Identity Festival brings dance-club culture to a grassy meadow


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On Saturday, the First Niagara Pavilion will be one big happy dance club, with a large backyard lawn.

The occasion is the third night of the Identity Festival, presented by Skullcandy and billed as the first-ever touring electronic-only music festival.

It's a rare sighting of rave culture in a mainstream concert venue usually filled with the likes of Jimmy Buffett and Toby Keith.

Identity Festival

Where: First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets: $40. 1-800-745-3000.

The headliner is Kaskade, aka Chicago producer/DJ Ryan Raddon, who is known for remixes for the likes of Lady Gaga and Madonna, along with charting dance hits like "Move for Me" with Deadmau5.

Kaskade made waves late last month with an impromptu DJ set on a Los Angeles street that created a disturbance between fans and riot police. It was in conjunction with a screening of the dance-scene documentary "Electric Daisy Carnival Experience," which is now having trouble getting shown around the country.

"The reason I was so interested in the ID festival," Kaskade says in the press notes, "was because nobody's ever done anything like this before ... I've been working a lot on the visuals and the staging and how I'm gonna present it. In these amphitheaters, essentially the stages are all the same, which is a lot different from touring in a nightclub because it's always changing and I'm on a bus, so it gives me an opportunity to take that same exact show and present it at these different locations. It's very rewarding to be a part of ID Fest because it's kind of the manifestation of a lot of hard work that's gone into everything up to this point."

Identity will feature two stages, with sets by such artists as Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki, DJ Shadow, Avicii, Afrojack, Rusko, The Crystal Method, The Disco Biscuits and Steve Lawler.

"I like the idea of different types of music occupying the same arenas that have traditionally held rock dinosaurs and pop catastrophes," DJ Shadow told "I like to think that the fact I'm even involved signifies a small triumph, almost like 'Uh-oh, who let him in here?' No matter what happens, I'm appreciative of the platform and opportunity to share what I do, which is the only thing I know how to do -- make and play music. I've been a DJ for 27 years, and I think I have something valid to contribute to the genre, even if most people there have no idea who I am. Hopefully they will when it's over."


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