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Photos: Pretty Lights at Red Rocks, 8/13/11

PRETTY LIGHTS at RED ROCKS | 8/13/11


The second sold out night of the Pretty Lights Music showcase was the perfect way to end a hometown run for Derek Vincent Smith, who plays music under the Pretty Lights moniker. With some help from Big K.R.I.T., Michael Menert, Gramatik and Skream, Smith delivered a show with immaculate production. We figured since it is called Pretty Lights, you might want to see some. Click through for video (just added) and photos.

Big K.R.I.T., Michael Menert, Gramatik and Skream all joined Smith for the night. Krit opened with some hard raps, but looking like he was having a blast on stage. Something about Krit is that he is always smiling when he raps, and that positive energy is contagious because everyone in Red Rocks was feeling his flow. Gramatik and Menert played similar sets to those of Friday, but the audio at Red Rocks really pushes the sound of the music.

The crowd filled the lots early in the afternoon. From the north along the road down to the bottom of the south lot, limos and party buses filled with smart thinking party-goers blared music and got their pre-game on.
The crowd filled the lots early in the afternoon. From the north along the road down to the bottom of the south lot, limos and party buses filled with smart thinking party-goers blared music and got their pre-game on.
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Big K.R.I.T. performed after Gramatik tested the audio for the openers. The rapper's performance was very well received, with the half-full amphitheater bobbing along to hits like "Country Sh*t," all sippin' drinks.
Big K.R.I.T. performed after Gramatik tested the audio for the openers. The rapper's performance was very well received, with the half-full amphitheater bobbing along to hits like "Country Sh*t," all sippin' drinks.
Britt Chester
Gramatik invited everyone to smartphone-film his opening song in his second set. The crowd complied, some attendees holding two cameras. The footage will be used for a video and anyone who submits will get credit in the video.
Gramatik invited everyone to smartphone-film his opening song in his second set. The crowd complied, some attendees holding two cameras. The footage will be used for a video and anyone who submits will get credit in the video.
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Gramatik opened with a new song that he's been working on, then invited guitarist and friend Alex out to play alongside with him. The set was energetic, but very similar, if not identical, to the previous night's and the one he played at Beatport on Friday. Nonetheless, everyone was feeling his sounds and grooving hard towards the end when he really started letting the bass hit.
Gramatik opened with a new song that he's been working on, then invited guitarist and friend Alex out to play alongside with him. The set was energetic, but very similar, if not identical, to the previous night's and the one he played at Beatport on Friday. Nonetheless, everyone was feeling his sounds and grooving hard towards the end when he really started letting the bass hit.
Britt Chester
Live television monitors displayed all the happenings up on the stage for anyone that may not have been close enough to see the sweat dripping from all their faces. Here, Gramatik filled the venue just as the clouds were overtaking the sky, preventing many from enjoying both a full moon and a meteor shower.
Live television monitors displayed all the happenings up on the stage for anyone that may not have been close enough to see the sweat dripping from all their faces. Here, Gramatik filled the venue just as the clouds were overtaking the sky, preventing many from enjoying both a full moon and a meteor shower.
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Skream's set had a few bumps, including one point in which he simply stopped the track to start over because, he presumably missed the drop. He sampled everything from Nicki Minaj to Rage Against the Machine to Skrillex's remix of Benny Benassi's "Cinema." His attempts to pull the crowd in were good, but it wasn't until his dedication to his new son that people started to connect. Skream is a great DJ, but producers like Menert and Gramatik are probably intimidating to try and one-up, especially on Menert's home-turf.

The merchandise table has grown significantly with the popularity of Pretty Lights and the growing talent on the label.
The merchandise table has grown significantly with the popularity of Pretty Lights and the growing talent on the label.
Britt Chester
The crowd on the front row didn't stop for the whole show. This clearly caught the notice of Smith, who thanked them personally for raging so hard.
The crowd on the front row didn't stop for the whole show. This clearly caught the notice of Smith, who thanked them personally for raging so hard.
Britt Chester
Homemade shirts are always popular: This couple made their shirts with their favorite track number and song name on the back. Often, these shirts are cooler than merch-table shirts because you know they are unique and one of a kind.
Homemade shirts are always popular: This couple made their shirts with their favorite track number and song name on the back. Often, these shirts are cooler than merch-table shirts because you know they are unique and one of a kind.
Britt Chester
Michael Menert, who played after Skream, has been garnering a lot of attention since signing to the PLM label. Last night, his beats were mellow and cool, closing the night out with a dedication to anyone who has fallen in love.
Michael Menert, who played after Skream, has been garnering a lot of attention since signing to the PLM label. Last night, his beats were mellow and cool, closing the night out with a dedication to anyone who has fallen in love.
Britt Chester
The set-up for Smith was grand and bulky, but when the lights came on and he opened with "Hot Like Sauce," the place erupted and the lights blasted hard. There were lasers, red-blasts and smoke machines: All the right ingredients for a great Pretty Lights concert.
The set-up for Smith was grand and bulky, but when the lights came on and he opened with "Hot Like Sauce," the place erupted and the lights blasted hard. There were lasers, red-blasts and smoke machines: All the right ingredients for a great Pretty Lights concert.
Britt Chester

 

Smith unleashed the Pretty Lights beast again, but it was a much gentler giant. The atmosphere was a little slower than Friday night, but still everyone enjoyed it immensely. Again, it seems Smith is going back to his roots coming home to Colorado with hits like "Hot Like Sauce," and even as far back as "More Important than Michael Jordan," but it was with remixes like "Fly Like an Eagle" that really had everyone grooving. The nostalgia of old songs is great, but when his old sound is brought out in new songs, Smith thrives. The older hits have a much stronger hip-hop persona about them, whereas some of the newer stuff really shows where Smith is taking the Pretty Lights project in terms of glitch and electro-samples.

crowd
crowd
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Isn't the PrettyLights stage amazing?
Isn't the PrettyLights stage amazing?
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Much like Bassnectar's various imagery, Smith used his screens to display both words and images to the crowd. Here, Louis Armstrong images flashed during a some jazz samples.
Much like Bassnectar's various imagery, Smith used his screens to display both words and images to the crowd. Here, Louis Armstrong images flashed during a some jazz samples.
Britt Chester
Smith glowing in the lights -- dropping the beats -- making it rain.
Smith glowing in the lights -- dropping the beats -- making it rain.
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