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May 24, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:              Thursday, June 13, 2019
CONTACT:        Ryan Murray, Public Relations Coordinator
                                Rmurray@albanyny.gov / 518.434.5415

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Albany, NY –Albany’s free Alive at Five concert series continues to celebrate its 30th season today, June 13th. Due to the threat of inclement weather, Alive at Five will take place at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch, at Water and Colonie Streets under the 787 overpass.  For more detailed directions and a map, visit www.albanyevents.org. Todoay’s concert is presented by KeyBank, featuring music from Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes and local indie-rockers Stellar Young.  Media sponsors for the event are Kiss 102.3.

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 6 and runs through August 1 (with no show on July 4), 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

JUNE 13
Presented by: KeyBank
Media partner: KISS 102.3
TRAVIE MCCOY [website
with STELLAR YOUNG [website
 
TRAVIE MCCOY
Geneva, New York's own Travie McCoy is a rapper, songwriter and singer. Founding member and front man for Gym Class Heroes, he exploded on the scene as a solo artist with his debut solo album Lazarus. The lead single from the album, "Billionaire" featuring Bruno Mars, peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold 15,000 copies in it's first week. McCoy has collaborated with Jason Mraz, Panic! at the Disco lead singer Brendon Urie, Sia and more!
 
STELLAR YOUNG

A captivating blend of atmospheric indie-rock and upbeat post-punk, Stellar Young find the root of their work inspired by the human condition. the Albany, New York based group features John Glenn (vox/keys), Erik Flora (guitar/vox),Kyle Hatch (guitar), Dave Parker (producer), and Tim Brosnan (drums). together the members work to create the most accurate portrayal of key moments in life that everyone understands, but often can’t explain. Glenn and Flora were childhood friends that played music together in high school and hatch was drafted in their college years. they captured the attention of parker, who joined the group on bass and has produced all of their releases to date. Brosnan joined the group on drums in early 2016.  STELLAR YOUNG spent much of the 2015-2019 year writing and conceptualizing a series of existential EPs. the first, the spark caught, was released in September 2016 and was followed by a u.s. tour. “double lives” has over 200k streams on spotify. became a flame, the second EP, was released september 2017 & their final EP, and turned to ash, was released in may 2019.

Read on for the rest of the schedule of concerts or view online at Albanyevents.org

 
JUNE 20
Presented by: CDTA and OverIT
Media partner: Jamz 96.3
SLICK RICK THE RULER [website
with DJ TGIF [website] and GIANT GORILLA DOG THING [website
 
SLICK RICK THE RULER
Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters, known to the world as Slick Rick and widely regarded as “hip-hop’s greatest storyteller”, is a London-born, Grammy-nominated performer and the most successful British-American rapper in music history. The hip-hop veteran began his career in 1983, as a member of Doug E. Fresh’s Get Fresh Crew, pioneering what is today celebrated as the “Golden Age of Hip- Hop”. With four albums to his credit – the landmark The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (1988), The Ruler’s Back (1991), Behind Bars (1994) and The Art of Storytelling (1999). Rick has collaborated with a range of musical icons, from Jay-Z and Missy Elliot to Outkast, Jermaine Dupri, Mos Def, Common, R. Kelly and Aaliyah. His music has been sampled and interpolated over 650 times, by such artistsas Eminem, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Beastie Boys, TLC, Nas, Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Black Star, The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg and Color Me Badd. In the process, he’s become the most sampled (over 600 times) hip-hop artist ever. Many of the new songs became hit singles, underscoring his timeless influence. In 2018, thirty years after his legacy-defining debut, two Kanye West-produced albums, West’s Ye and Nas’ Nasir, splendidly spotlighted two “Great Adventures” samples. Beyond that, Rick made cameo appearances in a pair of music videos, Black Eye Peas’ “Constant” and “No Stylist” by French Montana and Drake, that pay homage to Rick’s lyrical and fashion flair. Ever the influence, he has been referenced in over 60 songs from the early 1990’s to present day, by recording artists such as Nicki Minaj, J Cole, Pitbull. will.i.am. Amy Winehouse, Big Sean and Future. Slick Rick has acted and cameo’d in more than 10 movies and videos. Music isn’t his only passion though; on top of being a uniquely gifted lyricist, Rick is an actor and music producer known his fashion sense and for a growing list of business and philanthropic endeavors. The artist is known for his infamous eye-patch and heavily adorned jewelry. Recognizing the need for positive influences, Rick has devoted his time to mentoring youth on the dangers of violence. Additionally, he has partnered with various local and national organizations to raise awareness and funds for the issues impacting underserved communities.
 
DJ TGIF
This Generation's Renaissance Man. He does it all. From playing the hottest music in today's Hip Hop & R&B, setting trends in fashion, being an everyday funny man and an informed voice of the people.
 
GIANT GORILLA DOG THING
 
JUNE 27
Presented by: DeCrescente and Labatt Blue
Media partner: Q 103
QUIET RIOT [website
with BAD MOTHERS [website


QUIET RIOT

Quiet Riot continues their historic journey with Metal Health founding member Frankie Banali who is joined by QUIET RIOT veteran bassist Chuck Wright and QUIET RIOT guitarist Alex Grossi from their most stable lineup, and in 2017 welcomed vocalist James Durbin the season ten finalist on American Idol. QUIET RIOT is a rock & roll phenomenon. Famously described as the first heavy metal band to top the pop chart at #1 on Billboard magazine, the Los Angeles quartet became an overnight sensation thanks to their monster 1983 smash album Metal Health. QUIET RIOT hit the road playing venues across America, Europe and Asia. This lineup was captured on 1999's Alive and Well album, and 2001 saw the release of Guilty Pleasures. QUIET RIOT officially parted company with Rudy Sarzo and Carlos Cavazo in October of 2003. In 2004 DuBrow and Banali recruited guitarist Alex Grossi and bassist Chuck Wright and continued to tour nonstop throughout 2006 in America, Europe, South America and Asia. For the recording of Rehab in 2006, DuBrow and Banali entered the studio with bassist Tony Franklin and guitarist Neil Citron, both long time friends of Banali. QUIET RIOT with the lineup of DuBrow, Banali, Wright and Grossi continued to perform live worldwide until November of 2007 when sadly, Kevin DuBrow's singing career was cut short with his passing on November 25, 2007. Frankie Banali's history with QUIET RIOT began in 1982 and he has the distinction of being the only member of QUIET RIOT to have recorded on every single QUIET RIOT release from 1983's Metal Health through 2006's Rehab. After nearly three years since the loss of his friend and band mate Kevin DuBrow, and with careful consideration, soul searching and with the blessings and support of Kevin DuBrow's family, Frankie has decided to continue his journey and the musical legacy of QUIET RIOT along with bassist Chuck Wright, guitarist Alex Grossi and vocalist James Durbin.


BAD MOTHERS

Bad Mothers is an indie rock band from Albany NY heralded for their consistently hard-hitting performances. After extensive gigging and touring in the Albany area, Bad Mothers have established a local fanbase. The bands lyrics and music are influenced by grunge, folk, dance, and rock acts. Bad Mothers never fail to give an energetic performance, whether onstage or in the studio.
 
JULY 11
Presented by: WellCare
Media partner: 88.3 The Saint
CULTURE [website
with JOJO ROMERO & NIGHTSHIFT [website

CULTURE
Culture is reggae’s preeminent harmony group. Born in the 70′s golden age of reggae, the ever viable Culture garnered continual US and international acclaim for its long series of classic “roots” albums. Culture’s legendary “Two Sevens Clash” (Shanachie) was Reggae Album of the Year in 1977 and is acknowledged today by Rolling Stone Magazine (April 11, 2002) as #25 of the 50 all time coolest records (the only reggae album to make the list).  Kenyatta Hill’s career began the day his father’s ended. Joseph Hill, singer and songwriter for the legendary Jamaican vocal trio Culture, collapsed and died while on a 2006 tour of Europe. To the amazement of promoters, fans and critics alike, Kenyatta stepped onstage and delivered electrifying performances time and again – nineteen shows in all – until the tour was complete. At the Ranny Williams Center in Kingston Jamaica at the memorial concert for his father, Kenyatta’s performance with Culture was the highlight in a star studded night and garnered him the rousing support of the hard-to-please Kingston reggae audience. Kenyatta went on to front Culture in a series of performances in the US, Caribbean, Brazil, Argentina and Peru, again leaving audiences amazed and delighted. While pursuing an active solo career Kenyatta Hill keeps the Culture Legacy alive by thrilling old and new Culture fans with the classic sounds of this legendary harmony group. On this 10th anniversary year of the passing of the torch from father to son , Kenyatta continues as lead vocalist of Culture along with original founding member Albert Walker and long time harmony singer Telford Nelson.
 
JOJO ROMERO & NIGHTSHIFT
Since his debut in 1995, JoJo Romero a St. Croix native continued to sharpen his skills and increase his commitment to creating heartfelt music for his fans. His musical career has taken him all over the world, including St. Thomas, New York, New Jersey, Atlanta and other major cities. His first album, self-titled JoJo, introduced the world to his artistic ability and gaining the respect of fellow artists and reggae music fans. In 2002, JoJo release his second album, “Lion Heart”, which has a deeper sound and the natural sway of traditional reggae. Lion Heart displayed JoJo’s commitment to reggae music.
 
JULY 18
Presented by: Leaf Filter
Media partner: WEXT RADIO
LETTUCE [website
with JAW GEMS [website]


LETTUCE

Lettuce is (a) the prime ingredient in a salad, (b) a slang for cash, (c) an herb, (d) a genre-busting six-member funk/jazz/soul/jam/psychedelic/hip-hop/art-rock/ambient/ avant-garde/experimental collective formed in 1992 by four alumni of the prestigious Berklee College Of Music, or (e) all of the above.
If you answered “e,” then you’re on to the ever-changing musical palette and all-inclusive goals of LETTUCE’s sixth studio album, Elevate, and its ongoing re-interpretation of the band’s name as “Let Us.” In their earliest days as students, they would roam the cities of the Northeast, and implore others to “Let Us play.” Starting with their 2002 debut album, the phrase has been affixed to their first four albums, as in (Let Us) Outta Here (2002), (Let Us) Rage! (2008), (Let Us) Fly! (2012) and (Let Us) Crush (2015). Elevate (2019) is the band’s first studio album since 2016’s Mt. Crushmore and the follow-up to its 2017 live effort, Witches Stew.   Recorded at Colorado Sound outside of Denver, near the home of New York transplants and band co-founders, guitarist Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff and percussionist Adam Deitch, with legendary engineer Russ Elevado (D’Angelo, The Roots, Erykah Badu), Elevate shows LETTUCE touching on its past while moving full force into the future. The band explores its funk roots in the Tower of Power like punch of “Ready to Live” (the cover of a song by Cold Blood’s Lydia Pense), the Prince-like swagger of “Royal Highness” and the OG blues-soul of “Love Is Too Strong,” while expanded trip-hop sounds of the space age audio-scapes like “Trapezoid,” “Gang 10” and “Purple Cabbage” show the influence of sax player Ryan Zoidis’ Korg X-911 synths and Nigel Hall’s Rhodes keyboards.  Other album highlights include Smirnoff’s nod to Carlos Santana and Trey Anastasio on the Latin-flavored and playfully named “Shmink Dabby,” the spaghetti western meets ‘60s Ethiopian funk by way of the French Ethiopiques compilation albums in the focus track, “Krewe” and the Marcus King cameo vocal on the B.B. King/Al Green gospel blues of “Love Is Too Strong.” The latter is reminiscent of other guest appearances in the past by the likes of John Scofield and Fred Wesley on LETTUCE’s debut, Outta Here, or Dwele on Rage!  That magic continues to grow with the band’s new album, a democratic ensemble in which there is no leader, but a complete unit that functions as a single entity, with plenty of moving parts.  All together now… Let us Elevate..
 
JAW GEMS
JAW GEMS, an electronic outfit from Portland, Maine, is a collective of experimental producers bringing beat-music – traditionally programmed and played on samplers – to a live band setting.  Combine legendary beat-makers like Tokimonsta, Flying Lotus, and Dilla, with the deep gritty grooves of Thundercat, and Toro y Moi’s chillwave synth-pop, and you begin to approach the sound Jaw Gems creates. Since their start in 2009, the band has been exploring sonic and rhythmic ideas that emphasize interlaced melodies and hard-hitting slaps. The result is a harmonic workout for both the subconscious and neck.
 
JULY 25
Presented by: Dutch Apple Cruises
Media sponsors: WEQX
CO-HEADLINERS:  WILD ADRIATIC [website] and JOCELYN & CHRIS ARNDT BAND [website]
with HASTY PAGE [website]
 
WILD ADRIATIC
Rooted in the rowdy spirit of rock & roll, Wild Adriatic has built an international audience on a combination of groove, grit, and guitar-heavy swagger. With the power trio's newest album, Feel, bandmates Travis Gray, Rich Derbyshire, and Mateo Vosganian update the sound of their influences -- from Seventies rock to Motown to soul -- for a contemporary audience, taking influence from the past but never losing sight of the present. They aren't revivalists; they're modern men, carrying the torch of melodic, riff-ready, high-energy rock into new territory. Whittled into sharp shape by a touring schedule that's kept them busy for roughly 175 days a year — including two European tours, countless stateside runs, and appearances at festivals like Bonnaroo — Wild Adriatic's three members recorded Feel in Austin, teaming up with Grammy-nominated producer Frenchie Smith in the process. The goal was to shine a light on the band's strength as a live act, avoiding click tracks, digital instruments, sampled sounds, and other tricks of the recording studio. Instead, Wild Adriatic focused on the same core ingredients — Gray's guitar playing and soulful sweep of a voice; Vosganian's percussive stomp; Derbyshire's in-the-pocket bass — that helped kickstart the band in 2011, back when Wild Adriatic formed in Upstate New York.  


JOCELYN & CHRIS ARNDT BAND

Devastatingly powerful vocals and retro-rock guitar, with lyrics that run the gamut between vulnerable to all-out venomous: Jocelyn & Chris Arndt’s music has matured into what can only be described as a throwback to pure, authentic rock. Together with their band, Jocelyn & Chris perform coast to coast, including stops at The Sundance Film Festival, Milwaukee Summerfest, and a main-stage performance at Mountain Jam Music Festival this past summer, all while balancing college at Harvard University. Their recordings feature guests including G. Love, Cory Wong of Vulfpeck, Gov’t Mule’s Danny Louis, and keyboardist/Jade Bird producer David Baron.  In December, Jocelyn & Chris broke into the Billboard Triple A Top 40 with their single “Red Stops Traffic.”
 
HASTY PAGE
Hasty Page is a group of young, innovative musicians that came together to create an exciting and inspirational new sound for their fans. The original music they write paints a theatrical image through the use of creative lyrics and intricate musicianship.

AUGUST 1
Media partner: WEQX
MARCO BENEVENTO [website
with CRTL CONTROL  
 
MARCO BENEVENTO
For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive body of work. His studio albums and live performances set forth a vision that connects the dots in the vast space between LCD Soundsystem and Leon Russell, pulsating with dance rock energy, but with smart, earthy songwriting to match. It has led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Pickathon, Mountain Jam to Treefort Festival, while headlining shows coast to coast.  Marco Benevento’s latest studio LP, The Story of Fred Short, and its companion live re-lease, The Woodstock Sessions, is some of his finest and most adventurous work to date—a maestro making “bold indie rock” says Brooklyn Vegan, while the LA Times raves, “Benevento continues to straighten his twisted sound into the guise of an indie-rock singer-songwriter, harnessing his inventive sonic palette into rewardingly bite-size pop songs that touch on disco and soul.” Honing his psych rock and late night dance party sensibilities, the recordings find the pianist citing everything from Harry Nilsson, Manu Chau and Gorillaz as inspiration.  As anybody who’s seen Marco Benevento perform can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, he’s a satellite to the muse. With a devout and growing fan-base, Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold.
 
CTRL CONTROL
CTRL Control are the reformed former Rival Galaxies. 518 dance party machine that knows how to keep an audience moving in their own inimitable confetti-colored fashion, serving up a thunderous sonic rush of ridiculously catchy songs, space-age synths, massive basslines and superhuman drumbeats. Put on your dancing shoes.
 
THE 30TH ANNUAL ALBANY ALIVE AT FIVE SEASON IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: 
Key Bank 
CDTA
LaBatt Blue
LaBatt Blue Light
Magic Hat
DeCrescente
OverIT
WellCare
Pride Center of the Capital Region 
In Our Own Voices
Waterworks Pub
Dutch Apple Cruises
T-Mobile
O’Connell and Aronowitz Attorneys at Law
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly
Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Downtown
Dandelion Energy
Stantec
Leaf Filter
Hudson Valley Community College
Albany Empire
Trader Joes
Albany Parking Authority
National Vacuum Environmental Services Corp.
Custom Built, Inc 
Bath fitter
Ama Cocina
The Hollow Bar and Kitchen

Media Partners:
88.3 The Saint
Kiss 102.3
Jams 96.3
Q 103
WEQX
WEXT Radio 97.7 and 106.1
Albany.com
NYS Music
Spiral Design Studios
The Spot 518
WEQX
107.3 WCAA

Through a partnership with Serve Albany, 100% of the proceeds from tips collected in the beer garden at select shows will benefit the following charitable organizations:
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.