Music on the Oval w/ Kaki King in '09 (more by Tim Griffin)
Music on the Oval, another free series of NYC shows, happens this summer every Wednesday night from June 16-July 21 at Stuyvesant Town Oval. The shows are at 7pm with a 6pm warm-up DJ set, and are located between 16th and 18th Sts and Avenues A & B (entrance off First Ave and 16th St).
Acts this year include Delorean (the poppy Barcelona dance band with lots of shows this summer), reggae band Easy Star All-Stars (who play every year), soul and funk from Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens and Tony Allen (both at Metrotech Commons/BAM Rhythm & Blues Fest afternoon series too), Juana Molina (who's also appearing at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, and downtown guitar fixture Marc Ribot with his band Los Cubanos Postizos (Marc plays the Stone Thursday, May 6th, with May's co-curator Henry Kaiser - one of the sets includes John Zorn).
The full Stuy Town schedule is below...
Music on the Oval 2010 Schedule
• June 16 - Tony Allen, w/ DJ Sal P
In the 1970s, Nigerian drumming legend Tony Allen helped his infamous band-leader Fela Kuti invent Afro-Beat; and over the ensuing decades, Allen has lent his rhythmic prowess to dance music, alt-rock, and dub, while continuing to explore his original jazz-funk-highlife love. Best known as a member of seminal New York band Liquid Liquid, Sal P now DJs records that cross-sect disco's inferno and Lagos' heat.
• June 23 - Juana Molina, w/Treehouse DJs
Originally a sketch comedy actress on Argentinean television, Juana Molina is now an acclaimed global musician who delivers a beautiful mix of Latin folk-pop and alternative ambient music. Sets by the Treehouse DJs (Raspberry Jones and Treeboy) invite audiences to "climb up and get down," jumbling worldly styles and beats.
• June 30 - Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos with La Cumbiamba eNeYe, w/ DJ Uproot Andy
Electric guitarist Marc Ribot has performed alongside greats such as Tom Waits, Beck and John Zorn, and has developed a reputation as one of the finest and most versatile musicians in New York; with Cubanos Postizos and Cumbiamba eNeYe, he dives into his special interpretations of Afro-Latin grooves. Co-founder of the long-running NYC weekly Que Bajo?!, Uproot Andy is among the city's foremost electro-cumbia DJs.
• July 7 - Delorean, w/ DJ Brennan Green
The Barcelona quartet Delorean has created a masterful explosion of indie-rock and electronic dance music, particularly with their recent American debut Subiza, that's attracted an audience of shoegaze fans and ravers alike. New York's resident space-disco master Brennan Green will start the evening off.
• July 14 - Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, w/ DJ Greg Caz
Alabama's own Naomi Shelton was once regarded as a secret queen of soul and known only to hardcore collectors of lost funk 45s. A Friday night residency at Manhattan's Fat Cat club, and a record on the Daptone label, exposed Shelton and her Brooklyn Gospel Queens for the world to admire. One-half of the Brazilian Beat Brooklyn DJ team, Greg Caz spins a set of gospel tunes.
• July 21 - Easy Star All-Stars, w/DJ Wrong Tom
Easy Star All-Stars returns to the Stuy Town stage for the fourth year with a reggae-dub-jam take on classic Beatles, Pink Floyd and Radiohead tunes. New Easy Star DJ Wrong Tom, a Brit with an ingenious mix of dub, jungle and bashment riddims, will join in the tradition this year.
Directions: L Train to First Avenue