Dr. John & the Nite Trippers launch free summer concerts

There are hundreds of free concerts across the region this summer, including national, international
Dr. John & the Night Trippers will perform today at Alive at Five in Albany's free Thursday evening concert series. (New York Times photo)
Dr. John & the Night Trippers will perform today at Alive at Five in Albany's free Thursday evening concert series. (New York Times photo)

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Dr. John & the Nite Trippers will kick off Albany’s Alive at Five concert series tonight at Tricentennial Park.

The eight-week Thursday night concert series is the unofficial beginning of the free summer concert season. All over the Capital Region, all through the summer, there are free concerts almost every night of the week.

Malcom John Rebennack, better known as Dr. John, is a six-time Grammy Award-winning solo artist and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, inducted in 2011. He began his career as a session musician in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the 1950s before moving west.

During the 1960s, he played on the records of Sonny and Cher, Van Morrison, Aretha Franklin and The Rolling Stones. He also began a solo career, which took off with his 1968 album, “Gris-Gris.”

Alive at Five is returning this season to Tricentennial Park because of construction at Corning Riverfront Park, where the series has been held for more than a decade. The rain site has also been moved back to the Palace Theatre, certainly an acoustic improvement over the former rain site under the 787 overpass.

Broadway between Columbia and Steuben streets will be closed each Thursday starting at 8 a.m. to set up the stage for the 5 p.m. concert, and the area between Steuben Street and Pine Street will close later in the afternoon, according to a letter released by the office of Mayor Kathy Sheehan.

The area between Pine and Columbia will remain open to traffic. Sidewalks in the area will remain open but there will be no on-street parking on Broadway during the concerts.

People planning to attend Alive at Five concerts should be aware that no alcoholic beverages, coolers, backpacks, bags, containers, packages, thermoses, cups, bottles, cans, flasks, glass containers of any kind, animals or pets (excluding ADA-defined service animals) are allowed. Recording performances is also prohibited.

The summer of free music actually began on June 1 with a performance by The Defibulators at The Egg’s noontime series, Made in the Shade.

There are hundreds of free concerts across the region, including national, international and local bands and artists. Here’s a sampling.

Alive at Five, Tricentennial Park Albany. Thursdays at 5 p.m.

June 9: Dr. John & the Nite Trippers, and Jocamo

June 16: The Joy Formidable, and Good Fiction

June 23: Tony! Toni! Tone! and Tameka Amar

June 30: The Chronicles (Earth Wind & Fire tribute), and Thump Gospel (Michael Jackson tribute)

July 14: Enter the Haggis, and Hair of the Dog

July 21: Bloc Party, and Titanics

July 28: Locash, and Skeeter Creek

Aug. 4: Molly Hatchet, and Tumbleweed Highway

At the Plaza, Empire State Plaza, Albany. Events are 5-9 p.m. unless otherwise noted

June 15: Jazz Night

June 29: Legendary Sons Night

July 4: July 4th celebration presented by Price Chopper and Market 32 (3-10 p.m.)

July 6: Reggae Night

July 9: Kids Day (noon-5 p.m.)

July 13: Classic Rock Night

July 20: Rhythm & Blues Night

Aug. 6: Black Arts & Cultural Festival (2-7 p.m.)

Aug. 10: New York State Food Festival (11 a.m.-9 p.m.)

Freedom Park, Scotia. All shows start at 7 unless noted

June 22: SIRSY

June 25: Stockade Kids

June 26: The Zucchini Brothers

June 29: Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band

July 1: Rattail Jimmy featuring Alan Payette, Fireworks (starts at 8 p.m.)

July 3: The Legendary Characters

July 6: The Lustre Kings

July 9: Diva & the Dirty Boys

July 10: Music Company Orchestra

July 13: Screaming Orphans

July 14: Scotia-Glenville Community Band & Jazz Band

July 16: Where’s Alex?

July 17: Brian Patneaude Quintet

July 20: The Joey Thomas Big Band

July 23: Triskele

July 24: Maria Z & Alegria

July 27: The Refrigerators

July 28: Scotia-Glenville Community Band & Jazz Band

July 30: Moriah Formica

July 31: Hot Club of Saratoga

Aug. 3: Grand Central Station

Aug. 6: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra

Aug. 7: The Wister Quartet

Aug. 10: Funk Evolution

Aug. 13: Betsy and the ByeGons

Aug. 14: The Route Fifty 5

Aug. 17: The AudioStars

Aug. 20: Up All Night

Aug. 21: Mia Scirocco Trio

Aug. 24: Skeeter Creek

Aug. 27: Black Mountain Symphony

Guilderland Performing Arts Center, Guilderland. www.townofguilderland.org

June 17: Nervosity Concert (battle of high school bands)

June 23, July 14, Aug. 4: Guilderland Town Band

June 30: Big Sky Country

July 7: Annie and the Hedonists

July 21: Hey Jude (Beatles tribute)

July 28: Bluz House Rockers

Aug. 2: National Night Out

Aug. 11: New York Players

Jazz on Jay. Noon, Jay Street, downtown Schenectady

June 16: Jazz 4 U

June 23: Annie and the Hedonists

June 30: Adam Siegel Quartet

July 7: Ten 27

July 14: Steve Lambert Quintet

July 21: Heard

July 28: Brian Patneaude Quintet

Aug. 4: Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band

Aug. 11: Dave Fisk Quartet

Aug. 18 Alex Slomka Trio

Aug. 25: Scott Bassinson Quartet

Sept. 1: The Gals Who Play Jazz

Made in the Shade of the Egg, Albany. Noon, outside near The Egg entrance

June 15: Upstate Rubdown

June 22: Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers

June 29: Teresa Broadwell Quintet

July 6: The Blind Spots

July 13: The Gather Rounders

July 20: The Dylan Perillo Orchestra

July 27: Ten Strings and a Goat Skin

Aug. 3: The Dustbowl Revival

Aug. 10: Ajkun Ballet Theatre and Ellen Sinopli Dance Comany

Aug. 17: Heard

Aug. 24: Jon Stickley Trio

Aug. 31: Bela’s Bartok

Music Haven Stage, Central Park, Schenectady, Sundays at 7 p.m.

July 10: Pape Diouf et La Génération Consciente, and Umoja African Dance & Drumming

July 17: Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester, and Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys

July 24: Gary Nuñez y Plena Libre

July 31: Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Trio

Aug. 7: DakhaBrakha, and Tavche Gravche

Aug. 14: Dervish, and Matt & Shannon Heaton (season gala/finale)

Riverlink Park, Amsterdam. Concerts at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted

June 11: MedRock, 7:30 p.m.

June 18: Skeeter Creek, 8 p.m.

June 30: True Grit Outlaws, 8 p.m.

July 2: The Revelers

July 8: Rattail Jimmy, 8 p.m.

July 9: Jocelyn & Chris Arndt

July 16: The Lustre Kings

July 22: Flame

July 23: Roomful of Blues

July 30: Caleb Klauder Country Band

Aug. 5: Redline, 8 p.m.

Aug. 6: Tumbleweed Highway, 8 p.m.

Aug. 13: Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra

Aug. 19: True Grit Outlaws and Tunnel

Aug. 20: Mariachi Flor de Toloache

Aug. 27: Robin & Linda Williams

Rock the Block, Canal Square, Cohoes. 6-8:30 p.m.

June 9: B-Street Band

June 16: The Refrigerators

June 23: Bronte Roman

June 30: E.B. Jeb

July 8: Back 40 Band

July 15: Switch Band

July 22: White Ford Bronco

July 29: Back Beat & Marc Macri

Aug. 5: All Paul Band

Aug. 12: Harmony Rocks

Aug. 19: River Junction Band

Aug. 26: Rymanowski Brothers

Rockin’ On the River, Riverfront Park, Troy. Wednesdays at 5 p.m.

June 15: Start Making Sense (Talking Heads tribute), and the Troy Music Academy All-Stars

June 22: Skeeter Creek, and Maryleigh Roohan

June 29: The So So Glos, and Stellar Young

July 6: Almost Queen (Queen tribute)

July 13: Eastbound Jesus, and the North & South Dakotas

July 20: The Felice Brothers, and the Parlor

July 27: Blues for Breakfast

Aug. 3: Caroline Rose, and Rabbit in the Rye

Schenectady County Summer Night, 5-10 p.m. July 15, downtown Schenectady

On the GE Main Stage

Gin Blossoms

Stockade Kids

Moriah Formica

On the Rising Star Stage

Kristina Lachaga

Talia Denis

Upbeat on the Roof, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. Fridays at 7 p.m.

July 1: Olivia Quillio

July 8: Dust Bowl Faeries

July 15: Decoda

July 22: Terry Gordon Quintet

July 29: Swap Baby

Aug. 5: Red Haired Strangers

Aug. 12: Hot Club of Saratoga

Aug. 19: Heavenly Echoes

Aug. 26: Random 33

Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa. Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.

June 23: Big Fez & the Surfmatics

June 30 Ballston Spa Community Band

July 7: The North & South Dakotas

July 14: The Road Kings

July 21: Deena Chappell & the Crazy Sages

July 28: Emily Teller Music

Aug. 4: The Union Fire Co., and No. 2 Marching Band

Aug. 11: Aged in the Hills

Aug. 18: Lucky Jukebox Brigade

Aug. 25: Sirsy

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