A&O announces Baauer as Ball opener

    Remember 2013? It feels like we've all aged decades in those three years, especially since many NU students were high schoolers at the time. For those foggy-minded about those bygone days, it's still impossible to forget the one meme that absolutely owned that year, a meme that will (hopefully) make its way to A&O Ball this Friday night: "Harlem Shake."

    A&O and For Members Only announced Wednesday night that Baauer, the artist responsible for the song that made one of the most inexplicable memes come to life, will be opening for headliners Rae Sremmurd. Baauer is primarily known for "Harlem Shake," a song that topped the Billboard charts starting in February 2013, a full nine months after its initial release. Still, the 26-year-old DJ and producer has kept busy making more music and touring, and on March 18 he released his debut album, Aa.

    While the DJ will (hopefully) give early arrivers plenty of reason to dance, recent shows suggest that those craving the rush of hearing "Harlem Shake" live might want to prepare themselves for disappointment. At his recent Coachella set, the DJ never played his biggest hit, a collective bummer for all fans at the show. Still, those hoping to practice their dance moves before "No Flex Zone" causes total chaos at the Riviera Theatre should be pleased with the selection.

    Tickets for the event are available now for $10. Free shuttles for all students will begin leaving campus at 6 p.m. Doors for the venue open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m.

    Check out Northwestern football's take on the Harlem Shake meme.


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