2011 New Year's Eve Concert: Pretty Lights

2011 New Year’s Eve Concert: Pretty Lights

Still looking for something to do this New Year’s Eve?  Perhaps a dance party at the Congress Theater will bust your traditional ‘NYE night out’ bubble.  Break out your 2011 New Years goofy glasses and blowy thingys (you know the party favors you blow in that unroll like lizard tongues), and do something different and exciting this year.

Pretty Lights will light up Milwaukee Avenue this Thursday and Friday evening (12/30 with Major Lazer & 12/31 with Holy F_ck @ Congress Theater – 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave, Ages 17+).

The electro/hip hop/soul/dance music artist (real name Derek Vincent Smith) is known for mixing digital samples of many different music genres, creating a combination of “glitchy hip-hop beats, buzzing synth lines, and vintage funk and soul samples.”  Since July of 2010, he’s been assisted by drummer Adam Deitch during live performances.

In an interview earlier this year featured on spinner.com, Smith made it clear that the live show experience is important to him.  “I’ve been working for awhile to try to create more of an experience, I guess you could say. The production of the show and the visual elements of the show are important to me. I like being blown away by cool production at shows.”

As you can see in the video below, he spares no expense in making the live show a feast for the eyes and ears, so this NYE should be no exception.  If anything, he’s bound to pump up the volume to make Friday night’s show awesome.

If you’re on the fence about attending a concert on NYE, I highly recommend you give it a shot, especially if you’re searching for something a little different.  A few years back, I saw Cake perform a rare performance at Milwaukee’s Riverside Theatre.  Cake is known for songs ‘Short Skirt, Long Jacket’ and ‘The Distance’ and only performs once every five years or so (which should change following the Jan. ’11 release of their new album Showroom of Compassion). What a show!  Undoubtedly, the fact that it was NYE impacted the band and crowd’s mood, and it turned into a huge sing-along dance party.  Following a loud countdown, confetti dropped from above and everyone shared in a celebratory champagne toast.  It was totally rad, and an experience I’ll try to relive this year when I see the sold out show, Yeasayer (with opening band, Health) at the Metro.

The NYE Pretty Lights show is sold out through the box office, but we still have some tickets available here.  If you do attend the show, I’d love to hear your comments or see some pictures.  Feel free to post them on our facebook page or via twitter @YouGotAGuy.

Happy New Year everyone.  See you on the flip side! (feel free to tell me never to say ‘flip side’ again)

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