Music Haven Announces 34th Annual International Concert Series

Music Haven announced the return of their beloved summer series of international music. From July 7 to September 6, Music Haven will host diverse performances for Schenectady residents.

Each concert will feature artists from different parts of the world, from Brazilian Jazz to Zimbabwean Afro Fusion. Schenectady’s Central Park will host the series in their award winning outdoor venue. Music Haven has transported viewers on a musical trip around the world for over 30 years.

In addition to the returning festival, Music Haven is excited to introduce their new Blues BBQ, and a three-part film and event series.

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The Agnes MacDonald Music Haven is a family-friendly, accessible venue that has been voted “Best Outdoor Concert Venue” in the Capital Region. In addition to an excellent venue, the series will boast a collection of local craft beverages from Frog Alley and Wolf Hollow Brewing Companies and Nine Pin Cider. Ben and Jerry’s ice cream will also be available at each show, along with Yanni’s 2-go and Flacos Tacos.

Music Haven will welcome special guests as exciting as their headliners.

The series will open with Mokoomba, a Zimbabwean Afro Fusion group with infectiously danceable music. Special guest Jordan Taylor Hill will join Mokoomba with West African drums and dance.

The next performance will feature Buckwheat Zydeco Jr. & The Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band for an evening of Louisiana Zydeco, a unique blend of jazz, blues, and Indigenous Creole influences. Special guest The Brass Machine will bring New Orleans style jazz .

Afterwards, the next performance will feature Balkan Brass, Roma (gypsy) accordion, and Slavic Soul Party jazz. Special guest Niva will perform Izverna, Macedonian roots music. The musical globetrotting trip will visit Ireland with Goitse, Live Ireland’s “Traditional Group of the Year”. The Capital region’s own Hair of the Dog will join Goitse.

More jazz will follow with Brazilian artist Anat Cohen, Jazz Journalists Association’s “Clarinetist of the Year”. Additionally, the jazz quartet Art D’echo Trio will be joined by percussionist Brian Melick.

Cuban musician Eliades Ochoa will perform classic Cuban Son. Cuban sextet Bolero Blues, led by Walter Ramos, will join Ochoa.

Music Haven will also feature food from around the world.

A full list of Music Haven’s summer events is available below, along with a news interview regarding the 2023 season.

Music Haven 2024

*7 p.m. Sundays

July 7Mokoomba (Afrofusion)

Special Guests: Crossroads—Jordan Taylor Hill

Sponsors: M&T Bank, Fidelis Care, Benchemark Printing 

July 14: Buckwheat Zydeco Jr. & The Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band (Zydeco)

Special Guests: The Brass Machine

Sponsors: WellNow Urgent Care, Snapple, Broadview FCU 

July 21: Slavic Soul Party (Balkan Brass Roma Gypsy Funk Band)

Special Guest: Niva

Sponsors: Freihofer’s, The Carlilian Foundation, Buzz Media 

July 28: Goitse (Traditional Irish)

Special Guest: Hair of the Dog

Sponsors: Fenimore Asset Management, Polar Beverages, CDTA

August 4: Anat Cohen Quartetinho (Brazilian Jazz)

Special Guest: Art D’echo Trio +1

Sponsors: The Salmon Law Firm, Transfinder, DeCrescente Distributing Co.

August 11: Eliades Ochoa (Classic Cuban Son)

Special Guests: Bolero Blues 

Sponsors: Goya, Mohawk Honda, Rivers Casino & Resort

August 18: Banda Magda (Global Folk & Jazz Songs)

Special Guests: TBA 

Sponsors: Peregrine Engineering Consulting, Head to Tail, Gallagher

Additional performances at Music Haven 2024

Monday, August 5, 7 PM: SUNY Schenectady Jazz Faculty Combo

With Featured Guest Delfeayo Marsalis

Sponsor: SUNY Schenectady 

Friday, August 9, 7 PM: 42nd Infantry Division Band of the New York Army National Guard

Saturday, August 10, 7 PM: Schenectady-Saratoga Symphony Orchestra, ‘A Tribute to John Williams’

Sponsors: Fenimore Asset Management and Classical WMHT

Friday, August 16, 5:00 – 9:30 PM: Blues BBQ 

Blood Brothers With Misty Blues and Piedmont Bluz

Saturday, August 24, 7 PM: MOP*CO Improv Theater “Spontaneous Broadway”

Supported in part by a Schenectady County Arts & Culture Grant

Alfresco Film & Event Series

Presented in partnership with Film Schenectady

Friday, August 23 5:00-10:00 PM: ‘Bollywood Night’                               

Featuring Veena & Devesh Chandra, Lalita Ramnauth, Indian & Guyanese Food, & Fun followed by a screening of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge  

MC: Mahendra Prag

Supported by an NEA grant through NYS Folklore

Friday, August 30 5:00-9:30 PM: ‘Reggae Sunset’ 

Featuring Meta & The Cornerstones, Caribbean Food & Fun, followed by a screening of Bob Marley: One Love  

MC: Sir Walford

Sponsor: MVP Health Care

Friday, September 6 5:00-9:30 PM: ‘Paint the Park Pink’

Featuring FLY 92.3, Classic Summer & Pink Food & Fun, followed by a screening of the award-winning blockbuster, Barbie

Sponsored by First New York Federal Credit Union

Supported in part by FairGame and Schenectady County Arts & Culture Grants

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