The summer line-up of free concerts for the 2013 Alive at Five concert series has been officially announced. All concerts will take place at Albany’s Riverfront Park at 5pm on Thursdays from June 6 through August 8. Six shows of the nine-concert series will feature Local 518 bands opening for national bands, while three of the concerts will be devoted exclusively to local music double-bills.
The rain location for this year’s series will be the Palace Theatre.
Here’s the line-up of bands:
THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS
With Super 400
For nearly 40 years, the Austin-based Fabulous Thunderbirds – still led by founding member-vocalist-harmonicat Kim Wilson – have been a quintessential American band, incorporating Cajun, blues, rock and R&B sounds into barnstorming signature hits like “Tuff Enuff,” “Wrap It Up,” “How Do You Spell Love” and “Powerful Stuff.” They’ll roll into town in support of their new album, On the Verge.
With the Ill Funk Ensemble
As the lead vocalist with the massively popular R&B group Kool & the Gang, Taylor’s vocals ignited classic hits like “Celebration,” “Ladies’ Night,” “Too Hot” and more for a total of 10 Number One singles.
GEORGE CLINTON & PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC
With Funk Evolution
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic revolutionized funk music while racking up three platinum albums and more than 40 R&B hit singles, including such number one hits as “Flashlight,” “One Nation Under a Groove” and “Aqua Boogie.” Can Clinton out-funk Bootsy Collins’ killer show of last summer? We’re betting that he can…
ADDITIONAL REAL GOOD FOR FREE EVENTS FOR 2013
New York State Writers Institute readings @ various locations (various days)
Albany Tulip Festival @ Washington Park, Albany (Saturday & Sunday, May 11 & 12)
SPAC’s Rock & Run @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs (Sunday, May 19)
Art On Lark @ Lark Street, Albany (Saturday, June 8)
Music at Noon @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy (select Tuesdays through May)
Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady (Thursdays from June through September)
New York State Writers Institute films @ UAlbany’s Page Hall, Albany (select Fridays)