K-pop fans, rejoice!
As the music world awakens from its long slumber, artists are back on the road, including many of the Korean pop acts that took over the cultural zeitgeist in the late 2010s.
Some of these acts will be visiting Houston and in Korean Festival Houston hosted by the Korean American Society of Houston at the White Oak Music Hall on October 23.
K-pop is often defined by handsome young men with wacky, brightly colored hairstyles who sing and dance much like the Backstreet Boys and N’Sync boy bands of yore. The genre took over the world thanks to ardent fans of all nationalities and languages, most notably with the million-dollar album sales group BTS, which apparently was everywhere, performing at the Grammy Awards and Saturday Night Live.
One of the very last shows in Bayou City before the world stalled in 2020 was a well-received concert by K-pop stars NCT 127. When a K-pop band play a rodeo in one of Texas’s largest cities can, something big is happening in youth culture.
Those featured at the Korean Festival Houston include K-pop sensations MUSTB and the Korean hip-hop artists BK, DH., RAVE, OSIX and Swift who make up the supergroup, Vision music. The event will also showcase the winner of the preliminary K-Pop World Festival Houston 2021, local K-pop dance group. synergy.
Put on your dance shoes and get ready to express your inner K-pop star with random dance challenges throughout the evening – think of it as a live version of the popular arcade game Dance Dance Revolution. There will also be an exclusive fan meeting before the concert. Local Korean food truck Seoulside Wings will be on hand to serve its hearty, acclaimed menu.
The show is hosted by the Korean American Society of Houston, a “nonprofit dedicated to promoting cultural diversity in Houston, empowering young leaders and bridging the gap between the Korean-American community and the entire Houston community.” so a press release. The event is funded in part by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.
Tickets start at $ 39 plus fees. The doors open at 6 p.m. Masks must be worn at the entrance and must be worn throughout the evening. Please visit the Korean Festival Houston website for more information.