Music Haven 2017 lineup

musicians Amadou Mariam

Afropop duo Amadou & Mariam will be there in July.

The lineup for this summer's Music Haven series in Schenectady's Central Park is out.

One of the things that distinguishes Music Haven among the free summer concert series is its focus on world, jazz, and roots music. Press release blurbage for this year:

"I've curated this summer's itinerary with a focus on crossing borders and breaking down barriers, in celebration of our shared humanity," says [producing artistic director Mona] 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."

The series starts July 9. Here's the lineup...

Shows start at 7 pm. Rain site is Proctors. Blurbage via Music Haven.

July 9: Sharon Shannon
With: John Doyle
"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."

July 16: Amadou & Mariam
With: Jojo Abot
"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."

July 23: El Septeto Santiaguero
With: Radio Jarocho
"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."

July 30: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
With: Vishten
"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."

August 6: Amir ElSaffar & Two Rivers Ensemble
With: Cliff Brucker & Full Circle
"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."

August 13: Yemen Blues
With: Ahmed Alshaiba
"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."

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Earlier
+ Brown's Summer Sessions 2017
+ Freedom Park 2017 concert series lineup
+ Made in the Shade 2017
+ Rockin' on the River 2017
+ Blues Traveler at Schenectady County SummerNight 2017
+ Upbeat on the Roof 2017

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