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Steeleye Span featuring Maddy Prior
with special guests Ulster Landing
7 p.m. Sunday, July 19
The Agnes Macdonald Music Haven Stage
Central Park, Schenectady, NY
Free
www.musichavenstage.org
(Rain site for all performances is Proctors)
 
Summer 2015 Music Haven Concert Series
Prepares for a legendary night of West African music
 
Bassekou Kouyatè & Ngoni Ba
with special guests Baye Kouyatè and les Tougarakes
7 p.m. Sunday, July 26
The Agnes Macdonald Music Haven Stage
Central Park, Schenectady, NY
Free
(Rain site for all performances is Proctors)
 
David Letterman guitarist concludes
Summer 2015 Music Haven Concert Series
 
Felicia Collins comes home with all-star band!
 
Felicia Collins
with special guests Bobbie Van Detta and The Split
7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9
The Agnes Macdonald Music Haven Stage
Central Park, Schenectady, NY
Free
(Rain site for all performances is Proctors)
 
See below for details on the Music Haven’s ticketed Summer Social gala event on Aug. 9.
 
SCHENECTADY—JULY 27, 2015—"Albany's where I got all my soul from," Felicia Collins told the Times Union’s Paul Grondahl in January. At the time, Collins was finishing up an incredible 22-year stint as guitarist in the CBS Orchestra, the hand-picked house band for The Late Show with David Letterman.
 
Now, with that famous gig in the history books, Collins is exploring new musical options and the Music Haven Concert Series is so proud to bring the Albany native home for a special gala appearance.
 
Born in Jackson, Tennessee and brought to the Bronx two months later, Collins spent her youth in downtown Albany’s Arbor Hill neighborhood. She spied her first guitar in the window of a Broadway pawnshop and jumped off the bus to get a better look. According to Grondahl, she convinced the shopkeeper to call her mother, who authorized buying the electric, whammy-barred beast on the installment plan.
 
Self-taught, Collins learned speed, precision and tone by practicing for hours each day. The hard work paid off, and when the Bishop Maginn graduate moved to Manhattan for college (at the Fashion Institute of Technology), she immediately began to find work as a side musician and vocalist for serious stars.
 
Through connections with Chic mastermind Nile Rogers, Collins landed her first touring gig with 80s hitmakers The Thompson Twins. She played her first gig with the group at 1985’s epic Live Aid concert. Soon, she was touring with jazz/pop vocalist Al Jarreau and, over the years, working and recording with high profile artists like Madonna, Vonda Shepard, George Clinton, Whitney Houston, Ashford & Simpson, Aretha Franklin, N’Dea Davenport and many more before aligning with Paul Shaffer and his famous TV ensemble.
 
But now, with Letterman retired and the CBS Orchestra disbanded, Collins has the opportunity to focus on her own music, and she is ready to raise the roof at the Music Haven.
 
Longtime CBS band mate Anton Fig will join Collins in Schenectady, locking in the groove she’s played to for so long. And fans from TV will finally get a chance to see just what Collins has to offer as bandleader and vocalist, in addition to her renowned six-string skills.
 
 
Chances are you’ve heard Bobbie Van Detta play even if you don’t know his name. In addition to his association with the mighty Audiostars, Van Detta has performed and recorded with a who’s who of the region’s best musicians, ranging from Doc Scanlon’s Rhythm Boys to Mark Gamsjager & The Lustre Kings; to Colleen Pratt, Happy Rhodes and Woodstock’s Professor Louie & The Crowmatix. This time, though, with his own all-star band, it’s Bobbie’s time to shine, front and center.
 
 
N.B. The Music Haven Concert Series Annual Summer Social will be held
5-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, in concert with the season-ending performance by Felicia Collins.
For details on reserved seating, delicious food and decadent afterglow party,
 
Home Style Caterers will be on site with a variety of complete meals, snacks and beverages, beginning at 6 p.m. each Sunday—including special entrees themed to each evening’s entertainment, with authentic NYC barbecue and pizza for Collins’ performance. 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.
 
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!

 

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