Alive at Five

5pm - 8pm

Summer Thursdays, June 9  - August  4 (no concert July 7)

Broadway at Tricentennial Park, Broadway and Columbia Street in Downtown Albany.
Rain location: Corning Preserve Boat Launch, Colonie & Water Streets 
5pm - 8pm



Celebrating 27 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. Returning to its roots on Broadway for the 2016 season, Alive at Five is the sound of summer in the Capital Region.

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 Albany City Hall and additional locations throughout the city. 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.

Parking: $5 flat fee parking will be available at the Quackenbush Square Garage, 677 Broadway. Handicap parking is available at the Riverfront Garage at Broadway and Columbia Street. For more information on parking options, visit

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.


9 Jun 2016 5:00pm


Jocamo is a group of veteran musicians who've taken it upon themselves to bring their old school brew of Funk, R&B, Soul and Rock to the masses.

 Official Website     Broadway

9 Jun 2016 6:30pm

Dr. John and the Nite Trippers

The legendary Dr. John is a six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy, Dr. John is a true icon in American culture.

 Official Website     Broadway

16 Jun 2016 5:00pm
Good Fiction

Good Fiction

Good Fiction is a three piece alternative rock band that hails from Albany, NY. Their eccentric fuzz basslines, melodic vocals, and stinging guitar solos have been heard everywhere from basements to headlining gigs.

 Official Website     Broadway

16 Jun 2016 6:30pm

The Joy Formidable

Founded in 2009, Wales’ rockers The Joy Formidable have performed as openers for legendary artists and acts from Sir Paul McCartney to The Foo Fighters and The Black Keys. The fantastic live band was once described by Rolling Stone as “wickedly bracing and Himalaya-huge.”

 Official Website     Broadway

23 Jun 2016 5:00pm

Tameka Amar

Tameka Amar is a highly talented, well-rounded artist born and raised in Upstate, NY. She is a singer, songwriter, and performer, which she has been doing since the age of four. In 2012 Tameka released her first EP “Introducing Tameka Amar” showcasing seven new songs. In 2015, she released the Albu

 Reverbnation page     Broadway

23 Jun 2016 6:30pm

Tony! Toni! Toné!

Oakland, California’s Tony! Toni! Toné! is regarded the world over as a talented, authentic group of musicians who made some of the best R&B music of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

 Official Website     Broadway

30 Jun 2016 5:00pm
Thump Gospel (As Michael Jackson)

Thump Gospel (As Michael Jackson)

With a lineup reading like a “who’s who” of the local hip-hop, jazz and funk circuits, Thump Gospel arrived on the Capital Region scene earlier this year as a fully-formed force to be reckoned with.


30 Jun 2016 6:30pm

The Chronicles (As Earth, Wind and Fire)

For one night only, The Chronicles will pay tribute to funk soul legends, Earth, Wind, & Fire. Expect to see the band nearly double in size, bringing in some of the area's best vocalists, percussion and horn players. The band will chronify classics of EWF into an intoxicatingly uplifting set.

 Official Website     Broadway

14 Jul 2016 5:00pm

Hair of the Dog

Hair Of The Dog has become one of the world’s foremost Celtic rock bands. They’ve released ten wildly popular CDs including “at The Parting Glass”, “Let It Flow”, “Donegal” and “Liam Left The Lights On Again”.

 Official Website     Broadway

14 Jul 2016 6:30pm

Enter the Haggis

Since 1995, Enter The Haggis have led the charge among Celtic Folk Rock bands, delighting fans with their memorable performances, inspired songwriting, musical proficiency and high quality recordings.

 Official Website     Broadway

21 Jul 2016 5:00pm


After recording a series of ambient pop demos in a shed on his parents property Mark Lombardo turned many heads in the Albany, NY music scene. Titanics offers a fresh and peaceful sound through the use of synthesizers, electronic beats and warm pads.

 Official Website     Broadway

21 Jul 2016 6:30pm

Bloc Party

Bloc Party are a four-piece from London who specialize in spiky, anthemic, danceable rock music and who have defined themselves as one of the UK’s most loved musical exports. Bloc Party’s new album HYMNS is a rebirth for the band.

 Official Website     Broadway

28 Jul 2016 5:00pm

Skeeter Creek

Skeeter Creek from the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York has become much more than a band - it's a way of life for these talented, professional musicians.

 Official Website     Broadway

28 Jul 2016 6:30pm


It’s an exciting time to be LOCASH these days. Preston Brust and Chris Lucas have enjoyed hit singles, sold-out concert appearances here and abroad, and have tasted the top of the chart as two of Nashville’s quickest-rising songwriters. LOCASH have performed on the TODAY Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

 Official Website     Broadway

4 Aug 2016 5:00pm

Tumbleweed Highway

Deeply rooted in tradition with a present day flavor, Tumbleweed Highway coins their sound "American Rock n Roll".

 Official Website     Broadway

4 Aug 2016 6:30pm

Molly Hatchet

Molly Hatchet’s self-titled debut album was released on Epic records in 1978 and reached multi-platinum status as the band toured with such bands as Aerosmith, Bob Seger, The Rolling Stones and many more. In 1979, Flirtin’ With Disaster was released and history was in the making.

 Official Website     Broadway




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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.


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

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