It’s been almost a year and a half since Black 47 retired their 25-year career at B.B. King Blues Club near Times Square, but that hasn’t stopped the band’s former leader Larry Kirwan from performing a handful of solo shows since.
This Thursday Kirwan returns to B.B. King’s for a special St. Patrick’s Day show to keep the celebration going after the city’s parade down 5th Avenue. In commemoration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Uprising in Dublin, Kirwan has put together a special band including former Black 47 founder Chris Byrne, Coty Cockrell (piano), Deni Boney (violin), Rene Hart (double bass), Thomas Hamlin (drums, Black 47), and several more surprise guests.
In support of the main set, a few other acts will be joining in the evening’s events. Byrne’s band The Lost Tribe of Donegal will perform their mix of traditional/urban Irish tunes. Rory K, an up-and-coming NYC hip hop artist (and son of Kirwan) will celebrate the release of his new album Young Professionals, dropping the same day, with a short set. Kicking off the night will be some traditional tunes from the Lia Fail pipe band out of Mercer County, NJ.
Tickets are $25 in advance/$30 day of show, available online and at the club. Doors are at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm, timed just right for folks spending time in Manhattan after the parade.