CONTACT: Alay Medina, Director/ 518.434.2032
Albany, NY –Due to a heat advisory, Albany’s free Alive at Five concert series will continue to celebrate its 33rd season and its final event of the season, tonight, on August 4th, at the Corning Preserve Boat Launch / 787 Underpass. For more detailed directions and a map, visit www.albanyevents.org. The series is presented by Key Bank, with tonight’s presenter, CDTA; featuring Doug E. Fresh, with DJ Hollyw8d, Ohzhe and DJ TGIF. Media sponsors for the event is Hot 99.1.
Albany’s signature free concert series premiered in the summer of 1990 with a performance by legendary folk artist Richie Havens, and has since grown into a staple of summer in the Capital Region. This year’s season began on June 9th and runs through tonight, August 4th, showcasing a diverse lineup of big names, up-and-coming acts and the region’s most talented original local artists. The concerts take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday nights.
$5 flat fee parking will be available at the Riverfront Parking Garage, located at 677 Broadway in Albany. For additional parking options, visit www.parkalbany.com.
Presented by: CDTA
Media partner: Hot 99.1
DOUG E. FRESH [Website]
with DJ HOLLYW8D [Website], OHZHE [Website] w/ DJ TGIF [Website]
DOUG E. FRESH
Doug E. Fresh (born Douglas E. Davis, 17 September 1966, in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands) is an American rapper, record producer, and beatboxer. One of the earliest beatboxers (and still seen as one of the best), Fresh is able to imitate drum machines and various special effects with often startling accuracy. Fresh’s early records are out of print, and have never been released on compact disc; thus original records can command high prices. He was born in St. Thomas, but came to the United States with his family when he was young. His recording debut was 1983’s single “Pass the Budda,” also featuring Spoonie Gee and DJ Spivey. However, Fresh’s breakthrough was 1984’s “Beat Street” behind the Treacherous Three. That same year saw Fresh’s debut as a solo artist with the singles “Just Having Fun” and “Original Human Beatbox”. Fresh became a major rap star in 1985. His single “The Show/La Di Da Di,” is considered an early hip hop classic. The “Get Fresh Crew” was featured: DJs Barry B., Chill Will, and MC Ricky D (who would later achieve fame as Slick Rick). In 1987, Fresh’s first full-length record was issued. Called Oh, My God!, this included a few more notable tracks such as (“Play This Only at Night” and “All the Way to Heaven”) and was critically hailed for incorporating elements of reggae and gospel music. The next year saw another long player, The World’s Greatest Entertainer, which appeared on Billboard magazine’s charts due in part to a popular single, “Keep Risin’ to the Top”. Slick Rick’s input was not appreciated by their joint record label, Fantasy Records, and he was asked to leave the group. However, subsequently Slick Rick released his own solo debut The Great Adventures of Slick Rick on Def Jam, to big success. Fresh did not record again until 1992’s Doin’ What I Gotta Do, issued by MC Hammer’s Bust It Records. Rap had changed appreciably in the interim, and Fresh seemed a little lost. The record performed poorly. In 1995, Slick Rick and Fresh reunited for a record entitled Play which found Fresh back on his feet. Play received positive reviews; Bret Love writes that the record is “a welcome flashback to the days when guns, drugs, sex and violence were not the genre’s primary lyrical focus.” In the late 1990s, Fresh collaborated with Prince on a number of recordings, notably Newpower Soul and the “1999, the New Master” EP. Recently, Fresh has appeared on VH1’s I Love the 80s. Fresh is a Scientologist and has performed for large audiences of Scientologists at the annual Scientology Celebrity Centre Gala in both 2004 and 2005. He also recorded a couple of songs on the Scientology music album “The Joy of Creating” along with Isaac Hayes, and Chick Corea. Discography: 1985 - Oh, My God! (Reality), 1988 - The World’s Greatest Entertainer (Reality), 1992 - Doin’ What I Gotta Do (Bust It), 1995 - Play (Gee Street), 1996 - Alright (Gee Street)
DJ Hollyw8d energizes crowds throughout the Upstate New York Capital Region and beyond. He has been featured in various media platforms such as The Alt Weekly, PBS, ABC and has played music at venues such as Rivers Casino, Night Owl Saratoga, and Albany Cap Center. Recently, DJ HollyW8D won a merit award at 'The Eddies' in proctors theatre for his latest venture which is a community concert series titled "More Music Less Violence”. DJ HollyW8D also teaches the youth how to DJ and find the right rhythm for them. HollyW8D quickly learned that with being a DJ It`s more than music; it's to share light with other artists and space
Hip-Hop Artist-Songwriter Ohzhe brings his charisma and versatility to the stage with his ability to connect to his audience through relatability and vulnerability. Coming from Upstate, NY, Ohzhe looks to inspire his city with his perspective, lyrics and lifestyle.
DJ T.G.I.F., is the self-proclaimed hypest DJ, period.
THE 33rd ANNUAL ALBANY ALIVE AT FIVE SEASON IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY:
- Key Bank
- Park Albany
- New Belgium Brewing
- Tri-City Valleycats
- Pride Center of the Capital Region
- In Our Own Voices
- Waterworks Pub
- Hudson Valley Community College
- Hilton Garden Inn
- Recovery Sports Grill
- Bath fitter
- Motor Oil Coffee
- WVCR The Saint
- Kiss 102.3
- Hot 99.1
- WEXT Radio 97.7 and 106.1
- Wild Country 99.9
- PYX 106
- NYS Music
- Spiral Design Studios
- The Spot 518
Through a partnership with Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region and Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, 100% of the proceeds from tips collected in the beer garden will benefit each charitable organization:
August 4 - Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region
City of Albany events are produced with the help of community volunteers. Sign up to be a part of this great experience by visiting www.albanyevents.org/volunteer, calling 518.434.5416 or emailing.
For more information on Alive at Five, visit www.albanyevents.org, call 518.434.2032 or follow albanyNYevents on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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