Pretty Lights Brings All-Star New Live Band On Fall Tour

To kick off his North American tour on October 10, Pretty Lights (aka Derek Vincent Smith) will be adding a few new faces onstage as he brings in a full live band to join him in his sets. "My dream has come true. I will be hitting the road for my 2013 fall tour with a FULL, AWESOME LIVE BAND! We will be fusing new, hot production with the live band's gritty old school hip-hop soul break styles in a way that production and a live band have never been heard together before," said Derek.

The full Pretty Lights company will include drummer extraordinaire, Adam Deitch (Break Science), keyboardist Brian Coogan (New Orleans All-Star), keyboardist Borahm Lee (Break Science), Scott Flynn (John Brown's Body) on trombone and Eric Bloom (Lettuce) on trumpet. Catch a preview of what to expect during Pretty Lights’ tour with the video for his new song “Give Your Love Away,” and check out tour dates and locations below:

Pretty Lights - Fall 2013 Tour Dates
10/10 - Kansas City, MO @ The Midland by AMC
10/11 - St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
10/12 - Nashville, TN @ ILLUMINATION @ Greer Stadium
10/16 - Auburn, AL @ Auburn Covered Arena
10/18 - Miami, FL @ Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park
BassLights Show - Pretty Lights & Bassnectar
10/19 - Miami, FL @ Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park
BassLights Show - Pretty Lights & Bassnectar
10/22 - Columbia, SC @ Township Auditorium
10/24 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
10/25 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
10/26 - Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival
10/27 - Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
10/29 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/31 - Albany, NY @ Times Union Arena
11/1 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
11/2 - Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre
11/3 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hard Day of the Dead
11/6 - Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion
11/7 - Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple
11/8 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/9 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/13 - Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
11/14 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
11/15 - Lincoln, NE @ Pershing Center
11/16 - St. Paul, MN @ Myth
11/17 - Fargo, ND @ Concert Hall at The Venue
11/20 - Missoula, MT @ Adams Center
11/21 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
11/22 - Seattle, WA @ ShoWare Center
11/23 - Portland, OR @ Memorial Coliseum
11/27 - Reno, NV @ Silver State Pavilion
11/29 - San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
11/30 - San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Photo credit: Krystle Blackburn

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