Partnership Between AEG and Planet Bluegrass Helps Bring Pretty Lights to Telluride

Derek Vincent Smith AKA Pretty Lights plays to a sold out crowd at Red Rocks in August.
Derek Vincent Smith AKA Pretty Lights plays to a sold out crowd at Red Rocks in August.
Aaron Thackeray

Telluride is not only known for its skiing and breathtaking scenery. It has also become a mecca for bluegrass fans, who make their annual pilgrimage for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The town hosts other music events, like the Telluride Jazz Festival and Brews and Blues. But this August, a new fan base could be enjoying the town.

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the Telluride Daily Planet reported the news last week, saying, "After a contentious debate over drug use, youth and the electronic music scene, Telluride Town Council narrowly voted in favor of a proposal to allow promoters to bring musical act Pretty Lights to Telluride for a weekend in late August of next year" last week.

A city council member Kristen Permakoff polled a group of Telluride residents about having a Pretty Lights show and got a positive response with over 200 comments. "We need to keep a young vibe in this town. We need to keep evolving and moving forward," Permakoff told the Daily Planet. "A lot of young people are going to love the show. Those people are not always represented in this town. I'm here to represent them." Three members voted in favor of having the artist play in town, and two voted against it, citing concerns about a packed summer concert schedule.

Planet Bluegrass, the company that puts on the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, is partnering with AEG to organize the show. Both Planet Bluegrass President Craig Ferguson and AEG Live's senior vice president of the Rocky Mountain region, Don Strasburg, were present at Telluride City Council meeting and answered resident's questions.

Strasburg told the City Countil that Smith is "very much about playing in natural settings and cool places," and is excited about playing in Telluride.

Pretty Lights is a mellow electronic producer and DJ from Fort Collins. He attended CU Boulder, and was living in Denver until a few months ago when he relocated to Detroit. He has played an annual sold-out Red Rocks double-header show for multiple years at Red Rocks, and has played at virtually every US festival including international ones such as TomorrowLand. Strasburg told the City Council members that Smith is "earthy, not aggressive, steeped in funk and soul."

Although the organizers still need to submit a formal application and complete the permitting process, the preliminary dates for the shows are Aug. 28 and 29, 2015.

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