X Games music: Snoop Dogg, Chromeo, Skrillex and Wiz Khalifa at Buttermilk | AspenTimes.com

X Games music: Snoop Dogg, Chromeo, Skrillex and Wiz Khalifa at Buttermilk

Skrillex and Wiz Khalifa will play at Buttermilk Ski Area during the X Games on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
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If You Go …

Who: Snoop Dogg

Where: X Games, Buttermilk Ski Area

When: Friday, Jan. 23, 6:15 p.m.

Cost: $40 GA/ $60 preferred

Tickets: http://www.xgames.espn.go.com

Who: Chromeo

Where: X Games, Buttermilk Ski Area

When: Saturday, Jan. 24, 4 p.m.

Cost: $40 GA/ $60 preferred

Tickets: http://www.xgames.espn.go.com

Who: Skrillex

Where: X Games, Buttermilk Ski Area

When: Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $50 GA/ $70 preferred

Tickets: http://www.xgames.espn.go.com

Who: Wiz Khalifa

Where: X Games, Buttermilk Ski Area

When: Sunday, Jan. 25, 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $40 GA/ $60 preferred

Tickets: http://www.xgames.espn.go.com

Additional info: 4-show music passes available for $150; preferred pass (includes separate entrance, restroom, cash bar for $200

Based on the music lineup, you could easily mistake this weekend’s X Games festivities at Buttermilk for a main stage at Coachella.

The shows feature hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg on Friday, electronic duo Chromeo and Grammy-winning EDM star Skrillex in a double-bill on Saturday, and Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa on Sunday.

Booking some of the biggest draws in pop music is nothing new for ESPN’s annual high-flying snowsports competitions on Buttermilk – past years have included the likes of 50 Cent and Calvin Harris – but the presentation of the shows is different this year, and marks a pivot toward a festival-like atmosphere for ESPN.

The shows will be hosted on a large stage, steps away from the superpipe and slopestyle courses, with a dedicated 6,000-capacity music venue at the Buttermilk base area. Past years featured short, free shows on the X Games award stage, with underwhelming results for music fans.

In 2014, ESPN moved the concerts to Wagner Park for ticketed events in downtown Aspen. The shows there – headlined by Phoenix and Tiesto – were a hit, but spread the crowd out between Buttermilk and town.

The new set-up aims to allow the X Games crowd to move between the free spectator area for the sports events and ticketed concerts.

“It’s about centralization and the ease of watching sports and the music,” Tim Reed, X Games director of content strategy, said after the concert announcement in November. “We’re excited about the lineup and all of it being in one location.”

Combining the sports competition with a three-day music festival follows a model that ESPN has honed at the summer X Games. Last June at X Games Austin, hosted at the Circuit of the Americas, ESPN staged shows by more than 30 artists and three stages – Kanye West, Pretty Lights and the Flaming Lips among them.

The smaller (and colder) set-up here in Aspen, if the logistics work, promises to be a highlight of Aspen’s winter music lineup.

At press time, tickets were still available for all four concerts.

Snoop & Son

For Snoop Dogg, Friday’s X Games performance comes in the midst of another ESPN project focused on the iconic rapper.

The five-part documentary series, “Snoop & Son: A Dad’s Dream” premiered on the network last week. It follows Snoop Dogg and his 17-year-old son, Cordell Broadus, who is among the most sought college football recruits in the U.S.

Schools like Notre Dame and the University of Southern California are vying for his services as a wide receiver.

“My son is an extremely talented athlete and my wife and I will be by his side wherever he chooses to play,” Snoop Dogg said last month in an ESPN announcement. “I’m looking forward to the world watching me go through this journey with my family.”

More than a decade ago, he founded the Snoop Youth Football League, a pee-wee football program in Los Angeles. The league introduced his son to football, and has become a notable force in the sport, producing numerous college players and NFL draftees.

On the music side of things, Snoop Dogg announced earlier this month that he has been working with Pharrell Williams on a new album titled “Bush,” expected for release in March. It returns him to performing under the “Snoop Dogg” moniker for the first time in four years, following forays into reggae as Snoop Lion and funk as Snoopzilla.


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