The final day of the X-Games is always bittersweet. It’s always a bit of a bummer that it’s done and your life goes back to normal in just a couple of hours when your alarm goes off on Monday morning for your day job but also sweet because you know you just got to experience a truly stunning event in the city that you call home. I’m already dreading going back to work tomorrow but Sunday’s competition and final concert, I’m going back to my day job super happy about how the weekend went and all of the amazing things I got to experience.
The day started with the Harley-Davidson Hooligan Race. Overnight the floor or US Bank Stadium has transformed from the ramps and bumps of the BMX and Moto X events to a flat racing surface. As I arrived around 8 AM there was still work being done and the speed at which the team set up the course once the surface was flattened was fascinating to watch. The Race was won for the second time by Daniel Mischler who at 60 became the oldest X Games medalist ever. Keep in mind that these X Games also saw the youngest competitor in their history at 10. Seeing those 48 bikes racing super close to one another left me in awe of their level of control and toughness.
Although the day was all wrapped up at The U.S. Bank Stadium as far as the sports events went, things were just heating up at The Armory right down the street. A local favorite of mine, The Blind Shake, kicked things off right at 5:30. Although it was clear that majority of the growing audience was at the Armory to see the iconic Incubus close out the night and weekend in general, The Blind Shake was definitely turning heads and getting the attention that they deserve.
The Blind Shake has a unique sound that I’ve never quite been able to find the right words for. A little surf punk, garage rock, shoegaze, indie pop.. you see where I’m going here? Me neither. Their distinct sound may not be able to be put into words but their energy can and it was absolutely off the chart. Out of all of the amazing local rock bands that could have opened up this show, The Blind Shake was definitely the right choice. From swinging guitars all over the place to drummer Dave pounding the drums in a way that made it seem like he was trying to down right destroy his kit, there was so much to watch and hear. Distortion and static are the name of the game for this band but it’s so much more than just noise. Infectious and upbeat, they set the stage perfectly for the one and only Incubus to take the stage right at 7.
Incubus’ live show was full of energy with lights and sound swirling around the Armory creating a beautiful atmosphere that was truly the perfect way to close out a busy and exhausting weekend. Instead of trying to save their many hits for the end of the set, I loved the way the band slipped them in here and there keeping me and the rest of the audience on their toes. With eight full length albums out that are all full of amazing songs, there was no way the band was going to play everything for everyone but they did an amazing job curating a set list that spanned the entirety of their career and the many eras of the band as far as sound goes. Incubus’ sixteen song set flew by and when the final note of “A Crow Left Of The Murder” was left hanging in the air, it was impossible not to let a giant smile stretch across my face. It was truly the perfect ending to an already perfect weekend.