"I got 20 minutes,"
Careful not to offend his host, the Scottish
Wango Tango's sold-out 2014 edition, held Saturday at the StubHub Center in Carson, featured appearances by more than a dozen acts, including
If the hurried ring-kissing left Harris feeling crowded, though, he needn't have worried. Short as it was, his set, which came about halfway through the six-hour event, provided Wango Tango's first real eruption of energy. Standing behind a bank of DJ equipment, he transformed the crowd — one that had given a warm but measured welcome to the likes of OneRepublic,
As he did at last month's
That difference in reception seemed natural at Coachella, which presents itself as a showcase for cutting-edge styles. But Wango Tango's brand is essentially the mainstream come to life; it's an opportunity for the singers of hit singles to fortify their terrestrial celebrity.
Indeed, many of Saturday's comparatively old-fashioned performers emphasized a human touch.
Shakira, atypically dressed down in jeans and a T-shirt, moved her body like no robot can in "Hips Don't Lie" and "Can't Remember to Forget You."
Grande peppered her effervescent pop-soul songs with lively vocal runs, while
Wango Tango's most convincing non-electronic act — remember that appellation, as it may turn up at the
That meant it was time for a funky slap-bass solo from Jeremy Davis, Paramore's self-conscious nod to a tradition of rootsy, hand-played sounds.
The solo went over well; it drew cheers from an audience that hasn't yet evolved out of its reflex to applaud a musician handling an instrument while illuminated by a spotlight.
But Williams knew which way the wind was blowing at Wango Tango. After Paramore played, she popped back onstage near the end of Zedd's performance to join him for their computerized stadium-rave hit "Stay the Night."