Alive at Five, Albany’s free summer concert series, returns this summer in a new location with eight concerts including a visit from British indie group Bloc Party.
Alive at Five premiered in 1990 with a free performance by folk legend Richie Havens. Since then, the free concert series has become a summer staple in the Capital Region.
Because of construction at Corning Riverfront Park, this year’s concert series will take place in a new location: Tricentennial Park on the corner of Broadway and Columbia Street.
Shows will take place Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The concert series kicks off on June 9 with New Orleans legend Dr. John & the Nite Trippers and opening act Jocamo. Some other big names in music will be joining the lineup as well. Welsh alternative rock trio the Joy Formidable plays the series on June 16 with Albany’s Good Fiction opening. June 23 sees ’80s and ’90s R&B act Tony! Toni! Toné! with upstate New Yorker Tameka Amar opening. English indie rockers Bloc Party visit on July 21. Classic southern rockers Molly Hatchet close out the series on Aug. 4.
The city of Albany is recruiting volunteers to help out with Alive at Five. Those interested can visit the city’s website to sign up.
Alive at Five Lineup
June 9 – Dr. John & the Nite Trippers with Jocamo
June 16 – The Joy Formidable with Good Fiction
June 23 – Tony! Toni! Toné! with Tameka Amar
June 30 – Funk Night – The Chronicles (as Earth Wind and Fire) with Thump Gospel (as Michael Jackson)
July 14 – Irish Night – Enter the Haggis with Hair of the Dog
July 21 – Bloc Party with Titanics
July 28 – Country Night – LOCASH with Skeeter Creek
August 4 – Molly Hatchet with Tumbleweed Highway