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Neon Desert 2017 takes over downtown El Paso

El Paso native, Evander Griiim, performed for a large crowd after rapper, Lil Uzi Vert, failed to appear.

Downtown El Paso is going through a revitalization and amidst the Street Car Project road closures, additional streets are shut down this weekend for the Neon Desert music festival.

More than 30 artists took over five stages on day one of Neon Desert. Texas native, Trae tha Truth, from Houston, opened on the Rio Bravo stage. Despite technical difficulties with microphones and a few mispunches by the resident DJ — which Trae did not hesitate to call out — the crowd displayed a high level of energy throughout the rapper’s performance. For his final song, the artist brought up on stage any fan who showed proof of purchasing his next album, to be released later this summer.

Canadian brother and sister duo, Tennyson, performed on the Franklin Mountains stage. The pair had a show in London three days before the arena bombing outside of an Ariana Grande concert on May 26 in Manchester, England.

Lil Uzi Vert did not make his scheduled appearance. Officials with Neon Desert tweeted out the message and announced that Evander Griiim would replace the rapper.

Griiim is an up-and-coming 19-year-old artist from El Paso with a little more than 6,000 followers on Twitter. Earlier in the year, he released a remix of his hit “Right Now” featuring Gucci Mane.

Saturday night’s headliner was Alesso, a Swedish DJ, who has performed at numerous music festivals, including Coachella. He took over the Rio Bravo stage just after midnight to close out Day One of the event. Alesso posted a picture of his view from the stage on social media.


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