Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that musician, playwright, and author Larry Kirwan will perform his show, “Rock and Read,” at the Bayonne Community Museum, at 9th Street and Broadway in Bayonne, N.J., on Tuesday evening, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. This event is made possible with the financial support of the Bayonne St. Patrick’s Parade Committee. Kirwan is best known as the leader of Black 47, the New York-based Irish rock band. Smith said, “I am very excited that the City of Bayonne has been able to book Larry Kirwan for the first Irish show at the museum. In the St. Patrick’s season, we are happy to welcome Larry Kirwan back to Bayonne.” The Irish-born entertainer has played with Black 47 at DiDomenico-16th Street Park in the Summer Sounds by the Bay concert series in 2005 and 2011. Kirwan is a native of County Wexford, Ireland.
In “Rock and Read,” appearing solo, Kirwan will do a combination of readings and musical numbers.
Kirwan’s band, Black 47, offers a thoroughly Irish version of rock, with songs covering such topics as Northern Ireland, civil rights, and contemporary New York.
He formed Black 47 with Chris Byrne in 1989. The band has released thirteen CD’s, and has performed in well over 2,000 shows.
Kirwan has written and produced eleven plays and musicals. Five of his plays have been published in a book, Mad Angels.
On Sirius Satellite Radio, Kirwan has hosted Celtic Crush, a show that features Celtic musicians from eight countries.
The Bayonne Community Museum was constructed as the Bayonne Trust Company in 1912. The City of Bayonne acquired the building from Fleet Bank ten years ago. Utilizing a series of grants, the municipality removed modern banking fixtures and a dropped ceiling from the building, and restored the interior walls and stained glass. The former bank is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The museum is available for exhibits, performances, cultural events, and meetings. The Kirwan concert is one of several bookings at the building in the first half of 2012.
Concert-goers are encouraged to use mass transit. The Broadway Bus stops outside the building. The Hudson Bergen Light Rail stops a block away at the 8th Street Station, which is located on West 8th Street between Broadway and Avenue C. Light Rail connects with the PATH system at Hoboken Terminal, and at Pavonia-Newport and Exchange Place PATH stations in Jersey City.