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This past weekend, the Windy City transformed into the unofficial capital of the freshest electro-soul/hip-hop vibes as Pretty Lights brought his live band experience to Chicago. Derick Vincent Smith, the Colorado-based producer known as Pretty Lights, pulled out all of the stops with a three night run in Chicago, with back to back nights at the famed Aragon Ballroom and a special, more intimate show at the Concord Theater to close out the weekend on Sunday. After seeing one of his shows, it becomes fairly obvious why Smith has adopted the Pretty Lights moniker, as his shows are a truly audio/visual experience.

Smith treated the Chicago fans with his new live production, which features a five piece band that includes PLM label mates Break Science (Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee), who absolutely crushed it on the drums and keys. Sweaty320 was at the inaugural PL Live performance at Red Rocks this summer, so it was awesome to see how much the band has progressed and jelled since late August. For everyone who was in attendance, it was an incredible experience that will be hard to forget.

But the hot vibes didn’t die down once Pretty Lights closed out, as Break Science headed over to The House of Blues for what proved to be an epic aftershow. Deitch and Lee played an insane set, somehow managing to exceed the energy they brought to the 2.5 hours Pretty Lights performance. They played a ton of their classics, as well as many of their tracks off of their newest EP “Seven Bridges.”

What makes Pretty Lights and Break Science stand out in the EDM scene is their incorporation of live instrumentation and on-demand creativity within their sets. IF you are in Colorado and want to ring in the New Year in style, be sure to catch Pretty Lights and Break Science at the Decadency NYE celebration in the Mile High City of DENVER!