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ALIVE AT FIVE CONCERT WITH ALBERT HAMMOND JR. AND DARK HONEY

May 30, 2018

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Albany, NY –Albany’s free Alive at Five concert series returns for its 29th season on June 7 presented by KeyBank.  Concerts will take place at the Jennings Landing location along the riverfront. 

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. This year’s season begins on June 7 and runs through August 2 (with no show on July 5), showcasing a diverse lineup of big names, up-and-coming acts and the region’s most talented original local artists. The concerts take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday nights.

$5 flat fee parking will be available at the Riverfront Parking Garage, located at 677 Broadway in Albany. For additional parking options, visit www.parkalbany.com

Alive at Five’s rain location at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch will continue to serve as an alternate site in case of inclement weather.

Read on for the full schedule of concerts or view online at www.albanyevents.org.

JUNE 14
Media partner: WEQX
ALBERT HAMMOND JR. [website
with Dark Honey [website

ALBERT HAMMOND JR.
Strokes' rhythm and lead guitarist, Albert Hammond, Jr.'s solo career took his music in more eclectic, and more personal, directions. His fourth solo album, Francis Trouble, available now, was created as an homage to the stillborn death of his twin brother.

Dark Honey
Dark Honey is comprised of three brothers and a childhood friend who have been making music together since they were kids. After spending several years in the south the group moved back to their roots in the northeast and began to fine tune their unique sound. Embracing a truly DIY spirit, the band records and releases all their music themselves from their indie studio in Upstate NY.

JUNE 21
Media partner: WEQX
MATISYAHU [website
with Mirk [website

MATISYAHU
Singer-songwriter Matisyahu has been on journey inward for more than a decade. The journey has been private and public. The journey has at times been explicitly external, even while being driven by internal change.

Mirk
MIRK is a 6 piece musical powerhouse, delivering new music that is both fresh and familiar.  Based in Upstate New York, MIRK has been making the people dance for 8 years strong.  They have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the likes of Wu Tang Clan, J. Cole, Third Eye Blind, The Neighborhood, The Heavy and Mr. Cheeks just to name a few.

JUNE 28
Presented by: KeyBank
Media partner: B95.5
B.B. KING BLUES BAND featuring TITO JACKSON [website
with The Age [website

B.B. KING BLUES BAND featuring TITO JACKSON
For over half a century, B.B. King and B.B. King’s Blues Band defined the blues to the world, averaging over 250 sold out concerts per year. Now, superstar Tito Jackson has teamed up with B.B. King’s Blues Band to tour, keeping the musical legacy of B.B. King, The Jackson 5 and The Jackson’s alive.

The Age
The Age, a Soul artist, has traveled throughout the country endowing those he encounters with his smooth tones, and inventive lyrics. Originally from Upstate NY, Age's music brings together both influences from the laid back west coast and New York's underground late night jazz scene. Together with some of the Capital Region's most talented musicians, The Age delivers an unforgettable performance. A musician since his adolescent years, Age finally discovered his true sound after moving to Southern California. He has since returned to the East Coast to share his melodies and continue his musical journey.

JULY 12
Presented by: CDTA 
Media partner: Hot 99.1 
BIG DADDY KANE [website
with DJ Trumastr [website
with Und3rstanding [website]
with DJ Supreme [website]

Big Daddy Kane
Big Daddy Kane is a Brooklyn, New York M.C. who undisputedly defined the term “lyricist” in the world of hip-hop. Kane has endured a substantive music career. He has several gold albums, endless music accolades including a Grammy award. He also received a VH1 Hip Hop Honor in 2005.

DJ Trumastr
DJ Trumastr being held hostage by two turntables and a mic….DJ Trumastr is an international touring DJ based out of Albany, New York. Infused with a rich knowledge of music, this creative innovator spins infectious blends that transcend both cultural and generational boundaries.

Und3rstanding
Und3rstanding is a three man Hip-Hop group from Upstate NY featuring Sev Statik, SES Vth, and Knowle'ge. Individually, these artists stand as giants in the realm of underground hiphop. Collectively, they form a powerful group whose mission it is to entertain, enlighten, and embody what it means to be an emcee. The name Und3rstanding alludes to supreme mathematics and the principles of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding.  

DJ Supreme
DJ Supreme aka Rodney B. More, is a native of Baltimore, Md the city known for ill DJ’s, its love of music and Seafood. An accomplished turntablist, DJ Supreme has been behind the 1200’s for several years. From anywhere in the world you can hear DJ Supreme, with ”The Supreme Experience" Hot 991 show

JULY 19
Media partner: 88.3 The Saint
THIRD WORLD [website
with Mixed Roots [website]


Third World

Celebrating 45 years, THIRD WORLD is one of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica's most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. Mixing in elements of R&B, funk, pop, and rock and, later on, dancehall and rap.

Mixed Roots
Under the leadership of the drummer, George, Mixed Roots is a rare breed of bands. All are from different areas, and now call Albany, New York home. This band plays with energy emerging from their mixed roots. They are prepared and excited to share their styles with you!

JULY 26
Media sponsors: EXIT 97.7
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND [website
with Blind Crow Band [website]

Yonder Mountain String Band
For nearly 19 years, 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.

Blind Crow Band
A progressive string quartet from Albany, NY, Blind Crow blends technical proficiency, infectious rhythms, and insane amounts of energy to create an inspiring musical experience. The band’s repertoire reflects the unique musical perspective that each of the four members brings to the group.

AUGUST 2
Presented by: OverIT
Media partner: WEQX
SIR SLY [website
with The LateShift [website] 

Sir Sly
Since forming in 2012, Sir Sly have forged their singular sound by drawing upon each member's long-honed musical talents: Jacobs's introspective yet infinitely searching lyricism, Suwito's in-studio ingenuity, and Coplen's sophisticated musicianship and sense of songcraft.

The LateShift
Rooted in rock, blooming in melodious consonance The LateShift can be described as a blend of soulful melodies moved by riff-driven rock. By combining elements of old school rock & roll and modern pop, these guys have a distinct sound that is not to be missed.

THE 29TH ANNUAL ALBANY ALIVE AT FIVE SEASON IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY
Key Bank 
CDTA
Bud Light
Saratoga Eagle
O’Connell and Aronowitz Attorneys at Law
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly
Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Downtown
Stantec
Leaf Filter
Albany Parking Authority
Champion Windows
Custom Built, Inc 
Bathfitter
Albany Super Storage
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Greater Capital Region, Inc

Media Partners:
88.3 The Saint
The ALT
PYX 106
Hot 99.1
B95.5
Albany.com
Exit 97.7
NYS Music
Spiral Design Studios
Rogue FX 
OverIT
The Spot 518
WEQX
107.3 WCAA

VENDORS!
There is still space to vend at Alive at Five this season.  Download our application here or contact our vendor coordinator by emailing vendor@albanyny.gov.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
City of Albany events are produced with the help of community volunteers. Sign up to be a part of this great experience by visiting www.albanyevents.org/volunteer, calling 518.434.5416 or emailing volunteer@albanyny.gov.

For more information on Alive at Five, visit www.albanyevents.org, call 518.434.2032 or follow albanyNYevents on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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