Sleepless Night 2011 in Pictures

Afrobeta and friends are party animals
Afrobeta and friends are party animals
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Wynwood may be the heart of the art scene in Miami, but South Beach is still the place where all the people are at on a Saturday night, which means hundreds of thousands got to enjoy the many and varied happenings for Sleepless Night 2011. Hours of subtropical ministorms, and the logistics of spreading 150 artists in 80 venues over 13 hours slightly hampered the event, but best believe minds were blown regardless. Here is some of what there was to see...

The New World Center was a central hive of activity. Between musical acts and performances, their huge video screen ran art well into the morning.

G's up
G's up

And their projector is a work of art in itself

Lighting up the night
Lighting up the night

Masses of people were splayed across the whole parkland grass and later concrete.

Cheapest parking on South Beach
Cheapest parking on South Beach

Music and dance acts brought the people together

Miami crowd
Miami crowd

And Dana Leong rocked out with his cello out

Of the Dana Leong Trio
Of the Dana Leong Trio

Meanwhile, the Catalina Hotel served as official Sleepless Night headquarters with an artified lounge open till the wee hours.

Barroom halo
Barroom halo

Bands played out front all night, including the better than ever ArtOfficial.

Get their new album "Vitamins and Minerals"
Get their new album "Vitamins and Minerals"

Out back, the pool had an awesome projection loop running over the water on a recycled plastic bag screen.

Screentime
Screentime

Out on Lincoln Road, Diogo Brown's Batuke Samba Funk band had the people dancing to that live tropical bass music.

Get on up
Get on up

A dude named Dr Strange sat in a cage surrounded by electronics and sampled voices live to create audio collages

Dr Strange in the cage
Dr Strange in the cage

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Probably the greatest agglomeration of people occurred for the wall scaling dance work of Project Bandaloop's "Bound(less)," which saw the vertical exterior of Frank Ghery's architectural design transformed into a stage.

 

Falling in white
Falling in white
Sidewaltz
Sidewaltz
Spider in the rain
Spider in the rain
The lady is amazed
The lady is amazed
Live wire
Live wire

Bandaloop's act was full of flips, turns, jumps, and real time slow motion footwork.

Pause
Pause

Unpause

And, back to Earth
And, back to Earth

 

Meanwhile back at The Catalina,

11-5-11
11-5-11

There was drinking, dancing, and chillen for Rose Max and Ramatis's performance.

Serving up the joy juice
Serving up the joy juice
Bailando
Bailando
Rose Max
Rose Max
Washington Ave is alive
Washington Ave is alive
And so is the wildlife
And so is the wildlife

But the greatest performance of the evening (that we saw) took place Beachside, Ocean Drive, between 9th and 10th streets, where a London band called the Tiger Lillies played a mixed up blend of Benny Hill comic, German beer hall, gypsy klezmer that had the people shuffle swinging in the sand around 1a.m.

 

The Tiger Lillies
The Tiger Lillies
Steve Berke, The (guy who should be) Mayor of Miami Beach was there too
Steve Berke, The (guy who should be) Mayor of Miami Beach was there too
Sandancing
Sandancing
South Beach juke
South Beach juke
Pure Evil
Pure Evil
Devil's music
Devil's music
Shock and awe
Shock and awe

Too bad the Felipe Lamoglia Sextet got rained out, their first song sounded awesome, some people sheltered under-tree to check it out,

Nature's umbrella
Nature's umbrella

The storm passed, but the band had already stopped playing, and some people were tired of dealing with nature's fury,

Time to go?
Time to go?

Overall, Sleepless Night was awesome, but we know we missed a lot of great action. A majority of the events took place between 6 and 10p.m., many were spread out too far from each other, the pickings were slim the later it got, and to that free shuttle bus driver who told me he wasn't, suck a fat bag of donkey dicks. See ya in 2013.

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