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12 reasons to check out Wednesdays at Larkinville

The word is out about Larkinville’s Food Truck Tuesdays. But what about Wednesdays?

Wednesdays, the focus shifts to local music. From 5 to 8:30 p.m., “Live at Larkin” welcomes an impressive array of local talent. Typically, there are two or three bands, with all the musicians jamming together at the end. It’s free, like Tuesdays, and it’s worth checking out.

Here are 12 reasons why.

1. Wednesdays tend to be less crowded than Tuesdays. Tuesdays are wonderful with their legions of food trucks, but it’s getting to the point where you have to wait for bad weather so the lines will be shorter and you’ll be able to find a place to sit and enjoy your poutine and quinoa. Wednesdays are generally more relaxed.

2. Why settle for mere food trucks when you can have a curated selection of food trucks? That’s how the Larkinville folks describe Wednesday’s offerings, as a curated selection. It makes us feel elite. We like that feeling.

3. You can bring your own chairs and actually have room to set them down.

4. On July 20, the featured musicians are the bluesy Miller and the Other Sinners. And the time is ripe. News Pop Music Critic Jeff Miers praised the band’s latest CD as “a deeply moving, gospel-tinged affair.” Miller and his sinners have soared up the national blues charts. We get him right in our own back yard.

5. It’s hard to follow that act, but if anyone can, it’s the Reign of Kindo, a band whose music Miers has called “among the most sophisticated in all of modern pop.” Miers praised the band’s “brave, detailed harmonies, propulsive grooves, and detailed orchestrations commingling to form a sound that demands to be referred to as epic.” Enjoy that epic sound July 27 as you savor the offerings of those curated food trucks.

6. If South Buffalo Night, Aug. 3, is half as much fun as East Side Night was on June 22, it will be a great time.

7. Speaking of East Side Night, it had a sweet community feel. The musicians were lots of fun and mingled with the audience. People who had clearly come straight from the office did funky line dances with bohemians and retired folks, everyone turning simultaneously to the east and to the west, lost in concentration. Where else do you see this?

8. Speaking of South Buffalo Night, one featured act is Congressman Brian Higgins and the Exchange Street Band. Higgins has got to set up a podium. He just has to.

9. On Aug. 10, Larkinville welcomes the great blues guitarist Jony James, who has become, not so quietly, a Buffalo legend. Shout out a request for “Red House.”

10. Hula hoop therapy is made for Hump Day. “This is the perfect way to get over the mid-week hump, with hula-hooping, dancing, playing pickleball,” point out the organizers, and who are we to disagree. Start your weekend early – really early.

11. On Aug. 17, celebrate at a CD release party with Rear View Ramblers and Uncle Ben’s Remedy. This is a fine chance to experience a CD release party as CD release parties used to be, with no cover – just a chance to celebrate the album, hear what’s on it, and maybe buy one.

12. We are blessed to have a band called the Franciscans. Nelson Starr and the Franciscans play Aug. 24 with the Joey Giambra Jazz Orchestra. The evening is suavely called “Sinatra’s Second Century.” And Wednesdays at Larkinville wrap up in a burst of 716 spirit on Aug. 31 with the Buffalovebirds and the Good News Neighbors.

Happily there’s a lot of fun to be had between now and then.



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