Alive At Five line-up announced

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ALBANY, N.Y. – The Alive at Five line-up has been announced for the 2012 summer season at the Albany
Riverfront Park amphitheatre at the Corning Preserve in the City of Albany.

The free summer concert series are open to the public and run every Thursday night from 5pm-8pm from June 7th to August 9th this year.

All concerts are held at the Albany
Riverfront Park. The rain location is at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch under the I-787 Colonie
Street overpass. Moving to the rain location is determined each week on the
morning of the event to ensure proper set-up time.

Here is the list of the 2012 Alive at Five Concert Series:

June 7


With a career spanning more than 50 years,
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason has been hailed by fans and critics alike
as one of the most talented guitarists and songwriters in the world. The
Worcester, England native
helped found the influential group Traffic at the age of 18 before moving on to
a string of platinum and gold solo albums. Dave's distinctive playing and vocals
have been featured on landmark rock recordings by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton,
The Rolling Stones, George Harrison and Fleetwood Mac.

with The Emerald City Band

Before their untimely breakup in 1982,
Troy's legendary
Emerald City Band were one of the northeast's hottest original rock groups.
Thirty years later, the original lineup returns to rock the region.

June 14


Collins' unmistakable bass playing and psychedelic sense of style have made him
a true trailblazer throughout his 40 years in the music industry. Recording with
James Brown's Original J.B.'s, legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees
Parliament-Funkadelic, and his own wildly inventive, Grammy-winning groups,
Bootsy helped invent the sound of funk while redefining the role of bass guitar
in popular music.

with Soul

Led by
high-energy vocalist Garland Nelson, Soul Session is a spirited local ensemble
performing multi-genre soul music with spontaneous originality.



and roller Patty Smyth is the powerful voice behind enduring hits like “The
Warrior”, “Love's Got a Line on You”, “Goodbye to You” and the smash duet with
the Eagles' Don Henley, “Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough”. As a solo artist and
with her band, Scandal, she's accumulated platinum records and singles, been
nominated for Oscars and Grammys, and was even asked to join Van Halen while
eight months pregnant (she declined).

with Sirsy
Soulful indie pop
rock duo Sirsy is a musical breath of fresh air. Recently signed with Arizona's Funzalo
Records, the rest of the musical world is beginning to take notice of these
hard-working Capital Region favorites.



A true southern rock icon and founding member of the
Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts is one of the most influential guitarists of
all time. Before striking out on his own, Betts wrote and sang on the Allmans'
biggest hit, “Ramblin' Man”, and composed many of the group's best-loved songs.
The New York Times calls Betts
“one of the great rock guitarists” and Rolling Stone ranks him among their list
of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

Kirsten Thien
New York
singer-songwriter Kirsten Thien has earned international acclaim by carving out
a unique contemporary blues sound built on her insightful songs and soulful

July 5

Three great Capital Region blues bands share the
stage. The bands will be decided by public vote at the Downtown Albany Blues
Competition tonight, May 4. 13 bands compete for the big gig at venues
throughout downtown. Mayor Jennings and the City of Albany will honor the
memory of legendary Capital Region bluesman Ernie Williams.



before Kevin Bacon launched his prolific stage and film career, and before
Michael Bacon became an Emmy-winning composer for film and television, they were
just two brothers growing up surrounded by music in Philadelphia. The Bacon
Brothers have now been honing their acclaimed, gritty roots-rock over two
decades and six albums, safely erasing any preconceptions about well-known
actors “dabbling” in music.

With The Stray

Stray Dogs specialize in acoustic rock with bite, showcasing powerful vocals,
adventurous song arrangements, and a unique musical sensibility that makes them
crowd favorites wherever they play.

July 19


American musical legend Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr. and his band, Buckwheat
Zydeco, are the preeminent ambassadors of Louisiana zydeco music. The band USA Today called “zydeco trailblazers”
rang in their 30th anniversary with the adventurous, Grammy-winning album
Lay Your Burden Down – and
Buckwheat Zydeco shows no signs of letting up any time soon.

with Captain Squeeze & The Zydeco

Led by
accordionist Greg “Captain Squeeze” Speck, the Zydeco Moshers have been bringing
their high-energy Mardi Gras party to ecstatic Capital Region audiences for over
fifteen years.



Multi-platinum pop-rockers Smash Mouth have sold more
than 10 million albums worldwide, taking over radio waves far and wide with
smash hits like “Walkin' on the Sun”, “All Star”, “Then The Morning Comes”,
“Can't Get Enough of You Baby” and their re-imagining of the Monkees classic
“I'm a Believer”. A '60s-flavored garage band with a keen pop sensibility and a
style all their own, Smash Mouth is the sound of a nonstop summer

with the Dylan Emmet

by rich harmonies and clever melodic ideas, The Dylan Emmet Band's mosaic of
pop, jam, soul and hip-hop music brings something truly different to the
Northeast's popular music landscape.

August 2


While country music fans may be most
familiar with Lee Brice through his #1 hit, “A Woman Like You” or the 2010 smash
“Love Like Crazy”, the South
Carolina singer-songwriter has been a fixture in the
industry for years. The four-time Academy of Country
Music nominee has written hit songs for superstars like
Brooks, Tim McGraw, Kenny
Chesney and the Eli Young Band. Brice's new album, Hard 2 Love, ensures that his name will
soon be just as recognizable as his high-profile peers.

with Wendy Owens &

and raised in the farmlands of upstate New York, Wendy Owens is country through and
through. Backed by some of the northeast's finest musicians, the little girl
with the big voice has been wowing audiences everywhere since

August 9


A Tribute to the Beach

One of
the greatest pop groups of all time, the Beach Boys celebrate their
50th anniversary this year. Formed in 1998, the Beach Bums are the
ultimate tribute to the California ambassadors of sunshine, bringing
the sound and feel of a '60s beach party to audiences everywhere. From “Barbara
Ann” to “Wendy”, The Beach Bums recreate the Beach Boys' gorgeous harmonies and
instrumental magic live and in person.

with Grand Central

One of
the Northeast's hottest and most versatile dance bands, Grand Central Station
keep the party going with upbeat music from every era.

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