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Award winning local singer, songwriter comes to Kenmore

KENMORE - The Kenmore branch of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library will welcome local singer, songwriter, and musician Kevin McCarthy at 1 p.m. July 31. It is recommended for children of all ages, and anyone is free to attend.

McCarthy is a 2009 Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee with “over 12 years of full-time professional entertainment experience,” according to his website. He was awarded the Buffalo Music Award four times, in 1995 and 1996 for Top Original Group with former band, McCarthyizm, and for Top Solo Artist in 2000 and 2001.

McCarthy has played across the United States and Canada at venues large and small, including shows, private parties, weddings, bars, and fundraisers. He opened for the Goo Goo Dolls, 10,000 Maniacs, Coldplay, and Lynyrd Skynyrd in the past, and will be at Darien Lake the night before he comes to Kenmore.

In addition to the Kenmore branch, McCarthy also performed in the county libraries in Newstead, Lancaster, and East Aurora. According to Kerra Alessi at the Central Library in downtown Buffalo, who arranged these appearances, they will be geared towards children. While adults who have seen and enjoyed his past performances are “welcome to attend,” they will not be the primary targeted audience.

“[The performances] will not be any of his traditional rock shows that he would do for an adult audience,” Alessi said.

McCarthy’s website bills him as “the ultimate human jukebox” and a “one-man band.” He “uses his own unique, real-band backing tracks for a full live-band sound,” the site adds. His genres vary greatly and include dance, oldies, classic rock, current hits, and requests from the audience. Alessi said that McCarthy would likely play “some classic hits that are kid-friendly” at the Kenmore appearance.

When asked why Alessi chose McCarthy, she said that the library system was looking for Buffalo musicians to “encourage kids to come into the library and check out a few books afterward.”

Staff went to McCarthy’s website, noticed that he had performed at many schools, and “thought he’d be a good fit”.

“It’s an entertaining program that will bring people through the doors to see what’s going on at the library and if any changes have been made,” she said.

Alessi said the library first contacted him in January, and they generally try to contact guest performers six to seven months in advance. McCarthy’s evenings were frequently booked and his openings were mainly during the day, she said. The libraries generally do not set any across-the-board limits on how many people can come, and decisions are made based on capacity.

The performance is sponsored by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, given to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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2013-07-27 | 11:37:39
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I don't see Bob Pearson's name from the class of 1960.
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