The Pretty Lights National Tour Underway

After blowing out box offices across the country for the first few months of 2009, Pretty Lights is primed for a large national summer tour. With sellout after sellout across the country, the innovative electronic duo has scheduled 16 shows between now and their triumphant performance at Red Rocks in Morrison Colorado. With dates spanning New York City, San Francisco and Norfolk, VA --- Pretty Lights will be pumping out of speakers from coast to coast, re-shaping 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.

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. The two-disc release is a 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 well over 50,000 times from the Pretty Lights website in the few months since its release, proving that the PL sound is not only getting around, it's spreading like a virus.

What makes the next summer set of shows 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 along the way, 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 on 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.

May 14 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GeorgiaV May 15 Valarium - Knoxville, Tennessee
May 16 Visulite Theatre - Charlotte, North Carolina
May 22 The Music Farm - Charleston, South Carolina
May 23 KEFI Wilmington - North Carolina
May 24 The Norva - Norfolk, Virginia
May 30 The Independent - San Francisco, California
Jun 4 Wakarusa Music Festival - Ozark, Arkansas
Jun 6 High Noon Saloon - Madison, Wisconsin
Jun 12 Bonnaroo - Manchester, Tennessee
Jul 2 High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, California
Jul 3 High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, California
Jul 4 Rothbury Music Festival - Rothbury, Michigan
Jul 10 Forecastle Festival - Louisville, Kentucky
Jul 17 Camp Bisco - Mariaville, New York
Jul 22 10K Lakes Festival - Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Jul 25 Red Rocks Ampitheatre - Morrison, Colorado
Jan 3 Jam Cruise 8 - Carribean Ocean, Florida

To find out more about Pretty Lights or to download the album visit: www.myspace.com/prettylightsmusic or www.prettylightsmusic.com

Northeastern Trajectories Underway

photos by Sanjay Suchak- for the Grateful Web

Toubab Krewe is heading northeast this week, stopping in Charlottesville, VA, today, (5/9) for a show at the Satellite Ballroom, and landing in NYC on Saturday (5/10) for a show at the Blender Theater at Gramercy. We're thrilled to have our friend,  legendary spoken word artist Umar Bin Hassan (The Last Poets), join us on stage in NYC. Brooklyn based Turbine opens the night.

The run continues through the Northeast before we finish the tour at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT on May 16. Looking ahead, we're excited for the summer festival season, a lot of dates close to home in the Southeast, and our European debut in Portugal!

Thanks so much to everyone for making this such an amazing tour!



DATE CITY VENUE                                  Special Guests


Charlottesville, VA    

Satellite Ballroom

                                                    Morwenna Lasko & Jay Pun

5-10  New York, NY     

Blender Theater at Gramercy          Umar Bin Hassan (The Last Poets) + Turbine



Narragansett, RI

Wheel House



Portland, ME

Empire Dine and Dance



Newmarket, NH    

Stone Church



Burlington, VT   

Higher Ground



Baltimore, MD    

Starscape Festival



Raleigh, NC      

Lincoln Theatre

(supporting The Disco Biscuits)    


Wilmington, NC   




Charlotte, NC    

Neighborhood Theatre



Floyd, VA  

Sun Music Hall



Chattanooga, TN  

Riverbend Festival



Birmingham, AL   

City Stages



Orlando, FL      

The Social



Tallahassee, FL  

Beta Bar


6-20  St. Petersburg, FL     

The State Theatre



Jacksonville Beach, FL

Freebird Live



Athens, GA

Georgia Theatre



Asheville, NC    

Vortex Music Festival (Asheville Civic Center)



Charleston, SC   

Music Farm



Cabot, VT  

6th Annual Sol Harvest Festivus for the Restivus

Full line-up and details TBA



Sines, Portugal  

Festival Músicas do Mundo



Runaway Bay, Jamaica   

Caribbean Holidaze