Baauer headlines fall concert, skips ‘Harlem Shake’

Baauer performed at the University Program Board's Fall Concert at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Kaitlin Homan.

Baauer performed at the University Program Board’s Fall Concert at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Photo by Kaitlin Homan.

A sea of Chapman students danced as Baauer, the headlining artist for this year’s fall concert, took the stage Sept. 16. The concert was held at the Grove of Anaheim by the University Program Board.

Though students enjoyed the concert, some thought that Baauer’s set ended too early.

“I felt like I was just getting started,” said Daniel Chiao, a sophomore integrated educational studies major. “I was having a lot of fun and feel like it ended too soon.”

After Baauer left the stage, students began booing, hoping for an encore. Soon after, music began playing from the speakers, but no DJ ever returned to the stage.

“I wish they’d started at 10 p.m. and ended around 12:30 a.m., or at least got a DJ for after to compensate,” said Rotem Azariya, a sophomore business administration marketing major.  “It’s really the only party you can go to that definitely won’t get shut down.”

Students were also disappointed that Baauer didn’t play his hit song, “Harlem Shake,” which sparked a viral dance video trend in 2012.

“I had a really good time with my friends,” Arizaya said. “But Baauer didn’t even play until 11:15 p.m. And he didn’t even play ‘Harlem Shake!’”

Chapman Radio and Trademark, an electronic music DJ who specializes in mash-ups, opened the concert.

 Trademark performed in the opening act for Baauer at the Fall Concert. Photo by Kaitlin Homan.

Trademark performed in the opening act for Baauer at the fall concert. Photo by Kaitlin Homan.

An estimated 1,600 tickets were sold, ranging from $15 to $25, according to senior Lotus Thai, the marketing director of UPB.

This year, UPB made changes from last year’s fall concert in order to be more efficient and better suit the students’ needs.

“Instead of splitting up the entrance lines by gender, we’re having everyone go together,” Thai said. “Last year the girls’ line was so much longer than the guys’ (line).”

Baauer's show at the Fall Concert was sold out. Photo by Kaitlin Homan.

Baauer’s show at the fall concert was sold out. Photo by Kaitlin Homan

Thai added that UPB worked with the venue to offer attendees a gender-neutral bathroom located in the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge.

The venue also had a bar right before students entered the dance floor, serving both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

“We also have water in case any students are overly intoxicated,” said Thai. “That’s another difference from last year.”

Read The Panther’s Q&A with Trademark here.

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