LIVE: The Edgar Winter Band @ Alive at Five, 7/23/15

July 29th, 2015, 3:03 pm by Greg
Edgar Winter

Edgar Winter

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Stanley Johnson

Texas blues-rocker/multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter brought his current band – guitarist Doug Rappoport, bassist Koko Powell and drummer Jason Carpenter – to town for a free Alive at Five concert last week – exactly 12 years after playing a free concert at the Empire State Plaza…

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LIVE: Chrisette Michele @ Alive at Five, 6/18/15

July 8th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Chrisette Michele

Chrisette Michele

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

WHAT: Alive at Five
WHO: Chrisette Michele
WITH: Bell’s Roar
WHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2015
WHERE: Jennings Landing at the Corning Preserve, Albany

After a week off for the Fourth of July holiday, the free Alive at Five concert series returns to Jennings Landing at 5pm on Thursday (July 9) with the Yonder Mountain String Band and the Blind Owl Band.

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Five Reasons to See The Bad Plus Joshua Redman @ Alive at Five Today

June 11th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg


Story by J Hunter
Drawing by Charles H. Haymes

At this time of year, you usually only see second-generation tenor man Joshua Redman and the infamous acoustic trio The Bad Plus at places like Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, where the price of a 1-day lawn pass is $60 and inside seats go for $85 a pop – and that’s before you throw down for whatever expensive-but-worth-it drinks and vittles are for sale. Alive at Five is a free show. Do the math.

This dizzying pairing is like one of those one-off comic books where superheroes you normally never see together – Superman and Spider-Man, for instance – have a hellacious fight before joining forces and defeating some amorphous super-villain. This show pairs an artist and a band that have cut separate (but equally brilliant) swathes through the jazz world over the last 20 years. The only villains on hand at Jennings Landing will be heat and humidity, and we’ll all be fighting them.

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LIVE: Dustin Lynch @ Alive at Five, 7/24/14

August 22nd, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Country Night at Alive at Five
Dustin Lynch
With Jacob Powell
Jennings Landing at the Corning Preserve, Albany
Thursday, July 24

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LIVE: Sheila E. @ Alive at Five, 8/7/14

August 14th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Sheila E.  (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Sheila E. (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Stanley Johnson, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Timothy Reidy

The 2014 Alive at Five concert series ended the same way it started – at the rain site under the highway at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch – surely the most inhospitable music venue to be found anywhere around Nippertown. And yet Sheila E. didn’t let the setting get her down. And while it looked something like the set of “The Warriors” or “West Side Story” – and sounded worse – the veteran singer-percussionist turned the evening into a party nonetheless.

“It’s gonna be a lovely day, now that the rain is gone,” she sang early on in her show during the bouncy, pop ballad, “Lovely Day,” and sure enough, she somehow managed to chase the rain away for the rest of her performance.

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LIVE: Grand Funk Railroad @ Alive at Five, 7/31/14

August 6th, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg
Grand Funk Railroad: Mel Schacher and Don Brewer

Grand Funk Railroad: Mel Schacher and Don Brewer

Photographs by Stanley Johnson

“We’re comin’ to your town. We’ll help you party it down. We’re an American band…”

No word whether Sweet Sweet Connie from Little Rock was in attendance at Albany’s Alive at Five bash last Thursday, but Grand Funk Railroad partied it down nonetheless…

With guitar hero Mark Farner long ago departed from the line-up, the original rhythm section of Don Brewer (drums) and Mel Schacher (bass) anchored a beefed up band of Funk-ateers that expanded the band’s classic power trio format to a qunitet with the addition of former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick, vocalist Max Carl and keyboardist Tim Cashion.

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Don Brewer, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

July 29th, 2014, 11:00 am by Greg
Don Brewer

Don Brewer

“It’s probably embarrassing to admit, but the first album I ever bought on my own was by the Dovells. Of course, it was the one with ‘Bristol Stomp’ on it. I can still the remember the album cover – it was red, I think, with the guys in white jackets, all clean-cut looking with slicked back hair. I think that was probably the first quote-unquote rock album that I ever bought on my own, and to be honest with you, I still think that ‘Bristol Stomp’ is a pretty cool song.

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LIVE: Lord Huron @ Alive at Five, 7/10/14

July 17th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
Lord Huron (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Lord Huron (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photos by Stanley Johnson and Andrzej Pilarczyk
Video by Timothy Reidy

Originally a solo project for singer-songwriter Ben Schneider, the Los Angeles-based indie folk band Lord Huron has grown into a full ensemble, and the band made quite an impression last week in their Nippertown debut at Jennings Landing in Albany. Headlining the latest installment of the free Alive at Five concert series, Lord Huron is touring in support of their debut album, Lonesome Dreams, and they’ve landed such choice gigs as South by Southwest, Outside Lands and Lollapalooza.

Opening the show was Saratoga singer-songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan, who came armed with an all-star batch of backing musicians for her set in support of her latest album, Skin and Bone.

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