Art Basel Miami Beach

You Are Not Invited to Spotify's Basel Concert Series With Nas, TV on the Radio, Sharon Jones

Over the last couple weeks, we here at Crossfade have become total Spotify addicts.

Our habit began last week after learning that the free on-demand music service had teamed up with Midtown's Ricochet Lounge to put together a Basel week concert lineup that's packed with more superstar names than most handpicked Spotify playlists. And yesterday, our compulsive music consumption really hit overdrive when we finally scored a copy of the full four-day show schedule.

But just now, Crossfade's addiction kinda bottomed out. Apparently, Spotify and Ricochet's Music Loves Art concert series isn't open to the general public. That's right ... File Nas and the rest under Art Basel Miami Beach Parties You Are Not Invited To.

Now, um, isn't it sorta ironic that a company all about bringing free and openly accessible music to the masses would decide to host an exclusive, invite-only Basel bash for VIPs and the art industry elite?

Maybe. But in any case, it looks as though the average music-and-art fan's got no shot at seeing these Basel shows by Nas, Theophilus London, TV on the Radio, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, or Penguin Prison.

Well, except by either winning co-sponsor Perrier's Music Loves Art ticket giveaway or waiting until VICE debuts its "four-part original [documentary] series ... entitled VICE Meets Spotify Live ... in early December."

So yeah, win that contest and/or set your browser to Otherwise, you are not invited.

Nas, Theophilus London, TV on the Radio, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, and Penguin Prison, plus DJs Mark Farina and Venus X as part of Spotify and Ricochet's Music Loves Art, co-sponsored by 42BELOW and Perrier. Thursday, December 1, through Sunday, December 4. Ricochet Bar & Lounge, 3250 NE First Ave, Miami. All shows are invite-only. Call 305-673-3873 or visit

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