Update: The Music Haven @ Schenectady’s Central Park


Update: One new show and several new opening acts have just been announced. The concert series kicks off this Sunday, June 28. NOTE: Showtimes are now 7pm except where noted.

The Agnes Macdonald Music Haven hosted its inaugural season of multi-cultural concerts in Schenectady’s Central Park a decade ago, and artistic director Mona Golub has stood by her battlecry, “Travel the world, one concert at a time,” ever since. And the 2009 summer season is certainly no exception, featuring a very intriguing line-up that stretches geographically from the Louisiana Cajun sounds of the Pine Leaf Boys to the Latin dance party of the 11-piece Scottish band
Salsa Celtica.

Hawaiian ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro will simply amaze you with the sounds he can coax from his tiny four-string instrument And local favorites – polka kings the Rymanowski Brothers Orchestra, old-timey combo Red Hen and the beloved Ruth “Miss Music Mobile” Pelham – will have their moments as headliners as well.

But the highlight of the season is likely to be African legend and juju music master King Sunny Ade.

All shows at the Music Haven will take place on Sundays at 7pm.

Here’s the rundown so far:

June 28: Jake Shimabukuro with Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned
July 5: Sandra St. Victor with the Michael Louis Smith Trio
July 12: King Sunny Ade and His African Beats with the Umoja Drummers & Dancers
July 19: The Pine Leaf Boys
July 26: Salsa Celtica
August 2: The Jazzmobile featuring Jimmy Owens with the Erica Lindsay-Francesca Tanksley Quartet
August 9, 5:30pm: Folk Festival featuring Red Hen, the Whippersnappers, the Stillhouse Rounders and John Kirk & Trish Miller
August 16: The Rymanowski Brothers Orchestra
August 23: Ruth Pelham and Ramblin Jug Stompers
Ruth Pelham and the Music Mobile will also offer a special kids’ session at the Music Haven at 10am on Thursdays, August 13 and 20.

Real Good For Free: RiverLink Park, Amsterdam (Saturdays)
Real Good For Free: Halfmoon (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Sand Lake Summer Fest (Fri-Sun, July 10-12)
Real Good For Free: Chestertown (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Bolton Landing (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Greenport Park, Hudson (Fridays)
Real Good for Free: The Sounds of Salem (Saturday mornings)
Real Good For Free: AHMF @ Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Latin Fest @ Washington Park (Sat. Aug. 29)
Real Good for Free: The Clark @ Williamstown (Tuedays)
Real Good For Free: Skidmore Jazz (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Schenectady Central Park (Sunday afternoons)
Real Good For Free: Clifton Park (Sundays)
Real Good for Free: Albany Public Library (Third Fridays)
Real Good for Free: At The Plaza, Albany (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Skidmore’s Tang Museum (Fridays)
Real Good For Free: Rockin’ on the River, Troy (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Pearl Street Live (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Freedom Park, Scotia (Various days)
Real Good For Free: Jazz on Jay (Thursdays at noon)
Real Good For Free: Cook Park, Colonie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Lake George (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Schodack (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Canajoharie (Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Guilderland (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Alive @ 5 (Thursdays)
Real Good For Free: Powers Park (Saturdays)

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