Free Music in NYC: Budos, Kaki, Easy Star

Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series Showcase Local and International Musicians Starting Wednesday, June 10

Kaki King
Music on the Oval, a unique outdoor summer concert series, will bring the sweet sounds of rock, funk, reggae, and soul to the famed Stuyvesant Town Oval every Wednesday night from June 10 – July 15. Sponsored by Verizon, Music on the Oval will feature free family-friendly concerts at 7:00 p.m. New Yorkers and visitors will groove to a different pre-show DJ each night starting at 6:00 p.m.

The Stuyvesant Town Oval sits at the center of a scenic park surrounded by 80 acres of beautiful lawns and trees. Residents and visitors come to the Oval to picnic on the lawn, play Frisbee, and stock-up on fresh produce at the Greenmarket, which returns this summer. It is located between 16th and 18th Streets and Avenues A & B and the entrance is off First Avenue and 16th Street. For more information the public can call (212) 598-5296 or visit

Music on the Oval 2009 Schedule

• June 10 – The Budos Band – Based in Staten Island, Daptone recording artists Budos Band have become one of New York's finest exporters of Afro-tinged classic soul, musically beloved (and employed) by local queen Sharon Jones and international superstar Amy Winehouse. Daptone family's DJ Honeydripper will kick off the night.

• June 17 – Phenomenal Handclap Band – The group combines the best attributes of Brooklyn's underground music scene, circa 2009: the chops to emulate an encyclopedic knowledge of rock and pop history, plus the love of disco to make the whole thing boogie-able. DJ Duane Harriott will warm up the crowd.

• June 24 – Easy Star All-Stars – New York's hometown reggae heroes, Easy Star All-Stars have gained themselves an incredible worldwide following by locking a rocksteady Jamaican groove to the classic songs of Pink Floyd, Radiohead and the Beatles. Easy Star's solo keyboard phenom Ticklah will start the night off with a special DJ set.

• July 1 – Jay Reatard – Using a never-ending barrage of under-three-minute pop nuggets, Jay Reatard gloriously upholds Memphis, Tennessee's greasy garage-punk tradition; his upcoming Matador Records debut ensures the tradition's fine future. DJs Doug Mosurock and Mr. Vacation also like their rock music fun and funky! • July 8 – Forro in the Dark – From the international state of the Lower East Side, comes Forro in the Dark, the Big Apple's pre-eminent practitioners of forro, a northeastern Brazilian party music, part samba and part country soul, that's been setting Nublu a-dancing since 2002. (David Byrne approved!) DJ Probus will get things started.

• July 15 - Kaki King – Led by guitar heroine Katherine King (whose shredding skills have been utilized by the likes of Foo Fighters and Tegan & Sara), Brooklyn's Kaki King veers between progressive, loud rock and roll jams, and melodically beautiful acoustic excursions. Justin Carter and Raspberry Jones' DJ sets have been known to be equally eclectic.

[Published on: 6/1/09]

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