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Digging into the country-dance crossover with Dee Jay Silver

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Country has been bleeding into dance music for a while now, but things have come to a head: “The Middle,” Zedd’s latest track pop with rising star Maren Morris, is solidly atop Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic chart.

“And look at Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line. ‘Meant to Be’ is one of the top radio songs in the country across any format,” says Dee Jay Silver, who’s made a career of cutting across formats. “I’m excited to see where these [collaborations] will go next.”

Silver is back in Vegas this week to kick off his 2018 residency at Rehab. He’ll soon spin at the Foundation Room and Jewel, too. Those dates surround the Academy of Country Music Awards show at MGM Grand on April 15, an event that always marks a big weekend for the Texas native known as a country DJ but is actually an open-format whiz. He has three original singles on the way, including an EDM track and a trap anthem with Atlanta rapper Constantine.

“I always try to release new music around my Vegas dates because Vegas is home, especially Rehab,” Silver says.

Between his nightclub and pool party dates, Silver has festivals to play and touring slots with Kane Brown, Chris Young and Jason Aldean. “But I always end the year in Vegas with National Finals Rodeo week,” he says.

DEE JAY SILVER AT REHAB March 31, 11 a.m., $10-$20. Hard Rock Hotel, 702-693-5505.

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