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Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The Boulevard Pool
at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas set the stage last night for Girl Talk, a unique live concert by Pittsburgh-based mash-up artist Gregg Gillis (Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com)

Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com.

Not too long ago, Gillis made his bread and butter as a biomedical engineer, relegating his mash-up skills to hobby status. But the buzz on both his wildly inventive productions — slicing and dicing and stitching together bits of oldies, chart hits, indie-rock favorites and hip-hop jams — and his wilder live performances eventually propelled him to make Girl Talk a full-time endeavor.

Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com.

Celebrating 10-plus years of sample-obsessed production and relentless touring, Gregg Gillis released All Day this past November, his fifth album as Girl Talk, and his most epic, densely layered, and meticulously composed musical statement to date. Continuing the saga from the previously acclaimed albums, Night Ripper and Feed The Animals, Gillis lays down a more diverse range of samples to unfold a larger dynamic between slower transitions and extreme cut-ups. With the grand intent of creating the most insane and complex “pop collage” album ever heard, large catalogs of both blatantly appropriated melodies and blasts of unrecognizable fragments were assembled for the ultimate Girl Talk record (clocking in at 71 minutes and 372 samples).

Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com.

Perched high above The Las Vegas Strip, The Boulevard Pool is a multilevel pool experience by day and an intimate outdoor concert venue with unobstructed sightlines of both the stage and The Strip by night.

Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com.

Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com.

Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com.

Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com.

Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com.

Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com.

Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com.

Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com.

Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com.

Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com.

Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Girl Talk concert by Gregg Gillis at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com.