Concert Review: Pretty Lights at CU’s Farrand Field: It Was All Good

Saturday's crowd at Farrand Field waits for Pretty Lights to take the stage. Photo courtesy of the Daily Camera

Saturday's crowd at Farrand Field waits for Pretty Lights to take the stage. Photo courtesy of the Daily Camera

Thousands of CU students gathered on Farrand Field Saturday night to see Pretty Lights live and in action.

The students hit the field to socialize, get  free eats and hear some cool Colorado DJ’s, but  they really wanted to see what the Pretty Lights buzz was about. For the past few weeks, student Facebook entries have been posted about the act’s free on-line music - and the fact that this was a free show.

There’s been a lot of hype about the talents of Pretty Lights, but in the end, it all boils down to the live presentation.

Saturday night, Pretty Lights proved that this Colorado act could become one of the biggest electro groups  in the U.S. and beyond.

Locals DJ Hot To Death and Savoy opened up the show, but most of the crowd didn’t show up until after it got dark — just in time for Pretty Lights and its multi-media show.

From the minute Pretty Lights hit the stage, the crowd was pumped. Students danced in time with glo-sticks and lit-up hula hoops, but a lot of the crowd just sat on the ground taking in the visuals.

What set this show apart from other top-name DJ/producers, was the precision of the Pretty Light mixes. Every nuance of sound was right on cue, all the musical genres melded into these amazing sound journeys – and drummer Cory Eberhard’s beats were right on the money.

Producer/band founder Derek Smith likes to meld sounds from the past with music of the future, and this live concert showed off his talent for fusing the two together. Pretty Lights interwove elements of hip-hop, soul, rock, space-age and classical music into the solid club beats at Saturday’s concert.

Some DJ’s play with the same sounds song after song, but every  Pretty Lights tune was unique in its own right. That’s what sets this act apart from the pack.

Add that to the Pretty Lights lightshow — and you have one unique concert-going experience. Each song featured lighting effects that matched the texture of the grooves, and the changing backdrops featured unique and colorful designs.

Pretty Lights on Farrand Field was a concert for all the senses.

If you haven’t checked out this act, do yourself  a favor and see this group before it really takes off. This could go international — and fast.

Kudos to the CU Program Council and campus for pulling this off. It would be nice to see Farrand Field used for more concerts in the future.  Hint. Hint.

And — stay tuned. Club Notes will have some breaking Pretty Lights news this week.

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