Alive After Five Free Concert Series 2020 Kicks Off in June with Streaming Events
Boise, May 13, 2020 The 34 th season of the Alive After Five free summer concert series will kick off on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. This year’s presenting sponsor Connections Credit Union and Downtown Boise Association (DBA) host the series that features online streaming concerts each Wednesday evening in June, with the mission of fostering community and economic development in downtown.

“We are actively planning the series to accommodate current health and safety standards. We believe wholeheartedly that the world and our community needs the celebration and shared connection that only comes from music. We are working diligently to provide something for our community in lieu of shows we cannot hold in a traditional way, versus a direct cancellation,” said DBA Event Manager Karlee May.

Alive After Five merchandise, beer, wine, and water will be available for purchase to-go on The Grove Plaza starting at 4:30 p.m., with the concerts kicking off at 6 p.m. on Downtown Boise’s Facebook page each Wednesday in June. DBA encourages the public to make a night of it with curbside takeout from a downtown restaurant, to-go merchandise and beverages from the Alive After Five booth on The Grove Plaza, and streamed  concerts from the comfort of their own homes. Find more information at downtownboise.org . (Please note, the DBA booth on The Grove Plaza will be for purchasing to-go items only.)

We are proud to announce the lineup for June, as follows:

Week 1, June 3, 2020:
Headliner – Dustbowl Revival
Dustbowl Revival pushes the boundaries of what American roots music can be. Known for creating joyful, booty-shaking songs and cut-to-heart folk-rock ballads that lift up their transcendent live shows, they continue to come up with new energetic material from the place where folk music, funk and soul meet. With a big brass-and-strings band building the sets around them, their most recent release Is It You, Is It Me isn’t afraid to explore the personal and political tension that the group may have shied away from facing before.

Opening Band – Deviant Kin
Deviant Kin is a not-so-traditional string band, though an accordion makes it into the mix sometimes... Careening between Americana and bluegrass, and bouncing off Cajun, Latin, and Celtic adventures along the way, this group of seasoned musicians has bypassed boy band status entirely, and perform proudly as a man-band. Influenced by southern rock and Irish ballads, Appalachia and world music, you never quite know where the evening will lead.

Week 2, June 10, 2020:
Headliner – Bread & Circus  
Bread & Circus play melodically stout, catchy, steep and deep Northwestern boogie rock and soul music rolled up in a metric ton of rhythmically improvised arrangements for a truly live “without a net” type of feel. Each show is different. No defined script here because the script seems to be far too prevalent in music today. Not with this band. Originally composed songs played with earnest energy and always jam packed with honesty, boundless creativity, and with an expressive nature. Hell bent and quite content on making you move your feet and soothing the soul.

Opening Band – The Weary Times
Steeped in vintage blues and early rock n’ roll, the Weary Times have carved out a sound both nostalgic and truly their own. The Boise, Idaho based band is fronted by Michigan-born signer songwriter Ryan Curtis and joined by Mike Simon on guitar, Mike Swain on keys, Nick Archibald on bass, and Ben Wieland on drums. 

Week 3, June 17, 2020:
Headliner – low-fi
The band low-fi, is a four-piece indie rock band from Boise, ID. The group plays a smooth melodic style of alternative/indie rock with elements of folk, progressive rock, and funk mixed in. The band formed in 2007 and have released two albums.

Opening Band – The Seatopians  
Originally hailing from 50 kilometers below the ocean floor, The Seatopians now call Boise home and are bringing their unique style of energetic and exotic surf to the local music scene. Come for the pounding rhythms, sexy riffs, and walls of reverb; stay for the sci fi movie references.

Week 4, June 24, 2020:
Headliner – Scars on 45
After years struggling to become known in England, the band rose from obscurity when their song "Beauty’s Running Wild" was featured in an episode of CSI: New York. The band were soon signed to Atlantic Records' Chop Shop Records label, which has been successful in getting previously-unsigned bands heard through song placements in popular TV programs. The band’s single, "Heart on Fire" was selected as the lead song for the eighth series’ soundtrack on ABC’s top-rated hospital drama, Grey’s Anatomy.
Scars on 45’s first EP,  Give Me Something , was released in January 2011 and yielded a hit single of the same name that rose to the top 5 of the Adult Alternative Charts and was recognized as one of the "Top 3 Singles of the Year" by Amazon.com. The quintet was also named to Entertainment Weekly's "Must List." 

Opening Band – aka Belle
Aka Belle are genre-crossing mavericks from Boise, Idaho; spotlighting sultry, intimate vocals over unhinged guitar solos, backed by a beatnik jazz/rock rhythm section featuring stand-up bass. Aka Belle are known for their DIY shows, mixing their quirky, glittery onstage performances, and catchy songwriting with haunting, passionate calls for love, resistance, and equality for all - they make you want to dance, hug, cry, sing along, and raise your fists to fight - often simultaneously!

Downtown Boise Association thanks presenting sponsor Connections Credit Union , promotional partners Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau and Visit Idaho , and many other long-time partners for their support of Alive After Five 2020. The Tips for Charity partner for June is Camp Rainbow Gold . Information for July and August 2020 will be released as those dates draw closer. Follow Downtown Boise on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.
 
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