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Alive at 5 kicks off next Thursday

Alive at 5 kicks off next Thursday

Local band Let’s Be Leonard starts series
Alive at 5 kicks off next Thursday
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe.
Photographer: Provided

Now in its 28th year, Alive at 5 is still going strong.

Starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, the eight-week concert series will feature a mix of internationally famous and locally loved bands. Although the full lineup has yet to be released, here’s a look at who’s on board so far:

Let’s Be Leonard, the Saratoga-based rock and roll/jazz group kicks off the series and opens for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Denson, who now plays the saxophone in The Rolling Stones, has only recently finished a tour with the Stones (one of the highest grossing tours to date).

Then, on June 15, Victory Stroll Orchestra will add a bit of funk to the mix. They’re a seven- piece afro-jazz/funk/soul band out of Albany and they’ll be opening for the not-so-average Average White Band. AWB, a Scottish funk/R&B band, rose to fame with their song “Pick Up the Pieces” in the 1970s and they have several gold selling albums in their discography.

Wurliday, another Albany-based ensemble, will follow them on July 13. With a new album coming out today (June 1), Wurliday is working to bring soul-funk to the Capital Region. The ensemble will be opening for Funky Meters, a funk band founded during the 1989 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. After 40 years of playing together, band mates Art Neville, George Porter Jr., and Russell Batiste Jr. are still jamming.

On July 27, locally loved songwriting duo Marian Hill will be taking the stage. This is the second time the duo will have played in the Capital Region over the past few months -- fans will remember when they played Jupiter Hall last fall. The duo brings a new sound to the Alive at 5 lineup, with a mix of classic piano, digital drums and seductive singing.

The series is set to finish up with two reggae bands on Aug. 3. Dr. Jah and the Love Prophets, a Capital Region-based group, will be opening for King Yellowman and the Sagittarius Band. Yellowman has been called the most popular reggae musician since Bob Marley.          

Alive at 5

WHEN: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursdays: Jun. 8, 15, 22, 29; Jul. 13, 20, 27; Aug. 3
WHERE: Jennings Landing (Rain location: Corning Preserve Boat Launch, Colonie and Water Streets)

  • June 8: Let’s be Leonard and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
  • June 15: Victory Soul Orchestra and Average White Band
  • July 13: Wurliday and The Funky Meters
  • July 27: Marian Hill
  • Aug. 3: Dr. Jah and the Love Prophets and King Yellowman and the Sagittarius Band
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