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The Music Haven Concert Series lights up Central Park!

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The Music Haven Concert Series lights up Central Park!
Travel the world one concert at a time—from Peru to Mali,
from India to England…and back home again
The Summer 2015 Music Haven Concert Series
Sundays at 7 p.m.
June 28-August 9
The Agnes Macdonald Music Haven Stage
Central Park, Schenectady, NY
(Rain site for all performances is Proctors)
SCHENECTADY—MAY 18, 2015—The Music Haven Concert Series kicks off its second quarter century of free open-air concerts with an impressive line-up of world-class performances in Schenectady’s Central Park.
“This summer, ‘traveling the world one concert at a time’ will include visits to Peru, Mali, England, Ireland and the Punjab region of India, as well as New York City, by way of Bali and good old Albany,” says Producing Artistic Director Mona Golub. “The unifying element for all of the concerts is simply the top shelf caliber of the talent.”
Novalima opens the season with a pioneering explosion of Afro-Peruvian music influenced by the modern sounds of electronica. Red Baraat, an international brass and dhol drum-driven collective will keep the rhythm pulsating with its Indian Bhangra-inflected thrum. Steeleye Span lets loose their iconic British folk-rock, led by the transcendent voice of Maddy Prior. Malian ngoni (lute) master Bassekou Kouyate, and his band Ngoni Ba, are sure to ignite a West-African dance party. The Joey Alexander Trio, led by the 11-year-old Indonesian jazz piano prodigy touring behind his debut release, will astonish and delight. And Albany’s own Felicia Collins—fresh from a 22-year stint with David Letterman’s CBS Orchestra—brings home the blues and more for the grand finale, completing the 2015 lineup of free Sunday concerts. (There is no performance on July 5.)
“Music Haven’s unique ‘outdoor concert hall’ sensibility creates cultural experiences that make Central Park a destination for adventurous audiences,” says Golub, who was honored in 2014 with a Patroon Award, the city’s highest honor, for her dedication to bringing accessible, diverse entertainment to Schenectady.
“We’ve got high quality concessions and raffle prizes that accent the musical genres being presented. We’ve got ample space for listening and dancing. And we’ve got information-packed playbills highlighting each artist and their new releases, which are often signed during personal exchanges after the show.”
Talented local and international artists will (also) be special guests at each concert, ranging from Maria Zemantauski’s adventurous new GX3+ combo to the Hot Tamale Brass Band, the official revelers of the Red Sox. The Irish/Scottish/English stylings of Boston’s Ulster Landing will delight trad fans. And talking drummer Baye Kouyate and his special guests Famoro Diabate (balafon) and Yacouba Diabate (kora) will make July 26 a night of African music for the history books. Additionally, the award-winning Schenectady County Community College Jazz Combo proves the mettle of musicians in our own backyard.
Home Style Caterers returns with a variety of complete meals, snacks and beverages, beginning at 6 p.m. each Sunday. And Ben & Jerry’s will scoop premium ice cream at each show.
In the case of inclement weather, Proctors remains the official rain site for the Music Haven Concert Series—which was the recipient of a Good News Award from The Chamber of Schenectady County in April of this year.
For biographical information about the artists scheduled to perform, related news articles and archives of seasons past, visit Music Haven’s website, www.musichavenstage.org. For updates and new details about upcoming shows—including weather calls—or to offer comments about your experiences at the Music Haven, visit the Music Haven Concert Series on Facebook, or follow the series on Twitter @MusicHavenStage.
The Agnes Macdonald Music Haven is family-friendly, easily accessible and has been oft-voted the “Best Summer Outdoor Venue” in the Capital Region.
Price Chopper and General Electric are the Presenting Co-Sponsors for the Music Haven Concert Series. Concert and Media Sponsors: Bast Hatfield, CBS6, CDTA, The Daily Gazette, Fenimore Asset Management, Galesi Group, GOYA Foods, Hampton Inn & Suites–Albany Airport, Lia Auto Group, MVP Health Care, Polar Beverages, Snapple, Time Warner Cable and WAMC Northeast Public Radio. Supporters: City of Schenectady, COOL Insuring Agency, KeyBank, NBT Bank, Proctors, SI Group, Stewart’s Shops, Transfinder, and TrustCo Bank.
Join us in traveling the world one concert at a time!
The 2015 Music Haven Concert Series
June 28–Novalima
The Andes meet electronica in the pioneering Afro-Peruvian fusion of Novalima. This dazzling collective, which began with the sharing of files across the globe, has evolved into a groove-laden sound-system that melds authentic South American music with infectious dance beats.
Special Guests: Maria Zemantauski and GX3+
July 12–Red Baraat
Sunny Jain’s cross-cultural drum and brass ensemble pumps out an irresistible vibe, juxtaposing the Punjabi rhythms of Indian Bhangra with the exuberant second-line funk of New Orleans parade music. Maybe that’s why NPR calls them, “The best party band in years.”
Special Guests: Hot Tamale Brass Band
July 19–Steeleye Span
Perhaps the most beloved British roots band of all time, Steeleye Span has forged its iconic blend of haunting traditional melodies and folk-rocking arrangements since 1969. Maddy Prior’s transcendent voice seethes with truth and passion; the band’s sound rings with history and fire.
Special Guests: Ulster Landing
July 26–Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Mali’s Bassekou Kouyate is a true master of the ngoni, an ancient West African lute. In addition to leading his own dynamic band, he has sparkled alongside other musical luminaries such as Paul McCartney, Bela Fleck, Taj Mahal, Toumani Diabate and Ali Farka Toure.
Special Guests: Baye Kouyate and les Tougarakes
August 2–Joey Alexander Trio
Introducing 11-year-old Indonesian jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander, whose rising star has caught the attention of Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis. On the heels of his debut release, the young upstart has begun to tour, wowing critics and fans alike with interpretations of Coltrane, Monk and Ellington.
Special Guests: SCCC Jazz Combo
August 9–Felicia Collins & The Life
After two decades on David Letterman with the CBS Orchestra, Albany-bred guitarist Felicia Collins returns to make her own music for the hometown crowd. Collins is a formidable instrumentalist, but also a fine singer, and The Life tackles blues, funk and rock with equal poise.
Special Guests: TBA
June 28–Novalima Highly danceable Afro-Peruvian fusion
July 12–Red Baraat Indian Bhangra rhythm meets New Orleans brass funk
July 19–Steeleye Span Iconic British folk rock band
July 26–Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba West African lute master and his dynamic band
August 3–Joey Alexander Trio 11-year-old jazz piano prodigy
August 9–Felicia Collins & The Life David Letterman guitarist will rock hometown crowd


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