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Music Haven Concert Series 2018 Season Announcement / Press Release


A Passport to the World!


The Music Haven Concert Series is your free ticket

to the four corners of the globe


Music Haven Concert Series 2018

Sundays at 7 p.m.

July 8–Aug. 19

The Music Haven

Central Park, Schenectady, NY



(Rain site for most performances is Proctors)


SCHENECTADY—MAY 17, 2018—The 29th annual Music Haven Concert Series will journey nearly 36,000 miles, from North Africa to South America, and cross from the North Sea to the Gulf of Mexico, in search, as always for the hottest traditional and contemporary global sounds. Recent improvements to Music Haven’s house and hill have increased the venue’s comfort and capacity and become the impetus for longtime producing artistic director Mona Golub to expand and broaden the program.


“I’m passionate about bringing brilliant musicians from all over the world to the Capital Region for audiences here to discover and enjoy. And it’s gratifying to see Music Haven’s reputation continue to grow, both here and abroad,” says Golub. “This summer, I’m particularly thrilled to welcome the U.S. debut of global jazz collective Gabacho Maroc; Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna, the first Chilean artists ever to perform in the series; and the lush a cappella voices of Iberi, from the Republic of Georgia. As always, I relish the opportunity to connect with audience members as they experience the concerts and new creature comforts that make Music Haven such a distinctive destination. This is going to be a spectacular season.”


Niger’s Bombino kicks off the season with stunning guitar work and hypnotic North African Tuareg blues. Gabacho Maroc follows with global jazz informed by Western, Arabic and African influences, the perfect across-the Atlantic precursor to the Chilean pop of Pascuala Ilabaca Y Fauna. The Haitian roots collective Lakou Mizik will shake the rafters of Music Haven with the island sounds of Rara and Vodou. Zydeco returns to Schenectady, with Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers carrying on the legacy of the legendary Rockin’ Dopsie. Scotland’s high-powered Skerryvore melds tradition with modern rock for another exciting Celtic concert at the Central Park.


And Chicago guitarist Toronzo Cannon brings it all back home, headlining a season-closing Blues BBQ guaranteed to satisfy on all fronts.

Music Haven’s annual Summer Social event is wrapped around the Louisiana Zydeco and brass band concert on Sunday, Aug. 5 and features a casual, ticketed dinner buffet under the Central Park pavilion, with a backstage artist meet and greet after the show.


A number of other non-Sunday performances—listed below—will bring Music Haven to life throughout the summer, offering twice as many ways to engage and enjoy the improved facilities as last summer.


“This is the beginning of a new era at Music Haven,” Golub says. “While staying true to our mission of traveling the world one concert at a time, we’re expanding our purview and building collaborative partnerships with presenting and performing organizations across the region—Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Empire State Youth Orchestra, Caffé Lena, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra and SUNY Schenectady County Community College, amongst them.”


Top-rated regional and international artists are also featured as special guests at each concert—from the Grammy-nominated Moroccan chant of Innov Gnawa to the sinuous, eclectic jazz of Heard; the progressive Southern folk of Honeysuckle to the true blues of the Matt Mirabile Band. Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde’s powerful sound marries social justice with a beat, while Bonga & The Vodou Drums of Haiti will entrance and mesmerize in the truest sense of the terms. The New Breed Brass Band and The Schenectady Pipe Band are nearly flip sides of the coin, street music of separate cultures with similarly rich histories.


More Perreca’s returns to Music Haven for the global concerts in 2018, offering classic Italian dinner selections and show-themed ethnic meals for purchase. Wolf Hollow Brewing Company taps a variety of its locally crafted brews on draught for each performance. Nine Pin Cider, from Albany, joins the Music Haven family this season. And Ben & Jerry’s will scoop premium ice cream at each show. A variety of food and beverage will be available for purchase at all shows.


In the case of inclement weather, Proctors remains the official rain site for The Music Haven Concert Series, unless noted otherwise for specific performances.


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, visit Music Haven Concert Series on Facebook, Music Haven Concerts on Instagram or follow the series on Twitter @MusicHavenStage.


The Agnes Macdonald Music Haven is family-friendly, easily accessible and has been oft-voted the “Best Outdoor Concert Venue” in the Capital Region.


General Electric and Price Chopper/Market 32 are the Co-presenting Sponsors for the Music Haven Concert Series.


Concert sponsors include Bast Hatfield, Ben & Jerry’s, Benchemark Printing, The Carlilian Foundation, CDTA, Fenimore Asset Management/FAM Funds, Freihofer’s, Galesi Group, GOYA Foods, Head to Tail Pet Wellness Center, Lia Auto Group, M&T Bank, Mohawk Honda, MVP Health Care, Polar Beverages, Rivers Casino & Resort, The Salmon Law Firm, The Schenectady Foundation, Snapple, and Whiteman Osterman & Hanna.


Media Sponsors are The Daily Gazette, Nippertown, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, WMHT Classical and WEXT/EXIT 97.7, and WRGB-CBS6/WCWN-CW 15.


And seasonal supporters include Adirondack Beverages, Albany Medical Center, Berkshire Bank, Brokers Network, Buzz Media Solutions, COOL Insuring Agency, Inc., Ellis Medicine Foundation, Experience & Creative Design, Jewish Federation of NENY, Mazzone Hospitality, Nigro Companies, Old World Provisions, Reel Seafood Company, Spectrum, Stewart’s Shops and TrustCo Bank.


Join us in traveling the world one concert at a time!


Please direct media enquiries to Music Haven Concert Series Assistant Producer Michael Eck, mandhand@aol.com, 518.669.7690 (media contact information not for publication).



Link for season photos: https://bit.ly/2rihD4g




Music Haven Concert Series 2018


July 8-Bombino


Dubbed the “Sultan of Shred” by The NY Times, Bombino is taking Tuareg ‘desert blues’ worldwide and drawing comparisons to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Neil Young and Jerry Garcia.


Special Guest: Innov Gnawa




Sponsored by: Bast Hatfield, M&T Bank,



July 15-Gabacho Maroc


With its current release atop the Transglobal World Music chart, Gabacho Maroc’s Western, North African and Arabic influenced jazz fusion is poised to make its U.S. debut.


Special Guests: Heard




Sponsored by: Salmon Law Firm, Freihofer’s, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna



July 22-Pascuala Ilabaca Y Fauna


Pascuala Ilabaca is rooted in Chilean tradition, but boldly incorporates influences from her life abroad, in lands like India and Mexico, and from her far-flung listening in jazz, pop and rock.


Special Guest: Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde




Sponsored by GOYA, Benchemark Printing, Snapple



July 29-Lakou Mizik


Formed in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, Lakou Mizik is a Haitian collective of elder legends and rising young talents, who use the healing spirit of Rara and Vodou to inspire pride, strength and hope.


Special Guests: Bonga & The Vodou Drums of Haiti




Sponsored by Galesi Group, Head to Tail Pet Wellness Center, The Schenectady Foundation



Aug. 5-Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers


Scion of Zydeco pioneer Rockin’ Dopsie, Grammy nominated accordionist Dwayne Dopsie takes the form to an even higher level - “This is my calling,” he says, “my heart and soul.”


Special Guests: New Breed Brass Band




Sponsored by MVP Health Care, CDTA, Rivers Casino & Resort



Aug. 12-Skerryvore


From the tiny Scottish isle of Tiree, Skerryvore has exploded across the world, bringing a distinctively rocking Celtic sound from Denmark’s Tonder Festival to New York’s Central Park to the Shanghai Expo.


Special Guests: The Schenectady Pipe Band




Sponsored by Mohawk Honda, The Carlilian Foundation, Fenimore Asset Management/FAM Funds


Rain Site—Niskayuna High School Auditorium




Additional performances at the Music Haven 2018


All shows at 7 p.m.


Tuesday, July 10-Empire Jazz Orchestra


“Encore” will mark retiring SUNY SCCC Dean of Music and EJO founder Dr. William Meckley’s final performance at the helm of his beloved big band.




Co-presented by SCCC—School of Music


Rain site: Carl B. Taylor Auditorium, SCCC



Thursday, July 19-Mile Twelve


Acoustic icon Tim O’Brien, knocked out by the young band’s effortless blend of traditional and modern bluegrass, says, “Mile Twelve is a group to watch in the coming decade”


Special Guests: Honeysuckle




Co-presented by Caffé Lena



Tuesday, July 24-Iberi


An a cappella choir from the Republic of Georgia, Iberi are proponents of their country’s ancient polyphonic song, which has been recognized by UNESCO as a masterpiece of “intangible heritage.”




Co-presented by Troy Savings Bank Music Hall



Wednesday, Aug. 8-CHIME in Concert


Empire State Youth Orchestra (ESYO) CHIME, through intense music mentorship, provides youth musicians from economically disadvantaged communities with the skills to succeed in all areas of their lives.




Presented in association with Empire State Youth Orchestras


Sponsored by Price Chopper/Market 32



Saturday, Aug. 11-The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra


The return of the almost 50-strong SSO, performing a starlit “Evening of Pops” under the baton of guest conductor Brett Wery.





Aug. 19-Blues BBQ featuring Toronzo Cannon


When Chicago Transit Authority bus driver Toronzo Cannon puts down his keys and grabs his guitar pick, watch out – he’s the real thing, playing his music, as his album states, The Chicago Way.


Special Guests: The Matt Mirabile Band




Sponsored by Lia Auto Group, Polar Beverages & WEXT




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July 8-Bombino—North African blues


July 10-Empire Jazz Orchestra—Big band


July 15-Gabacho Maroc—Global jazz


July 19-Mile Twelve—Rising young bluegrass stars


July 22-Pascuala Ilabaca Y Fauna—Chilean pop


July 24-Iberi Choir—A cappella Georgian polyphony


July 29-Lakou Mizik—Haitian Rara and Vodou


Aug. 5-Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers—Louisiana Zydeco


Aug. 8-CHIME—Classical music by local students


Aug. 11-The Schenectady Symphony Orchestra—Evening of pops


Aug. 12-Skerryvore—Scottish folk-rock


Aug. 19-Blues BBQ featuring Toronzo Cannon—Chicago blues



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