Art Basel Music Guide

By | November 21st, 2011 | 5 Comments
Yaaaaaay! by Robby Campbell

Put your hands in the air: The unofficial Art Basel Miami Beach music festival is around the corner. -- photo by Robby Campbell

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With Art Basel Miami Beach drawing nigh, deep-pocketed collectors, shallow-intentioned jetsetters, and everyone between is getting ready to touch down in Miami for days on end of excess in excess. For obvious reason, most people think of ABMB as primarily an art extravaganza. While it is certainly that, it is also an unofficial music festival, drawing globe-trotting live acts to Miami stages like pilgrims arrived. As in years past, there are so many worthy shows booked during the week of ABMB 2011, including Neon Indian, YACHT, and Nas, that planning your music schedule becomes a complex math problem. To help out, we’ve curated a list of confirmed shows between Wednesday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 4, from the Miami Music Guide. With ABMB still more than a week away, stay tuned for updates on new and/or cancelled shows. Here’s what we’ve got on the radar so far.

Wednesday, November 30

Headline: Theaster Gates and The Black Monks of Mississippi (Art Basel Opening Ceremony)
Where: Collins Park and Oceanfront
Cost: FREE
Event Page: HERE

Notes: Art Basel’s opening night will feature the conceptually-heavy performance art of Theaster Gates and The Black Monks of Mississippi. Gates, who is the director of arts program development at the University of Chicago and a Loeb Fellow of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, combines his expertise in cultural planning, architecture, and various art forms to create contextual spaces for a variety of performances and exhibitions, including musical response. The Black Monks of Mississippi brand of improvisational response is directly influenced by Gates’ large-scale creations as well as African-American and Buddhist musical forms, incorporating monastic chanting, gospel singing, and jazz.

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