Coachella 2013: Baauer gives audience chance to perform ‘Harlem Shake’ on second day of fest

Coachella 2013: Baauer gives audience chance to perform ‘Harlem Shake’

Posted:   04/13/2013 06:50:14 PM PDT
Updated:   04/14/2013 04:00:21 AM PDT


Baauer performed on the Sahara Tent at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (Thomas Cordova/ Staff photographer)

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INDIO – Philadelphia artist Baauer gave the packed Sahara Tent audience a couple of chances to perform his viral hit “Harlem Shake” Saturday afternoon.Real name Harry Bauer Rodrigues, Baauer’s blend of trap, electronic and bass music mixed with images of eyes, fire and his name drew thunderous applause during his one hour set.

Baauer teased the audience at the start with a 30 second blend of “Harlem Shake” before taking his music into different directions that featured vocal snippets from reggae, hip-hop and soul.

He would also spin in hip-hop songs like Jay-Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and T.I.’s “Bring Em Out” to applause, body surfing and a thrusting of various faces on cardboard taped to plastic poles.

Baauer started his afternoon set spinning on the side of a massive stage and before he played “Harlem Shake” the music stopped and he disappeared. Moments later he was standing before the center of the stage behind turntables and played his hit for three minutes straight.