New Year’s Eve with Passion Pit at the Wellmont

The innovative electro/pop band from Cambridge, Mass, Passion Pit will be lighting up the stage at the Wellmont Theater on Thursday (sold out) and Friday of this week, 12/30- 31. Baristanet has a pair of tickets for the New Year’s Eve concert and after show party. Read to the end for a chance to win.

Best known for their singles, Little Secret and Sleepyhead as well as their remixes of popular songs like Telephone by Lady Gaga, Passion Pit combines techno beats with live vocals to create a unique sound.

Since its inception in 2007, the band has produced two albums, Chunk of Change and Manners and toured with French pop sensation Yelle. According to The Baltimore Sun, Passion Pit’s “grooves were tight and funky and singer Michael Angelakos’ sailing falsetto was strong enough to tickle the club’s rafters.”

A favorite amongst Baristaville’s younger set, last year the band’s sold out New York concerts attracted crowds of Montclair High School students, who sang and danced their way through the Port Authority bus terminal after the show — the intense beats still lingering in their heads. The buzz continued the next week around school and town, and Passion Pit has since taken its place on the top of the must-see concert list.

The 12/31 show includes admission to an after-show party (included in the price of the ticket), including a Passion Pit DJ set, and a champagne toast.

Want to ring in 2011 Synthpop style? Baristanet has a pair of tickets for the first person to correctly answer the question below as a comment. Please don’t enter if you can’t go.

To purchase tickets or for more information, click here.

QUESTION: Where did Passion Pit get their name?

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8 COMMENTS

  1. The band got their name from the Variety Slanguage Dictionary. The magazine used the term to refer to drive-in theatres, because of their privacy and romantic allure for teenagers.

  2. A band member was eating a passion fruit, choked on the pit and said ‘damn that’s one helluva passion pit.’ the other band members dug it and the rest is music history.

  3. Passion Pit’s name was derived from the old slang name kids gave drive in movie theaters. Kids would show affection for one another which made it a “passion pit.” Angelakos chose the name and it became permanent.

  4. Angelakos was studying for a history course in his dorm room. He was doing vocabulary, and came across the term “passion pit,” which was slang in the 50s for drive-in movie theaters. It was at that moment he thought, “damn, that’d be a great name for a band,” and the name stuck. He talks about it in several interviews.

  5. I heard that it was kind of a joke when they first came up with the name. Slang for the last row in a drive-in movie theatre where kids would go for some privacy time. It wasn’t anything serious but then they realized it sounded pretty good, so they kept it.

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