Alive at Five 2015 lineup

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Atlas Genius is one of the acts that will be making a stop back in town for Alive at Five.

The lineup for this year's Alive at Five series in Albany is out. As in years past, each date has a headliner and opening, often local, act.

The Thursday evening free concert series at Jennings Landing along the Hudson River in downtown Albany starts June 11. Each shows begins at (surprise) 5 pm.

Let's get to it...

Quoted blurbage via The Alive at Five Announcement

June 11: The Bad Plus + Joshua Redman
With: The Chronicles
"A collaboration between powerhouse trio The Bad Plus and Grammy-nominated saxophonist Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman seamlessly blends Redman's melodic prowess with the "avant-garde populism" of Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson and David King - pushing the boundaries of jazz beyond all imagination."

June 18: Chrisette Michele
With: Bell's Roar
"Acclaimed Grammy-winning soul singer Chrisette Michele has hit #1 on the Billboard R&B charts, collaborated with hip-hop royalty like Jay Z, Nas and The Roots, released records on legendary labels Motown and Def Jam, and toured with Solange and India Aire. Her latest album, Better, was nominated for the 2014 Best R&B Album Grammy Award."

June 25: J. Roddy Walston & The Business
With: Avers
"Forming in Cleveland, Tennessee in 2002, J. Roddy Walston & The Business devoted the next few years to earning a reputation as an incendiary live act that devotees aptly liken to "AC/DC fronted by Jerry Lee Lewis." Alongside touring with the likes of The Black Keys, Lucero and the Lumineers, J. Roddy Walston & The Business have brought their joyfully chaotic performance to such festivals as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Bonnaroo. The band forces the oft-clashing worlds of art and rock-and-roll to make nice, dealing in a scrappy yet sublime sound that honors both their Southern roots and punk spirit."

July 9: Yonder Mountain String Band
With: The Blind Owl Band
"For nearly 17 years, Colorado's Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock 'n' roll and improvisation."

July 16: Atlas Genius
With: Rival Galaxies
Alt-rock band from Australia. "Signing to Warner Bros. Records in 2012, Atlas Genius promptly issued the Through the Glass EP and their Billboard Top 200 debut full-length, When It Was Now, capturing the band's singular combination of sophisticated musicality and warm, wistful spirit - a sound NYLON praised as a 'double whammy of high-flying pop melodies and instantly catchy lyrics,' and led Billboard to deem the band part of 'The Next Wave' of up-and-coming alternative bands."

July 23: The Edgar Winter Band
With: Charmboy
"By the time Edgar Winter left his hometown of Beaumont, Texas in the 1960s, he was already proficient in every aspect of music. A child prodigy, Edgar has found success in music, film and television. Edgar's immediate impact on the record business with his first record, Entrance, was followed up with two hit albums with his band White Trash, and he topped that success with The Edgar Winter Group, creating the number one hit "Frankenstein" as well as the ever-popular 'Free Ride.'"

July 30: Raelynn
With: Big Sky Country
"With her empowering Top 20 hit, "God Made Girls," RaeLynn had the highest charting debut single by a solo female artist in 2014. The song skyrocketed to the #1 spot on the iTunes Country Songs chart and earned gold certification by the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000 copies, in addition to the music video garnering over 12 million views."

August 6: Blue Öyster Cult
With: Blotto
"For over four decades, Blue Öyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs. Indeed, the Long Island, NY-based band is revered within the hard rock and heavy metal scene for its pioneering work. Blue Öyster Cult occupies a unique place in rock history because it's one of very few hard rock/heavy metal bands to earn both genuine mainstream critical acclaim as well as commercial success."

Earlier on AOA: Troy Rockin' on the River 2015

photo: Frank Maddocks


At least some of this lineup is ALMOST tempting enough to go into Downtown Albany. ALMOST. But not until mid July.

At least they aren't cover bands.

J. Roddy Walston & The Business?!?!? Well alright, alright, alright.

Cue the complainers....

Blotto? wow

Blotto! Yes!!

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