Benny Benassi at Best Buy: how it went down (with video)

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We’ve been to gigs in all sorts of locations from posh lounges to, well, motor speedways, but one place we certainly haven’t seen a big name DJ spin in is a — wait for it — Best Buy. You see, the one and only Benny Benassi played an exclusive DJ set for loyal fans in the electronics retailer’s Union Square location this past Monday — and of course we had to be there to tell you about it. Check it out after the break.

When we arrived mere minutes before the 6PM start time, the entire back corner of Best Buy was flooded with EDM fans waiting for the big show to start. There had to be well over 200 people there in all — way more than we expected, and probably more than security expected too. It was pretty wild to see people cordoned off in the middle of an electronics store; some attendees even filed into the aisles laden with memory cards and video games just to catch a glimpse.

Mr. Electro Man himself started off at six on-the-dot with the original mix to “Cinema,” which get everyone in the crowd pumped right from the get go. After that was “Automatic B” — a track we didn’t care for when we reviewed Benny’s latest EP, but was almost enjoyable when drowned out by the screams of the crowd. (If you don’t believe us, watch the video below — it was crazy for 30 minutes straight!) The body movements continued as he dropped the classic “Satisfaction,” before his collaboration with T-Pain, “Electro Man.”

The string of Benny tracks continued with “House Music,” “Beautiful People,” and another new one from the album, “Bad Girl.” Before dropping his last tune, he grabbed the microphone and proudly proclaimed, “This is my city!” after deserting the stage briefly to give high-fives to folks in the front row. With a grin on his face from ear-to-ear, he dropped what would be his last track of the evening, the Skrillex remix of “Cinema,” which had Benny himself fist pumping and soaking in the music with the rest of the crowd.

Chris Brown feat. Benny Benassi – Beautiful People (Disco Fries Remix)


Benny Benassi – Cinema (Skrillex Remix)


Though his set was not feature-length, Benny Benassi definitely packed a punch with his gig at Best Buy in NYC. He looked like he was genuinely enjoying every moment, rhythmically moving his body to the hooks and breaks of the tracks he played. Fans seemed to enjoy every minute of it, and were chanting “one more song” even after the man of the hour was accompanied away from the stage by his entourage. We’ve got tons more photos available at our Facebook page, so head on over for even more photographic evidence of this unique event and even more other goodies you won’t find on the front page of this website.


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