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Nomi Ruiz on stage at BB King’s on 42nd Street. (Photo by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts)

If you couldn’t make it to the May 9th After Hours event featuring performer Nomi Ruiz then do not fear, we have a video that will give you a taste of what you may have missed. While the original venue was shut down hours before showtime by the authorities for issues unrelated to the concert, thanks to the quick thinking of organizers Alanna Heiss of the Clocktower Gallery and Sherry Dobbin, director of public art at Times Square Alliance, the event was moved across the street to the renowned BB King Blues Club. The crowd gathered at the fabled music venue to hear Ruiz perform, framed by her vivid set and laser light show. Enjoy the video.

Video by Kyle Marler for @TSqArts and @ARTonAir

Did we mention that Ruiz’s new album, Borough Gypsy, is available for free download on Soundcloud. Check out its soothing blend of “1990s Hip Hop, Soul, and acoustic folk that embraces the mixed tape format.”

Hyperallergic was the exclusive media partner for the event.

The line on 42nd Street waiting to get into Ruiz’s performance. (Photo by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts)

(Photo by Nadia Witte for @TSqArts)

A view of the audience. (Photo by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts)

(Photo by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts)

(Photo by Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts)

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Hrag Vartanian

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic. You can follow him at @hragv.