When the week-long tourism nightmare known as Art Basel arrives Dec. 4-10, it will, as usual, be overstuffed with rooftop parties, white-tented fairs and concerts. While some concerts are invite-only (ahem, Duran Duran at Faena Theater), most will be low-key, blink-and-you’ll-miss-them affairs.
So don’t miss them. Limited tickets are still available for the following Art Basel-related shows.
Hip-hop renegades Wu-Tang Clan have led a busy 2017, and will headline III Points’ Art Basel Concert Series bearing the recent album “The Saga Continues,” a collection of tracks produced by RZA. Most members of the multiplatinum rap group (“C.R.E.A.M.,” “Protect Ya Neck”) are scheduled to perform at Mana Wynwood, but if tickets grow scarce over the coming week, nearby Asian food hall 1-800-Lucky (143 NW 23rd St., Unit 312) will host a 4-8 p.m. Dec. 9 meet and greet and autograph signing.
The Icelandic enigma, songwriter and fashion icon showcases her mesmerizing vocals on the new album “Utopia,” a mash note to optimism following the breakup of her decade-long relationship to artist Matthew Barney. But those attributes, hopeful lyrics tempered with pain, may not be showcased during her DJ set at III Points’ Art Basel Concert Series, which we hope Björk will tackle with the same vigor as her music. Brooklyn-based experimental musician Oneohtrix Point Never will open.
The energy drink company Red Bull will host a pop-up showcase of local and international singer-songwriters at the Ground, Club Space’s first-floor concert venue, including two of our local favorites: Miami’s Twelve’len, whose rock- and soul-drenched sound seems indebted to Frank Ocean and Marvin Gaye; and Fort Lauderdale DJ Nick León, whose music fuses sultry R&B and electronica. Brooklyn singer Kilo Kish and Peru’s A.Chal will also perform.
Diplo, the outspoken DJ-producer born Thomas Wesley Pentz, appears to be growing more popular, his Basel set arriving on the heels of the Nov. 17 release of “Give Me Future,” his Havana-set concert documentary. We’re also craving another season of his Viceland mockumentary series “What Would Diplo Do?” in which the Grammy-winning producer is lampooned by James Van Der Beek. Diplo’s Major Lazer cohorts, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire, are likewise in town for Art Basel-related sets during Bashment TV, a free (via Eventbrite.com) music pop-up taking place 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 1-800-Lucky (143 NW 23rd St., Unit 312). Walshy Fire, a Fort Lauderdale native, will also spin 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, at nearby Coyo Taco (2300 NW Second Ave.; $20 via Eventbrite.com).
It’s been 10 years and five albums since the release of “Lights and Music,” the Australian electronica quartet’s breakout dance-funk single, and Cut Copy still sounds rooted in 1980s revivalism. Their recent studio album, “Haiku From Zero,” carries a fusion of tropical rhythms, dance-happy synth-pop, Brian Eno-inspired ambiance and blissed-out disco. Which leaves us hopeful that the same computerized chill will also distinguish the band’s Art Basel show.
The rap mogul and producer of Starz drama “Power” is out to show he's still one of rap's heavyweights pending the release of his long-delayed album, “Street King Immortal.” In recent months, he has released "Still Think I'm Nothing" ( featuring Jeremih) and “On Something” (featuring Gucci Mane). Before his Ora show, 50 is also scheduled to host (but not perform at) Basel House Mural Festival 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 (RC Cola Plant, 550 NW 24th St., Miami). The Basel House gig, Rolling Stone Live, will also feature DJ sets from the Brothers Macklovitch (A-Trak and Chromeo’s Dave 1) and OVO Sound’s Majid Jordan.
10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at E11ven Miami, 29 NE 11th St., Miami; $40 for women, $50 for men via Tixr.com; 305-829-2911 or 11Miami.com
Among the most quietly influential rappers of the last decade, Mane’s music career has been full of fits and starts, often derailed by a string of rap beefs and prison sentences. Still, the man responsible for launching the careers of Waka Flocka Flame and Young Thug has been prolific, releasing an album, “Mr. Davis,” that debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart in October.