Basel Castle December 8, 2012
The guys at Overthrow put together Basel Castle, a sort of music and art festival in the heart of Miami's Wynwood art district during Art Basel. This is the third year that Basel Castle has been around, and from what I heard when I was in there, it's getting better and better every year. One of the coolest things about the festival is that it is totally free for people who RVSP on the website beforehand, thanks to the many sponsors.
After waiting in a line that took way too long, I made it in. I didn't really know what to expect for this event because none of my friends had ever gone and the details on the website were pretty minimal. It didn't take too long to find out that the core of the venue was this big castle structure, where one of the stages was (there were two), and that I had to try to make it in as fast as possible. Outside of the castle area there was a smaller stage, carnival games, and sponsor tents.
Throughout the night all around inside and outside of the castle, artists were painting on huge blank canvases. On the stages, artists took turns playing on each one. While someone was perfoming on one stage, the live perfomance was broadcasted for the people on the other side of the Castle walls. This was great seeing that the Castle was pretty difficult to come in and out of. Outside on the smaller stage were some artists from the Fool's Gold label, while inside at the Castle Stage, the lineup featured Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, Jacuzzi Boys, and others.
Because it took me a while to get in, I missed a few people I wanted to see. I was lucky enough to catch a show by Jacuzzi Boys and Twin Shadow. I really enjoyed Twin Shadow, the stage name of George Lewis Jr., a native Dominican who was raised here in South Florida. His performance was supported by a really sweet looking band- the keyboard player was this girl who was wearing a sweet full leopard bodysuit. Despite the fact that they had just played a show in Moscow 12 hours before, they put on a great show. Lewis is a really skilled vocalist and in my opinion, sounded even better live than he does on his albums. Throughout their show, the songs played were mostly off of the newest album, Confess, released earlier this year, but of course they had to close with the favorite "Castles in the Snow."
Even though I didn't get to experience Basel Castle fully (the event lasted unti 4am) I definitely enjoyed what I did get to see. Watching the progression of the artwork was really fascinating, and I felt that the lineup that was put together meshed so well with the Miami Art Basel vibes. I just really wish I could have stuck it out for Purity Ring (still hitting myself for not seeing them).
For more info about the event check out the website