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2016 Alive at Five Concert Series Location & Lineup Announced

City officials, community partners and event sponsors revealed the new location and lineup for Albany’s signature free Alive at Five concert series at a press conference this morning.

The $5 million construction project under way at Corning Riverfront Park means a return for Alive at Five to its Broadway roots. Mayor Kathy Sheehan proclaimed that the 27th annual edition of the series will be held at Tricentennial Park, along Broadway and Columbia Street downtown.   "I think this is a great compromise. We didn't have to cancel the series, we were able to find this location."


Sheehan says special arrangements have been made to make the season a pleasant one for all.  "Parking is gonna be available for attendees at Quackenbush Square Garage at a special $5 flat rate. Additionally, our Alive at Five transportation partner CDTA is gonna continue to provide free event day passes that will enable passengers to ride to and from Alive at Five free of charge. They're gonna be available for pick up at City Hall and a number of locations throughout the city the day before each concert."

Alive at Five opens with Dr. John & The Nite Trippers on June 9th.  June 16th The Joy Formidable, June 23rd is R&B night, with Tony! Toni! Tone! June 30th is Funk Night with The Chronicles as Earth Wind & Fire and Thump Gospel performing a tribute set to Michael Jackson. July 14th is Irish Night featuring Enter the Haggis and Hair of The Dog. July 21st Bloc Party with Titanics. July 28th is Country Night starring Nashville sensation Locash and the season closes August 4th with southern rock legends Molly Hatchet.

Police Chief Brendan Cox says each concert will be secure.  "Recognizing the world we live in we'll be making sure that we are out here to keep folks safe. We'll be putting our 'see something, say something' slogan out and have plenty of folks on hand to make sure everybody has a very good time."

Schuyler Bull with the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District says it's exciting to have Alive at Five back in its original location, if only for one season. "Alive at Five brings thousands of people to the streets of downtown and to the front door of many local businesses that rely on foot traffic for their continued success."

What's good for business is also good for the arts, according to Mayor Sheehan:  "There are two Thursdays that there are shows at Cap Rep that start at 8 o'clock. So on those two Thursdays we'll have to wrap it up 10 minutes early, so the concert will end at about 7:50. This is a really important series and we can be great partners with the other arts institutions when we work together."

Alive at Five’s rain location at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch is not affected by construction, and will continue to serve as an alternate site in case of bad weather.


Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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