As the first smooth synth line was thrown at the crowd, the open night sky was transformed in to an orgy of lasers, LEDs, strobes, and a stage that was in the shape of a downtown skyline, garnished with bridge and all. And the bass, yeah it was definitely there too, the kind that gets into your blood and stays there deep into the night, whether you like it or not. What sets Pretty Lights apart from other electronic artists is his eclectic sound. Sampling sounds, riffs, and vocals, from the likes of Notorious BIG, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, and Radiohead has been nothing new to a Pretty Lights show before, but during the middle of his set he debuted a new one to the delight of the attendees with an eloquent and heartfelt track recorded with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which was recorded right here in New Orleans this past year.
Photo by Mike Wren