Summers in downtown Stamford just aren't complete without the concert series, which kicks off Thursday at .
Coordinated by the Stamford Downtown Special Services District (SDSSD) and sponsored by local businesses, the 2011 season will debut with San Francisco-based alternative rock bandThird Eye Blind followed by acts such as "American Idol" winner Lee DeWyze, legendary pop-rap star MC Hammer and long-running rock band The B-52s.
"I think it's a great lineup," Sandy Goldstein, president of the SDSSD, told Patch. "I think it will attract a very dynamic demographic from 25-years-old all the way through 50-years-old. I'm very pleased with it."
Goldstein said that in addition to local music lovers getting the chance to see some of their favorite acts of all time, the owners of the restaurants in the area also get a large boost from the extra foot traffic.
"For all of the restaurants in the area, it's a bonanza and I mean that in a good way," she said. "I've heard owners say that this period keeps them going [financially] throughout the whole year, even when business slows down later on."
The complete Alive @ Five schedule is as follows:
June 23: Third Eye Blind, Reverse Order,
June 30: Lee Dwyze, Corey Crowder, Bandapalooza winner
July 7: MC Hammer, Stereo Crowd, Bandapalooza winner
July 14: Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx, Jerry Pia & SilkStuf, Fighting the Influence
July 21: Vertical Horizon, Mission Hill, Seth Adam
July 28; Five for Fighting, Ian Axel, Blip Blip Bleep
August 4: The B-52s, MiniBoon, The Mungers
The fee to attend each concert is $10 and you must be 21 or older to enter the concert area after 7 p.m. (A photo ID is required.) Children ages 12 and under are permitted to attend for free, but must enter the concert area before 7 p.m.
The main entrance to the concert series is at Main Street, just east of Clark and Lower Summer Streets. Attendees are not permitted to enter the concert area with bicycles, coolers, glass containers, alcohol, pets, dogs, video cameras or tape recorders. Backpacks and large bags are subject to police search.
Which performers are you looking forward to seeing at Alive @ Five?