The Sounds of X Games Aspen 2017
X Games Aspen 2017: The Music
Sold-out crowds and extremely cold temperatures couldn't keep the fans away from Buttermilk Mountain for three days of music-filled action at X Games Aspen 2017. Starting with Bassnectar on Friday at X, X Games Aspen 2017 delivered a solid weekend of live music that continued with Anderson Paak .& Free Nationals, The Chainsmokers and G-Eazy. Here, XGames.com takes a look back at the music highlights from Aspen.
Bassnectar kicks if off
With temperatures reaching below zero, Bassnectar kicked off the music on Friday night at X Games Aspen 2017, with an EDM set that spanned his entire career of music making, from remixed versions of former hits to newer, unreleased material. "X Games was mayhem, freezing outdoor winter wonderland but we got heaterzzz," said Bassnectar from the mountain. Following his set, Bassnectar plunged into politics, protesting the Trump travel ban and education secretary nominee, Betsy Devos.
"Anyone who tells you to be quiet when you speak about important things is in the dark and deeply asleep. Wake up," said Bassnectar following his set at X Games Aspen 2017. Clearly, Bassnectar does not keep it quiet.
Under the lights
This year, the Music Stage was sponsored by GEICO, and the light show before artists took the stage did not disappoint in the least.
Switching it up
On Saturday at X, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals wowed the crowd with a unique mixture of Grammy-nominated hip-hoz, jazz, rock and funk, featuring Paak switching it up between drums and lead vocals. "Aspen was very good to us," said Paak following his set.
"I can't feel my hands"
Anderson Paak .& The Free Nationals played for close to an hour amid freezing temperatures. At one point, Paak remarked that the couldn't feel his hands, but that didn't affect his drumming technique in the least.
From Aspen to Billboard
Just days after appearing at X Games Aspen, Anderson Paak graced the cover of the new issue of Billboard Magazine, explaining his newest ventures into R&B song writing.
Saturday night at X
The Chainsmokers played on Saturday night at X Games Aspen 2017.
Sick at X
"X Games were so sick," said The Chainsmokers. "Gonna miss Aspen, but now time to head back to L.A."
G-Eazy closes it out
On Sunday at X Games Aspen 2017, G-Eazy closed out the festivities with a fiery set. G-Eazy arrived in Aspen early, played locally and during the broadcast on Saturday, then returned on Sunday to close out the show. After missing X Games Austin in 2016 due to inclement weather, G-Eazy was more than ready to grace the stage.
G-Eazy rips it up
By Sunday at X Games Aspen, the temperatures had warmed up enough to allow for ripped jeans. And following G-Eazy's set, he boarded a plane and started his trip to Dubai to continue playing live. After Dubai, G-Eazy returned to the U.S. to play Houston. Such is the life of an X Games music artist. See you in Minneapolis!