Albany’s Alive at Five concerts moving to Broadway

The Alive at Five concerts will hit Broadway this summer.

The Alive at Five concerts will hit Broadway this summer.

While an official announcement has not been made, businesses in the Tricentennial Park section of the city have been notified about coming street closures for the 27th season of the Thursday night concert series.

“After extensive research and consultation with the city’s police, fire, general services and special events departments,” read the letter from the office of Mayor Kathy Sheehan, “it was determined that the ideal 2016 venue for Alive at Five is the block on Broadway between Columbia and Pine Streets.

“The series was successfully held in this location for more than a decade before the construction of the Jennings Landing amphitheater,” the letter added, “and the layout allows for minimal disruption to traffic and businesses.”

The letter also said the venue is well known to the public. Concerts will return to Tricentennial for this year only.

The music nights traditionally have been held at the city’s Corning Preserve. This year, the musicians are out because $5 million in construction work has been planned for the area’s bicycle and pedestrian areas.

In the letter, city officials said the stage will be placed on Columbia Street, and face south down Broadway.

There will be temporary changes in the neighborhood every week from the opener on June 9 until the closer Aug. 4.

“We anticipate that Broadway between Columbia and Steuben will be closed at 8 a.m. each Thursday to allow for stage setup,” the letter read, “with the block from Steuben and Pine closing later in the afternoon. Columbia and Pine will stay open to traffic.”

Sound checks will begin at 1 p.m., with shows beginning at 5 p.m. Sidewalks will remain open, but there will be no on-street parking on Broadway during the concerts.

Final details on the move are expected Monday, when Sheehan appears at an 11 a.m. press conference at Tricentennial Park. “We’re going to have more details on parking restrictions and road closures and that sort of thing,” said Sheehan spokesman Dennis Gaffney on Friday.

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