UR1 Festival Is Postponed: So Where To See Live Music During Art Basel?

Nov 21, 2012

UR1 Music & Arts Festival is following in line with the newest trend for South Florida music festivals.  

It goes like this: announce a huge show with a killer line up.  The people get hyped, and buy tickets.  Then, with the festival just a few days away, make a big announcement.

The show has been canceled.

A recent look at South Florida's music festivals shows that this is happening more and more.  Last year, Bayside Rocks announced a cancelation just before doors opened.  The 2011 IDentity Fest was canceled because of Hurricane Irene. Langerado Music Fest was perched to become a staple in the national spring festival circuit, but after a long hiatus the organizers just couldn't pull it together for 2011.

After a day of rumors, the UR1 show officially announced cancelation on Wednesday. 

So where should all the music- and arts-hungry locals and tourists go for their fix?

We've got you covered.  The following is a rundown of some of the best shows and music-based events that will be happening around town during the Basel madness.

1.  Rakim at the Stage Miami

Rakim is the rapper's rapper.  In what seems to be becoming tradition, the Stage Miami is bringing in the heaviest of the old school hip-hop heavyhitters for an Art Basel weekend show.  If last year's GZA/Genius of the Wu-Tang Clan's show was any indicator of how this year will go, you better make sure your tickets are 'Paid In Full' before the Friday, December 7th show.  He will be playing alongside Miami's own ArtOfficial and the Problem Kids.

2.  Basel Castle

This annual installment is not to be missed.  Musicians ranging from local favorites the Jacuzzi Boys to indie darlings Purity Ring and Atlanta disco-rapper fusion Trinidad James are taking stage.  The music and arts fusion festival takes place on December 8th in Miami's Wynwood area.

3.  Pop-Up Piano Miami

Throughout the week, this public arts installation will be featuring public performances by local favorites in the  Wynwood/ Design District area.  Eight pianos that have been donated from Steinway have been painted by local artists, and they will be placed in public spaces during the week.  Between sets by locals like SUENALO and Krisp, you can even make your own performance happen.

4.  It's Not Between Us and Them at the Electric Pickle

The Electric Pickle is probably Miami's best spot to dance when it isn't Art Basel week.  But once the crowds come in and it gets sweaty, you can expect any inhibitions to be  extra-gone with the wind.  This year brings label Life and Death into the fold with a party that is sure to be a classic.  Spinning will be Tale of Us, DJ Tennis, and Thugf###er.

5.  Just Blaze vs Young Guru at Bardot Miami

If you have followed hip-hop shout outs over the last decade or so, you would know that these are two of the hottest producers around.  Bardot Miami is hosting what is poised to be a legendary DJ battle between the two.  To quote Jay-Z: "What more can I say, Guru, play the beat!"