musicians will appear again this year, and copies of the Robot Holiday disc featuring the collective’s original music will be sold to benefit the Food Bank of WNY.