LIVE: Conjunto Chappotin y Sus Estrellas @ the Music Haven, 7/20/14

July 25th, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg
Conjunto Chappotin y Sus Estrellas (photo by Stanley Johnson)

(photo by Stanley Johnson)

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.

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LIVE: Sierra Maestra @ the Music Haven, 7/24/11

August 8th, 2011, 5:00 pm by Greg

Sierra Maestra

With the exception of just a handful of people, the dancing throughout most of Sierra Maestra’s performance set was limited to the area behind the seating, far from the stage where the Cuban band was firing up their percolating rhythms. It wasn’t until the encore that the band seemed to notice and point-blank asked the audience to get out of their seats and dance to the music.

Well, it turned out that that was all it took. Within seconds it seemed as though the area in front of the Music Haven stage was filled with all kinds of dancers. Some knew what they were doing in the Latin realm of organized dancing, but most didn’t. And that’s OK because they just moved to the infectious rhythms and beats of this world-class Cuban ensemble.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Maria Zemantauski

November 30th, 2009, 12:37 pm by Greg

Maria Zemantauski

Maria Zemantauski

NAME: Maria Zemantauski
BAND AFFILIATION: Alegria, a flexible Spanish and flamenco-inspired ensemble
INSTRUMENT: Nylon string guitar

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Oh dear, I think it was the Partridge Family album!!!!

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Harry Chapin at Mount St. Mary’s in Newburgh


4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … a popular classical guitar piece called ‘Romance’

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Coda. We were an ’80s cover band!

Maria Zemantauski and flamenco dancer Lisa Martinez will be featured special guest performers at the Albany Symphony Orchestra‘s annual holiday concerts, “The Magic of Christmas,” at the Palace Theatre in Albany on Saturday and Sunday (December 5-6).

Be Here Now: Weekend Roundup

August 19th, 2009, 11:53 am by Greg

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer are here, so get out and enjoy that summertime entertainment while you still can.

Here are some suggestions for your weekend:

Commander Cody @ Siro’s, Saratoga Springs (FREE)
Jimmy Webb @ the Wood Theater, Glens Falls (also Friday)
“Soiree: French Music Across the Border” @ Old Songs, Voorheesville
The New Deal @ Revolution Hall, Troy
Maria Zemantauski

Maria Zemantauski

Tern Rounders, the Black Fuel @ the Albany Public Library, Albany (FREE)
Oded Ben-Ami @ Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary, Colonie (FREE)
David Malachowski and the Woodstock Allstars, Riverfront Park, Athens (FREE)
Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette & Larry Grenadier @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock (thru Sunday)
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott @ the Colony Cafe, Woodstock
Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (FREE)
The Queers @ Valentine’s, Albany
Maria Zemantauski @ Alchemy, Woodstock
Spencer Day @ the Hudson Waterfront Park, Hudson (FREE)
Project Bandaloop @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass.
Junior Marvin of the Wailers (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Junior Marvin of the Wailers (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Marilyn Crispell @ Howland Arts Center, Beacon
Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles @ Club Helsinki, Great Barrington, Mass.
Yukari Roja @ Musica, Hudson
The Original Wailers @ Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount
Chris Barron Acoustic Duo @ the Van Dyck, Schenectady
Arlo Guthrie @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel
Deni Bonet @ Alchemy, Woodstock
Adrienne Young @ Riverlink Park, Amsterdam (FREE)
Johnny Rabb and the Jailhouse Rockers @ Powers Park, Troy (FREE)
The Dan Tyminski Band @ the Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, Mass.

The 15th annual Artists’ Soapbox Derby @ Lower Broadway, Kingston (FREE)
Uncle Rock @ Belleayre Music Festival, Highmount (FREE)
“The Songs of Paul Straussman” @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
Al Stewart @ Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
Ruth Pelham with Ramblin Jug Stompers @ the Central Park Music Haven, Schenectady (FREE)
Marshall Crenshaw and Denny Dillon @ the Byrdcliffe Theater, Woodstock

Real Good for Free: Fabulous Fourth Festivities

July 1st, 2009, 8:45 am by Greg

The schedule for Price Chopper’s annual Fabulous Fourth Festivities on Saturday, July 4 at Albany’s Empire State Plaza has been announced.

Granted, all that most folks care about are the fireworks – certainly the biggest and most spectacular in all of Nippertown – but there’s also a full slate of live music, as well.

Here’s the schedule:

2pm: The plaza opens

3pm: The HillBilly Horns

4:30pm: Flame

6pm: Maria Zemantauski

8pm: Al Jarreau

9:15pm: fireworks

Real Good for Free: Rock-It in Schenectady
Real Good for Free: Bethlehem Public Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: East Greenbush Comm. Library (Wednesdays)
Real Good for Free: Stony Creek Town Park (Tuesdays)
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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