Lakeward Spirits craft distillery is pleased to announce that one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in the world, Preston Reed, will perform LIVE in our Event Center at The Barrel Factory in Buffalo NY, on April 18th!
Preston has been captivating audiences globally for almost three decades with the two-handed integrated percussive style he began developing in the 1980's.
Preston's music combines chord-based grooves, soaring melodic runs and polyrhythmic percussion, fulfilling the orchestral potential of the guitar body. The power and depth of Preston's timeless, imagery-evoking compositions are as unique as his execution. Blues, rock, metal, funk, jazz and classical styles are distilled into a breath-taking visual and sonic experience - a border-hopping musical language that tells stories without words.
As millions of YouTube viewers have discovered, Reed's recordings and live performances continue to define the sound of the pioneering compositional guitar genre he invented over a quarter century ago.
Here's what they're saying about Preston:
“Spectacular… the best one-man show this reviewer has seen since Bruce Springsteen… A terrific performer” The Irish Independent
“In a class of his own” London Evening Standard
“True spellbinding guitar mastery" Guitarist Magazine
"Heart stopping tour de force" Billboard
“… widely thought of as the world’s most gifted guitarist” Total Guitar
“Reed's fiendishly intricate blend of blues, rock, country and metal styles ducks and weaves itself away from measurability” The Irish Times
“You can’t speak about the acoustic guitar scene today without including Preston Reed" Premier Guitar Magazine
The 2019 Irish Holidays in Buffalo's Old First Ward!
Mark your calendars NOW for these epic St. Patrick's festivities
in Lakeward Spirits at The Barrel Factory on March 2, 16, & 17!
Buffalo is a fantastic party town, and the upcoming "Irish Holidays" in Buffalo's legendary Old First Ward always seem to score at the top. We love being involved in these festivities. Mark your calendars NOW & join us:
Post-Shamrock Run IRISH HOOLEY
on Saturday, March 2nd at The Barrel Factory
featuring Emerald Isle Band LIVE at 2 PM!
Doors OPEN at 10 AM!
Sponsored by the Old First Ward Community Association and Center, the 2019 Shamrock Run will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at 12:00 noon. Last year, 5,000 enthusiastic runners participated in the 40th annual 8K event. A similar number of well-wishers and cheerleaders come along. Don't worry about the weather too much. We've seen them run in snow, cold, rain, and even sun!
The Shamrock Run passes by The Barrel Factory/Lakeward Spirits on Hamburg St. at Republic St. between Gene McCarthy's and us. We'll have a festive Irish Hooley after the race featuring Emerald Isle Band LIVE starting at 2 PM in the Lakeward Spirits Event Center. Doors open at 10 AM at The Barrel Factory!
See www.BuffaloShamrockRun.com for more information on this great annual race in the city's Old First Ward neighborhood that's MEGA FUN. Sign up for the race now!
Post-Old Neighborhood St. Patrick's Day Parade IRISH HOOLEY
on Saturday, March 16th at The Barrel Factory featuring Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipe and Drums & Finnegan's Punch LIVE at 2 PM! Doors OPEN at 10 AM!
The 26th annual "Old Neighborhood" St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 16th at 12:00 noon. The epic parade, featuring over 100 groups and floats, marches through The Valley & Old First Ward neighborhoods!
The parade passes by The Barrel Factory/Lakeward Spirits on Hamburg St. at Republic St. between Gene McCarthy's and us. Some of our guests watch the parade from Lakeward Spirits' upstairs terrace while most watch it nearby along the parade route.
Our Irish Hooley in the Lakeward Spirits Event Center after the parade will be kicked-off by the award-winning, 40-piece Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipe and Drums at around 2 PM and will feature music by Finnegan's Punch for the rest of the afternoon. Doors open at 10 AM at The Barrel Factory!
The Old Neighborhood Parade, sponsored by Valley Community Center, will have parade updates posted on their website and Facebook page. Plan on participating in this wonderful event!
St. Patrick's Day Festivities
on Sunday, March 17th at The Barrel Factory
featuring The Gripers LIVE at 2 PM!
Doors OPEN at 12 noon!
Who wants this FUN to end? We're glad that the official St. Patrick's Day this year is on a Sunday when more folks will be able to take part in another celebration. Plus, parade-goers from the Delaware Avenue parade will be able to join us after the parade!
Our St. Patrick's Day festivities will be highlighted by The Gripers LIVE at 2 PM in the Lakeward Spirits Event Center! Doors open at 12 noon at The Barrel Factory!
Like the other big party days above, you'll be able to join us at one of Western New York's premiere DESTINATIONS. The landmark, newly-restored, 116-year-old historic factory in Buffalo's legendary Old First Ward, features Lakeward Spirits craft distillery, Pressure Drop Brewing craft brewery, Buffalo's Best Cucina restaurant, Bar Cultivar NEW craft hard cider-focused bar, Snowy Owl Kombucha, Elevator Alley Kayak, and the Lakeward Spirits Event Center wedding & corporate meeting venue.
The Barrel Factory is located at 65 Vandalia St., corner of Hamburg and Republic Streets in Buffalo NY 14204.
Learn more at www.BarrelFactory.com and www.facebook.com/BarrelFactory.
Check out our pics from last year's St. Patrick's festivities at The Barrel Factory:
by Lakeward Spirits, Buffalo's largest craft distillery, featuring sustainable practices, high-quality liquor production always from scratch, use of local farm products, and Made-In-USA equipment. Located at The Barrel Factory. Family-owned, we're "Made in Buffalo!"