Taylor, Refrigerators, Satisfaction on Alive at Five slate
ALBANY JT Taylor, the legendary voice of Kool and the Gang; The Refrigerators, a favorite regional band; and Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones tribute band, are just three of the acts that will perform in the 2013 Alive at Five concert series, which begins June 6 and runs through Aug. 8 in Riverfront Park.
The free concerts will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday nights in Riverfront Park’s amphitheatre at the Corning Preserve. The rain location is the Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave.
Because of the holiday, there will not be a show on July 4.
Alcoholic beverages, coolers and other drink containers are prohibited. No pets are allowed.
-- June 6: The Fabulous Thunderbirds — Cajun, blues, rock and R&B sounds, with hits like “Tuff Enuff,” “Wrap It Up,” “How Do You Spell Love” and “Powerful Stuff.” Formed in Austin, Texas, in 1974, the Grammy-nominated band is fronted by founding member Kim Wilson. Their latest album, “On the Verge,” was released in March. The band Super 400, originally from Troy, will open the show.
-- June 13: JT Taylor — Voice of the 1970s pop and rhythm and blues band Kool & The Gang, known for hits like “Celebration,” “Ladies’ Night” and “Too Hot.” Opening the show is The Ill Funk Ensemble, a mash-up of hip-hop, neo-soul, R&B and rock.
-- June 20: The Refrigerators — For 20 years, this band has been delivering high-energy concerts throughout the Northeast. Funk, rock, and R&B with a pumping rhythm section and powerhouse horns. The opening act is singer-songwriter Molly Durnin from the Berkshires.
-- June 27: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic — Beginning his career in doo-wop a half-century ago, Clinton and band became one of the foremost innovators in funk by the early 1970s. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Funk Evolution, a Capital Region band, will open the show.
-- July 11: Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Show — A touring tribute show to the one of the world’s greatest rock and roll bands. Rolling Stone magazine calls Satisfaction “one of the greatest tribute bands in the world.” The opening act is The Chris Dukes Band.
-- July 18: Starship, featuring Mickey Thomas — Thomas is the main voice of Starship’s hits, including “No Way Out”, “We Built This City”, “Sara” and the Oscar-nominated “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.” Wild Adriatic, a rock ’n’ roll band from Saratoga Springs, opens.
-- July 25: Local Blues Night, featuring winners of the Downtown Albany Blues Music Contest — The Tom Healey Band and Blues Sanctuary.
-- Aug. 1: The Original Wailers — In 1974, reggae legend Bob Marley went solo and Al Anderson became the lead guitarist of The Wailers. Anderson’s lead work on classics as “No Woman, No Cry,” “Dem Belly Full” and “Curfew (Three O’ Clock Road Block)” brought rock fans to the Wailers’ music. MIRK, voted Metroland’s best local hip-hop act in 2012 and 2013, is the opener.
-- Aug. 8: Country Night! with Skeeter Creek — Since starting off as a bluegrass combo in 2002, Skeeter Creek has built a reputation as one of the Capital Region’s top modern country party bands. Country rock band Whiskey City opens the show.