SCHENECTADY, N.Y.—JUNE 18, 2019—Music Haven launches its 30thanniversary season with a scintillating night of Indian pop music featuring Raghu Dixit and special guests Crossroads—Jay Gandhi & Yacouba Sissoko.
Often hailed as India’s biggest cultural and musical export, Raghu Dixit’s unique brand of infectious, happy music transcends age, genre and even language. His music is strongly rooted in Indian tradition, culture and heritage, but is presented with a contemporary, global sound.
A unique, energetic, musical experience, The Raghu Dixit Project is one of the most sought after bands in India. Having played across the length and breadth of the country, the group now features prominently at some of the most prestigious music festivals around the world, too.
Dixit, based in Bangalore, was a professionally trained Bharatnatyam dancer before he decided to try his hand at fusing acoustic folk rock with more historic sounds.While he sings in English and Hindi, Dixit is best known for taking ancient Kannada poetry and presenting it in new, accessible ways. Clad in colorful lungis, Dixit has become a sonic diplomat for his homeland, a thrilling exemplar of modern Indian music.
Over the last decade, the band has toured through 30 countries, playing over 1,000 shows and visiting major cultural venues like the Sydney Opera House.
Noted Allmusic writer Bhasker Gupta notes Dixit’s gruff voice—raw yet sweet, and capable of great power—as well as his “eclectic folksy stage presence and groove-laden acoustic fusion music.”
With Crossroads, bansuri virtuoso Jay Gandhi and kora master Yacouba Sissoko explore the grand musical traditions of West Africa and India. Both hail from families with ancient musical ties, and together have worked with contemporary musicians from Baaba Maal and Harry Belafonte to Paul Simon and Lauryn Hill. They will be joined by David Ellenbogen on guitar and Ehren Hanson on tabla.
A variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase at all shows.
Michele’s Charcoal Pit returns to serve hungry Music Haven fans for all of the Sunday global concerts in 2019; Mike’s Hotdogs will be on hand for all other performances. Ben & Jerry’s will also scoop premium ice cream at each show.
The international food feature for Raghu Dixit will be pea and potato samosas with chutney, chana palak on rice with naan, and chicken tikka masala on rice with naan from Shalimar Restaurant.
Wine and local craft beverages from Wolf Hollow Brewing Company and Nine Pin Cider are available throughout the season.
In the case of inclement weather, Proctors remains the official rain site for The Music Haven Concert Series. Niskayuna High School auditorium will serve in this capacity for the final three performance of the season (when Hamilton takes over Proctors).
For biographical information about the artists scheduled to perform, related news articles and archives of seasons past, visit Music Haven’s website, www.musichavenstage.org. For updates and new details about upcoming shows—including weather calls—or to offer comments about your experiences at Music Haven, visit www.musichavenstage.org, Music Haven Concert Series on Facebook or call our contact line, 518.660.0675. Music Haven can also be followed on Instagram at Music Haven Concerts or on Twitter@MusicHavenStage.
Music Haven is the 2019 Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Awards’ Concert Series of the Year, and Founder/Producing Artistic Director Mona Golub is Best Promoter or Presenter of the Year.
The Schenectady Foundation and Price Chopper/Market 32 are the Co-presenting Sponsors for the Music Haven Concert Series.
Raghu Dixit at Music Haven is sponsored by M&T Bank, Ellis Medicine and Fingerpaint.
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