ALBANY – For the first time in nearly two years, crowds can return to the Jennings Landing amphitheater for the Alive at Five concert series, starting Wednesday.
The free series was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic, and this year organizers originally decided to take the series virtual, broadcasting three shows earlier this month. However, with the recent lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, the remaining five concerts will be held in person at full capacity.
Wednesday’s concert, which runs from 5 to 8 p.m., will feature a Reggae Night with The Meditations and Mixed Roots. The series will conclude on July 28 with a Classic Rock Night, featuring Warrant, known for the song “Cherry Pie.”
“Our Cultural Affairs Office has been working tirelessly to determine how we could do Alive at Five,” said Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan during a press conference on Monday. “As you know, this concert series is planned months and months in advance and so they were trying to really do the impossible; plan months in advance without having any idea of what the rules of the road were going to be. As a matter of fact, we didn’t even have a vaccine at the time that we started thinking about Alive at Five and what it was going to look like.”
Yet, Sheehan continued: “We wanted to ensure that we were able to provide something. Something for our community; something for people to gather around. People look forward to Alive at Five every single year and so we planned for that. We weren’t going to quit.”
The concerts are slated to run from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and will also be recorded and broadcast, excluding Warrant’s show. Each recording will be broadcasted the following Thursday on Albany Events’ YouTube and Facebook. As part of a program called Restart Albany, the recordings will also be shown at local bars and restaurants, which will offer live music as well. Participating businesses will be announced soon. Parking for Alive at Five concerts is available at Riverfront Parking Garage.
Here’s a look at the schedule, as well as the dates for when the recorded shows will air:
June 30 – Reggae Night with The Meditations and Mixed Roots (Airs July 8)
July 7 – WEQX Night with Soule Monde and Victory Soul Orchestra (Airs July 15)
July 14 – Folk/Pop Night with Amy Helm and The Sea The Sea (Airs July 22)
July 21 – Funk Night with Hartley’s Encore and Yam Yam (Airs July 29)
July 28 – Classic Rock Night Warrant and Joe Mansman and The Midnight Revival Band (Warrant performance will not be aired virtually. Joe Mansman only will air on August 5)