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Pretty Lights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Derek Vincent Smith aka Pretty Lights took the Red Rocks stage a little over a month back and I had the opportunity to photograph the performances on August 18 and 19. The two night run featured the Grouch opening on Friday night and the entire Pretty Lights label opening Saturday night which includes Michal Menert, Paul Basic, Break Science, Eliot Lipp, Supervision and Gramatik.

To get things started off for the weekend Lee Fields & the Expressions brought some funk to the Red Rocks Stage, followed next by Grouch and Eligh.


After the Grouch and Eligh there was short set break which featured Mikey Thunder keeping the tunes rolling while the stage was setup for Pretty Lights.

After a five minute countdown Derek took the stage for night one of the Sold Out weekend.



Night one brought some old and new from Pretty Lights but overall seemed to be a thank you and shout out to the Colorado faithful “Pretty Lights Family” who have supported him from the beginning.

For night two the entire Pretty Lights Label was out to celebrate a second straight sold out Pretty Lights performance. The PLM artists switched off every fifteen minutes over three hours and gave the Red Rocks crowd a little taste of each performers style.

By the time I made it into the pit, Supervision had just hit the stage.

Next to take the stage for the second time of the night was Gramatik, followed quickly by Break Science.

The quick changes of the PLM crew offered a great little preview of each artists sound and because each performer got two rounds on the stage, there was a wonderful mix of all of their songs. After Break Science, Paul Basic took his second set on the stage and near the end of his fifteen minutes, Michal Menert joined him for a little taste of their collaborative effort, Half Color.

After a quick track from the Half Color boys, Paul Basic left the stage to Michal to warm-up the crowd one last time before Pretty Lights.

As the house lights came up one last time, the stage began to come together and it was soon time for the second sold out night of Pretty Lights. With a lot of older songs covered in night one, night two brought a lot more of Derek’s newer remixes and tracks as well as some new unreleased jams.

Midway through the set, Derek invited Michal Menert back onto stage to perform with him for a song. The pair started Pretty Lights Music Label together back in 2006, so Derek took the the time to thank Michal and everyone else involved for helping make the label into what it is today.

After the quick words of praise, it was back to the music and the Rocks raged on until almost one o’clock in the morning.

With the second night coming to a close Pretty Lights left the stage and climbed into the crowed to greet his mom with a thank you and a hug. Then he turned to his fans, shook some hands and signed autographs for a few minutes as a thank you for their hometown devotion and support. For the second straight sold out performance, Derek Vincent Smith blew away the Red Rocks crowd and showed why he is one of the biggest names in electric music.

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