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Pretty Lights Pen Red Rocks Show with STS9

lightsPretty Lights will join STS9 on Saturday, July 25th at Red Rocks in a triumphant return to Denver, after blowing out box offices across the country for the first few months of 2009. Three sellout shows in Fort Collins, Boulder, and Denver in February sent the innovative electronic act off onto the road for a headlining tour through the Southeastern U.S. with huge momentum. They sold out every show on the tour including the famous Georgia Theatre in Athens, before the doors even opened. With at least 13 more scheduled shows between now and their return to Colorado, Pretty Lights will be pumping out of speakers from coast to coast, wrecking the standard of electronic music.

Pretty Lights is the musical vision of the ultra-versatile Colorado based producer, Derek Vincent Smith, accompanied in the live setting by drummer, Cory Eberhard. Together these two achieve a raw energy rarely reached in the realm of electronic music. At a time when music lovers from almost all subcultures and genres are finding common ground in the basic form of bangin' beats, Pretty Lights is giving the people what they want: electro organic, cutting-edge party rocking beats that fill venues with energy and emotion and send dance floors into frenzies. What makes Pretty Lights truly different though, is that the beats carry serious soul.

As momentum for Pretty Lights builds, so does the anticipation for the act’s return to its Colorado roots, where many fans were left outside the door wishing they had bought tickets sooner for their last three-night Colorado run. Fans across all genres are coming together to fuel the Pretty Lights movement. One only need to download Filling up the City Skies, the free double disc that was released for download only a few short months ago at www.prettylightsmusic.com, to see what the hype is about.

Filling Up The City Skies is a two disc, 26 track journey through past, present, and future. Smith juxtaposes collages of beautiful vintage samples against backdrops of futuristic synthesis and dirty broken beats, creating a sound that can snap your neck while simultaneously shedding your tears. The album has been downloaded over 50,000 times from the Pretty Lights website in the short 4 months since its release, proving that the PL sound is not only getting around, it's spreading like a virus.

What makes the next Denver show all the more intriguing is that, somehow, amidst the relentless touring, Smith is nearing completion of the next Pretty Lights album. Scores of unheard new material is sure to be dropped at Red Rocks on July 25th, considering a quote direct from Smith’s own blog, “Maintaining productivity, and striving to constantly create fresh new music is the only way to keep this adventure exciting for myself…I couldn’t bear to tour an the same record for more than a few months…”

Pretty Lights will be continuing to make its name on the festival circuit this summer which will include appearances at Bonnaroo, 10k Lakes, Rothbury, High Sierra, Wakarusa, and Camp Bisco.

Steve Kimock and Friends Pen Second Night at The NorVa

photo by Tawny- for the Grateful Web

After an initial sell out, Passion Presents Steve Kimock and Friends for a second night performance at the NorVa Theater in the heart of Norfolk, VA. The exclusive appearance will also feature legendary Hammond B3 player, Melvin Seals, among other distinctive surprise guests. The two-night event takes place on March 7th and March 8th, slated to coincide with the Phish reunion shows at nearby Hampton Coliseum.  $1 of all tickets sold on the March 8th show will go to support the Rex Foundation.

Steve Kimock & Friends featuring Melvin Seals
March 7th & 8th
NorVa Theater - Norfork, VA
www.thenorva.com
Show: 12:00AM

Marking Kimock's first shows of 2009, this weekend event promises to bring some great new performers to the stage for the first time under the Steve Kimock & Friends moniker. With a number of scheduled concerts in the area, lips are sealed on who will actually take the stage at either show. This special event preludes the launch of his new band Steve Kimock Crazy Engine, whose national tour begins in subsequent weeks.  

Steve Kimock has performed in an evolving line-up of "friends" since the early 90's that have featured such guests as Keller WilliamsJeff Sipe, George Porter Jr, Donna Jean-Godchaux, Merl Saunders, Martin Fierro, Reed Mathis, Kyle Hollingsworth, Robert Walter, Pete Sears, John Molo and even Michael Franti. While each event has been entirely unique and in the moment, there is no doubt that SK&F continues to stand the test of time with Kimock continuing to mesmerize audiences with his inspired guitar speak. Event organizers at Passion Presents, who are also celebrating their five-year anniversary in conjunction with this event, are encouraging music fans to buy their tickets in advance. Single night tickets for March 7th are sold out; however, there are a limited number of weekend passes now available, along with tickets for March 8th, at www.kimock.com

For 5 years Passion Presents has been Humboldt County, California's comprehensive music production company featuring high grade sound, an exhilarating line up of events, persistent dedication to the enrichment of our community, and an unparalleled devotion to fans.  Their 5th Anniversary allows them to revisit and reconfirm their mission statement. As of press time, Passion Presents owner, Steve Watts, has finished serving three years on the Arcata Board of Directors, in an executive capacity, along with the Arcata Economic Development Committee, and the Arcata Main Street Board of Directors. He currently serves as the city's events liaison for their 4th of July festivities and annual Oysterfest. 2009 also sees Passion Presents co-owner, Mathew Beck, returning as the Touring Director of Phish's non-profit organization, The Waterwheel Foundation. Passion Presents is proud to support the Rex Foundation in 2009 through several upcoming events, including donating $1 of every ticket sold for the 5th Anniversary Celebration at The NorVa in Norfolk, VA on Sunday, March 8th, as well as for Steve Kimock Crazy Engine at the Red Fox Tavern March 31st & April 1st.  Passion Presents is proud to reaffirm their commitment to working with non-profit organizations.