LIVE: Mokoomba @ Music Haven at Central Park, 6/29/14

July 11th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg


Photographs by Stanley Johnson

With Mona Golub at the helm, the slogan for the Music Haven Concert Series is, “Traveling the world one concert at a time,” and the series kicked off its 25th anniversary season last month in Africa.

Not just any African band, either. Mokoomba hails from the isolated town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, and their appearance in Schenectady’s Central Park was their first ever concert on American soil. And what a concert it was. led by vocalist Mathias Muzaza, Mokoomba was all-around terrific: great dancers, great singers and great players.

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LIVE: Lights @ Central Park’s Summer Stage, NYC, 6/29/13

July 5th, 2013, 12:00 pm by Greg

Lights (photo by Jess Ayotte)

Review and photographs by Jess Ayotte

On Saturday, Manhattan’s Central Park hosted Canada Day International 2013, a festival of events held to showcase the best of Canadian music, culture, food and attractions. This year, Canadian artists performed at Central Park’s Summer Stage in Rumsey Playfield, a City Parks Foundation that offers over 100 free concerts throughout the summer.

Headlining the celebration was electro-rock singer/songwriter Lights. Originating in Toronto, Lights released her debut album, The Listening, in 2009, introducing the Canadian music scene to a new blend of alternative rock and synth pop. After receiving the 2009 Juno Award for New Artist of the Year, Lights’ popularity spread across Canada and into Europe. In 2011, she released Siberia, featuring a more mature sound than her debut. More recently, she released Siberia Acoustic, transforming 10 of the 14 tracks from Siberia into acoustic melodies with a transitional sound from the original songs.

Back on May 14, Lights performed at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom, playing all acoustic songs in a tranquil and composed setting. Since everyone was seated, there was not much energy from the crowd, but Lights picked up the energy on stage. Although the set-up was out of the ordinary, she managed to put on a powerful and engaging performance that left me satisfied with the experience. After seeing Lights back in May on her Siberia Acoustic tour, I wasn’t too sure what to expect from a live synth-pop performance.

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Real Good for FREE: The Music Haven Concert Series in Schenectady’s Central Park

May 31st, 2013, 10:00 am by Greg

Travel the world one concert at a time!

For years now, that’s been the slogan of the free, summertime Music Haven Concert Series that takes place in the heart of Schenectady’s Central Park. And this year is no different.

The 2013 seven-concert series roams the globe with musical styles ranging from South African soul to rootsy Americana; from gut-busting gospel to hot salsa; and from piano blues to Malian guitar pyrotechnics.

“We’re thrilled to present another season of incredible music in Central Park,” says Music Haven founder and artistic director Mona Golub. “We can’t wait to see the joy on people’s faces when they experience these shows.”

The Music Haven Concert Series will take place at 7pm on Sundays from July 7-August 11. And as always, admission is FREE.

Here’s the schedule for the 2013 season:

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Parade of Shoes

July 29th, 2010, 11:01 am by Greg

Nona Hendryx at Central Park’s Music Haven in Schenectady on Sunday, July 25:

Nona Hendryx

Photograph by Bryan Thomas

Live: Nona Hendryx @ the Music Haven, 7/25/10

July 28th, 2010, 1:00 pm by Greg

Nona Hendryx

Nona Hendryx

Fierce. Oh so fierce…

Nona Hendryx came on like gangbusters in Schenectady’s Central Park on Sunday evening. With a crackerjack four-piece band led by guitar hero Ronnie Drayton providing the musical rocket fuel, Hendryx simply funked up the place from the opening volley of “Rock This House” to the final 20-minute encore of “I Sweat (Going Through the Motions)” – which she transformed into a bonafide dance party by inviting members of the audience up onstage to strut their stuff.

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Signs of the City

July 27th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

There is no joy in Tiny Tot Land…

Park Closed Temporarily

Photograph by Bryan Thomas, Central Park, Schenectady, Sunday, July 25

Real Good for Free: The Music Haven @ Central Park

June 8th, 2010, 1:05 pm by Greg

The Music Haven Concert Series in Schenectady’s Central Park has officially been announced, and it includes seven weeks of Sunday evening musical entertainment that spans the globe from the Caribbean to the Balkans, from Louisiana to the Emerald Isle.

All shows take place at 7pm on Sundays:

July 11: Alex Torres and His Latin Orchestra
July 19: The Red Stick Ramblers with Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys
July 25: Nona Hendryx with Bryan Thomas
August 1: Raul Midon with Martha Redbone
August 8: Ruth Pelham & the Music Mobile with Ramblin Jug Stompers
August 15: Cherish the Ladies
August 22: Slavic Soul Party

Music in the Park @ Schodack Town Park, Schodack (6pm Tuesdays)
Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady (12noon Thursdays)
Alive at 5 @ Riverfront Park, Albany (5pm Thursdays)
Upbeat on the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (7pm Fridays)
Rockin’ On the River @ River Street, Troy (5pm Wednesdays)
Beacon Riverfest @ Riverfront Park, Beacon (Saturday, June 26)
Skidmore Jazz Institute @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs (Tuesday, June 29-Friday, July 9)
Lake George Arts Project Summer Concerts @ Shepard Park, Lake George (7:30pm Wednesdays)
Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Saturday-Sunday, September 18-19)

So….Everything Is Permissible?

November 30th, 2009, 1:39 pm by Sara
Central Park, Schenectady

Central Park, Schenectady

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysCartoonist John CaldwellThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantCaffe LenaHolly & EvanAdvertise on Nippertown!Capital Repertory TheaterBerkshire On Stage