Art Basel Miami Beach isn’t just about visual arts — music will also play a major part in the 10th edition of the annual art fair once the sun goes down. ARTINFO picks out Art Basel Miami Beach’s 10 hottest music events, so you can figure out where to spend your endless nights dancing in the Miami heat.
Dirty Hairy Hosts Santigold and Wale
November 30, LIV, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
D.C. hip hop phenom Wale takes the stage with the artist formerly known as Santogold at LIV. While we're totally looking forward to hearing Santo's 2007 hit “L.E.S. Artistes” live, we've been waiting years for her to bring us something new. Cross your fingers she'll debut some fresh material.
MOCA Beach Party
November 30, The Raleigh, 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Invite only.
MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch has a reputation for throwing the good parties at Art Basel Miami Beach, and this event has prospects of being one of the best events all week. Soulwax will perform, while 2manydjs will take the helm at the turntables, guaranteeing a riotous evening.
Timbaland Introduces Amrita Sen’s BollyDoll Collection
November 30, B Bar at the Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Invitation only.
Superstar music producer Timbaland will introduce L.A.-based Indian artist Amrita Sen’s Bollywood-inspired BollyDoll line of artwork, but we think the highlight of the night will be when he gets on the microphone.
YACHT and BFGF
December 1, Electric Pickle, 2826 N Miami Avenue, Wynwood Arts District, Miami, 3rd Floor
Those quirky, minimalist electropop darlings YACHT will perform at the Electric Pickle, which has thus deemed itself the hipster hotspot for the night.
James Murphy and Pat Mahoney's Special Disco Version With Black Lips, Midnight Surfer, and a "Surprise Guest DJ"
December 1, 697 North Miami Avenue, Downtown Miami
Futuristic electro-punk and old school garage punk converge as former LCD Soundsystemers James Murphy and Pat Mahoney, performing as Special Disco Version, set up their turntables in the same venue as the Black Lips' guitars. We’re excited about the surprise guest DJ, as the sky's the limit to our guesses. Daft Punk? David Guetta? DJ Pauly D?
Spotify's Music Loves Art With Nas, Theophilus London, and Mark Farina (DJ set)
December 1, Ricochet Lounge, 3250 NE 1st Avenue, Miami. Invite only.
Art Basel Miami Beach man-about-town Theophilus London teams up with hip hop legend Nas, and iconic house DJ Mark Farina for a memorable night. Now you just have to find a way to get in.
Yelle and Housse de Racket
December 2, Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
Get your tectonique on when electro sensation Yelle hits up the Fillmore with Housse de Racket. Yelle's words sound so sweet on stage, but don't let her French fool you; those dirty lyrics are anything but.
Spotify's Music Loves Art With TV on the Radio and Kalup Linzy
December 2, Ricochet Lounge, 3250 NE 1st Avenue, Miami. Invite Only.
From the looks of it, Spotify curated the best music shows of Art Basel Miami Beach. On December 2, art rock royalty TV on the Radio will drive the crowds crazy. Performance art enigma Kalup Linzy will also be there. Does that mean James Franco will make a guest appearance? Regardless, this will be an interesting one.
Moby With Live Acoustic Band and DJ Gigamesh
December 2, Bardot, 3456 North Miami Avenue, Miami
We’ve heard Moby DJ and have seen him perform, but never with a live acoustic band. We’re hoping for a flashback of his ‘90s hit “Bodyrock.”
Spotify's Music Loves Art with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Venus X (DJ set)
December 3, Ricochet Lounge, 3250 NE 1st Avenue, Miami. Invite only.
Spotify sets up a night of a decidedly more relaxed tone, probably just as you're starting to lose your stamina. Giving the DJs a break that night, Brooklyn natives Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' soulful funk vibes will have the crowd grooving rather than grinding.
DFA secret show with DJ sets by Juan MacLean and Nancy Whang
December 3, Bardot, 3456 North Miami Avenue, Miami
Another LCD System alum, Nancy Whang, joins up with her current the Juan MacLean bandmate Juan MacLean for a secret DFA show. Will LCD Soundsystem (whose performance at last year’s Art Basel Miami Beach caused quite a stir) reunite while its ex-members are gallivanting about South Beach? One can only wish.