Homegrown, featuring ArtOfficial and the Spam Allstars
While seemingly the whole highbrow world descends on Miami Beach for the official opening of Art Basel, across the causeway The Vagabond kicks off the artsy extravaganza with a locals-centric fiesta. Okay, so Miami New Times is an official sponsor of the event, but it's never a bad time to shout out some hometown live music favorites. On the club's leafy, bohemian patio, the evening will kick off on the chilled-out side. The left-field folk duo Raffa and Rainer will rock — softly — followed by the twee, ukulele-laced shake-a-billy of the adorable Rachel Goodrich. Rounding things out will be the unpredictable troubadour Jesse Jackson. Will he play as a one-man band? Or with a full backing ensemble, complete with obscure wind instruments? That'll probably depend on his mood that afternoon.
Things should further heat up inside. Performing first will be the fast-rising ArtOfficial, a live hip-hop act that keeps its grooves so tight and on point it scored in the finals of a Lollapalooza-sponsored contest this past summer to take the festival's stage. The stars of the evening hardly need an introduction: Anyone with a pulse has caught the Spam Allstars at least five times, and anyone with a pulse will respond. And because this week is (supposedly) about visual art, there will be some of that too — painting by pop muralist LEBO, and the finest in lowbrow by Francesco LoCastro. Miami, pat yourself on the back.
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