Harlem Shake hits downtown Bangor, Oriental Jade

Maine is certainly not immune to the power of the Internet meme. In fact, it seems that no one is immune to the meme, whether it’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time, Nyan Cat, or Gangnam Style. In case you didn’t know, the Harlem Shake is the latest meme craze, unless you either live under a rock or avoid things like that, in which a ridiculous song plays while people freak out and dance like crazy people. Bangor resident and filmmaker Mike Ogilvie – the guy that brought you the Bangor Zombie Gangnam Style video – is a master of bringing people together to make these videos, as evidenced by his latest creation. You guessed it: the Downtown Bangor Harlem Shake.

Ogilvie’s directed plenty of other videos in and around Bangor, including a video documenting street artist Pigeon’s process of putting a mural up in the Central Street Pocket Park and a video about Bangor’s Pride Festival. Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the other Harlem Shake video that went up this week – KahBang posted their version of it, set at Oriental Jade’s Chinese buffet and with a little something extra added to the mix. Have you got your own Harlem Shake video, or other hilarious YouTube clip about Maine? Post them in the comments and I’ll share it if it’s funny.

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a University of Maine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, taken belly dancing classes, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.