ALBANY: Alive at Five keeps Thursday evenings humming

For those seeking further late night excitement, Alive at five has created a whole new night out downtown. According to Sue Cleary, director of the Office of Albany Special Events, Pearl Street bar and restaurant owners have coined the term "Alive After Five," to describe their thriving business after the riverfront festivities end.

"After 8 o'clock, 10,000 people continue their walk from our river front site across the bridge, to go and continue their weekend on a Thursday night," Cleary said. Many people leaving Alive at Five eventually gravitate toward places like Jillian's, McGeary's, The Pearl, Blue 82, and The Skyline.

Chances are that Thursday nights will continue to look very good for these places this summer. Touting a great line-up of bands already scheduled for the month of June, Cleary says she doesn't expect to see a slow night at all until the series ends on Aug. 16.

As far as Cleary's concerned, there's no big secret to Alive at Five's success.

"It's a summer, outdoor, free concert series," she said. "What's not to like?"

Alive at Five concerts will take place on Thursday evenings between now and Aug. 16. Opening bands begin at 5 p.m.; headliners go on at 6:30 p.m.; and shows end at 8 p.m. Concerts take place at Albany Riverfront Park in the Corning Preserve. For information, visit www.albanyevents.org/alive_at_five.""

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