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This May is marked by prolific events in concerts and sports. Dave Matthews launches its 2014 summer tour; Gaga trades the Roseland Ballroom for artRave; and a handful of festivals kick off May 1. In sports, Floyd Mayweather faces off against Marcos Maidana in Vegas, while various playoffs (including hockey and basketball) continue.

It's a quiet month for Broadway, but touring shows, such as Wicked and The Book of Mormon are going strong. Plus, a new Cirque show debuts and Queen-inspired musical heads to the states.

Here's a closer look at some of the upcoming live events in May.


Dave Matthews Band: Ready for another summer with Dave Matthews Band? The band, notorious for performing each summer, kicks off their 2014 tour May 16 with a show in Spring, TX. They'll continue through early September, before wrapping up in Irvine, CA.

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Backstreet Boys: The boy band's In A World Like This tour began last year and it returns for another North American. It officially starts May 3, with the U.S. dates beginning May 22 with a show in Seattle, WA. They will be joined on the road with Avril Lavigne.

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Lady Gaga: In March, the singer performed several shows at the Roseland Ballroom; this month, Lady Gaga begins her artRave Tour, in support of her ARTPOP album. Her first show is May 4 in Sunrise, FL; the tour will visit cities such as Pittsburgh, PA; Washington, DC; Detroit, MI; and Los Angeles, CA.

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Other Concerts in May:

  • Tim McGraw begins May 8.
  • Journey and Steve Miller Band begin May 15.
  • OneRepublic begins May 28.
  • Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green begin May 29.
  • James Taylor begins May 30.

Festivals in May:

  • Second week of New Orleans Jazz Festival is May 1-4.
  • Hangout Music Festival is May 16-18 in Gulf Shores, AL.
  • Electric Daisy Carnival NYC is May 24-26 in E. Rutherford, NJ.
  • Sasquatch! Festival is May 23-25 in Quincy, WA.
  • Bayou Country Superfest is May 23-25 in Baton Rouge, LA.


Mayweather vs. Maidana: Floyd Mayweather puts his 45-0 career record on the line for the 46th time. This matchup pits Floyd Mayweather against Argentinean Marcos Maidan in Las Vegas, NV, on May 3

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Basketball playoffs: The NBA Playoffs will move into their second and third rounds in May, which will determine the two teams that will compete for the championship. The finals are scheduled for the first week of June.

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Wrestling events: Various WWE events are happening all throughout the May. Cities with shows include:Rochester, NY; Syracuse, NY; East Rutherford, NJ; Albany, NY; Buffalo, NY; Greenville, SC; Greensboro, NC; Knoxville, TN; Atlanta, GA; Springfield, IL; and Cincinnati, OH.

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Other Sports Events in May:

  • Baseball season continues.
  • Hockey season continues.
  • Renan Barao vs. TJ Dillashaw face off in Las Vegas for UFC 173 on May 24.


Touring Productions Continue: There are still lots of opportunities to see touring Broadway shows such as The Book of Mormon, Wicked, and Jersey Boys. All three shows have tour dates in over a dozen states, and the tours span well past the end of summer.

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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill: Although it had its official opening in April, this play about Billie Holiday has been doing so well that its run was extended through August. Broadway veteran Audra McDonald stars.

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We Will Rock You: This Queen-inspired musical returns to the states May 13 with several performances in Tampa, FL, through May 18. Following that, the show moves to Indianapolis, IN, and Charlotte, NC.

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Other Theater Events in May:

  • The Velocity of Autumn closes May 4, just a few short weeks after it opened.
  • Motown the Musical continues its Chicago residency.

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