'The Music Haven Concert Series celebrates 25 years in Central Park!
Silver anniversary season sparkles with sounds from around the world.
The Summer 2014 Music Haven Concert Series
Sundays at 7 p.m.
June 29-August 10
The Agnes Macdonald Music Haven Stage
Central Park, Schenectady, NY
Free to the public
(Rain site for all performances is Proctors)
SCHENECTADY—Summer 2014 marks 25 years of world-class performances in Central Park under the artistic direction of Mona Golub, and the Music Haven Concert Series is celebrating its silver anniversary with a stunning line-up of international artists playing music of many cultures.
Zimbabwe’s Mokoomba opens the season with its debut performance on American soil. Likewise, Cuba’s legendary Conjunto Chappottin y Sus Estrellas is on its first stateside tour, and making its regional premiere at the Music Haven. And classic bluesman James Cotton anchors the mid-season gala, making for a night that’s sure to be remembered.
“It’s been a thrill to bring such incredible concerts/music to Schenectady for all these years,” says Music Haven’s Producing Artistic Director Mona Golub. “And I am continually gratified by our diverse, multigenerational audiences, who open their ears, hearts and minds to the music. The magic that results is as much a product of the artistic energy on stage as it is the audience’s respect and enthusiasm for the cultural experience. This season will definitely be one of our strongest ever,” she added.
Louisiana legends Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, Celtic fiddler Eileen Ivers and Brian Carpenter’s brilliant Ghost Train Orchestra complete the 2014 lineup of free Sunday concerts in Central Park (There is no performance on July 6). The best local and international artists will also be special guests at each concert, ranging from the exquisite flamenco stylings of Maria Zemantauski to the bristling electric blues of Matt Mirabile. Balafon master Famoro Dioubate will make June 29’s opening night with Mokoomba positively epic.
Home Style Caterers will be stepping up their established offer of quality concessions to include a variety of complete meals, snacks and beverages - some of which will accent the theme of the evening’s musical offerings - beginning at 6 p.m. each Sunday. Ben & Jerry’s has rejoined the Music Haven concessions team to offer premium ice cream to concert patrons.
Proctors, which served as a rain site for select shows during the 1990’s and early 2000’s, has teamed up with Music Haven this year to become the official rain site for the entire season, in case of inclement weather.
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 Music Haven over the past quarter century, visit our newly launched Facebook page - www.facebook.com/pages/Music-Haven-Concert-Series/280439965464369 or follow the series on Twitter @MusicHavenStage.
The Agnes McDonald Music Haven is family-friendly, easily accessible and has been oft-voted the “Best Summer Outdoor Venue” in the Capital Region.
Join us in traveling the world one concert at a time!
The Music Haven Concert Series 2014
Hailing from the remote, rural village of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Mokoomba makes its very first appearance on American soil at Music Haven! Dance to the electrifying mix of traditional Tongan rhythms and modern Afro-fusion beats, which has been thrilling audiences abroad for years.
Special Guest: Kakande Quartet
July 13–Eileen Ivers
She’s played with Sting, Hall & Oates, The Chieftains and Patti Smith. She’s the original star of “Riverdance” and a nine-time All Ireland Fiddle Champion. She’s been called “The Jimi Hendrix of the violin” and "The future of the Celtic fiddle." Billboard says, “Nobody does it better than Eileen Ivers.”
Special Guest: Annalivia
July 20–Conjunto Chappottìn y Sus Estrellas
With roots stretching back to the 1940s, Conjunto Chappottin y sus Estrellas is one of the most renowned ‘Son’ bands in all of Cuba. This classic and classy big band—on its first tour of America— features horns, vocals, congas and bongos in a vibrant dance explosion of Afro-Cuban grooves.
Special Guest: Maria Zemantauski
July 27–James Cotton
Tunica, Mississippi’s “Superharp” is celebrating 70 years in showbiz. He’s a living link to blues greats like Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, and a legend in his own right. From his first 15-cent harmonica to superstar status, Cotton is the heart of the blues.
Special Guest: Matt Mirabile
August 3–Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys
As a founding member of Opelousas, Louisiana’s legendary Zydeco Force, Jeffery Broussard’s accordion and fiddle drove the influential nouveau Zydeco movement. With his Creole Cowboys, Broussard returns to his roots, making R&B-inflected dance music that honors the past while charting Zydeco’s bright future.
Special Guest: Ramblin' Jug Stompers
August 10–Ghost Train Orchestra
Brian Carpenter’s GTO echoes the “Hothouse Stomp” of 1920s Harlem and Chicago as well as the exquisite, romping "chamber jazz" of the 1930s. They’ve been called “a joyous vaudevillian ride,” and “a delightful trip through a retro aural funhouse,” conjuring up what NPR refers to as “old music, which somehow sounds new.”
Special Guest: Colleen Pratt & Friends
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