Nashville-based singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega kicking off Alive After Five 2015.
Alive After Five, now in its 29th year, kicked off the summer music season June 3 in the spot it has called home for many years: the Grove Plaza.
“The first one is always my favorite,” said Downtown Boise Association Executive Director Karen Sander. “It’s the start of the summer, school’s out and the weather was great.”
Hundreds turned out for the live music series' kickoff, which featured music by Lindi Ortega and local openers a.k.a Belle.
When construction on City Center Plaza began last summer, there were concerns about whether Alive After Five would be able to return to the Grove—other locations, including Capitol Park and the Basque Block, were considered as alternatives in case the Grove wasn’t safe or spacious enough to host the weekly party. But the Grove felt like it does every Wednesday evening during the summer. It's a place to see and be seen, and despite the construction and the green mesh fencing bisecting the plaza, it was a successful night.
Some attendees were glad the location hadn’t moved.
“It wouldn’t be the same without the fountain,” said Chelsea Newton as her daughter ran through the water.
Newton has been going to Alive After Five for years, and she didn’t think the construction made a huge difference.
“It still has the same jive,” she said.
Sander said that planning ahead for the tighter space made this year's Alive After Five possible without making it feel like a different event.
“It went as well as could be expected,” Sander said. “It’s really part of the community culture—it’s a tradition.