ALBANY — Alive at Five went into extra frames on Thursday, with the city offering up a double bill of music extending from its usual home at Jennings Landing and finishing with an after-party at The Hollow.
Lettuce, a funk band with a huge following throughout the country, headlined the evening. Music lovers filled out the riverside amphitheater and spilled out onto the surrounding lawns to hear the band play. The crowd was first treated to songs from opening-act Jaw Jems, who regularly tours with the band.
The crowd felt funky, both from the music and the oppressively humid weather Thursday night. Though temperatures did not exceed far past 80 degrees, the humidity gave people the impression they were swimming in the Hudson. It didn’t dampen the mood as most of the crowd stayed until the end.
As people walked away at the 8 o’clock hour, some fans made way to The Hollow for a unique after-party featuring Hartley’s Encore.
The funk and soul music continued through a special two-set performance. The first set was exclusively played by Hartley’s Encore, which featured a two-piece horn section and two drum kits played simultaneously. The night came to a crescendo as the band was joined by Joel Yannuzzi (Victory Soul Orchestra) on trumpet, John Drabik (Wurliday, The Age) on guitar, J.B. aka Dirty Moses, Scotty Somerville (The Late Shift) on vocals, and a cameo performance by Adam Deitch (Lettuce) on drums.
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Michael Hallisey is managing editor of Spotlight Newspapers.