Music Haven 2015 lineup

Red Baraat band

Red Baraat will be there in July. (Their music is really fun.)

Here's the lineup for this summer's Music Haven concert series in Schenectady's Central Park, which is now in its 26th season. The Sunday evening series starts up June 26 28.

One of the things that sets Music Haven apart from the other summer series is that it tends to focus on world, jazz, and roots music. And this year is no different.

Blurbage via Music Haven. Rain site is Proctors.

June 28: Novalima
With: Maria Zemantauski and GX3+
"The Andes meet electronica in the pioneering Afro-Peruvian fusion of Novalima. This dazzling collective, which began with the sharing of files across the globe, has evolved into a groove-laden sound-system that melds authentic South American music with infectious dance beats."

July 12: Red Baraat
With: Hot Tamale Brass Band
"Sunny Jain's cross-cultural drum and brass ensemble pumps out an irresistible vibe, juxtaposing the Punjabi rhythms of Indian Bhangra with the exuberant second-line funk of New Orleans parade music. Maybe that's why NPR calls them, 'The best party band in years.'"

July 19: Steeleye Span
With: Ulster Landing
"Perhaps the most beloved British roots band of all time, Steeleye Span has forged its iconic blend of haunting traditional melodies and folk-rocking arrangements since 1969. Maddy Prior's transcendent voice seethes with truth and passion; the band's sound rings with history and fire."


July 26: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
With: Baye Kouyate and les Tougarakes
"Mali's Bassekou Kouyate is a true master of the ngoni, an ancient West African lute. In addition to leading his own dynamic band, he has sparkled alongside other musical luminaries such as Paul McCartney, Bela Fleck, Taj Mahal, Toumani Diabate and Ali Farka Toure."

August 2: The Joey Alexander Trio
With: SCCC Jazz Combo
"Introducing 11-year-old Indonesian jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander, whose rising star has caught the attention of Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis. On the heels of his debut release, the young upstart has begun to tour, wowing critics and fans alike with interpretations of Coltrane, Monk and Ellington."

August 9: Felicia Collins & The Life
With: Bobbie Van Detta & The Split
"After two decades on David Letterman with the CBS Orchestra, Albany-bred guitarist Felicia Collins returns to make her own music for the hometown crowd. Collins is a formidable instrumentalist, but also a fine singer, and The Life tackles blues, funk and rock with equal poise."
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More summer series:
+ At the Plaza 2015
+ Alive at Five 2015 lineup
+ Troy Rockin' on the River 2015

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