Meet the artists:
Joel Zimmerman doesn’t like being called a DJ. The dance music phenomenon from Toronto, better known as deadmau5, rolls his eyes at the description, which he sees as a hopelessly outdated way of describing what he does. His sets are closer to live performances. He plays mostly his own material, assembling tracks on the fly, using cutting-edge computer technology, including software he’s helped write himself. “There are no CDs involved,” he said. “It’s a technological orgy up there, and I try and keep it more my music than anyone else’s. If people come out to see deadmau5, I want them to hear deadmau5 music.” It’s an approach that’s catapulted deadmau5 into dance music’s A-list, and his work has been nominated for six Grammy Awards. deadmau5 has recorded eight studio albums since his 2005 debut, “Get Scraped,” with “W:/2016ALBUM” as his latest release on his Mau5trap label.
GRiZ (or Grant Kwiecinski, to his mom) is already being hailed as a visionary at age 27. Last spring, he released “Say It Loud” (via his All Good Records imprint), a follow-up to its more funk-step predecessors, “Rebel Era” and “Mad Liberation.” With assists from rapper Talib Kweli, Afrobeat-group Antibalas, the L.A.’s Children’s Chorus, and others, his new full-length finds a golden mean between an abundance of brass instruments, liberal use of soulful vocals, and shimmering, synth beats. The album also was influenced by James Brown’s funk-soul spirit, and its horns pay homage to one of GRiZ’s favorite albums, “Sketches of Spain” by Miles Davis.
The iconic reign of Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso took new heights in the form of Axwell /\ Ingrosso. Embraced by tastemakers, luxury brands and adoring fans across the continents, a culmination of Grammy nominations, DJ Mag Top 100 chart success and back-to-back Billboard and Beatport chart accession has seen the duo garner huge attention from across the globe. Debut single “Something New” began the project with a bang, while subsequent singles “On My Way,” “Can’t Hold Us Down” and “Sun is Shining” put the Stockholm-based crusaders back on the radio airwaves while keeping their main stage activity in full flow. The Pusha T assisted “This Time” spelled an experimental twist with a charitable edge at the back end of 2015, leaving instrumental landmark “Dream Bigger” to start 2016 from the duo. 2017 brought even more success, with the release of the chart topping EP “More Than You Know.”
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THE INDY 500 SNAKE PIT IS NOT FOR THE WEAK.
READY TO GET LIT IN THE PIT?
BIGGER THAN EVER.
This year’s Snake Pit takes place during the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. The 102nd! That’s over a century of history, tradition and pageantry that you will be part of. The pre-race/
post-race ceremonies are a good time for even the non-race fan and the Red Carpet in Pagoda
Plaza is always worth a trip.
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40 years ago in the old Snake Pit!” - @RinkStories
Who doesn’t love a good excuse to wear some red, white and blue? Each and every year, the Indy 500 Snake Pit falls on Memorial Day weekend, and many Snake Pitters celebrate by adorning themselves in the most outrageously American garb. What can we say? It’s tradition. And…’merica.
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MAKE TIME FOR HISTORY.
Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, is one of the most dynamic forces in music today. He is as much an international brand as he is a musician/DJ/producer. He’s proven himself to be a ubiquitous cultural figure, consistently bridging high and low, mainstream and underground, with remarkable tact and reverence. In 2004, after throwing influential parties in South Philadelphia, Pentz cemented himself as a full-fledged artist through his debut album, “Florida” which received praise within the underground community. After multiple Grammy nominations, including Producer of the Year, and being crowned the No. 1 most-streamed artist on Soundcloud for 2013, Beyoncé’s “Run the World” sampled Major Lazer’s “Pon De Floor” and sold more than 1 million copies, cementing Diplo’s place in the pop world. 2016 included three Grammy Nominations for Producer of the Year, Best Dance Recording and Best Dance/Electronic Album.
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the Indy 500 Snake Pit – IT'S BACK AND
the snake pit is back and bigger than ever.
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TO SURVIVe the Greatest Spectacle in Raging.
Whether it’s your first time or your fourth, there’s no doubt you’re in for a ride. Think booming speakers at dawn, your favorite cut-off and your favorite friends and keeping the party bumping all day long. You’ll most definitely want to prepare yourself accordingly. Arrive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway early (most race fans begin filing in around 6 a.m.), take it easy the night before, hydrate and be sure to have all transportation planned out ahead of time. The madness is unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard, and it’s absolutely going to be a Sunday Race Day to remember.
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