When you think of art in Miami, you might think of the new PAMM downtown, or South Beach, home to the annual arts monstrosity that is Art Basel.
Music? That might bring to mind downtown's Ultra Music Fest, or The Fillmore on Miami Beach, or any number of venues spanning Miami-Dade.
Fashion, art, and music are certainly well represented in the 305. And this Saturday, you can celebrate all three at the first Fashion | Art | Music (FAM) Night in Coconut Grove.
Coconut Grove, of course, has long been a visual arts haven in Miami, with a cultural history that reaches back to the trippy hippie days of the 1960s and '70s. But now, the neighborhood's business improvement district (BID) is adding extra layers of live entertainment and visual stimulation to the mix.
"We already have the Coconut Grove Art Walk on the first Saturday of every month," explains Jackie Segedin of the Coconut Grove BID, which presents FAM night in collaboration with multimedia entertainment company A Black Tie Affair. "We decided to see how it would work to include fashion, because there are a ton of wonderful boutiques here in Coconut Grove, and music as well."
This Saturday's soft launch of FAM nights will feature trunk shows and specials at shops like Goldie, which will showcase designer Rachel Weisberg, and Brenda's Boutique, with goods designed to appeal to Valentine's Day shoppers. Eight local musicians will also post up in high-traffic areas including Grand Ave., CocoWalk, Main Highway, Fuller Street, and Commodore Plaza.
The idea, Segedin says, is to attend "a trunk show in a store, and then walk out and run into a musician, and then go to an art gallery, and then hear another musician. It never ends; you'll just keep seeing different art and performing acts. That's our plan."
Local restaurants are also getting in on the action. Vino in the Grove, for example, will offer specials from 7-10 p.m. And Taurus in the Grove will feature a fashion designer hosting a pop-up shop outside its doors.
There'll also be artists painting New Times street boxes, to be displayed throughout the neighborhood starting this Monday.
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FAM Night's soft launch starts at 7 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 1, and runs until 10 p.m. Visit coconutgrove.com.
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