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Albany's Alive at Five concert series canceled over COVID-19

Albany's Alive at Five concert series canceled over COVID-19

Dad Fest event scheduled for June 21 also canceled
Albany's Alive at Five concert series canceled over COVID-19
Fans enjoy the music of Vertical Horizon at a past Alive at Five concert in Albany.
Photographer: gazette file photo

The City of Albany announced on Thursday the cancelation of the Alive at Five summer concert series and Dad Fest. 

On May 22, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order banning all mass gatherings of more than 10 people until at least June 21 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“As a result of this order and continued guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that recommends community-wide mass gatherings be canceled, the city has decided it can no longer move ahead with Alive at Five or Dad Fest as originally scheduled. The city’s main priority is ensuring the health and safety of our residents and our community,” reads a release from the City of Albany Office of Cultural Affairs.

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The Alive at Five series is normally held weekly during the summer at the Corning Preserve.

Over the past several Thursdays, the Office of Cultural Affairs has hosted a live streaming show via Facebook Live called Live at Five. Live at Five features hour-long performances from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. by artists singing a variety of originals and covers. Sawyer Fredericks performed on Thursday. Hip Hop Artist Souly Had is scheduled to perform on June 4.

Now in its sixth year, Dad Fest had been scheduled for June 21 in Albany’s Washington Park, featuring a classic car show, live music, food, vendors, kids’ activities and more family fun.

Meanwhile, the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center in Hopewell, near Canandaigua and southeast of Rochester, made the announcement “with a heavy heart” on its website Thursday that its entire summer concert season is off because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The safety of our staff, artists, community, and fans remains our #1 priority,” read the message on the site. “Over the next year, we will be working hard to implement the necessary enhancements at CMAC to ensure we can be back … in 2021.”

The season’s shows were to include the Trey Anastasio Band, Luke Combs, Brandi Carlisle, Tim McGraw and others.

CMAC is one of several large outdoor venues around upstate New York that has seen the cancelation or postponement of most, if not all, scheduled concerts.

A handful of shows are still scheduled at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, including Kidz Bop on June 24, Daryl Hall & John Oates on Aug. 31 and the Australian Pink Floyd Show on Sept. 12. All others have either been postponed or canceled. On May 18, the summer classical season including the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center was canceled at SPAC.

“The indisputable truth is that even with our park setting and our 5,200 seats, it would be simply impossible to find a way to keep the artists and the community safe,” said SPAC CEO and President Elizabeth Sobol.

At Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, located downstate in Bethel, only shows by The Black Crowes (July 15), Kidz Bop (July 22) and Santana and Earth, Wind & Fore (Aug. 23) remain on the summer schedule.

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center, about 30 minutes east of Buffalo, has not canceled its summer concert season entirely, but most 2020 shows are off. A Luke Bryan show on Aug. 16 and Korn and Faith No More concert on Sept. 6 remain scheduled.
 

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