Baauer and "Harlem Shake" Tore the House Down at Grand Central Miami, May 18
What does a number-one song and a viral video Internet sensation get you in Miami?
If you're a street-credible DJ and producer, it gets you a sold-out show at Grand Central and a sweaty mess of bodies lovin' ever second of it.
At least, that's how it worked out for Baauer on Saturday night, as he returned to the GC stage. But this time, he was the reigning Billboard champ and headlining his own show.
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It was pure insanity. And at times, it was even difficult to breath. You can bet the kids danced their asses off. But even still, there wasn't a whole lot of actual "Harlem Shake"-ing.
Local star Mike Deuce kicked off the night with a powerful set of bass-heavy trap and moombah, playing everything that was fit to bang. He showed a lot of local love for Miami production duo GTA, dropping "Boy Oh Boy" and "Shake Dem." And indeed, tits and ass were being shook. There's nothing like trap-house to make a room full of awkward white kids believe they're the greatest hood dancers in the world.
Unless you were on some kind of mind-altering substance, it was difficult to stay inside the club for too long. The air was full of sweat and hot breath. The dance floor was packed. But it wasn't so bad as to seem over-sold and completely uncomfortable.
It was a very young crowd, though. Mostly teenagers and early 20-somethings. And there's almost nothing that can deter that kind of crowd from having a good time. Everywhere you looked some kid was getting finger gloves waved around in his vacant face. And it seemed like the place was specially decorated for the occasion. There were orange and black streamers flying across the ceiling like dragons with matching starburst balloons. It looked more like the kind of thing you'd see at Space or LIV, but the kids were digging it.
As the night went on, hour after hour, people started asking when the fuck the New York City DJ would take the stage. The twerkers were getting antsy. But before the neon, PLUR-y vibes could turn negative, the music stopped and Baauer's signature sample called out, "You're now rockin' with the best."
And he opened with his Just Blaze collaboration "Higher." The song demanded that the sound man "turn my music up," and it really sounded like the speakers were cranked to 11. Smoke machines blasted to life and the crowd (who'd already worked themselves into puddles) turnt their bodies up to "all the way."