Photographs by Stanley Johnson
Additional photographs by Richard Brody
Now celebrating its 25th anniversary season, the Music Haven in Schenectady’a Central Park has always lived up to its motto – “Traveling the world one concert at a time.”
Last Sunday (July 20), the free Sunday night concert series landed in Cuba, and following Maria Zemantauski’s opening set of spark-inducing flamenco guitar music, Conjunto Chappotin y Sus Estrellas took the stage, fired up the crowd and set the evening ablaze with their irresistibly percolating music.
“In all the years that I’ve been going to these concerts, I can’t remember the last time that I saw so many people dancing at the Music Haven,” declared one veteran concert-goer.
The Music Haven’s global musical excursion travels upriver from rural Mississippi to urban Chicago on Sunday (July 27), when Grammy Award-winning blues harmonica kingpin James Cotton blows into Schenectady. Nippertown’s own blues guitar great Matt Mirabile opens the show at 7pm. Admission is, of course, FREE. In the event of inclement weather, Schenectady’s Proctors is the rain site for the concert.