The electronic dance music, or EDM, revolution has officially reached the Peninsula. Staff at Hampton Coliseum announced Wednesday that Pretty Lights and Bassnectar, two of the genre's big names, will perform there Dec. 28 & 29.
Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday. 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19.
Pretty Lights is the stage name for Derek Vincent Smith who started making music and beats while in high school in Colorado. He's now one of EDM's major figures, a high-profile act who has performed at festivals including Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Electric Daisy Carnival and Bonnaroo.
Bassnectar is the stage name used by DJ, producer, and remixer Lorin Ashton. Closely associated with the dubstep style of dance music, Bassnectar released the CD "Vava Voom" this year.
Ashton's not crazy about the "next big thing" buzz surrounding EDM.
"I've been grinding in tiny towns since 2003, 2004, when there was no DJ scene because the rave scene had died and disintegrated and the new resurgence hadn't even begun," Ashton told Rolling Stone earlier this year. "There was nowhere to go, so I got really used to building my own fanbase and my own community."
Want to see what the fuss is about? Here's a video clip that shows Pretty Lights at the Bonnaroo festival in 2011.
Here's a press release about the shows sent out Oct. 18
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
PRETTY LIGHTS AND BASSNECTARANNOUNCE DEC. 28 AND 29HAMPTON COLISEUM SHOWSTickets On Sale 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 19
Hampton, Va. -- Pretty Lights, the musical vision of producer Derek Vincent Smith, will close 2012 co-headlining very special shows on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 28 and 29 in Hampton Coliseum, with Bassnectar. Each artist will play both nights, with one headlining on Friday and the other headlining on Saturday.
The two-night stand marks the first-ever electronic dance music (EDM) shows at the historic venue, which has welcomed such iconic artists as Elvis, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Prince and Phish through the past four decades.
The Hampton Coliseum concerts go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 19. Only two-day general admission tickets for the concerts will be sold. A limited number of advance tickets, priced at $75 plus applicable fees, are available starting Oct. 19. Regular-priced tickets are $80 plus applicable fees once the limited offer is filled.
All tickets are available at http://www.ticketmaster.com. This is an all-age show.
A free MP3 download of “So Bright,” a dark and soulful track from Pretty Lights’ forthcoming album, is available at http://plmusic.pl/sobright. The video for “So Bright,” shot at Pretty Lights’ sold-out, two-night stand at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO in August, can be viewed at http://youtu.be/kkUexhDjDPU.
Rolling Stone praised Pretty Lights’ performance at Electric Zoo in New York City, noting: “the real star on Friday was Colorado native Derek Smith, better known as the wildly unique and talented producer Pretty Lights,” while The New York Times observed: “the set by Pretty Lights…slowed to a hip-hop swagger and flaunted rough tones and raspy voices.”
Pretty Lights has given away more than 2.8 million free album downloads to date.
Bassnectar is the brainchild of Lorin Ashton, a San Francisco-based DJ, producer and artist, who released his first album in 2001, and began the project as an open-sourced musical experiment exploring the interplay between music and community.
He is one of the longest standing and most respected artists in American EDM. He is the original long-hair behind the tables, having been in the game well before most of his contemporaries, and amassing an epic fan base with more than 250,000 tickets sold to his solo shows alone in 2011. His art brazenly oversteps the bounds of contemporary EDM, pulling from a dynamic array of source material and attracting lovers of all genres, from dubstep to metal, punk rock, hip hop, and all forms of EDM (drum & bass, trip hop, etc.) and beyond.
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Here's another news release
For Immediate Release: October 15, 2012
PRETTY LIGHTS ANNOUNCES INTIMATE YEAR-END SHOWS AT NYC’S ROSELAND BALLROOM PLUS DATES WITH BASSNECTAR AT HAMPTON COLISEUM IN VATickets For All Four Shows Go On Sale This Friday, October 19, At 10am EDTGet The Free Download Of “So Bright” A Track From Pretty Lights’ Upcoming Album, And Check Out The New Recap Video
Pretty Lights - the musical vision of producer Derek Vincent Smith - will close out 2012 with four very special shows. On Friday and Saturday, December 28 and 29, Pretty Lights will play Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA with Bassnectar. Each artist will play both nights, with one headlining on Friday and the other headlining on Saturday. The two-night stand marks the first-ever electronic music shows at the historic venue, which has welcomed such iconic artists as Elvis, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Prince over the past four decades. Tickets for the Hampton Coliseum concerts go on sale this Friday, October 19, at 10am EDT at www.ticketmaster.com.
Fans will be treated to “An Intimate Evening with Pretty Lights” on December 30 and 31 at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom. Though he has made appearances at NYC festivals such as Electric Zoo and Governor’s Ball, this will be the first Pretty Lights event in the city in over two years. Both nights will feature extended Pretty Lights sets, giving concertgoers hours of Pretty Lights classics, bangers and unreleased, new tracks in a more intimate setting. Single night or two-day passes will be available for purchase. Tickets for the Roseland Ballroom dates go on sale Friday, October 19, at 10am DT at:
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0000494FA26E73A2 (for 12/30) http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0000494FA2C17406 (for 12/31)
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/0000494FA16171AB (two-day pass for 12/30 & 31)
A free MP3 download of “So Bright,” a dark and soulful track from Pretty Lights’ forthcoming album, is available now at http://plmusic.pl/sobright. The video for “So Bright,” shot at Pretty Lights’ sold-out, two-night stand at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO in August, can be viewed at http://youtu.be/kkUexhDjDPU.
Pretty Lights and Skrillex have put together one of the most compelling line-ups of the festival season for their own “With Your Friends Festival,” which will take place at The Lawn at Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville on October 26 and 27. The event will feature each producer/DJ in a headliner slot with direct support from rap legend Nas, who will perform with a nine-piece band, and Santigold. Other artists include 12th Planet, Dillon Francis, Michal Menert, TOKiMONSTA, Eliot Lipp and TWO FRESH. Visit www.withyourfriendsfest.com for additional details.
“The Illumination Tour,” Pretty Lights’ current North American headline run, will include a Halloween show at Boston’s TD Garden. The outing features a wide range of support acts including DJ Shadow, 12th Planet, araabMUZIK, Marty Party, Zion I, Big Gigantic, Lotus, and more plus PLM artists Paul Basic, SuperVision and Eliot Lipp. See below for itinerary.
Rolling Stone praised Pretty Lights’ performance at Electric Zoo in New York City, noting: “the real star on Friday was Colorado native Derek Smith, better known as the wildly unique and talented producer Pretty Lights” while The New York Times observed: “the set by Pretty Lights… slowed to a hip-hop swagger and flaunted rough tones and raspy voices.”
“Smith wowed the crowd with his Crayola-colored set of lasers and his ever-present grin of pure joy as he danced along to his own tunes,” said SPIN in a review of Pretty Lights’ show at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. “He continued to build a buzz while playing new tracks like ‘You Get High’ which grew to a fever pitch on fan favorites like ‘Finally Moving’, ‘Hot Like Sauce’ and ‘I Can See It In Your Face’, where a bevy of rainbow-colored lights illuminated Smith before fading to pitch black.”
Pretty Lights has given away more than 2.8 million free album downloads to date. For more information on Pretty Lights and Pretty Lights Music (PLM) - the record label founded by producer Derek Vincent Smith - visit www.prettylightsmusic.com, where all PLM music can be downloaded for free.
Pretty Lights – Upcoming Tour Dates
26 & 27 - Nashville, TN @ The Lawn at Riverfront Park - “With Your Friends Festival” with Skrillex, Nas, Santigold, 12th Planet, Dillon Francis, Michal Menert, TOKiMONSTA, Eliot Lipp and TWO FRESH
30 - University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
31 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
1 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre
2 - Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre
3 - Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
4 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
6 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
7 - Richmond, VA @ The National
9 - Columbia, SC @ The Township Auditorium
10 - Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Coliseum
13 - Birmingham, AL@ Boutwell Auditorium
14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room
15 – Madison, WI @ Exhibition Hall
16 – Bloomington, IL @ Cellular Coliseum
17 - Detroit, MI @ Compuware Arena
28 – Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum w/Bassnectar
29 – Hampton, VA @ Hampton Coliseum w/Bassnectar
30 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom – “An Intimate Evening with Pretty Lights”
31 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom – “An Intimate Evening with Pretty Lights”
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