The 2017 Music Haven Concert Series

July 9, 16, 23, 30  August 6, 13

Sundays at 7 PM  Always Free

The Agnes Macdonald Music Haven Stage - Central Park - Schenectady, NY

Rain site for all performances is Proctors.


Superstar accordionist/fiddler whose self-titled debut remains the top-selling traditional Irish album of all time makes a rare U.S. appearance to share her new African-inspired release, Sacred Earth.




Sponsored by: Bast Hatfield, M&T Bank, Ben & Jerry’s

Special Guest: John Doyle


The original Afropop pioneers, whose long-awaited Capital Region premiere will unleash an iconic Malian mix of scintillating electric guitar, infectious vocals and irresistibly danceable rhythms.



Sponsored by: Freihofer’s, Head to Tail, Lia Auto Group

Special Guests: JoJo Abot


These reigning Latin Grammy winners honed their percolating, propulsive sound at the world-famous Casa de Trova en route to becoming the international ambassadors of Cuban music.



Sponsored by GOYA, Benchemark Printing, Snapple

 Special Guests: Radio Jarocho


The first of their genre to take home the “traditional folk” Grammy back in 1998, Louisiana’s premier purveyors of Cajun music have been electrifying dance floors around the globe ever since.



Sponsored by Galesi Group, Polar, The Schenectady Foundation

Special Guests: Vishtèn


Direct from the world-famous Newport Jazz Festival, this groundbreaking sextet melds Western jazz with traditional Middle Eastern instruments and the exotic sounds of Arabic maqam.




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

Special Guests: Cliff Brucker & Full Circle

August 13 YEMEN BLUES with Ravid Kahalani

Yemeni-born, Israeli-raised Ravid Kahalani and his fearless band promise a dance party of global proportions, swirling with liturgical chant, Arabic melodies, North African grooves, jazz, funk and soul.



Sponsored by Mohawk Honda, Spectrum Reach, FAM Funds

Special Guests: Ahmed AlShaiba

Music Haven Concert Series 2017 Season Announcement / Press Release

Crossing borders, breaking down barriers,

Music Haven Concert Series is a globetrotting extravaganza!


Music Haven Concert Series 2017

Sundays at 7 p.m.

July 9–August 13

The Agnes Macdonald Music Haven Stage

Central Park, Schenectady, NY


(Rain site for all performances is Proctors)


SCHENECTADY—MAY 25, 2017—The 28th annual Music Haven Concert Series is a globetrotting extravaganza, packed, as always, with diverse performers, cutting edge players and renowned trailblazers. Music Haven patrons have come to expect the best, trusting Producing Artistic Director Mona Golub to be their guide.


“I’ve curated this summer’s itinerary with a focus on crossing borders and breaking down barriers, in celebration of our shared humanity,” says Golub. “To that end, we’ll be hosting artists from Ireland, West Africa, Cuba, Louisiana, and visiting Veracruz, Iraq, Prince Edward and the Magdalen Islands and Yemen for first time.“


Legendary accordionist and fiddler Sharon Shannon opens the season on a lush Celtic note with global perspective, followed by the fearless Amadou & Mariam—a dynamic live act that has fused the deep grooves of West Africa with European pop overtones for 30 years. Septeto Santiaguero transports Schenectady to a sweltering Cuban nightclub for nonstop dancing while the world’s premier Cajun band, Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet stoke the fire, Louisiana-style. Amir ElSaffar & Two Rivers Ensemble honor jazz, as Music Haven is wont, with a distinctly Middle Eastern twist. And Yemen Blues takes the series home with a bold blend of Arabian funk, jazz and soul.


“I’m particularly thrilled to welcome Afropop pioneers Amadou & Mariam and recently crowned Latin Grammy winners Septeto Santiaguero to Music Haven, and relish the opportunity to introduce Amir ElSaffar’s brilliant hybrid of Western jazz and Arabic maqam to our Summer Social audience on August 6.”


The latter event features a casual, ticketed dinner buffet under the Central Park pavilion, with a backstage artist meet and greet after the show.


“We’ll be musically traveling more than 26,000 miles this summer from start to finish,” says Golub, “all in the comfort of Central Park.”


Talented local and international artists are also featured as special guests at each concert, ranging from the mesmerizing Celtic tones of famed Solas guitarist John Doyle to the global fusion of vocalist/performance artist Jojo Abot. The Mexican countryside music of Radio Jarocho balances the joyous Acadian fiddle scrape of Vishten, and Cliff Brucker & Full Circle’s probing post-Bop improvisations provide the foil for the pop-leaning interpretations of Yemeni oud master Ahmed AlShaiba.


More Perreca’s joins Music Haven this season as stageside restauranteur, with a winning combination of classic Italian dinner selections and show-themed ethnic meals for purchase. Wolf Hollow Brewing Company will tap a variety of their locally-crafted brews on draught. 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, 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, 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, CDTA, FAM Funds, Freihofer’s, Galesi Group, GOYA Foods, Inc., Hampton Inn & Suites, Head to Tail Pet Wellness Center, Lia Auto Group, M&T Bank, Mohawk Honda, MVP Health Care, Polar Beverages, Rivers Casino & Resort, The Schenectady Foundation, Snapple and Spectrum Reach.


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


And seasonal supporters include Adirondack Beverages, Albany Medical Center, Berkshire Bank, Buzz Media Solutions, The Carlilian Foundation, COOL Insuring Agency, Inc., Ellis Medicine, Experience & Creative Design, Jewish Federation of NENY, Mazzone Hospitality, Mohawk Harbor Courtyard by Marriott, Nigro Companies, Old World Provisions, The Salmon Law Firm, Stewart’s Shops, Tablecloths for Granted and TrustCo Bank.


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


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