This past weekend Red Rocks hosted a homecoming for the Pretty Lights music crew. Colorado homegrown Pretty Lights took residence at the majestic venue for an all out dance party on Friday and Saturday. In what can be billed as one of the summer’s most anticipated shows, Derek Vincent Smith brought some high expectations this weekend. We were able to catch the first night, and can simply say that Pretty Lights' live shows are becoming more complex and engineered as he continues to push the boundaries of the electronic music scene.
Friday night gave fans a chance to hear some of the new album; having a greater emphasis on live instrumentation and vocals, broadening the spectrum. With the constant evolution of the electronic dance genre, Pretty Lights has built his reputation on quality music and a close relation to his fan base. It was apparent at first glance of the first few rows, a group known as the Pretty Lights Family made their presence known. As the screen displayed a five minute countdown clock, the anticipation grew as Pretty Lights took control behind the stage. With a production show built to compliment the music; the complex laser show and the strobes and fog made listening to the music an unimaginable experience.
The night began with the soulful crooner Lee Fields and the Expressions, and the hip hop duo out of California known as Grouch and Eligh, who later joined Pretty Lights in a collaboration towards the end of the evening. The sold out crowd, covered in Day-Glo and glitter, danced through the night, as the Colorado music scene was widely present and respected. Check out more photos here.