Bloc Party — Photo by Rachael Wright
ALBANY — The City of Albany’s Alive at Five concert series continues its 27th season of free live music Thursday, July 21 on Broadway at Tricentennial Park in Downtown Albany with a concert featuring acclaimed UK alternative rock band Bloc Party and local indie favorites Titanics. Thursday’s concert is presented with media sponsorship by WEQX and Albany.com.
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 runs through August 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.
Due to the $5 million construction project in progress at Corning Riverfront Park, this year’s concert series temporarily returns to the Broadway & Columbia Street location Alive at Five called home for over a decade in the 1990s and early 2000s. The move is temporary, and the series will return to a vastly improved riverfront in 2017. Alive at Five’s rain location at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch is unaffected by construction, and will continue to serve as an alternate site in case of inclement weather this year.
$5 flat fee parking will be available at the Quackenbush Square Garage, located at 677 Broadway in Albany. For additional parking options, visit www.parkalbany.com. Alive at Five transportation sponsor CDTA 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 front desk of Albany City Hall (24 Eagle St), the Albany Visitors Center (25 Quackenbush Square), the Downtown Albany BID (21 Lodge St) and the Central Avenue BID (176 Central Ave) on the Wednesday before each show, while supplies last.
Free trolley service is now being offered between Lark Street and Alive at Five, courtesy of Advantage Transit Group and the Lark Street Business Improvement District. A trolley will run continuously throughout the hours of the event between the corner of Lark Street & Hudson Avenue and the corner of Pine Street & Broadway.
Representatives from Ronald McDonald House will be volunteering in the beer garden area at Alive at Five each week. All proceeds from tips will benefit their charitable programs.
More information on tomorrow’s performers:
Media partners: WEQX & Albany.com
BLOC PARTY [website]
with TITANICS [website]
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. Upon the release of their debut Silent Alarm in spring 2005, Bloc Party were catapulted into the global spotlight, garnering worldwide fans and critical acclaim. The band has performed on The Late Show with David Lettermanand The Tonight Show, graced a number of magazine covers, and performed highly-anticipated sets at major festivals like Coachella. Bloc Party’s new album HYMNS is a rebirth for the band. After 16 years as a band, countless world tours and awards and four studio albums, founding members Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack are taking it back to where it all began.
Titanics offers a fresh and peaceful sound through the use of synthesizers, electronic beats and warm pads. Titanics was named “Best Best” by Albany’s Metroland, featured on San Francisco’s most prestigious music blog “Indie Shuffle” and Mercedes Benz’ September 2013 “Best New Talent” mixtape. Above all, members Mark Lombardo and Derek Rogers hold strong to a vision that encompasses tranquil sounds, spiritual feel and a pop sensibility.
Upcoming Alive at Five concerts:
THE 27TH ANNUAL ALBANY ALIVE AT FIVE SEASON IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly
Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Downtown
Albany Parking Authority
Urban Pie Pizza Co.
Ronald McDonald House
Schenectady County Community College
Advantage Transit Group
88.3 The Saint
100.9 The Cat
Spiral Design Studios
The Spot 518
City of Albany events are produced with the help of community volunteers. Sign up to be a part of this great experience by visitingwww.albanyevents.org/volunteer, calling 518.434.5411 or emailing [email protected].
No outside alcohol, glass containers, coolers or animals (except ADA-defined animals). Recording of performances is prohibited. All City of Albany parks are now tobacco-free.