This was compiled and submitted as part of the process for the induction into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame


Kevin McCarthy Music Highlights – Time Line

1970 – Begins singing before talking!

1972 – Begins entertaining – broom as guitar and fist a microphone – tells others to “get off his stage!”.    (OK, I added these first 2 later!.. :o)

1985 – Lead Singer – Kevin’s First Rock Band – “Outlet”  played parties & talent show in Lancaster to over 1000 people

1986 – 1988 – Lead Singer – “Hollywood” played parties & talent show in Lancaster to over 1000 people.

1989 – Co-Founds the group “McCarthyizm” – with brother Joe – (see band bio for complete info) and in 10 years quickly becomes one of the biggest bands in Western New York – heading the biggest events in WNY –  Performing for Thursday at the Square as headliner and opener, Kiss the Summer Hello and Kissmas Bash Concerts, major cities like Toronto, Cleveland, Pittsburg, Boston, and NYC…and sharing the stage with the Goo Goo Dolls, 10,000 Maniacs, the Crash Test Dummies, the Smithereens, the Proclaimers, Lowest of the Low and many others!

1993 – Releases “Pretty Naked” – first band LP.

1995 – Releases “Vesuvio” second band LP

1995 – Voted “Top Original Rock Group” – Buffalo Music Awards

1996 – Voted “Top Original Pop Group” – Buffalo Music Awards

1998 – Releases “Eterniday” – third band LP

1998 – Kevin launches website –  – now with over 5000 show pictures – highlights friends and fans of the show over the years!

1999 – Begins performing as a Solo Artist as full-time career – Singer, songwriter, guitarist.

1999 – 2010 – Mr. Goodbar every Thursday over 11 years – one of the biggest and best Thursdays in WNY & longest running weekly show during that stretch – also performs there every Friday Happy Hour for 7 years.   Begins booking all the bands at Mr. Goodbar – (still does as of 2015).

2000 – Voted “Top Solo Artist” – Buffalo Music Awards

2001 – Voted “Top Solo Artist” – Buffalo Music Awards

2002 – 2005 – Chosen for the Labatt Outfitter Tour – 4 consecutive years. Plays numerous shows and states with tour throughout the Midwest and Northeast U.S.

2002 – Performs at Chicago’s new Convention Center as part of Outfitter Tour

2002 – Kevin performs with his idol growing up – hockey legend Gilbert Perreault

2002 – MTV films at Kevin’s show at Mr. Goodbar – MTV’s Fraternity Life

2003 – TV Show – AM Buffalo – for First Night – plays original song written for his daughter Shea.

2003 – Begins 8 years of playing Wines in the Wild – huge annual sold-out fundraiser for the Buffalo Zoo

2004 – Opens for rock legend Dave Mason at Seven Springs in West Virgina – one of the highlights of the Outfitter Tour

2004 – Performs on the Royal Caribbean for Wedding Cruise in The Bahamas

2006 – Releases 10 song all-original CD – “High On You” – CD art work by Grammy-Award Winning CD artist Brian Grunert  – the CD art work is a tribute to Buffalo, NY!

2008 – Performs at solo at Thursday at the Square, Buffalo, NY

2009 – Inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame

2009– Joins Young Audiences of WNY – concert performances and programs a with health & character education message

2009 – Kevin launches Youth & Family Show website –

2012 – Opens for rock legend Rick Springfield at University at Buffalo Stadium

2012 – One of the largest HMOs in the country sponsors Kevin’s youth shows, Independent Health

2013 – Entertains thousands of students and staff, Kevin expands on his youth shows to include a state-of-the-art computerized show with huge video screen and light show.

2013 – Kevin plays sold out show with Rusted Root

2014 – Performs in numerous states throughout the country- Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Indiana,  Pennsylvania, Ohio, & New York

2015 – Celebrated 30 years of performing live music either with band or solo… and 16 years as full-time, professional musician!

2015 – Celebrate 16 years of booking the bands at Mr. Goodbar

2015 – Signs on with Young Audiences of Rochester and the Genesee Valley

2015 – Begins his “I Can Reach My Goals & Dreams!” program for his youth shows. He now has 14 youth programs!

2016 –  Expands youth show into Western PA, and has now inspired over 50,000 kids through his shows to follow their dreams!

2018 – He played in Ireland for the first time for a 5 show tour!

2019 – He played a sold out show with the High Kings at the Tralf in Buffalo.

2020 – He was hired by the Buffalo Bills of the NFL to write and record 2 originals songs for their Play60 kickoff. The video for the Play60 Song is on the front page of this website.

2021 & 2022 – Kevin plays a southern USA tour which includes stops in Virginia & North Carolina. Paddy’s, Shell Island Ocean Resort, & The Harp, in Wilmington, NC.

2023 – Celebrate 25 years of being a full-time professional musician, singer, songwriter, and performer.

2023 – The first music performer ever to play at the brand new New York Beer Project in Orlando, FL!



Solo Artist – Community Service


The Food Bank of WNY – numerous shows including Empty Bowls every year since ’06

Roswell Park – Ride for Roswell – Played both at – and fundraisers for – Roswell Park –

Chris Wanat Memorial Show – Wantapooluza – Fundraiser for Scholarship

In memory of Chris Wanat – every year 2000 to present (except ’07)

ASG & Bob Duggen – Relay for Life – Cancer Fundraiser

American Diabetes Association – numerous shows – including Walk To Cure Diabetes

American Heart Association – numerous shows

Dash for Dads – Prostate Cancer Fundraiser

Buffalo Birthday Club at the City Mission

Toys for Tots – numerous fundraisers – Winnert family & friends

Serving Up Success – Independent Health Foundation’s – fundraiser for Soccer for Success Program.

Wines in the Wild – big fundraiser for the Buffalo Zoo

Roaming Buffalos Adventure Club – fundraiser & Kick-Off Event

Irish Classical Theater Fundraiser – The Wake – numerous shows

First Night Buffalo – numerous shows

ACE Employment Restoration Society – disabled persons activity day

Baker Victory Services – numerous shows

Woodgate Irish Dance – volunteer performance for fundraisers

Jake Randall Foundation for Morquio – fundraiser

Buffalo For Africa – fundraiser

Clarence Bicentennial – numerous shows

Buffalo Irish Center – numerous events & fundraisers

& numerous other fundraisers & community events since 1998!



Community Service – Schools


Member of Young Audiences of WNY – numerous WNY school shows

Districts – Williamsville, Clarence, Amherst, Ken-Ton, Lancaster, Frontier, Hamburg, Oliver-Richburg, Buffalo, and many more!

Performances & programs on health & character education

Orchard Park High School’s – Alcohol-Free Post Prom Party

Nardin Academy – Alcohol-Free Post-Prom Party

Sacred Heart Academy – Spirit Week Fundraiser

Alden High School – Wellness Day

Webster Thomas & Webster Schroeder of Rochester, NY – Career Days

Other high schools, Holly, West Seneca East, Lancaster & more.

Numerous shows at various WNY colleges



WNY Music Community Service

1999 – Present  –  Friday Night Bands – Mr. Goodbar


In 1999, Kevin approached the owner of Mr. Goodbar with an idea to have WNY bands follow his shows on Fridays. Kevin’s goal has been to offer up & coming WNY bands a great college venue as well detailed information to assist in their band’s success. Kevin helps the bands with many aspects of their shows including tips on marketing, flyers, posters, and a detailed outline of the night The Friday Night Band shows have since developed into one of the top regular Fridays in WNY for live bands and they have expanded to Saturday Nights upstairs in the concert hall which Kevin books as well how to find roof repair service in san diego. He has even booked top international bands including bands including Rusted Root, Fastball and The Mahones.  He books some of the top WNY bands including The Maniacs, MoChester, Aqueous, Funktional Flow, Karma Police, Lalzo Hollyfeld, Free Henry, Eric Spahr, Skin Tight, Ten Cent Howl, The Todd Eberwine Band, Party Squad, and many more!



McCarthyizm – All Original – Discography


1993 – Pretty Naked

1995 – Vesuvio

1998 – Eterniday


Kevin’s CD – “High On You”


2006 – Releases 10 song all-original CD – “High On You” – CD art work by Grammy-Award

Winning, CD artist – Brian Grunert – the CD art work is a tribute to Buffalo, NY!



Solo Artist – Misc Show Highlights


* Twice voted “Top Solo Artist” at the Buffalo Music Awards

* Member of the National Association of Mobile Event Professionals – since 2008

* Mr. Goodbar Every Thursday – for 11 years – one of the biggest and longest running Thursdays during that span.

* Chosen 4 consecutive years as the main performer for the Labatt Outfitter Tour which travelled to many cities and festivals across the Midwest and Northeast U.S.

*Opened for numerous bands on tour – highlighted by opening for Dave Mason – rock legend at Seven Springs in WV as part of the Outfitter Tour – others Lynyrd Skynyrd, Coldplay etc.

* Performed solo at Thursday at the Square – Buffalo, NY – 2008

* Numerous radio & TV appearance including twice on AM Buffalo – the first show he performed

an original song he wrote for his daughter as part of First Night Buffalo

* Canisius College Java Jam – helped start & performed for Canisius Java Jam  / Music Series

6 years – Performed for the first 6 Java Jams and then regularly for years after.

* Played public and private events for Buffalo sports teams – Bills, Bisons, Sabres

* Buffalo Bills International Backers – performed Bills private pre-game party for Bills fan from around the world.

* Played the Labatt Pre-Party for The Ice Bowl – Ralph Wilson Stadium – first outdoor NHL game in US.

* Songs from “High On You” are used during radio coverage of the University at Buffalo’s Football and Basketball games.

* Numerous regular bar & restaurant shows over the years in WNY area – Mr. Goodbar,

Gordons, Froghair, Red Brick Inn, Irishman, Buffalo Irish Center, O’Neill’s, Kissing Bridge,

O’Brien’s, Desiderios, Players, Gene McCarthy’s, Shannon Pub, Stillwater, The Steer,

Broadway Joe’s, Mickey Rats, Surfers, 67 West, Barrel House, The Concrete,

Big Shotz, Darcy McGee’s, Flappy’s, Z’s, Johnny’s in Rochester, Mulconry’s in Rochester,

Seneca Niagara, Casino, Batavia Downs Casino, Hofbrauhaus, New York Beer Project.

*Wrote 2 songs for the Buffalo Bills of the NFL Play60 Kickoff – including the Play60 Song!  Which was perfromed live online and a video was released for the song as well.


* Numerous bar, restaurant, & festival shows out of WNY area – Rochester, Batavia, Syracuse,

Albany, Oswego, Saratoga – NY, Greenwich, CT, NYC, Burlington, VT, Seven Springs,

WV, Pittsburg, PA, Cleveland, OH, Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, Flint MI, Saginow, Michigan,

numerous venues in Florida including Mulvaney’s Irish Pub in downtown Orlando, Florida.

RiRa’s Irish Pub in Southern Indiana, Scruffy Murphy’s in Columbia Georgia,  The Harp in Wilmington, NC


* Major US Festivals – numerous performances – Cleveland Air Show, Cleveland Grand Prix,

Michigan 500, Traverse at Saratoga, Labatt Supreme Hockey Party, Detroit MI, World’s

Largest Deck Party in Detroit MI, Taste of Buffalo, ABATE Rally, in central PA, Opening

Pre-Party Ford’s Field Michigan, Lavonia Spree, MI, Chicago Convention Center, Chicago,

IL, Northeast Mud Volleyball Tournament – one of the largest of its kind – Cuyahoga

County, OH, Large Party in Evansville, IN & Notre Dame, IN, Norwalk Raceway, OH, The

Gingerman, Greenwich, CT, Hard Rock, Niagara Falls, NY,  Erie, PA Summer Arts Festival.


*Numerous WNY Community Events – See above plus – Multiple shows at Taste of Buffalo,

Taste of Alden, Bugerfest in Hamburg, Buffalo Wingfest, Buffalo Irish Festival, Canal Fest, Winterfest

Town of Tonawanda, Brockport Summer Arts Festival, Sabres Alumni Association at

Pearl Street, Eastern Hills Mall Youth Show Series, Clarence Hallow Market, Clarence

Bicentennial, Level Regatta in Lewiston, NY, Darien Lake – before concerts & part of their

Friday Night Music Series, Canisius College Quad Party, St. John’s Travel Club, Annual

Advantage Co. party at the Park Club, Fox Valley Country Club, Buffalo Club, Buffalo

Canoe Club, Buffalo Yacht Club, Buffalo Launch Club, & numerous other clubs in WNY,

Roycroft Inn Fredonia, numerous company events for employees and families – Labatt

Blue, Buffalo Bisons, The Advantage Company, HSBC, Fisher Price, Independent Health,

ASG, Visteon, Seneca Niagara Casino, Cricket, Vanner Insurance, WGRZ Channel 2, RD

Murray, and many more! Numerous weddings, company events, school parties,

fundraisers over the years.