When: Thursday, April 17th, 10pm
Where: U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW, Washington, DC
Festival season is finally upon us, and the most recent one to reveal its set time is Counterpoint Festival, which is going down from April 25th to the 27th. They've got everyone from Outkast, to Pretty Lights, to Above & Beyond, Foster The People, Major Lazer, Krewella, Boys Noize, Schoolboy Q, J. Cole and many more are set to play at a 5,000 acre site in Kingston Downs, Georgia. Talk about massive! The festival will have five different stages set up, a camping ground, carnival rides, a food court supported by local Georgian restaurants, and a bunch of other extracurricular activities.
A fusion of hip-hop, house, funk, and soul has become the trademark of a select few artists and producers who have been taking the electronic music scene by storm, and 23 year old Detroit native and classically trained saxophonist GRiZ is leading the charge.
The Rebel Era of music is just getting started, and Grant Kwiecinski a.k.a. GRiZ, between working on side projects with Gramatik and founding his own Liberated Music label, plans to keep feeding his soul-infused electronic sound to the masses with the release of a new EP followed by a massive North American tour.
Every year, the Grammys can always be counted on to be jam packed with some of the most spectacular performances and surprising award wins of the year, and 2014's show was nothing short of just that. This year, the 56th annual Grammy Awards proved to be a celebration of music past, present, and future, with host LL Cool J guiding the night through it's incredibly diverse music collaborations and dynamic performances. It was only right, then, for the Queen B herself, Beyonce, and music mogul husband Jay Z to start the show off right with a slick and sexy performance of 'Drunk In Love' that made sure everybody was going to "be all night."
Pretty Lights is dropping a remix album of his latest release A Color Map of the Sun on December 10th, and has hooked his fans up with a free stream of the album before it's highly anticipated release. Featuring remixes from Griz, Datsik, 12th Planet, HeRobust, and more, this album provides a whole lot of sound variety. Give this a listen on your best set of speakers and sit back and enjoy the sounds of Pretty Lights.
The mini-festival gave both headliners an equal opportunity to shine. While Pretty Lights closed out Friday night’s music after opening sets from SuperVision, PANTyRAID and Bassnectar, respectively, Bassnectar gave the final performance of Saturday night preceded by Koan Sound, Run The Jewels and then Pretty Lights.
As we look forward to the quickly approaching summer season, you can also look forward to new music from Derek Vincent Smith, the pioneer of soulful, electro hip-hop better known as Pretty Lights. His new studio album A Color Map Of The Sun will be a two-CD collection of 13-songs plus a second album, Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun. This studio album marks the first Pretty Lights album to be released physically and digitally simultaneously. In true Pretty Lights fashion, the album will be available in its entirety as a free download on the album's release date via his website.