No question about it – it was definitely the biggest crowd in the history of the City of Albany’s long-running Alive at Five summer concert series. People were parking their cars as far away as Lark Street and then walking a half an hour just to get within earshot of the stage at Riverfront Park in the Corning Preserve. It was wall-to-wall people everywhere. Jam packed!
Was it the Dave Matthews Band? Phish? Or one of those current super groups? Nope! It was 1990’s sensation and retro-vocal boy band, Boyz II Men. You remember, right? The doo-wop hip-hop sound that blended the silky smooth vocal harmonies of the O’Jays, the Temptations and early Isley Brothers with a little MC Hammer thrown in for good measure?
Who knew that they had that kind of fan base right here in Nippertown? Of course, as Mayor Jennings’ noted in his introduction, they did sell more than 60 million CDs. You remember, right? Sure, it’s been more than a decade since they last managed to break into the Top 40, but who cares about that when you’ve got a catalog of such omnipresent radio hits as “Motownphilly,” “I’ll Make Love To You” and “On Bended Knee”?