Art Basel Week: Home Grown party at the Vagabond

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Rachel Goodrich

While seemingly the whole highbrow world descends on Miami Beach tonight 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 Miami 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 up with be the unpredictable troubadour Jesse Jackson – will he play as a one-man band? With a full backing ensemble, complete with obscure wind instruments? That’ll probably depend on Jackson’s mood that afternoon.

Moving inside, things should further heat up. Taking the inside stage first are fast-risers Art Official, a live hip-hop act who keep their grooves so tight and on point, they scores in the finals of a Lollapalooza-sponsored contest this past summer to take the festival’s stage. (Maybe next year!). 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 since this week is (supposedly) about visual art, there’ll be some of that too – painting by pop muralist LEBO, and the finest in lowbrow by Francesco LoCastro. Miami, pat yourself on the back.

-- Arielle Castillo

The Homegrown event takes place Wednesday, December 3 at the Vagabond, 30 NE 14th St., Miami. Raffa and Rainer, Rachel Goodrich, Jesse Jackson, ArtOfficial, and the Spam Allstars perform; LEBO and Francesco LoCastro exhibit their art. Doors open at 10 p.m.; admission is $10. Ages 21+ with ID. Call 305-379-0508; visit www.thevagabondmiami.com.

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