Pretty Lights Live Band Rocked an Intimate Performance in Jackson, WY

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JACKSON, WY – Pretty Lights is currently rocking out across the country with a live band featuring Derek Vincent Smith, Brian Coogan, Borahm Lee, Alvin Ford Jr. and Chris Karns. What sets the shows on the Pretty Lights Live Band tour apart, and why you really ought to make a point to see this band is the size and locations of the venues they’re playing.

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For a DJ (Pretty Lights) that can easily sell upwards of 9,000 tickets on his own at places like Red Rocks Amphitheater and Telluride Town Park, it was a pleasant surprise when we Pretty Lights announced they would be playing a somewhat private show at the Pink Garter Theatre in Jackson, Wyoming. With a capacity of only 350, last nights Pretty Lights show was the smallest size crowd Derek has played to under the Pretty Lights moniker in over 6 years!

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Pretty Lights Live Band Tour Dates

The remaining mountain town caravan dates are as follows:
09/01 Missoula, MT – Big Sky Brewing Company
09/02 Sandpoint, ID – The Hive
09/03 Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot
09/04 Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater
09/06 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center

With more west coast dates recently announced:
11/10 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
11/11 San Jose, CA – City National Civic
11/12 San Diego, CA – SOMA
11/13 Los Angeles, CA – Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival

If you like to dance, enjoy live music, DJ’s with lots of bass vibrations that rattle through your entire body, then be sure to go see the Pretty Lights Live Band on tour this year. For all our Colorado readers checkout our coverage over the years from Pretty Lights Red Rocks.

Video Clip from Jackson, WY

wait for it, wait for it…*As you can tell when the band kicks in it gets groovy

How Does Pretty Lights Live Band Compare to Pretty Lights DJ Set

For the most part having Derek conducting the other guys on stage works really well. Derek actually uses a microphone that he can call audibles with the band via there headsets allowing everyone to change direction and tempo in unison. This is especially important when the lights on stage are dark or more so when Pretty Lights lighting director Greg Ellis aka The LazerShark is doing his thing.

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Odds are if you’re familiar with Derek’s work at Pretty Lights some of the songs played will be the ones you came to hear! This is NOT however a hardcore DJ set that gets uber dark and grimy (if thats your sort of thing). The band for the most part kept things upbeat and fun, which was very much appreciate by all that were in attendance.

The crew that Derek enlisted to play with the Pretty Lights Live Band has some serious musical chops. Some of the highlights included seeing one of NOLA’s best drummers, Alvin Ford Jr. going off throughout the entire night. And it was hard to tell but it looked like there were also a couple people playing keyboards simultaneously. And at times if you looked closely (behind the Lazar wall) Derek could be spotted playing the bass guitar, who knew?

My only gripe was with the live band at times I would find myself dancing and then an audible would be called from the stage and I would literally find myself dancing to a beat that was no longer existent. That took some getting used too.

Pretty Lights Band Jackson Wyoming Live Pink Garter Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Derek is you read this, be more gentle next time as if you were a puppeteer. Or maybe that’s just the 36 years old with a herniated disk talking..

At the end of the day it comes down to this – The Pretty Lights Live Band was the best show we have seen in Jackson, Wyoming in sometime, if not ever!! If they are coming to anywhere near you on this tour, go out and see live music!! You can thank us later..

Pretty Lights Band Jackson Wyoming Live Pink Garter Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Pretty Lights Band Jackson Wyoming Live Pink Garter Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Pretty Lights Band Jackson Wyoming Live Pink Garter Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Looking for more Pretty Lights coverage? Checkout some of our Red Rocks photos over the years.

Pretty Lights Jackson WY Setlist

UNDERSTAND ME NOW >
SUNDAY SCHOOL >
BACK TO UNDERSTAND ME NOW HOLY SHIT
STILL NIGHT
HIGH SCHOOL ART CLASS
AROUND THE BLOCK
FLY AWAY ANOTHER DAY
VIBE VENDETTA
CAN’T STOP ME NOW
I CAN SEE IT IN YOUR FACE
GAZING AT THE GLARE
ALMOST FAMILIAR >
NEW FREESTYLE JAM
SHORTCUT / DETOUR
SO BRIGHT
KING OF ROCK
CITY OF ONE
LET EM KNOW IT’S TIME TO GO
THE LOVE YOU LEFT BEHIND >
DARK AS THE SKY
SUMMER’S THIRST
SOMETHING’S WRONG
MORE IMPORTANT THAN MICHAEL JORDAN
THERE IS A LIGHT
HIP HOP HURRAY
COLD FEELING

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Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief.

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