Feast your eyes on The Cataracs

CataracsBy: Taylor Smith

Once a year, Blue Devil Productions puts on their “Large Event” at the University of Wisconsin–Stout. This year, it is being held on April 16 at 8 p.m., and it is open to students and the general public. This event often features the biggest or most-anticipated act to play on campus during the school year. This year it will feature the largely anticipated group The Cataracs, which is now a solo act featuring Niles Hollowell-Dhar.

Hollowell-Dhar and former partner David Benjamin Singer-Vine met their sophomore year of high school and started the group in 2003. Since then, Hollowell-Dhar has worked with countless artists, including Dev, The Far East Movement, Shwayze, Icona Pop and New Boyz. Over the years, The Cataracs has developed into more of an electronic dance music act.

“I spent a lot of 2013 producing Enrique Iglesias’ album, so I’m glad that’s finally out, and I just finished a track on Carlos Santana’s new album,” said Hollowell-Dhar. “Dance-wise, I did a couple tracks with Dillon Francis for his album. I’ve also been working with R3hab, Shermanology, Firebeatz and a few others.”

The opener Antics is an up-and-coming Wisconsin EDM and dubstep group. The duo Steven Pitzl and Tanner Dixon met two years ago and since then have produced many remixes and their own single called “Fuse.”

The BDP team has put a lot of time and effort into making this concert possible. Special Events Director Measha Vieth booked the show after substantial thought and planning.

“We had some other larger bands we were interesting in, but we knew that this genre keeps growing and The Cataracs put on bomb shows so we thought it would be the perfect fit,” explained Aaron Kelly, music director at BDP. “I know that this show is going to be one huge dance party with a ton of lights and loud bass, which makes me super excited. See you there!”

Pre-ordered tickets are $10 for students and $15 for non-students; on the day of the show, they are $15 for students and $20 for non-students. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time on the show page at bdp.uwstout.edu or at the show.

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