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The Amazing Live Music of the 2024 Alive at 5 Summer Concert Series

May 31, 2024

Nothing says “Summer in Albany” like a free outdoor concert, and with summer just over the horizon, it’s a perfect time to start planning your after-work outings and head to an Alive at 5 Concert! The Alive at 5 Summer Concert Series has been a staple of summer fun in New York’s Capital City since 1990, bringing eight weeks of free, incredible live performances to Albany’s waterfront. Featuring everything from up-and-coming local acts to international icons, each week features a different genre, and this year’s lineup appeals to nearly every musical taste! From rock to reggae and plenty in between, you won’t want to miss any of these must-see free shows happening between June 6th – August 1st!

The waterfront is set to come alive at scenic Jennings Landing each week, located a quick 6-minute walk across the Hudson River Walkway connected to our Riverfront Garage and a 13-minute walk from our Quackenbush Garage (Or a 20-minute walk if you take the scenic route across the Albany Skyway). While an energetic concert in the sun is most ideal, sometimes mother nature interjects, and the show has to move to its rain location. The Corning Preserve Boat Launch is just a 12-minute walk from the Quackenbush Garage and a 13-minute walk from the Riverfront Garage via the Water Street bridge.

June 2024 Shows

6/6: Let’s Sing Taylor w/ Sydney Worthley (Pride Night)

Let’s Sing Taylor – A Live Band Experience is a lively cover band paying homage to the massive pop hits of Taylor Swift. Featuring a full rock band backing vocalist Emily Victoria, this band has been dubbed the “ultimate tribute to the music of Taylor Swift” thanks to their electric stage presence and engaging fan interactions

Sydney Worthley a singer/songwriter from Albany, New York who became an independent artist at just 17, is known for her enchanting alternative pop music and acclaimed Taylor Swift covers in several Downtown Albany venues earlier this year

6/13: Dokken w/ Hark (Classic Rock Night)

Dokken is a Los Angeles-based Hard Rock/Glam Metal band formed by vibrato-laden vocalist Don Dokken in 1976. Regarded for their massive impact on the glam metal movement, this group is best recognized for their high-octane hits “Alone Again”, “In My Dreams”, and “Breaking The Chains”

Hark a Capital Region-based party/wedding band led by Erin Harkes, is known for their energetic covers of modern and throwback Pop/Rock hits that are sure to keep the dance floor moving

6/20: Tito Puente Jr. w/ Bronte Roman (Latin Night)

Tito Puente Jr. is a lauded bandleader/percussionist and the son of Tito Puente, regarded as the “King of Latin Music”. Paying homage to his father’s legacy, Tito Jr. brings a high-voltage presence to his live shows, featuring a full band backing his masterful percussion skills and producing an upbeat blend of Mambo/Jazz/Salsa

Bronte Roman is a Capital Region-based vocalist for known for her dynamic performances of Latin-Pop/Pop/Funk/Merengue music and her role in Bronte Entertainment, a local party band specializing in enthusiastic covers of Jazz/Pop hits

6/27: Vanessa Carlton w/ Canella (Pop Night)

Vanessa Carlton is a renowned singer/songwriter and pianist famed for her massive hits “A Thousand Miles” and “Ordinary Day”. She is regarded for blending Pop/Rock/Folk elements into her music and her distinct piano-driven melodies over the span of 6 studio albums

Canella is an indie rock band from Albany, New York & Bogotá, Colombia inspired by the sounds of 2000s alternative rock with their unique fusion of heavy guitar riffs and catchy pop melodies

July 2024 Shows

7/11: KRS-One w/ Ohzhe & DJ SHOW (Hip-Hop Night)

KRS-One is an influential rapper from The Bronx who rose to fame through his role in Boogie Down Productions in the mid-1980s. He is best known for his hits “Sound of da Police”, “My Philosophy”, and “Love’s Gonna Get’cha (Material Love)” as well as his political and social activism

Ohzhe is an Albany, New York-based rapper known for his southern roots and bringing powerful lyrics, a diverse flow, and unmistakable confidence/relatability to his energetic live shows

DJ SHOW is an on-air personality/DJ/host & producer from The Bronx, New York recognized for his experience as a DJ for everything from small gatherings to big stage parties with artists like Rakim, DMX, Busta Rhymes, and more

7/18: Third World w/ Upstate Reggae Possie (Reggae Night)

Third World is a Jamaica-based reggae fusion collective, famous for their acclaimed roots reggae sound and eccentric incorporation of R&B/Bossa Nova/Hard Rock/Calypso into their ever-evolving sound. Third World formed in 1973 and have released 22 studio albums and 5 live albums

Upstate Reggae Possie is a unique Hudson Valley-based reggae collective known for their electrifying live shows at local music halls and parties

7/25: The Record Company w/ Sirsy (Rock Night)

The Record Company is a Los Angeles rock trio famous for their Blues/Rock and Roll inspired sound. Formed in 2011, this Grammy-nominated band has released 4 studio albums and reached the top of the Billboard Adult Alternative & Mainstream Rock charts with their hits “Off the Ground” and “Life to Fix”

Sirsy is a rock band from Albany, New York consisting of husband-and-wife duo Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti. They are known for their high-energy live shows and have opened for acts like Maroon 5, Blues Traveler, Cheap Trick, and more

August 2024 Shows

8/1: Galactic feat. Jelly Joseph w/ Hilltop (Funk Night)

Galactic is a funk band from New Orleans, Louisiana recognized for their presence in the jam band world, combining elements of Jazz-Funk/Acid Jazz/Electronic/New Orleans R&B into their sound. Formed in 1994, Galactic has released 9 studio albums and are regarded for their massive stage presence and for inviting guest musicians from New Orleans to their performances

Jelly Joseph is a versatile New Orleans vocalist renowned for her genre-bending sound and her role in both Galactic and as the backing vocalist for Grammy-nominated band Tank and the Bangas

Hilltop is a young four-piece funk rock jam band based in Albany, New York, known for their instrumental prowess and extensive touring as stalwarts of the greater Capital Region jam band scene

The highly anticipated Alive at 5 Summer Concert Series is one of the Albany’s most visited events, so be sure to plan ahead and park at our conveniently located Quackenbush & Riverfront Garages in Downtown Albany, both located just a short walk from both Jennings Landing and the Corning Preserve Boat Launch. Event parking will be available for $8.00 starting at 4:00pm for each show, and on-street parking is always free after 5:00pm on weekdays (and all-day Saturday & Sunday)! Just don’t forget to bring your sunglasses, a chair, your family/friends, and enjoy these must-see shows happening in New York’s Capital City!