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The Big Show: Mad Decent Block Party at KC Live

Diplo will throw the Mad Decent Block Party at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, in the Power & Light District.
Diplo will throw the Mad Decent Block Party at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, in the Power & Light District. SHANE MCCAULEY

6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at KC Live

Diplo, one of the most consequential sonic architects of the new millennium, will orchestrate a spirited dance party in the Power & Light District on Sunday.

The beat-making businessman born Thomas Wesley Pentz in Tupelo, Miss., in 1978 founded the Mad Decent record label in 2005. Mad Decent Block Party events are intended to spread the label’s rhythm-oriented gospel.

Millions of people who don’t recognize Diplo’s name are familiar with his music: He helped launch rapper M.I.A.’s career and resuscitated Justin Bieber’s flagging fortunes last year by co-producing the outstanding comeback single “Where Are Ü Now.”

Mad Decent and its imprint label, Jeffree’s, are major players in electronic dance music and have produced monster hits such as Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” an infectious track that has racked up more than 47 million hits on YouTube since its 2012 release.

Rather than altering his sound to accommodate mainstream tastes, Diplo waits for popular music to catch up to his innovations. In addition to performing a set on Sunday that’s likely to act as a survey of his game-changing sound, the DJ and record producer will showcase the music of a few like-minded friends and artists signed to Mad Decent.

D.R.A.M., a rapper and vocalist who appears on Chance the Rapper’s latest album and who recently scored an underground hit with “Broccoli,” and accomplished Australian DJ and vocalist Anna Lunoe are among Diplo’s guests. Aryay, Louis the Child, Sleepy Tom, Slushii and Zeds Dead will also take the stage on Sunday.

6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. KC Live. 816-842-1045. powerandlightdistrict.com. $38.50 in advance.  

 

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