The city of Albany announced the lineup for this summer's Alive at Five lineup. The free concert series at Jennings Landing along the Hudson River in downtown Albany starts June 12.
And without further ado, here's the lineup...
June 12: Fitz & The Tantrums
With: The Features
June 19: Easy Star All-Stars
Reggae night. With: John Brown's Body
June 26: Dwele
R&B night. With: MIRK
July 10: Lord Huron
With: MaryLeigh Roohan
July 17: Eastbound Jesus
Local night. With: Stellar Young, and Hard Soul
July 24: Dustin Lynch
Country night. With Jacob Powell
July 31: Grand Funk Railroad
With Wild Adriatic. (Rain site is the TU Center.)
August 7: Sheila E
With: Conehead Buddha
There is no show July 3 because of the holiday. The rain site, except when noted, is the Corning Preserve Boat Launch.
How does the lineup get picked?
We were curious about how the lineup for Alive at Five gets picked. So we asked Melli Rose, the director of the city of Albany's office of special events. Here's her answer from this morning, at length (we've condensed it just a bit):
It's a very thorough, long, fun, and exhausting process. We accept applications from a lot of local bands as well as national and world-renowned acts. This year I reached out to a lot of different partners -- local media, local radio stations, local promoters, local business owners -- to find out what this region might want to see. And I thought the most eclectic lineup is always ideal. I'm lucky it happened that way.
But it depends on how these acts are routed. Because they're not cheap, just because of the cost of travel. And so we usually have to see how acts are routed in the area, and that's usually why we're able to get certain names. So that's why some years you'll see larger names than others because it's based on availability.
And a free concert series has a little bit different price point because it's not a ticketed event. That's why you'll see different acts different years. But this year we really lucked out with a lot of incredible talent. ...
I would like people to know that even though some of these acts they might not know them, if they come down they'll experience a really good concert this year.
Sometimes people don't understand that we can't book extremely big names down here just because of capacity. We can't have more than 10,000 people -- 10,000 people is pushing it already. So if you booked a band like Sting -- which we can't afford, you know what I mean -- it's just not something that's quite possible. If we had a sponsor come in and say we have $200,000 to book a concert, then I'm sure we'd be all about finding a location for that and making it happen.
Rose said all the the money for acts comes from sponsorship fees. And while she wasn't able to quote us the specific total budget for acts this year, she said the city was able to raise about the same amount of sponsorship money as last year.
Earlier and elsewhere: Albany mayor scraps new stage at Corning Preserve riverfront; money to be spent elsewhere [Biz Review 2014-04-28]
Fitz and The Tantrums photo via Elektra Records