Alive at Five

5pm - 8pm

Summer Thursdays, June 11  - August  6 (no concert July 2)
Jennings Landing
Rain location: Corning Preserve Boat Launch, Colonie & Water Streets 
5pm - 8pm

Named Metroland's Best Concert Series of 2014
Named one of's Favorite Free Concerts of 2014


Celebrating 26 years of music, Albany’s signature free concert series premiered in the summer of 1990 with a performance by legendary folk artist Richie Havens, and has since grown into a staple of summer in the Capital Region. Showcasing a diverse lineup of big names, up-and-coming acts and the region’s most talented original artists, Alive at Five offers eight weeks of free, critically-acclaimed performances catering to nearly every taste. Local vendors and a spectacular Hudson River setting complete the scene of"The Capital Region's Best Concert Series" (Metroland).

Parking is available at Riverfront Garage,  the official parking location for Alive at Five, with a connection to  the pedestrian bridge to Jennings Landing at the Corning Preserve. There is a $5 flat rate for Riverfront Garage parking on Alive at Five nights. Handicap parking with easy access to Alive at Five is available at this location. For more parking information, visit

CDTA and the City of Albany will provide free Event Day Bus Passes for the dates of each Alive at Five concert to Albany County residents. Riders will be able to pick up passes at the Times Union Center, the Palace Theatre, the Downtown Albany BID office at 21 Lodge Street or the Central Avenue BID office at 176 Central Avenue. The passes will be available from 10am-4pm on the Wednesday before each show, while supplies last. One pass per person; riders must present valid ID with an Albany County address and be able to identify the bands playing that week’s concert to be eligible for an Event Day Bus Pass.

This event is produced with the  help of community volunteers.Volunteers  are still needed. Please contact us to be a part of this great experience: (518) 434-2032 or email the volunteer coordinator.

Special ground rules in effect: No alcoholic beverages, coolers, backpacks, bags, containers, packages, thermoses, cups, bottles, cans, flasks, glass containers of any kind, recording of  performances, animals or pets (excluding ADA-defined service animals). All City of Albany parks are now tobacco-free. Security personnel reserve the right to inspect any bag, container or package and confiscate any prohibited or illegal items. Any type of recording of the performance or presentation is prohibited without prior written consent. All attendees should be prepared to present age identification at any time if they intend to consume alcohol. Ground rules are subject to change without notice; exceptions made for medical or child care reasons may be addressed individually.

Alive at Five logo design by Andrew Sober.


11 Jun 2015 5:00-6:00pm

The Chronicles

Capital Region favorites The Chronicles are a high energy six-piece band that brings together jazz, funk, soul, and hip-hop into one genre-bending sound.

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11 Jun 2015 6:30-8:00pm

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

A brilliant collaboration between genre-smashing powerhouse trio The Bad Plus and Grammy Award nominated saxophonist Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman push the boundaries of jazz beyond all imagination.

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18 Jun 2015 5:00-6:00pm

Bell’s Roar

Bell's Roar began with just a guitar and a voice. Over the years Sean Desiree has transformed her solo project by fully taking advantage of her skills as a drummer, bassist and ultimately a producer. Post-rock guitars, hip-hop beats, and R&B vocals combine for the unique sound of Bell's Roar.

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18 Jun 2015 6:30-8pm

Chrisette Michele

Acclaimed Grammy-winning soul singer Chrisette Michele has hit #1 on the Billboard R&B charts, collaborated with hip-hop royalty like Jay Z, Nas and The Roots, and released records on legendary labels Motown and Def Jam. Her latest album, Better, was nominated for the 2014 Best R&B Album Grammy.

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25 Jun 2015 5:00-6:00pm


Psychedelic pop. Blistering garage rock. Free-formed throwback jams. Richmond, VA’s Avers brew up their own kind of spacey swirl. It's a sound that keeps one foot in the past and the other in the present, like some kind of '60s time capsule unearthed by a group of 21st century indie kids.

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25 Jun 2015 6:30-8pm

J. Roddy Walston & The Business

Tennessee rockers J. Roddy Walston & The Business have earned a reputation as an incendiary live act akin to “AC/DC fronted by Jerry Lee Lewis.” Alongside touring with the likes of The Black Keys and the Lumineers, their joyfully chaotic performances have been featured at festivals like Bonnaroo.

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9 Jul 2015 5:00-6:00pm

The Blind Owl Band

Taking their “Adirondack freight train string music” from their Saranac Lake homebase to fans all over the Northeast, The Blind Owl Band’s heavy regional touring has made them a live favorite across the land in just a few short years.

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9 Jul 2015 6:30-8pm

Yonder Mountain String Band

For nearly 17 years, Colorado’s Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock ‘n’ roll and improvisation.

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16 Jul 2015 5:00-6:00pm

Rival Galaxies

Named Metroland’s “Best Party Band” 2014, Rival Galaxies live up to the hype. The 4-headed 518 dance party machine knows how to keep a crowd moving in their own confetti-colored fashion, serving up a sonic rush of super-catchy songs, space-age synths, massive basslines and superhuman drumbeats.

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16 Jul 2015 6:30-8pm

Atlas Genius

Adelaide, Australia alternative band Atlas Genius combine sophisticated musicality and warm, wistful spirit – a sound NYLON praised as a "double whammy of high-flying pop melodies and instantly catchy lyrics," and led Billboard to deem them part of "The Next Wave" of up-and-coming alt bands.

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23 Jul 2015 5:00-6:00pm


Three small town kids brought up on hard rock and psychedelic music in the ‘70s, Charmboy's members long for rock's bad ol' days. This is unapologetic guitar rock without gimmick or pretense. “Theirs is rock of the hard and psychedelic variety—you know, the way it was meant to be.” (Metroland).

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23 Jul 2015 6:30-8pm

The Edgar Winter Band

Multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter found immediate success as a solo artist, with his band White Trash, and with the Edgar Winter Group, culminating with the #1 hit "Frankenstein," the ever-popular "Free Ride," and the double-platinum album "They Only Come Out At Night."

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30 Jul 2015 5:00-6:00pm

Big Sky Country

Big Sky Country is a high energy modern country band based in Saratoga Springs. A combination of superb vocals, great musicianship, and dynamic stage presence keeps people coming back again and again!

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30 Jul 2015 6:30-8pm


With her empowering hit, “God Made Girls,” RaeLynn had the highest charting debut single by a solo female artist in 2014, hitting #1 on the iTunes Country chart and earning gold certification. Like her hero Dolly Parton, the Voice season 2 alum embraces her country roots with a flash of pizzazz.

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6 Aug 2015 5:00-6:00pm


Legendary live performers, clever musical satirists and music video pioneers, Albany’s Blotto made quite a splash when the clip for their classic ode to summer "I Wanna Be a Lifeguard" aired on MTV's first day of operation. Blotto & BÖC shared the A@5 stage in '96; don’t miss this special encore!

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6 Aug 2015 6:30-8pm

Blue Öyster Cult

For over four decades, Blue Öyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs. The band occupies a unique place in rock history as one of very few heavy bands to earn both genuine critical acclaim as well as commercial success.

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The City of Albany, NY Office of Special Events & Cultural Affairs plans, produces and co-sponsors an array of fairs, festivals, and concerts promoting art, entertainment and cultural interest for all ages. These special events are 100% underwritten by generous local and national sponsors.


Posted Sep 10, 2015
Blue Öyster Cult and Blotto
Posted Aug 5, 2015


City of Albany Office of Special Events & Cultural Affairs
Room 402 City Hall
Albany, NY 12207
P: (518) 434.2032

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