Alive@Five 2013 kicks off at Columbus Park on Thursday, June 20, ushering in the 17th season of Downtown Stamford’s popular summer concert series.
Concerts are to begin at 5 p.m. and continue every Thursday — with the exception of July 4 — until Aug. 15. Attendees age 12 and younger will be admitted free, but must enter before 7 p.m.
Here’s a look at the headliners:
The Wallflowers — Jakob Dylan will always be Bob Dylan’s son. But in the years since forming The Wallflowers, the younger Dylan has slowly but surely come out of the shadow of his folk legend father. “One Headlight,” the Wallflowers’ 1996 hit single, and the multi-platinum LP, “Bringing Down The Horse,” proved Dylan’s hit-making potential. His band has since released four albums, including their latest and hiatus-ending, “Glad All Over.” Performing June 20 with Brooks Young Band and the Como Brothers Band.
The Mavericks — The Miami-based quintet has long genuflected on American musical traditions. But they didn’t take the name The Mavericks for nothing. The band’s genre-bending ventures — including elements of pop, blues, progressive country and Latin textures — has demonstrated a bold approach to songwriting. The formula has proven fruitful: The Mavericks have more than a dozen Top 10 Country singles under their belts (“All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down” being the biggest). Their latest album, “In Time,” hit the shelves this year. Performing June 27 with McAlister Drive and Keith Paine.
Ryan Cabrera — In the early 2000s, Cabrera was known as the dude with the frost-tipped hair dating Ashlee Simpson. His major debut single, “On the Way Down,” was all over the radio. Though his brush with fame was fleeting, the Dallas native has continued to plug away at his music career while adopting a darker, more mature image (think John Mayer circa 2011). Moreover, Cabrera released two new singles in 2012 — “Home” and “I See Love” — and is working on a new album. Performing July 11 with Mike Scala and Alexis Babini.
Wynona & The Big Noise — As one half of country duo the Judds (with her mom, Naomi), Judd was one of the most popular female country stars of the 1980s. As a solo artist, she sustained her popularity (three of her albums went platinum) while expanding her sonic palette (pop, roots rock, blues, gospel, Southern R&B). Judd launched her new band, The Big Noise, two years ago, and she plans to release a new LP this year. Performing July 18 with Dirty Gems and Roses & Revolutions.
Bret Michaels — Given his recent forays in reality television (“Rock of Love,” “Rock of Love Bus,” “Rock My RV”), it can be easy to forget that Michaels still knows how to rock. The famous frontman and perennial heartthrob has released a string of post-Poison solo records, including “Jammin’ With Friends,” which is slated for a 2013 release. On stage, he unleashes a full-throttle mix of Poison-era tunes and solo songs. Performing July 25 with StoneBaby and Eighteenth Hour.
Matt Nathanson — You probably know the San Francisco singer/songwriter for his inescapable 2008 hit, “Come On Get Higher” (“So come on, get higher, loosen my lips / Faith and desire and the swing of your hips”). But Nathanson’s career goes back much further, to 1993, when he released his well-received debut LP, “Please.” Nathanson’s new album is scheduled for a July 16 release. Performing Aug. 1 with Graham Alexander and Mike Cusato Band.
Howie Day — Day emerged from the Boston coffeehouse scene in the late 1990s, and later, earned a reputation for nonstop touring and in-concert use of samplers and effects pedals. His self-financed debut album, “Australia,” generated buzz in the early 2000s, leading to a major label contract and the release of his sophomore effort, “Stop All The World Now.” The latter album produced his biggest hits, including “Collide” and “She Says.” Performing Aug. 8 with Golden Bloom and The Field Effect.
Michael McDonald — From `70s-era Doobie Brothers classics, such as “Taking It To The Streets,” and solo hits, such as “I Keep Forgettin,’ ” to recent collaborations with indie rock buzz bands Grizzly Bear and Holy Ghost, the five-time Grammy-winner is at once timeless and ever-evolving. Beginning his career singing back-up vocals with Steely Dan, he became a member of The Doobie Brothers and later, launched a successful solo career. He recently appeared in a segment on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” with Fallon sporting McDonald’s trademark white hair and emulating his distinct baritone. Performing Aug. 15 with Aug. 15: Stolen Rhodes and Risky Business Band.