The free summer concert series Alive at Five is featuring UK alternative rock band Bloc Party with local duo Titanics this Thursday, July 21st, in Tricentennial Park in downtown Albany.
Titanics, photo provided
Bloc Party is a four-piece band from London who specializes in “spiky, anthemic, danceable rock music.” The group was thrust into the limelight in 2005 with their hit album, Silent Alarm. Bloc Party has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show.
Our local Titanics have a more peaceful, laid back feel to their music, as they utilize synthesizers, electronic beats, and warm pads. Titanics was named “Best Best” by Albany’s Metroland, and was featured on San Francisco’s most prominent music blog, “Indie Shuffle.”
This summer’s free Alive at Five concert series is in its 27th year. Typically, the shows occur at the Corning Preserve, but are happening in Tricentennial Park this year due to ongoing construction at the preserve. The usual rain date location remains at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch, which is not affected by the construction gong on.
Representatives from the Ronald McDonald House are volunteering each week at Alive at Five in the beer garden area, with proceeds going towards their charitable programs.
Parking is available for a $5 flat fee at the Quackenbush Square Garage, and CDTA is providing free Event Day Bus Passes for Albany County residents. These passes can be picked up at Albany City Hall, the Albany Visitors Center, the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, or the Central Avenue Business Improvement District on the Wednesday before each show, while supplies last.
There is also a free trolley service being offered between Lark Street and Alive at Five, thanks to the Advantage Transit Group and Lark Street Business Improvement District. A trolley will run continuously throughout the event between the corner of Lark Street and Hudson Avenue, and the corner of Pine Street and Broadway.
Alive at Five is running through August 4th this year, meaning after the Bloc Party with Titanics this Thursday there are only two more Thursdays to go – get out there and enjoy the free, awesome live performances while you still can!