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The Larkin Square Author Series – Mary Ramsey, John Lombardo, Robbie Takac, and Jeff Miers in conversation with Jody Biehl

Music and the written word merge together for one night in Larkin Square

Mary Ramsey, John Lombardo, Robbie Takac, and Jeff Miers all have a lot in common. They are all tried and true Buffalo musicians who have made an indelible mark upon the local (and national) music landscape. Recently, all of these talented musicians and writers came together to contribute essays to a book titled Right Here, Right Now: The Buffalo Anthology (Belt Publishing, 2016), which has been edited by Jody K. Biehl. The premise of the book is to compile writings from notable people with a Buffalo connection.

On Wednesday, April 26, these talented musicians and writers will come together in Larkinville to discuss their contributions to the anthology, which also features passages from writers Lauren Belfer and Margaret Sullivan. Biehl will lead a panel discussion, allowing each of the featured guests to speak about their efforts. The event is part of the ongoing Larkin Square Author Series.

“We are excited to spend time with these talented musicians and writers.,” said Larkin Square Director of Fun Leslie Zemsky, “Larkin Square has been a showcase for musicians and writers, at this event, both arts come together for a very special evening in Larkinville.”

Mary Ramsey and John Lombardo are members of the alternative rock bank 10,000 Maniacs and the folk-rock band, John & Mary and the Valkyries. They have performed numerous times in Larkin Square playing at the Wednesday KeyBank Live at Larkin Series. The 10,000 Maniacs played at the opening of Larkin Square in 2012. John and Mary each write about what inspires them about Buffalo.

Robby Takac is the founding member of four-time Grammy nominated, 10-time platinum-selling rock band The Goo Goo Dolls. He’s also the owner of Good Charamel Records and GCR Audio Recording Studios and the founder of the Buffalo-based not for profit Music Is Art. He writes about creating the Music is Art festival and the organic way the community rallied for arts programming. Larkin Square has been proud to support Music Is Art through numerous instrument drives. Guests at the April 26th talk are encouraged to bring a musical instrument to donate to Music is Art. Donated instruments will be refurbished and distributed to students in need.

Jeff Miers is a musician and the music journalist and pop music critic for the Buffalo News. He writes a nostalgic romp through “Buffalo’s cultural underbelly its old, weird, blurry blend of avant-guard art and punk rock, its boozy clubs that smelled like stale cigarette smoke, sweat and urine, its cheap apartments in Allentown, its air of artistic permissiveness…its acceptance of the fact that nothing was guaranteed and everything was allowed.” Jeff has also performed numerous times at the Wednesday KeyBank Live at Larkin series.

The Larkin Square Author Series, presented by KeyBank, sponsored by Independent Health and co-sponsored by Talking Leaves Books

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

5:30 pm-6:45 pm

Larkin Square | 745 Seneca Street | Buffalo NY

The Buffalo Anthology will be available for purchase at the event from Talking Leaves. Wine, beer and snacks available for purchase from The Filling Station. For more information about Larkin Square, including upcoming author talks, please visit For more information about the Buffalo Anthology, please visit

The Larkin Square Author Series, presented by KeyBank, sponsored by Independent Health and co-sponsored by Talking Leaves Books


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