It's going to be another busy summer at Larkin Square with the eighth summer season featuring the return of two popular series – Food Truck Tuesdays and Live at Larkin – plus two block parties and special holiday events.
Food Truck Tuesday returns on April 23 with 10 new food trucks making their debut among the rotating list of nearly 50 participating trucks from the Buffalo and Rochester areas. Music for the opening of FTT is by Funktional Flow.
Live at Larkin, the free 12-week music series, opens June 5 with Vinnie DeRosa's VitaminD Dance Party. The series also includes an appearance by the "crown prince of zydeco," CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, who will be here for "Nola Night" on July 10; the return of the Blues 4 Vets with the Buffalo Blues Benefit Band, June 19; '80s party band Nerds Gone Wild, Aug. 21 and Brian Higgins & the Exchange St. Band, Aug. 28.
Larkin Square will host a block party from noon to 6 p.m. June 1 with more than 40 vendors, plus music, food trucks and alpacas found throughout a market on Seneca Street, which will be closed off from Hagerman to Hydraulic streets. Music is by the Tins and Witty Tarbox. A second block party will take place on Sept. 28.
Later in the year, look for the holiday events "Truck or Treat" on Oct. 25 and KeyBank Holiday Live at Larkin on Dec. 6. Each will have local entertainers including musicians, dancers, performers and DJs.
There will be some parking changes for the summer as construction is expected to start in June on new development in Larkinville. The gravel lot on Hydraulic Street will open at the start of Food Truck Tuesday season, with additional parking in the Van Rensselaer Street ramp and surface lots along Exchange Street. New this year is free parking in the ramp for Live at Larkin concerts.
Here's a closer look at the weekly events.
Food Truck Tuesdays
5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 23 through Oct. 1
The popular feast of food, drink and music will feature at least 10 new food trucks this season. Added to the schedule are two theme nights: Halfway to Dyngus Day with the band Special Delivery on Sept. 17, and an Ocktoberfest party on Oct. 1 to close out the season. Live music will be performed under the boardwalk.
Here are the new trucks:
Big Ed's BBQ
Fat Lady's Cakes & Pies
Lugia's on Wheels
Wraps on Wheels
Live at Larkin
Free concerts are from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday nights June 5 to Aug. 28. Food trucks will be on hand with craft beer, wine and specialty drinks available for purchase.
Here's the music lineup:
June 5: Vinnie DeRosa's VitaminD Dance Party
June 12: Lazlo Hollyfeld Plays Talking Heads
June 19: Blues 4 Vets with the Buffalo Blues Benefit Band
June 26: A Rolling Stones tribute by Geno McManus & Stoneflower
July 3: Workingman's Dead
July 10: The Big Easy in Buffalo presents "Nola Night" with CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band with Kidd Kyle & the Big Deal
July 17: Universal Phunk’s Tribute to Prince and Rick James
July 24: John & Mary and the Valkyries with Ten Cent Howl
July 31: First Ward with PA Line
Aug. 7: No show
Aug. 14: Curtis Lovell with Paul Robeson Theatre
Aug. 21: Nerds Gone Wild with Verve Dance Studio’s Differential Flava Crew
Aug. 28: (Almost) Halfway to St. Patrick's Day: McCarthyizm with Brian Higgins & The Exchange St. Band