Party Patrol: Art Basel Music Edition

Music, art and more – Art Basel has arrived!  It’s a non-stop week of performances fused with amazing art installations and some of the world’s most notable socialites, celebrities, musicians and artists. Basel has invaded Miami all the clubs, bars, and lounges are battling it out with stellar entertainment to keep you busy all week long. Here’s my Party Patrol: Art Basel Edition.

Dec. 4

Perrier invites you to Midnight in Miami
1120 Collins Ave., Miami Beach;
Perrier Presents: The Black Lords at Lords South Beach, a larger than life public art installation by Desi Santiago to run daily from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  In honor of the event, there will be  two private parties celebrating the opening of The Black Lords installment.  On Tuesday evening there will be a VIP Penthouse party with music DJ Juan E and hosted by Lady Fag, Erin Newberg, Tony Ferro  and Lauren Foster.  There will be complimentary vodka and Perrier cocktails until 10 p.m.  For more information email

Basel Vandals presents Afrobeta
327 NE 59th Terr., Miami Beach;
Start Basel week with an Extravaganza at Fusse Studios with a performance by the electro-pop duo Aftobeta along with a performance by local band Astrokats and DJ VybeMode.  The three-day event will feature plenty of live art, live music, and plenty of drinks to keep you dancing through the week. Admission is free and starts at 1 p.m. each day

Bardot and Moca Shakers present Young Guru vs. Just Blaze
3456 N. Miami Ave., Miami;
Enjoy a special performance as Bardot and Moca Shakers presents Young Guru vs Just Blaze as part of the Art Basel week kick-off. These two creative producers will keep you rocking until the morning hours in a special installment of the World Famous Ricky Powell Slide Show.

Dec. 5

Pop-Up Piano at The Perry Hotel 
2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Start off Basel with a special performance brought to you by the Steinway Piano Gallery with Pop-Up Piano Miami featuring famed rock and jazz pianist Elew and internationally-acclaimed singer Yuna from 8:30-11:30 p.m.  For tickets visit

The Hoxton’s License to Thrill Weekly Live Set welcomes Basel
1111 SW First Ave, Miami;
The newest addition to the Brickell nightlife scene, the Hoxton is getting in on Basel with a week long live music series that kicks off on Wednesday. The beach house-inspired venue will showcase artists throughout the week with live art performances along with live music each day.  Wednesday get down with the Juke starting at 9 p.m. Suenalo and DJ Johnny the Boy take over on Thursday; Locos Por Juana and DJ Andres Amadeus on Friday; and Mayday! and Dj Contra  on Saturday. 

LIV presents Dita Von Teese
4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach;
LIV nightclub is kicking off Basel week with a special performance by the Queen of burlesque, the sexy Dita Von Teese as she presents her Opium Den Show.  It all kicks off at 11 p.m. with music by DJs Ruen and Jessica Who.

Basel festivities continue on Thursday with a special Basel edition of Cedric Gervais Sh!t Show, and a performance by international superstar Richie Hawtin on Friday celebrating music and technology.  Basel week at LIV finishes on Saturday with a performance brought to you by GUESS featuring international start DJ Tiesto along with special guest AllureTickets are available in advance.

PAX Miami presents Armada Fania
337 SW 8th Street, Miami;
The Armada Fania Club & Pop-Up Store is a four-night event at PAX Miami and will feature eight top DJs from Miami, Boston and NYC who will be playing the original and remix sounds the label that is often referred to as the “Motown of Latin music.” The week of events kicks off on Wednesday with Bobbito Garcia (aka Kool Bob Love) & The Brass King followed by Rice & Beans Sound System on Thursday, Whiskey Barons & Mr. Pauer on Friday, and Radio Rios & DJ Africa on Saturday. In addition to the music, the Armada Fania will feature the live art of Santiago, a New York based pin up/portrait artist. For it all starts at 8 p.m. each night.

Dec. 6

Peace on E(ART) at Fifty
485 Brickell Ave., Miami
Join artists Rubem Robierb, Alex Yanes, Alan Feldmesser, David Lavernia and many more as they come together at FIFTY Miami to help raise funds for children living in Central and South America with Planting Peace. Enjoy the live music by Elastic Bond and performance by Elemental Expressions Entertainment group.  It all starts at 8 p.m., for tickets go to

FUSION: Art Basel 2012
55 NW 36th Street, Miami;
Talib Kweli, Sean Paul, Laurence Gartel, Bonnie Beats, Dj Epps, and many more will come together Thursday night for a one of a kind FUSION Art Basel event to benefit students in Broward and Miami-Dade county and keep art alive.  There will be an Art To Wear Fashion Show by Art of Shade, Lila Nikole, Lisu Vega, and The Art Institute.  It all starts at 8 p.m.  Tickets are available at

Daytime, Downtime, Basel Hang at Wood Tavern
2531 NW Second Ave., Wynwood
The cool laidback bar gets in to the spirit of Basel with the Heineken + Friends’ kick-off of “Daytime, Downtime, Basel Hang” with sounds by king of disco and R&B re-edits Sleazy McQueen; Electric Pickle’s Will Renuart; girl about town Camp Gabby and Chang will be serving up some crunchy disco and funky beats from 1-8 p.m.  Immediately following at 9 p.m., locals art fair Miami’s Independent Thinkers will be hosting their VIP after party.  For more information contact Michelle at

The party continues at Wood Tavern Friday with the Artsy Fartsy party with New York Djs Lawrence Lee and Kieren Taylor.  On Sunday get ready for a Basel inspired Backyard Boogie starting at 1 p.m. with special guests Justin Miller (DFA), Dexter Love and Ess & Emm. 

MADE IN MIAMI heads to Room Service Lounge
929 Washington Ave., Miami Beach;
Miami’s own Oscar G is back and bringing his stellar MADE in MIAMI show to the newest lounge to hit South Beach.  Head over to Room Service lounge and enjoy house beats by one of one of the biggest DJs to come from our city.  Doors open at 11 p.m. Early a
rrival is suggested and you must RSVP by emailing or calling 305-600-9414.

Dec. 7

SET and Haute Living present the official After Party for Domingo Zapata

320 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach;

Set nightclub and Haute Living have teamed up to present the official after party of contemporary artist Domingo Zapata.  Dance all night to music by DJs N’dy and Ideal until 5 a.m. 

“Future is Now” event at Gavanna
10 NE 40th Street., Miami
New York City invades Miami for a night of progressive sights and sounds with special guests DJs Proper Villains, G. Brown, Nikolas, Kimyon and more. Get ready to experience an interactive installation of multimedia expression, blurring the lines of art and music with technology.  It all starts at 10 p.m., you must be 21 and older to get in.  Enjoy complimentary cocktails courtesy of Voli Vodka.  For complimentary admisiion RSVP to 

Bamboo presents the EC Twins

550 Washington Ave., Miami;
Bamboo is getting in on the action with performances by big names all week long long.  Kick off the weekend with special guests EC Twins as they take over the decks on Friday followed by Alex Guadino on Saturday night.  Tickets are available in advance at

Dec. 8

All aboard the French Express at the Vagabond
30 NE 14th St., Miami;
Come as you are and take it easy while you board the French Express featuring music by DJs Perseus, Jonas Rathsman, Moon Boots and Chris Malinchak along with residents A-Train, Wasabi and more for a special Basel edition of Back Door Bamby.  Doors open at 10 p.m. and admission is only $10.

Mansion presents ARTY
1235 Washington Ave., Miami;
Russian Trance and electro house DJ Arty is taking over the turntables at Mansion for a special edition of Others Play House, We Play Mansion. He’s rocking the decks with tracks like “Must Be Love,” “Underground” and many more.   It all starts at 11 p.m. 

Seth Troxler at WALL
2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach;
Party it up at the exclusive WALL lounge with special guest Seth Troxler along with Davide Squillace and Damian Lazrus for an evening of intense house music and amazing art as part of the Basel Dancing Finale event. Table reservations are strongly suggested, dress code is strictly enforced and you must be 21 and older to get in.  Advance tickets available.

Locos Por Juana at The Stage Miami

170 NE 38th Street, Miami;
Wynwood’s premier live music venue the stage will host a week-long list of events in honor of Basel with performances from amazing artists.  Saturday night check out the Rigid II Graffiti in Miami unveiling of their mural painting on the exterior wall of the Stage Miami with a special performance by Locos Por Juana. Guests will enjoy Mojito cocktails compliments of The Stage and all the local cigar aficionados, a cigar roller will be onsite.  It all kicks off at 10 p.m. 

Also at the Stage this week, hip-hop legend Rakim to perform alongside ArtOfficial and the Problem Kids on Friday starting at 8 p.m. and kick off Basel week on Wednesday with Mochilla en Miami alongside a live performance by Zynzelay, THEESatisfaction and Georgia Anne Muldrow.

Dec. 9

Space Presents  Dark Light Sessions with Fedde Le Grande

34 NE 11th St., Miami;
Fedde Le Grand is taking over Club Space as part of his North America Take Over tour to bring you the Dark Light Sessions alongside Louis Puig. Tickets are currently $30 in advance.

Start the party a night early with LA Riots on Saturday. 

Amazing Sundays at Nikki presents Bob Sinclar
1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach;
The Sunday beach event at Nikki Beach Miami presents international superstar DJ Bob Sinclar alongside Bruno Robles and Felipe Kaval this Sunday in honor of Art Basel.  He’s taking over the decks following the signature Sunday brunch (11 a.m.-4 p.m.).  Tickets are currently $20 in advance. Also note UR1 Music & Art Festival ticketholders will be granted access with proof of ticket and are excluded from the cover fee.

Treehouse Miami presents Heroes Miami the Magic Art
323 23rd Street, Miami Beach;
Cocoon Heroes Miami and LINK Miami Rebels take Art Basel out with a bang with special guests Dubfire and Stacey Pullen and more as they showcase the “Into The Magic” theme from Cocoon Heroes. Doors open at 11 p.m.