STAMFORD, CT--(Marketwired - Jul 5, 2013) - Nothing beats the heat (or the summer doldrums) quite like catching an outdoor concert. But when that concert happens in your own backyard once a week, well, it's enough to make anyone forget the rising mercury and look forward to the longer days. Luckily for Stamford's residents and visitors, one such concert series is a fixture in the neighborhood and a great way to experience the city.

The Alive@Five annual concert series occurs each Thursday evening in downtown Stamford's Columbus Park. Coordinated by the Stamford Downtown Special Services District, the series features new bands every week, from The Wallflowers to Ryan Cabrera, Michael McDonald and more. And though the stage is outdoors, concertgoers can count on these Thursday performances, rain or shine.

Since concerts begin at 5 p.m. and last well into the night, the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa serves as the ideal pre-show gathering spot. Music lovers can stop in for an early dinner at Sam's American Bistro, or they can end the evening at Northern Lights Bar and Lounge. As one of Stamford's favorite lounges, Northern Lights has earned a reputation for tempting cocktails and a stylish wine bar where people flock as much for the vintages as for the scene. And with a downtown location that is at the heart of the action and yet still near cities like Greenwich, Connecticut and Long Island, this Stamford bar and lounge can't be beat for convenience.

Of course, whether visitors are following their favorite bands to Stamford or just happen to be in town at the right time to catch a show, everyone will be pleased by their experience at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa. Mini-refrigerators, high-speed wireless Internet access, flat-panel HD televisions and Marriott Revive bedding with mattress toppers and 300-threadcount linens make the hotel rooms some of the best in the city. And the full-service Agora spa on the second floor is just the ticket for backs and necks that need a little TLC after an evening spent cheering and singing along.

As a sponsor of the Alive@Five concert series, the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa is committed to supporting its community and to providing its guests with the city's most authentic experiences.

About Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa
Located in downtown Stamford, the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa is just steps away from major businesses, a quick drive away from Chelsea Piers and a train-ride away from New York City. With so many immediate influences, it's no wonder the hotel can accommodate an equally diverse repertoire of needs. The recently renovated 502 guestrooms, along with the hotel's six suites, feature Marriott Revive bedding with 300-threadcount linens, complimentary high-speed Internet, flat-panel HD televisions and mini-refrigerators. The 18 meeting rooms, meanwhile, include wireless and wired Internet, teleconferencing and videoconferencing capabilities and 27,000 square feet of space. Standing by to transform these same stylish spaces -- like the 9,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom -- into stunning event venues are certified wedding planners and an accomplished catering staff. But since meetings, travel and even events can be stressful, the hotel is also equipped with a variety of relaxing offerings. The new lobby, for example, welcomes guests with complimentary wireless Internet, while the three concierge levels and onsite Agora Spa (which offers body treatments, facials, massages and a steam room) are ready to indulge them. Sam's American Bistro serves up three delicious meals a day, and the Northern Lights Bar and Lounge is the perfect place for locals and visitors to unwind at the end of the day. A heated indoor pool and seasonal outdoor pool, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center, provide on-property options for those looking to stay active. Other sports -- like golf, tennis, sailing and rock-climbing -- are all within easy distance of this cosmopolitan hotel and spa.

243 Tresser Boulevard · Stamford, Connecticut 06901 USA 203-357-9555

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Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa
243 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06901