As COVID-19 precautions relax and life comes back to the vibrant streets we all know and love, New York is officially back in business! NYC has returned to its regularly scheduled musical and cultural prowess, and the slate of events that will be hitting the city in May is the perfect proof. From bringing the Far East to the East Coast to lighting up some of the most iconic venues in the Big Apple, here are some events and concerts you need on your calendar.
May 2nd-14th – Korea: Cubically Imagined Exhibition
There’s no denying that Korean culture is sweeping the world by storm, one song and K-Drama at a time, and you can dive right in by visiting Korea: Cubically Imagined this spring. This breathtaking exhibit combines projections, video screens, and even VR to bring art like the film Parasite, BTS’ electrifying concerts, and immersive folklore-inspired experiences by Design Silverfish to life in a way unlike anything you’ve seen before. It’s open for almost two weeks on West 28th Street and it’s free to the public, so learn more on their website here and make sure you stop by if you get the chance.
May 4th – Valerie June Performs at Town Hall
Luckily, New York won’t have to wait until June to see Valerie June in all her glory! The soulful roots sensation pours her heart out into every line she writes, and her thoughtful curation of her work has even earned her a GRAMMY nomination for Best American Roots Song with the Carla Thomas-assisted “Call Me A Fool.” While her legacy and path to superstardom are still unfolding, one thing’s for sure: you can be called “A Fool” if you don’t get her on your radar. Browse tickets right here!
May 17th – Jamie Miller & Jesse McCartney Team Up at Irving Plaza
Want a chance to see not one, but two of the most hard-working artists in the music industry in one night? Then you can’t miss Jamie Miller and Jesse McCartney when they stop at Irving Plaza! Both acts offer such a unique approach to modern pop, focusing on their lyricism and the stories they tell through not only the words they sing, but also how they sing them. Whether you’re in the first row or towards the back of the venue, you’ll be moved, so grab your tickets right here!
May 19th: Red Bull Brings Culture Clash to Brooklyn
If you’ve never heard of Red Bull’s Culture Clash, prepare to be amazed. These creative events bring four teams of artists in all different genres together to compete for the Culture Clash crown, all while the audience chooses their fate. Each team, or “crew,” competes in four different rounds that present new challenges and opportunities to get the crowd in their favor and establish who they are as artists.
Only one crew is left standing by the end of the night, proving their prowess and ability to command a stage. Artists like Danny Brown and Rico Nasty have performed at Culture Clash events in the past, so get your tickets here and prepare for a night full of surprises and stunning music.
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Hi! I’m Madison Murray, a pop culture and music writer who also loves writing about lifestyle and fashion. I have credits on sites like TREMG, The Honey POP, Genius, Young Hollywood, and Audible Addixion, as well as my own Melodic Musings blog. Find me on socials @madisonmwrites!