Free summer music in Stuyvesant Town

Music on the Oval in Stuyvesant Town on Manhattan’s East Side is one of NYC’s best-kept music secrets.

The series, from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 10 to July 15. Each family-friendly show kicks off with an hourlong DJ set before the night’s headliner takes the outdoor stage on the Stuyvesant Town Oval, which is between 16th and 18th streets and Avenues A and B (entrance at First Avenue and 16th Street).

The Budos Band and Kaki King are just two of the amazing acts paying visits to the Oval stage this season.

The full schedule is after the jump.
June 10: The Budos Band: This horn-heavy Afro-beat, soul-jazz, and funk instrumental band from Staten Island sprang up from a jam session organized by Brooklyn Afro-beaters, Antibalas.

June 17: The Phenomenal Handclap Band: Another all-star ensemble with links to Antibalas’ Afro-beat funk, The Phenomenal Handclap Band is the brainchild of club DJs Daniel Collás and Sean Marquand, who call themselves Witch Doctor and Medicine Man, respectively, in the band.

June 24: Easy Star All-Stars: A reggae unit fronted by New Yorkers Michael G. and Tiklah, who formerly played together in Special Request.

July 1: Jay Reatard: Jay is an energetic punk-rocker from Memphis.

July 8: Forro in the Dark: Though the name comes from a form of a percussive, heavy-on-the-accordion Brazilian popular music style, Forro in the Dark is not recreating folk sounds. The band uses forro as a platform for a funky, multi-culti sound.

July 15: Kaki King: Hands down, Kaki King (whose has her first fixed address in years — in Brooklyn), has a trademark tapping guitar technique and a fierce vocal style that make her one of the most mesmerizing performers around.

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