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While seemingly the whole highbrow world descends on Miami Beach on this night for the official opening of Art Basel, across the causeway, the Vagabond kicks off the artsy extravaganza with a locals-centric fiesta. OK, 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 kicks 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 will be 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 ArtOfficial, a live hip-hop act that keep its grooves so tight and on point that it scored in the finals of a Lollapalooza-sponsored contest this past summer. 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.

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