As the sun set and the crowd got antsy for Pretty Lights, stage crews came on and began to set things up for the rest of the evening. Gentlemen with big boxes came out to the press pit and opened them up to show thousands of glow sticks. I’m sure you’ll be able to guess what happens next. Thousands of glow sticks, blown up beach balls and then some were thrown into the crowd. This was met with loud cheers and chants of “Pretty Lights, Pretty Lights, Pretty Lights”. The sun had finally set, the stage was a go and then the music came on. This was my first Pretty Lights show so I was a little unsure of what to expect but I had painted a picture in my head and that picture turned out to be exactly what I saw. The crowd was glowing a multitude of colors due to the glow sticks and glowing beach balls were bouncing all over.

Pretty Lights whose real name is Derek Smith came on stage, the crowd cheers. He picked up the mic, said “what’s up yall” and then proceeded into his set. After checking out his video, I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to understand why he goes by Pretty Lights. The entire time he was on stage the crowd didn’t stop dancing. Everyone seemed to be in some sort of trance due to the lights and the music. Sensory overload I though. Either way it was the place to be that night in Bloomington. After snapping a few visuals from the press pit I proceeded to walk around to see what else there was to see. I came across people twirling around fire balls on strings, girls hoola hooping and then some. It reminded me of being at a music festival and all the crazy things you see while walking around. I finished my shoot, enjoyed the rest of the show and like the nights before, headed out in to Bloomington to enjoy a few drinks with the rest of the town. My Little 500 was complete and I managed to hold down all my alcohol like the college student I used to be. Bloomington, it was fun. Until next time…

ClientPretty LightsServicesVideographyYear2011