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Local bands set to take Alive at Five stage

Local bands set to take Alive at Five stage

Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, Wild Adriatic, Hasty Page in Albany
Local bands set to take Alive at Five stage
Chris and Jocelyn Arndt pose for a quick photo before a recent performance at Caffe Lena.
Photographer: provided photo

The local music scene is anything but stagnant. 

The trio of bands on the Alive at Five lineup for tonight — Wild Adriatic, Jocelyn & Chris Arndt and Hasty Page — prove there’s always something new happening. 

With its guitar-heavy, alt-rock sound, Wild Adriatic has been playing across the country for the past few years after enjoying somewhat of a breakout year in 2017. 

Composed of Capital Region natives Travis Gray on vocals and guitar, Rich Derbyshire on bass and Mateo Vasganian on drums, the band has released two albums since forming in 2011 (“Big Suspicious” and “Feel”), as well as two EPs.

This year, they joined with Dave Rodriguez to release “Adriatic/Rodriguez,” an EP that mixes funk-driven sounds with soulful singing. 

Songs such as “Party” lean more toward rock, with heavy guitar and an upbeat tempo that doesn’t quit. Then “Alright With Me” slows things down, bringing a more harmonic sound. “Don’t Hold Back” and “Believer” push the tempo up again, with percussive bass lines and snappy melodies. 

While the band spends most of the year touring, not only throughout the U.S. but in Europe as well, it seems as though members make a point to come back to the area to play a show or two each year. 

The brother-and-sister duo of Jocelyn & Chris Arndt have also been busy this year, releasing “The Fun in the Fight,” an album that builds off the band’s solid rock sound, mixing powerful vocals and bluesy guitar riffs with plenty of tracks that require the replay button. 

The Arndts (Fort Plain natives) are often joined by David Bourgeois and Dan Zavadil onstage as they tour the country. Recently, the siblings have been featured on the "Today" show, at Caffe Lena, Rockwood Music Hall (New York City) and Summerfest in Milwaukee. A glance at their tour schedule reveals that they have no plans to slow down. 

Rounding out the lineup is Hasty Page, perhaps the youngest band of the bunch. Formed by Glens Falls/Queensbury natives, Jorris Morris, Zen Agnew and James Paolano, they’ve been working on their sound since 2015. 

At the same time, they’ve been attending college, which has made it difficult to get together to write songs, rehearse and record — hence Will Fredette sometimes fills in for Paolano on bass and vocals.  

Yet they’ve made it work, releasing “Things to Do Before I Die,” their second album. It blurs the line between alt-rock and indie-pop. 

It’s led them to play some of their biggest shows yet, at Albany’s Tulip Fest, WAMC’s The Linda, the Times Union Center and Schenectady SummerNight.

Tonight, starting at 5 p.m., Hasty Page will take the stage at Jennings Landing. Then Jocelyn & Chris Arndt will play at roughly 6 p.m., followed by Wild Adriatic at 7. The show is a part of the 30th anniversary year of Alive at Five. The rain site will be the Corning Preserve boat launch. For more information, visit albanyevents.org.

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